When making a DVD in Adobe Encore CS6 on your PC, you may find that the video playback looks very low res and jagged in the Monitor window, but will snap back to a sharp image whenever playback is paused.
There is a quick solution in the Edit > Preferences panel. Simply change the Playback Quality to High, and Display Mode to Accelerated GPU Effects, as shown in the comparison images.
You will see in the top example that any diagonal lines are quite “steppy”. It’s even more noticeable during playback than the still...
I hear this question quite often, and the answer is, “It depends.” You might have a large collection of videos that you have shot over the years in standard definition that will be viewed on a new HD display. Would those videos benefit from an upconversion to HD, perhaps on Blu-ray disc?
Probably not. Most new DVD players have special HD upconvert hardware built in that will make standard DVDs look as good as they can on your HD display, so the best bet for archiving and viewing with the least trouble and expense is by simply...
The short answer is no, but there are workflows you can use. While there are issues opening a Matrox project on a non-Matrox machine, you can easily go from a Premiere-only project to a Matrox project for realtime effects and finishing work.
If you capture DV footage with the RT.X2 and want to edit that footage on a PC that does not have Matrox hardware (Premiere only), you can install the Matrox codecs from the RT.X2 driver disc and you can then work with those Matrox DV .avi clips using a Premiere DV preset.
This does not work for...
AVCHD means Advanced Video Codec High Definition, and is the new “standard” for consumer HD camcorders. AVCHD uses H.264 video compression, a type of MPEG-4, replacing the older MPEG-2 format used for DVD and HDV.
H.264 is a more efficient codec than MPEG-2, meaning that at comparable data rates, H.264 will look better. The catch is that H.264 requires a lot more computer processing power for playback and editing. The current versions of computer editing packages such as Adobe Premiere Pro CS4, Apple Final Cut 6 and Grass Valley...
Tapeless workflows are rapidly becoming very popular because they eliminate the lengthy process of capturing footage from video tape to the editing system hard drive. Video clips recorded to flash media in the camera can be quickly transferred to the editor’s hard drive at faster-than-realtime speeds so he/she can get right to work. In fact, the editor may be able to edit directly from the flash media when a compatible card reader is attached to the edit system, though transfer to a hard drive is recommended.
The popular Sony HVR-Z7U...
If you are doing work for broadcast delivery, you may want to consider capturing and editing in an uncompressed format.
Digital video cameras all use some sort of compression on the video file before saving, or the data files would be enormous. Even though the source video may have been compressed, in an uncompressed workflow, further image degradation is kept to a minimum and graphics and compositing will remain cleaner.
AJA and Black Magic Design offer capture and playback cards for uncompressed workflows. For Mac users, the ProRes 422 codec...
Technically, the title of this article is incorrect, since NTSC and PAL refer to standard-definition video formats. Nevertheless, you may see these terms come up in the various places, so please read on and it will soon make sense.
As HD video was first gaining momentum a few years back, many videographers were excited that we might finally be able to have a worldwide video standard that would eliminate the incompatibility issues between the NTSC and PAL video formats used in different countries.
In case you’re not familiar with the...
If you’re using Premiere Pro CS5 or CS5.5 on the PC with Matrox MXO2 hardware, there’s some important information we’d like you to be aware of to get the best DVD export quality. This info only pertains to exporting “MPEG-2 for DVD” from a Matrox NTSC sequence – if you’re using a Matrox HD or Matrox PAL sequence, the cropping does not apply and you may disregard these instructions.
With the CS4 drivers for MXO2, a Matrox NTSC project was 720×480, but starting with CS5, Matrox changed this to 720×486. Since DVD...
The NewTek TriCaster, available in several models, offers live web streaming of the video content you are producing with the unit. Live streaming allows viewers to see your production across the local in-house network, or around the world via the internet. There are two available streaming options with TriCaster, known as Push and Pull.
Pull is the simplest option for small audiences – users on the local network or the internet can “Pull” the stream right from the TriCaster itself. This works ok for just a few viewers, since your...
I’ve been videotaping dance recitals for 15 years now, and it’s proven to be a lucrative segment of the event video market for me as owner of Digital Vision Productions. Parents spend a lot of time and money sending their kids to dance lessons, and it all comes together once a year at the big recital held at the end of the season, usually in May or June as school lets out for summer break.
Parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles all come to the theater to view the performances, and it’s a big deal. Younger performers might only be in one...