You’ve shot some important, irreplaceable footage, only to later discover that it’s slightly out of focus. What can you do? This happened to me recently on a dance recital shoot which is my biggest event of the year, recording six 2.5-hour shows over two days.
I rented a newer HD camera for the event to get better low-light performance – and a better image overall – than my older HDV camera could provide. I’d rented that same camera the year before, so I knew how to use it and loved the results I’d gotten last time.
In years past, it was often necessary to convert, or transcode, original HD camera video clips into another codec, known as an intermediate or mezzanine, prior to beginning any editing. These new clips had far less compression applied, and were therefore easier to decode for playback. Mezzanine codec file sizes fall in between those of the camera source clips and uncompressed video, hence the name.
Most newer PCs having decent specs, such as those with Intel Core i7 processors, should have no problem editing AVCHD and similar sources natively,...
Whether you need a completely new system, or just a few minor tune-ups, here are the top 5 reasons to upgrade your workstation.
1) Slow Boot Drive. Many older computers are still booting up with SATA or even IDE hard drives. A workstation equipped with an SSD will likely boot in seconds and not minutes. SATA hard drives require time to speed up and will continue to be slower than a solid state drive during regular operation. SSD drives will not only boot faster but also launch applications faster. The extra time saved with the...
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...
IRE is a measure of brightness for NTSC video, with black being 0 and white being 100, with shades of gray in between. In the US, the black level is normally set to 7.5 for broadcast. This means that the brightness scale runs from 7.5 to 100 rather than 0 to 100. Since Japan uses 0 IRE black setup levels, virtually all miniDV cameras will use 0 IRE for black setup when making a recording.
In Premiere Pro with RT.X2, you will find the “Setup” option in Project Settings > Playback Settings > Video Output, which by default is at...
When videotaping live events such as wedding ceremonies, school plays, concerts or dance recitals, the videographer typically has no control whatsoever over the lighting. To make matters worse, the lighting may be constantly changing during the event.
A church may have stained glass windows, meaning any entering sunlight may be tinted by the color of the glass. In this case, manually white-balancing the camera may produce good colors, but what happens when the outside light coming in alternates between sunny and cloudy? It can have adverse...
Which video adapter is right for your Mac? The MXO is an output-only device, while the MXO2 offers both input and output and is portable.
When working in Final Cut 2, the MXO connects to the secondary DVI output of your Mac and converts the video preview to an actual video signal for monitoring or recording to a deck. HD video can be monitored via an appropriate LCD monitor via DVI connection, and an included utility allows you to calibrate the LCD for accurate color grading. The full 1920×1080 HD resolution is supported with 1:1 pixel...
NTSC DV and DVD video both use a frame size of 720×480, but the D1 NTSC Broadcast Video spec is 720×486. The Matrox Axio hardware uses the D1 spec, so to maintain project cross-compatibility between the RT.X2 and Axio platforms for editors using both, the RT.X2 uses the D1 spec.
If you capture using a Matrox DV preset, the video IS captured at the standard 720×480 size, so in the Premiere preview window, the DV image is centered with 3 black lines above and 3 below to fill out the 486 frame size. When exporting to DVD, the 6...
Creating a PIP effect, or even multiple PIPs for a collage effect, is easy to accomplish in Premiere Pro.
The background image or video should be on the V1 track, and any images or clips that you want to overlay as PIPs should be on higher tracks, V2 or above.
Select a clip on the timeline by left-clicking it to highlight it, then use the Adobe Motion effect, found in the Effect Controls bin, to change the Scale, Position and Rotation of the overlay clip. Any time you make the image smaller or reposition it to fill less than the full screen,...
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...