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Fixing out-of-focus HD video footage

Posted by on Jul 22, 2014 in News, Tutorials | 0 comments

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. Being...

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Mezzanine Codec Options for PC Video Editors

Posted by on Jun 29, 2014 in News, Tutorials | 0 comments

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,...

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Top 5 Reasons to Upgrade Your Workstation

Posted by on Feb 6, 2014 in Computers, Safe Harbor, Tutorials | 0 comments

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...

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Adobe Encore CS6 Preview Quality Fix

Posted by on Mar 7, 2013 in Adobe, Tutorials | 0 comments

  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...

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Matrox support for Adobe Premiere Pro CS4 4.2

Posted by on Oct 19, 2011 in Matrox, Tutorials | 0 comments

Adobe has recently released their Adobe Premiere Pro CS4 4.2 and Adobe Media Encoder CS4 4.2 updates. Matrox is working on drivers to support this new release and expect compatible drivers for the Matrox MXO2 Mini and Matrox CompressHD to be available next week. Drivers for Matrox Axio and Matrox RT.X2 are expected in December. Until the appropriate Matrox drivers become available, we recommend that users do not upgrade to Adobe Premiere Pro CS4 4.2 and Adobe Media Encoder CS4 4.2. You should turn off automatic updates to prevent auto-installs...

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How Should I Encode Audio for My DVD?

Posted by on Oct 19, 2011 in Tutorials | 0 comments

There are 3 kinds of audio that can be used when authoring DVDs. Dolby Digital (AC-3) – compressed audio with a very high quality, taking up very little space on the DVD. This allows you to encode the video at a higher data rate for better quality since you have more space available for video content. Dolby is the preferred choice for DVD audio. PCM – uncompressed audio, no different than a “.wav” file in your editing software. Two hours of PCM audio can take up over 1GB, which is a good portion of your DVD, leaving less room...

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Live Capture using Matrox MXO2 Mini

Posted by on Oct 19, 2011 in Tutorials | 0 comments

Today’s handheld HD camcorders offer amazing quality for their cost and size, but there is a price to be paid for the portability – the video is captured using compression. Without compression, the video files would be so large that the camera’s recording capacity would be used up in a matter of minutes! There are several types of compression that can be applied to reduce the overall size of the video file. The first thing to go is color resolution. When all the color information is kept in a digital video file, it is referred to as...

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Realtime AVCHD editing with Panasonic and Edius NEO2

Posted by on Oct 19, 2011 in Tutorials | 0 comments

Grass Valley has announced that their EDIUS NEO2 software is being updated with the “Booster” package to provide realtime native editing of AVCHD, eliminating the need to transcode footage prior to editing. No other NLE software provides realtime AVCHD editing, so this is exciting news for users. The EDIUS NEO2 software has been bundled with the Panasonic AG-HCM150 and AG-HCM70 camcorders for some time now, and is also being included with the new AG-HCM40 units. Users that purchased their Panasonic camera on or after October 9,...

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MPEG-2 or H.264 for Blu-ray disc?

Posted by on Oct 19, 2011 in Tutorials | 0 comments

When encoding video for Blu-ray disc, you can use MPEG-2 or H.264 encoding. MPEG-2 is used for DVD, but a much higher data rate is used for HD content on Blu-ray, so the image can be quite good. The benefit of H.264 is that at the lower data rates used to fit long programs on a disc, H.264 is more efficient than MPEG-2 and will produce a better quality. At higher data rates though, this advantage is less apparent. Considering that H.264 takes about 5x as long to encode as MPEG-2, you must decide whether the content is worth the extra hours of...

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To Upgrade or Not to Upgrade – A Brief Guide for RTX2 Users

Posted by on Oct 19, 2011 in Tutorials | 0 comments

I often get questions from customers seeking advice about upgrading their RTX2 systems. If you are one of the many RTX2 users out there with an older system and Adobe CS3, there is one important consideration before upgrading your software. If you are running the RTX2 with Adobe CS3 on an older machine and you would like to upgrade to CS4, please make sure that your motherboard or system is on the approved list from Matrox. You can find the list by following this link - ...

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