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    Fun with Video Editing

    Well, I've been having no success with editing my video from the recent turning symposium. It turns out, my HDD camera, on the "Normal" setting, not the "HQ" setting, makes HUGE files, and these files are just too big for my computers to handle, they just choke on the files, even the smallest of the files, maybe 20 minutes long, these are WAY too big.

    So, now I'm trying to figure a way out to slice these things up so I can at least convert them into smaller slices and then reduce them in quality.

    The format is working against me, it is some format that is "MOD" which can only be edited by the software that comes with the camera.

    The Camera has some software on board that can edit the video, but I cannot figure it out. The camera is NOT to the best of my knowledge available outside of Japan, so finding a manual.

    If anyone who knows of a program that can split up a MOD file into smaller bites, I'd appreciate it.

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    Try this Stu...you can convert MOD into MPEG....
    http://free-codecs.com/download/MPEG_Streamclip.htm

    Also...here a bunch more...
    http://www.download.com/sort/3150-21...html?tag=catat

    I also think you can just change the file name to .MPG but I'm not at home and that's were my info is...
    Last edited by Glenn Clabo; 11-06-2007 at 11:58 AM.

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    Thanks Glenn, I heard that you can just change the extension to .MPG, but then the audio and the video do not sync properly, at least in the few files I've tried.

    The one video file is 4 Gb, so maybe you can see why my computes are choking on them

    I know, I know, time to buy an Apple.........
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    I hear ya...just did a family reunion slide show...pictures and music. Got to 4 Gig and it took 2 hours to render. Everyone tells me I need to go Apple for this stuff...but I just can't justify it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stuart Ablett View Post
    Thanks Glenn, I heard that you can just change the extension to .MPG, but then the audio and the video do not sync properly, at least in the few files I've tried.

    The one video file is 4 Gb, so maybe you can see why my computes are choking on them

    I know, I know, time to buy an Apple.........
    Stuart,

    The 52-minute dovetail Episode 3 was 13 GB before rendering. It took only 2-1/2 hours to render to MP-4 (Quicktime format).

    I do this on a Dell M90 laptop (17-inch wide-format screen), 2 GHz, 2GB RAM, 70 GB internal drive, 500 GB external Firewire drive. The laptop was $1,800 from the Dell Outlet, which is a fraction of what they cost new. The External drive was extra, of course. This is my setup with the dual monitors, which the NVidia graphics card accommodates right out of the box - in this shot I am working on eCabinet Systems software, and also looking at the eCabs forum on the monitor on the left:



    So, although I would also like an Apple machine, the WinXP machines CAN do a terrific job! You just need a very high-end machine, which is comparable in price to the Apple machine that does video beautifully. PLUS I can still use the WinXP machine for the engineering stuff I still do on occasion.


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    Just to let you know an hour of video will eat up 13 G

    A great program for editing is Adobe Premier elements. It has all the features you can think of and only costs $99. ( Actually most of the editing programs cost about $99 ) It can deal with many formats but don't know about yours but wouldn't be surprised.


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    Wow in the time I wrote this the new post beat me. haa haa I do my editing on a Dell also but it is a desk top. If you want to do editing you really need a minimum of 2 G ram.
    Last edited by Hubert Carle; 11-07-2007 at 04:37 AM.

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    Thanks guys

    Seems a computer upgrade is needed, then.

    The best machine I have is 1.6 GHz and 785,888 Kb of RAM (767.5 Mb?)

    Maybe I'll see what 2 Gb of Ram would cost me

    Cheers!
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    Stu,

    Old myths die hard. Here's the low down: apples aren't even apples anymore, and haven't been for a while. They're intel machines running Linux. This is what good marketing can do for you... you can actually get people to believe that the same thing is different...

    "The best machine I have is 1.6 GHz and 785,888 Kb of RAM"

    Well, there's your problem. You want to play the HD game, you want two gig of ram. Probably double the processor speed. And a sweet video card.

    If you want to see what a good wintel machine can do with video, try this:

    http://opusprize.cua.edu

    One of my guys knocked off the forum piece today. Had it up not long after the forum was over. The impressive editing is in the top, hi-rez, link...

    Yeah, it's done on wintel. You think the big hollywood render farms are running mac stuff? Those guys run linux...

    Thanks,

    Bill

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Lantry View Post
    Stu,

    Old myths die hard. Here's the low down: apples aren't even apples anymore, and haven't been for a while. They're intel machines running Linux. This is what good marketing can do for you... you can actually get people to believe that the same thing is different...
    The current Macs have adapted the Intel CPUs and dropped the PowerPC chips. Apple uses hardware from various manufacturers, but makes the "Mac Computer" final product themselves. OS X, the operating system that makes a Mac...a Mac, is based on Unix.

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    Well, I lied, my other machine is a bit better, 1 GHz cpu and 1 GB of RAM, the video card is NOT top drawer, but is not "On Board" either, still the system chokes hard on this whole video editing thing.

    I want an Apple, I see them doing this stuff "Out of the box" with ease, while the windows machines seem to have to be "High End" and "Loaded for Bear" to do as good a job......

    I have 6 windows machines operating right now, sure, a couple of them are getting long in the tooth, but the better ones are a couple years old, and not base units when they came out. I see that couple year old Mac would not have the same problems.......no?

    Cheers!
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