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Cheap solution for shooting with multiple (>2) cameras in sync (genlock or LANC?)

I'm doing research into natural phenomena in computer vision, and I'm looking for a method of shooting video from multiple camera angles. It's likely that the subject will move very erratically, ...
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I changed the .mp4 extension of my video to .mpg and it still opens and plays fine (in VLC and in Windows Media Player). Why is this so?

I'm uploading a file to an external system that accepts only mpg or mpeg extension files. I had a mp4 file so I changed the mp4 extension to mpg and I was able to upload the file into the system. ...
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Best Lossless Video Encoder For Editing

I'm looking for a good video encoder to compress HD files for editing within Sony Vegas Pro and Adobe After Effects. What video codec would provide the fastest possible encoding and decoding? Also, ...
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How to get closed captions to appear on a live stream

I want to be able to stream live TV but also include the closed captions. My workflow is to use a Blackmagic Designs Decklink card (video source is SDI) and use VLC to capture and transcode the ...
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142 views

Automatically cut out sections of a video delineated by a sound.

Is there any way that I can automatically cut a video based on a sound. I have a couple of long sections of video that contain videos. I would like to remove the parts of the video that do not fall ...
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Why use 35 mm film raw stock and camera?

I would like your suggestions and reasoning as this would be useful in making decisions. Why are film makers still using traditional 35 mm film raw stock and camera equipment to produce feature films ...
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673 views

Hacking up a podcast functionality with the Behringer XENYX 1202FX.

There are two pieces of functionality which I need from the Behringer XENYX 1202 FX. Our podcast requires the use of Skype which means: Skype-out must go to an input on the mixer Skype-in should ...
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Effects LEDs are uncomfortably bright - can they be dimmed? (Boss ME-70)

I use a Boss ME-70 multieffects unit and its red LEDs are uncomfortably bright. When I bend down to adjust a setting, it's like having a red laser shining in my eyes -- I can't even read the controls. ...
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385 views

Common newbie mistakes for cinematography?

I'm going to make a serious movie, what are the BIG mistakes newbies often do, both in the clipping and the shooting stage?
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Camera shake produces ripple-like effect

I'm using a Kodak Zi8 at the moment, but I've noticed this effect on other cameras. When a camera is moving it occasionally produces fun house mirror-style effects. It makes things appear to stretch ...
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How do I make something sound “cloudy” as though my ears are plugged using Ableton Live? [closed]

I'm working on a song that I'd like to have drums similar to Radiohead's "Pulk/Pull Revolving Doors." I love the way the bass kick sounds like it's cloudy, as though I were hearing it through plugged ...
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Is it possible to hook up an external mic to a Nikon D90 to get better sound for video?

I'm getting bad sound quality on video taken with my NIKON D90. I think the mic is bad so I need to know if it is possible to plug a microphone into it some how?
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How does Apple Motion compare to Adobe After Effects?

I am looking at Apple Motion and Adobe After Effects. How to they compare to one another? What are the pros and cons of each?
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5answers
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create video from hand drawing

I have a hand drawn image. How can I create a video out of it like this? ...
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4answers
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How can I find duplicate videos from a large set of videos of varying formats?

After losing a backup device with a bunch of my original videos I've had to download a large number of them (~300) back from Youtube. The new downloads are a mix of MP4 and FLV, and the originals are ...
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550 views

How can I make an actor cry?

In a film I am making I need and actor to start crying, but I cant think of how I am going to do that without actually making them sad. One thing I have heard is that there are eye drops you can ...
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1answer
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How do I change frame size, preserving width (using ffmpeg)?

I'm new to this StackExchange site, and to using the ffmpeg encoder. I have a video that is 720x480 (3:2) that I would like to change to 720x406 (16:9) to match the other videos I have for a site. I ...
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How can I use FFmpeg to lower the quality of H264 video but keep it in H264 format?

I'm a complete noob to video editing, so forgive me if I ask for something ridiculous. I'm getting video clips from a set top recorder box. The clips are AVI files: Resolution: 1920 x 1080 Frames ...
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1answer
226 views

What equipment do I need to be able to produce 'HD quality' videos?

For starters, please forgive me if this question is very amateurish - if they sound that way, that's because I am an amateur. I would like to start shooting some webisodes in my garage and want to ...
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3answers
234 views

I'm not happy with Final Cut Pro (X). What are my options?

I'm a editor who has been editing with Final Cut Pro for the last couple of years and I'm not impressed with the new Final Cut Pro X. I'm interested in looking for another NLE, such as Avid or ...
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2answers
41 views

Optimal pace of speech

I am applying to a scholarship, where I need to answer some questions in a one minute long video. I would like to push as much information as I can, but I wouldn't like to make it over-crowded... so ...
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2answers
212 views

What is a circular motion around a object called when filming?

You know that camera technique when the camera operator usually have a steadicam and runs/walks around a person. I'm trying to learn how to do that with my homemade glidecam but it is so hard. it ...
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Who owns raw footage?

I am working at a Multimedia Production placement for my college course for a company that wants a promotional video. I shot about 4 hours of video. They believe claim that I have no right to use the ...
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What sequence presets I must use with a GoPro and Adobe Premiere Pro CS 5.5?

I use a GoPro which output is mp4 files. I want to edit these movies into Adobe Premiere Pro CS 5.5. I'm a little lost about sequence presets to use. I've got the choice between Digital SLR, AVCHD, ...
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1answer
136 views

Recommendations for good “bad monitors”?

To make sure the songs still sound OK on crap systems like small radios and computer speakers I've been listening to recordings through my computers speakers, a surprisingly good value €50 Creative ...
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2answers
160 views

What do you call the video effect where water looks like it's standing still when filmed

I found a few interesting effects, which was labelled under the rolling shutter effect, however I was told that this was NOT an example of rolling shutter effect, what would you call this effect? The ...
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243 views

Orbits in After Effects

I'm new to After Effects and I might be asking about obvious stuff, but I searched this site and elsewhere and can't find an answer. Basically I want to orbit some points in a setup similar to the ...
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2answers
750 views

Automatic conversion/encode video for Video On Demand streaming

I need an automatic solution to convert video clips for html5 (mp4/x264, webm/vp8) and flash (mp4/x264) video-on-demand streaming. For a site like Youtube, just much smaller. The input files are ...
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3answers
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How do you subtitle a video?

I am making a small video (not really a film) that has muffled/hard to understand dialogue. The video goes for about 2 minutes and I only need to subtitle roughly 2 sentences worth - so it's not a ...
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1answer
1k views

Repeat/loop Input Video with ffmpeg?

I just want to loop a mp4 video with ffmpeg and keep the current settings and codec. For example if input.mp4 is 0:10 long, and I would want to loop it 4 times so output.mp4 is 0:40 long, how could I ...
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1answer
51 views

Framerate wagon wheel effect

In this video a bouncing water droplet is filmed at what appears to be a very high framerate. However at 1:43 the narrator explains that he used the "wagon wheel effect" to achieve an apparent high ...
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3answers
407 views

Copyright of materials used in a video

It is common that TV channels or internet TV channels (e.g. those regularly post their shows on Youtube) use materials from other sources. For example, displaying photos from the internet, parts of ...
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Are there only a few standard video frame rates?

In modern digital video, can a video file be marked with any arbitrary frame rate? Or are only a few specific frame rates widely supported? By "modern" I mean software players like Quicktime, VLC, ...
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1answer
257 views

How can I automatically remove pauses from a video?

I have dozens of video files containing scenes of movement interspersed with 5-10 second periods of nothing happening (many identical frames in a row). There's no audio track and I'd like to strip the ...
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1answer
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Lightworks problems importing, editing, and exporting using Canon EOS Rebel T3i

I'm using Lightworks 11 for Windows and I can't import the .mov files from my Canon EOS Rebel T3i. Lightworks identifies the .mov files as "Apple / H264" but the show up in a red color. Other .mp4 ...
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2answers
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How to make a video of an iPad (or other tablet) screen

I have been making some movies of my iPad for promotional videos and they all range from bad to worse in terms of video quality. I have used compact cameras and camcorders with pretty similar results. ...
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2answers
361 views

How to handle extreme dynamic range in a vocalist?

Just finished a tracking session with a singer who has a huge dynamic range. This musician is otherwise very professional, and is a joy to have in the studio, and I'm not in any way criticizing her. ...
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3answers
371 views

Best Digital recorder for use as a ‘body pack’ + good field recorder?

I'm looking at getting something to use as a 'body pack' as opposed to using a wireless setup when using a lavalier microphone. I've looked into Tascam DR-08 vs. Zoom H1 or other. I found a ...
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OGV Format plays properly on my computer but transcoding drops (duplicate?) frames

I've made a set of screencasts using recordmydesktop on ubuntu 12.10. The output is an ogv file. When I watch the ogv file using the default movie player (totem) it looks fine - the audio and video ...
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1answer
159 views

Is there a standard resolution for Video Presentations?

A friend asked me to put together a video presentation for his companies national sales meeting. I put it together in Premiere. All of that went fine, but I'm not sure what resolution to make it. ...
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2answers
190 views

Why is there a “2D” disc in every Blu-Ray 3D package?

Wikipedia says: MPEG4-MVC compresses both left and right eye views with a typical 50% overhead compared to equivalent 2D content, and can provide full 1080p resolution backward compatibility with ...
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1answer
871 views

Premiere 6 - how to add black between clips in a sequence automatically

We have regular fulfilment jobs for clients which require us to insert a few seconds of black between each clip in a contiguous file. It's not a great deal of effort to do it once or twice but when ...
5
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2answers
243 views

What video codecs can provide “adaptive quality”?

Background: I am trying to compress lossless bluray tracks to a more storage friendly size without a huge loss in quality. What I've been doing thus far: Exploring compression options with ffmpeg. ...
5
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1answer
552 views

How can I align photos for stop motion?

I just began to take the same photo everyday, in order to try to make a stop motion over the fall/winter season. As I have took now 3 photo (that's a start) I realized that they will not be well ...
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4answers
110 views

Sources to learn more about Audio/Video compression, codecs, algorithms etc.

I was quite surprised when I learned the fact that the MP3 codec is extensively based on the Fourier Transform. I'd like to learn more about these topics in general. When I say more I mean the working ...
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3answers
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Best H.264 settings for low bit-rate streaming video

I'm looking to stream some video from Flash Media Live Encoder with a video bitrate of around 150 Kbit/sec and audio of 50 Kbit/sec. The video will contain quite a lot of movement which I want to try ...
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2answers
109 views

Is there an easy method for detecting or marking the actual sample frequency?

Some time ago, I did a project where the solo guitarist was sitting in a different location. I uploaded rough down mixes to guitarist, who would load the files into his DAW software, record his guitar ...
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1answer
160 views

Is is possible to trim portions of clips in FCPX to save disk space?

I know that it's possible to selectively ingest in the import dialogue, but is it possible to delete "rejected" portions of clips once they've been imported, without deleting the whole clip? If not, ...
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1answer
405 views

How do I speedup encoding of a video that has just 1 static frame with ffmpeg and lib264 library?

I'm making mp4 (libx264 + aac) videos that have just one static image throughout the whole video. It's basically a narrated text with a nice background. The question I've is how could I speed up ...
5
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2answers
653 views

How can I stream to a single channel, from multiple geographical locations?

We are looking at broadcasting a live 'roundtable discussion' between 4 or 5 people. We are after either a service which would allow us to stream from all of these 4 people into a single channel. Note ...

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