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How to see if a video file is progressive or interlaced?

I can check the resolution of a video by Right Clicking -> Properties -> Details -> Video. Is there a way to see if the video is progressive or interlaced?
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How to Create a High Quality, Small File Size .mp4 from .mov

Recently, I helped a friend produce a short zombie comedy. He has now asked me to add it to the film's website as a digital download. I'm not having issues with the digital download. My issue is how ...
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Can Sony Vegas Pro be used or compared to the output produced by Final Cut Pro for professional use?

I am a PC user and use Sony Vegas Pro. I really like it for editing purposes. I do not like Adobe Premier or Avid which work on Windows and believe that the top 3 tools are AVID, Sony Vegas, and ...
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Can I use unlicensed music as soundtrack for a video?

I'm shooting a 1 min. promo video for an iPhone app startup. Can I use unlicensed music as long as I mention the artists on the closing credits? Are there any other resources available to help ...
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505 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 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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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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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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What gives a local TV news show that “look”?

I know little about filmmaking. I am trying to replicate the image of a generic local news show, which it seems my Canon DSLR is unable to do, since it blurs every area that is not in focus. Local TV ...
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How to concatenate clips from the same video with ffmpeg

I have a long video with different scenes in it. I want to extract and concatenate 2 scenes from the video (that do not start on an I-frame) using ffmpeg 2.1.4. For argument, say I want 5 seconds ...
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How to reduce wind noise from a video?

I am using a Canon EOS-650D to record video and I have a problem with wind/noise on my recordings. Can anyone tell me how can I reduce noise/wind from the recorded video. I usually edit my videos on ...
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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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Upon export in Premiere Pro, colors lose saturation when previewing in QuickTime

I working on a project that I originally began in Premiere Pro CS6 on Windows, converted to CC, and am not editing in CC on Mac. I was making some minor tweaks to the video and getting ready to ...
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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? What other options would you recommend? I want to create a presentation
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Can I use FFMPEG in a commercial product [closed]

Not sure if I am correct posting my question here and I will of course delete this question if appropriate. I have a c# desktop app using FFMPEG I have a web service using FFMPEG. I sell both ...
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What is the difference between ffmpeg and ffmbc now?

Two years ago I've used ffmbc to encode videos to prores, but nowadays ffmpeg also supports prores and avchd. What is the difference between ffmpeg and ffmbc now?
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120fps 720p footage with real time playback on Ubuntu? + editing?

I have a laptop with an i7 CPU, 1.73 GHz, 8GB RAM, Ubuntu 10.04 with an "ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5800 Series" graphics card. I have compiz enabled (which may be one of the culprits with the problem ...
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How do I record a computer monitor without banding/flickering with a Canon t2i/550D?

As you've probably guessed, when recording video with a computer monitor in frame I am getting banding. I'm aware that this has to do with refresh rates of the monitor vs the scan rate of the camera ...
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What determines video orientation (landscape or portrait) during playback?

I captured a short video on my Android phone in portrait mode (i.e. to be viewed vertically). When I played it on Windows 7 using WMP (or VLC), it displayed incorrectly in landscape orientation. ...
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How do I move (rearrange) the orientation of a video? Using ffmpeg

I want to crop the video at some position and move the part next to the part that wasn't cropped. (See image, it explains better)
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Can H264 achieve “equivalence” with ProRes 422?

Has anyone done or seen any tests comparing Apple ProRes 422 with high-bitrate H.264? We use 422 as a delivery format to go to DCP for theatrical versions of trailers. The bitrate is around 150mbps. ...
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Is there any plugin for After Effects to create a 'kinetic typography' video?

I was looking at some kinetic typography videos - like the one below - and wondering whether there is a plugin for Adobe After Effects CS4 that can help with this. If not, then is there any other easy ...
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How is “definition” (SD, HD, UHD) actually defined?

OK, so at first it might sound like a stupid question but I'm trying to get my head around all these definitions... It seems that they don't have a specific resolution, but they do at the same time. ...
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Similar to “levels adjustment” brightness improvement with ffmpeg

I'm composing a video from set of 16bit tiff pictures. The pictures are very dark, and needs to be brightened. Currently I'm applying -vf "mp=eq2=1.0:1.0:0.3:1.0:1.0:1.0:1.0:1.0" filter to make ...
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How to convert video to ogv and webm versions with a high quality result?

What is the best software for mac to convert video to ogv and webm versions with a high quality result? I have adobe media encoder, is there is a setting or plugin available to do so in there? or ...
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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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Post-production workflow: VFX before color correction?

I'm shooting my first internet video tomorrow. It has a spaceship chasing and shooting at a superhero in it. With knowledge accumulated between ~a year ago and now and more focused research over the ...
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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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Does YouTube allow multiple soundtracks

Is it possible to upload one video on YouTube, and have multiple soundtracks for it? Much like one can choose the subtitles, can one make several language-specific voice-overs for the same, say, ...
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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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How to change active camera in after effects ( or render a different camera )

I added a camera to my comp, however, when I render it uses the active camera, and not camera1. How do I Either make camera1 my active camera, or make it so that I can render out camera1
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Batch processing individual frames into video

I’m new at video editing… and hoping someone can direct me to the best software for my needs. Running on windows OS. I need to build a video from frames in tga format, convert them in different ...
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What should I be looking for in a low cost color correcting monitor?

I am in the market for a low-cost, color-correcting monitor. Please help me define "low cost." I don't want to skimp out but don't want to buy top dollar either. I know good monitors cost money. I ...
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How do I get Stereo + 5.1 for YouTube videos?

Youtube states that it only supports Stereo or Stereo + 5.1. How does this work? Does it mean that there should be two audio streams included in the container or is this a special encoding? ( I am ...
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Object moving to a position I didn't specify

I'm trying to do the following: At 0;00;00;00 orange triangle is offscreen and begins to move towards the center. At 0;00;03;00 orange triangle arrives at position 243, 135. At 0;00;03;00 orange ...
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YouTube Compression: Why?

There's a lot of advice on the internet on encoding settings to apply to your video before uploading to YouTube (https://support.google.com/youtube/answer/1722171?hl=en, ...
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How to achieve “Acid Burn” saturation?

The TV show 'Utopia' has become renowned for its stylized visuals, including a type of saturation that is frequently described by reviews as "Acid Burned"... Director Marc Munden, who shot the ...
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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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How can I achieve the Ken Burn Effect with greater control or in other software?

I am using the Ken Burns effect in Final Cut Pro X, however it does not allow me enough control over how it behaves. I end up having to cut the video in to multiple clips in order to get the effect ...
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Is it possible to encode video using the same codec and container but different parameters for different scenes?

I know that it's very hard to find out best encoding parameters for a whole video file. Wouldn't it be easier to just go through the video and find out the best parameters for different parts (or ...
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What does a phantom technician do on a production set and why would a director need one?

I just saw a video and in the credits is listed "phantom technician" ? What are this person's duties, and why would a director need one on a production set? Here is the video reference: ...
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What is the name of that color test in video production with the beep?

What is the name of those colour test screens at the beginning of videos? I've used it before in Final Cut Pro but I forget what it's called. Thanks.
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What is the best way to plan and sync voiceover?

I'm working on an informational video which has some live action product shots, animation created in flash, a backgroud music track, and a voiceover track. I've got total control over everything so I ...
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833 views

How to loop an animated mask?

I'm trying to make a loop from an animated mask, but each time I introduce my loop expression: loopOut (type="cycle", numKeyframes = 0), After Effects is telling me that: "Expression is ...
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Sync separate audio to video+bad-camera-audio, free NLE recommendations

My use-case, in case the details help people understand what I'm looking for: My brother needs some videos of him singing while playing the piano, to send in as an audition for a dinner theater. For ...
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What is the Marketshare of the big three video editing (NLE) software packages?

Cannot find a source to see market share or change for top video editing software tools used today. The big three are: Avid Final Cut Pro Adobe Premiere Pro (after effects) I know Avid is still used ...
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How to convert an MTS file without loosing quality?

I have shot some videos on a Panasonic v720 camcorder. The videos are huge. I used the internal feature of the camcorder to convert to MP4 and the quality was reduced very much. What is the best ...
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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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