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How can I crop a video with ffmpeg?

I have an MP4 file of a screen recording that I need to crop down. How can I accomplish this without using expensive tools like Adobe Premier or Final Cut? I prefer ffmpeg because I have used it ...
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Good open source Video Editors?

Sure, I could Google and find random software. But I rather have the opinion of users that have had hands-on with any open source video editors. So if you've used one that you like or know of any, ...
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Create a DIY Green Screen / Chroma Key

What are some good resources for people attempting to setup their own green/blue screen, light, record and pull a quality key from it? Particularly on a low budget, or with materials that aren't ...
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What factors are important for DSLR lenses for shooting video?

I'm about to upgrade my DSLR camera from a Canon XSi (450D) to either a Canon 7D or T3i (600D). I'm largely interested in the video features of the camera. I have several mid/high-end lenses that I ...
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Why do weathermen and amateurs use green screens when professional movie makers use blue screens?

I've seen a lot of "low budget" green screen setups. However, when I watch things about professional filmmaking, it seems everyone is using blue screens instead. (e.g. I've seen Industrial Light and ...
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How does YouTube encode my uploads and what codec should I use to upload?

Related to What codecs/formats are appropriate for full motion video recording for youtube? I'm wondering exactly how I can expect Youtube to handle my videos. I know they have a rather zealous ...
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Are there any mathematical advantages for higher sampling rates?

Given that most people can't hear so many frequencies above 20kHz anyways, I've never understood the exact arguments for using sampling rates above 48kHz. At 48kHz, I understand that it is easier to ...
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321 views

What is this strange second camera?

I don't know is this is the correct place to ask this but ... I've watched several "making of" of current movies and noticed a thing i cannot explain. What is this strange "secondary" camera you ...
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Why filmmaking with DSLR?

Adding video feature to digital camera was for their popular applications, as unprofessional users wanted to have both photography and videography at the same time. Professional cameras were ...
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What Beginner Video Editing Software Should I Use?

I need to edit a HD video file. I will need to zoom, pan and insert text. Also, I will need to insert small video clips into the main file (eg. zoom to a black TV screen and insert video to that TV ...
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Render srt subtitles to video?

I have subtitles in .srt file format, and I need to render them on top of video file (prefereably mp4). I have tried handbrake and mediacoder so far, with no luck. What should I do?
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Does version control have a part in the video production workflow?

I'm a software developer and I'm also interested in photography (for four years) and video production (for a few months only). ■ In software development, there is an important rule every developer ...
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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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4answers
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Stabilizing GoPro videos

When I watched videos on GoPro's youtube profile, they seem to me almost perfectly stable. And when I attached my action cam to helmet and tried to record during skiing, the video was very shaky. I ...
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5answers
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How do I turn audio into video (that is, show the waveforms in a video)?

I have to create a video. Part of it involves "showing" a radio interview. Rather than just having a black screen and listening to the audio, I'd like to have a varying waveform on the screen and a ...
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2answers
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What's the difference between an Engineer and a Producer?

People seem to be making a point of the distinction of the role of Engineer and Producer. What's the difference?
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329 views

About film making techniques

I have developed a big interest in film making recently (I hope it isn't a fad). I am interested more in the technical side like cinematography, editing, lighting etc than acting, direction etc. I am ...
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3answers
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Convert a 60 fps video to a 24 (film) video - is it possible?

This may not be as simple a problem as it may seem at first, so read carefully. When I set my (Canon 60D, but this doesn't really matter at all) camera to record at 24 fps (I think it's actually ...
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How can I convert .MTS file (AVCHD) to .mp4 by ffmpeg without re-encoding H264 video stream?

Note: I posted same question to stackoverflow a short time before, when I have not found this comunity yet. I repost this since the question is more suitable to this community. 1. What I tried I ...
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4answers
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How to losslessly encode a jpg image sequence to a video in ffmpeg?

I have a large set of jpgs that I want to convert to a video losslessly (or, at the very least, very close to losslessly as long as the encoding time isn't much higher than otherwise). Naively, I ...
9
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4answers
792 views

How do I get a totally white background without the subject being too bright?

I would like to do a product demonstration similar to the White Room's demonstrations done by Apple, such as iPad 2 Product Demonstration What type of lighting is used to keep the whites extremely ...
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2answers
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How can I stitch together several m2ts video files into one large file?

I have recorded several community theater productions with a Panasonic TM900 camera. The settings on the camera were to record at 1080p @ 60 FPS. However, I noticed that the camera produces several ...
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4answers
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How to get FFMPEG to join non-sequential image files? (skip by 3s)

I have a bunch of images, that follow this pattern. 0001.png 0004.png 0007.png 0010.png 0013.png 0016.png 0019.png ... They're in the correct order, but FFMPEG ignores anything after the first ...
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1answer
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High quality ogv files - possible?

I'm converting mov (or flv or mp4) files into ogv. Unfortunately, the programs I've been using (Miro, FFMPEG's ogv plugin) have terrible encoding that appears extremely fuzzy. Does anyone have ...
8
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4answers
456 views

What are some good accessories for a DSLR video recording setup?

I have a DSLR that I've started using for video recording and I'd like to buy some accessories for shooting video. I know this could be subjective, but it doesn't have to be. I am looking for ...
8
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2answers
320 views

how can I smoothly move a camera without a dolly?

I have a small camera and this is the first time I'm filming anything that is serious. I'm wonder if there is a cheap way I can smoothly shoot footage in a room while moving without a camera dolly.
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2answers
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The ProRes of Premiere Pro?

I'm going to be editing more and more DSLR videos, most notably music videos for my band as we start releasing singles and want to know if there is an intermediate format for both cutting and ...
8
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2answers
952 views

What exactly is AVCHD?

Is it a codec? I don't think so; I believe it uses MPEG4/H.264 for video and AC3 for audio. Is it a container format? Doesn't seem to make a huge amount of sense; there are enough out there already ...
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0answers
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Copying h.264 video from TS into MP4 changes frame rate and time

I have large MPEG-TS file that I am converting to MP4 using the below command. If I seek to the same time in the video in both the MP4 and the TS file, the MP4 will be a few frames behind the TS ...
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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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4answers
860 views

What is the difference between an amateur and a professional camcorder?

It is known that professional photographers use SLRs & regular users use point & shoot camera. What kind of cameras do professional videographers use & whats the difference?
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Screen refresh rate above 100 Hz noticeable?

Is a refresh rate higher than 100 Hz still noticeable for the human eye? Tv manufacturers are still taking these refresh rates to new heights, but is there really a noticeable difference between a ...
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6answers
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Adding a time stamp to a video

Anyone know of a program that will add a visible date and time stamp to a video file? Preferably, I can just put in the start time of the video and it will just keep incrementing the time as the video ...
7
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2answers
246 views

How much is a good framerate for slo-mo recording?

As per the title, how much fps count should I be considering on a camera if I am looking to do slo-mo shots without framerate lag taking effect on video settings? On a side note, I don't know if this ...
7
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2answers
2k views

MP4 / h.264 patent issues?

I know this is not a legal forum but I'm assuming this is a daily issue for most people on this site since h.264 video (AVC / MPEG4 part10) is so ubiquitous (and there is a legal tag here). I've read ...
7
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2answers
2k views

Is there any format for videos like RAW format for photos?

Like the RAW format for photos which stores the exact image information that is of great use for post processing, are there any similar formats for video?
7
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3answers
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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 ...
7
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3answers
269 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 ...
7
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3answers
868 views

Do video formats support colour profiles?

Recently, I was reading a wiki, dedicated to one popular cartoon show and stumbled upon an interesting problem: From left to right: frames from the US iTunes, Australian iTunes and US iTunes version ...
7
votes
2answers
288 views

Why doesn't an FFT pitch filter fully 'mute' the selected pitch range?

While editing a song, I tried to cut out the bass drum by applying a high-pass FFT filter, i.e. filtering out the low pitch of the bass drum. This resulted in the drum sound being severely quieted, ...
7
votes
1answer
426 views

Color correction workflow

I completed my first short film in December. One of the most time consuming aspects of the project was making the colors look nice. I used Adobe Premiere Pro CS5.5 and the free Magic Bullet plugin. I ...
7
votes
2answers
955 views

Matching a camera in a 3D scene based on a photo

I have a Sketchup scene with a 3D model and a geolocation, but I also have a photo for the scene. How cam I match/create a virtual camera in the 3D application to match the viewpoint of the physical ...
7
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3answers
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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, ...
7
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3answers
226 views

Are there any good video editing apps for photographers?

Photo editing apps like Lightroom have very intuitive ways (my opinion, of course) of performing operations on pictures. I occasionally do small video projects that I edit either in Sony Vegas on ...
7
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2answers
317 views

How to make sense of video file formats?

In digital video, there are all these different kinds of files: m4v, mov, mkv, mts, mp4, mpeg, and a host of others, and I can't seem to find a clear answer as to what each is good for. (By contrast, ...
7
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5answers
703 views

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, ...
7
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3answers
750 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 ...
7
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1answer
715 views

What codecs/formats are appropriate for full motion video recording for youtube?

I'm recording video game footage via lossless methods, after which I need to compress them and upload them to youtube. I'm not sure which format and/or codecs are best for this. I've been ...
7
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3answers
4k views

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, ...
7
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3answers
2k views

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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