In This Issue ...
Tip Of The Week
Download Of The Week
Hello there, welcome to the month of
February 2006! Its been an interesting week here at
There are some interesting tidbits of news we have for you - so read on ...
Well, first up this week: Adobe announces
Premiere Elements 2.0 and Photoshop Elements 4.0. The company's hugely
popular (and successful) budget version of its Premiere Pro editing program
gets a facelift and added features, and is partnered with Photoshop Elements
Also, Canon has launched its Canon XL H1 HDV camcorder. At last, Canon has joined the HDV club with a camcorder whose
styling very much resembles an XL2 sprayed black, but which offers a new
HD-compatible lens, 1080i HDV and SD recording to MiniDV tape.
Pinnacle has also
Version 10. Following its
recent acquisition by market-leader Avid, Pinnacle has announced the latest
release of the latest in its Studio
line of beginner-level digital video capture, editing and digital media
Tips for video capture
Question: Do you know of any tips for
capturing video into my computer?
Answer: Here are some handy tips for
capturing video. Hopefully, they will come in useful at some point:
Unique digital video storage product
Techworld.com, UK -
Jan 30, 2006
There have been several storage
products launched in the past few months aimed at the specific needs of
digital video producers and suppliers. ..
Smaller screens, beautiful images
Herald, India - 21 hours ago
... Transferring television content
to iPods and PSP consoles will get some help from TiVo, the maker of the
digital video recorders. ...
Digital Video Professionals Association (DVPA)
Launches New Online ...
EMediaLive.com, CT -
Jan 20, 2006
The Adobe Production Studio combines
full new versions of Adobe's video and graphics applications--Adobe
After Effects 7.0, Adobe Premiere Pro 2.0, Adobe ...
Use a separate hard disk for capturing video -
the fastest hard disk you’ve got. You can use Adobe Premiere Scratch Disks
select the disk to which you want to record. Faster rotational speeds allow for
faster sustained throughput without dropping frames. While
7200-rpm IEEE 1394 drives will eventually get the job done, 10,000 or 15,000 rpm
Ultra 320 (U320) SCSI hard drives are probably a better choice for professional
production environments. For maximum performance, U320 controllers also provide
enough bandwidth to support multiple drives configured for RAID.
Defragment the capture disk just prior to capture, so free space is
available in large contiguous blocks. A fragmented hard disk can reduce
capture frame rate.
Place as few other demands on the system as
possible, to gain the undivided attention of the CPU. If other programs are
running (for example: virtual memory, network connections, unnecessary
drivers or extensions), they may interrupt capture with calls for processing
time. To lighten the processing load, keep open only essential windows and
palettes. In Adobe Premiere, you can toggle the TAB key to close all open
palettes or make them reappear.
Capture audio at the highest quality settings
your computer can handle, even if those settings are higher than those
you’ll specify for final export or playback. This provides headroom, that is,
extra data, which will help preserve quality if you adjust audio gain (volume)
or apply audio effects such as equalization or dynamic range
compression/expansion. Standard practice is to make sure the gain level is
correct when you capture because, if the gain in an audio clip was set too low
when it was digitized, increasing the gain may emphasize noise or introduce
Shooting Quality Videos
Have you ever had this experience? You grab your new digital camcorder (replete
with the latest features) and happily shoot that wonderful family event or
vacation. Only later do you
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Learn to Create a Video with Windows MovieMaker
In this tutorial we will
learn how to create movie clips with Windows Moviemaker. This is Microsoft’s
foray into the video editing market, and it’s an impressive tool at that, we
must admit. ...
How to Share Your
Video with Others
Let's say you've finished shooting, capturing and editing your very own video.
How can you now dump it into a format that is easily shared with friends and
family? There are two ways to do
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A Top-Notch Video Editing Program
If you're looking for a full-fledged video editing package at a reasonable price, then Ulead VideoStudio is your answer.
I've always known Ulead to produce top-notch video software and VideoStudio is
no exception. This software allows you to turn home videos into professional
looking productions with ease.
For the more advanced user, there are more than 1000 customizable
transitions, titles and special effects to play with. You can also cut those
movies onto DVD, CD, tape and other media to share with friends and family.
Every once in a while, you might be in the mood to edit together a movie, but
you don't have a video camera. The Internet
Archive is a nonprofit organization, which was founded to build an 'Internet
Library'. A vast array of media is available through the site, including audio
and video files.
There are two good, free archives available through the Internet Archive site.
The first of the two archives is the
movies section, which contains movies that have been contributed by the public.
The second is the
Prelinger Archive, which dates back to 1983 and was founded by Rick
Prelinger. The Prelinger archive contains close to 2,000 movies online.
Both the Open Source and the Prelinger archives are part of the larger Moving
Images collection. Within the collection of Moving Images are a variety of
sections, including Independent News, Computer Chronicles, and Feature Films. Of
particular interest is the Feature Films section, which contains genres ranging
from Action to Western. Do you want to make a Mystery movie? Then browse the
Mystery section, gather your footage, and edit to your heart's content.
Depending on your approach, you can mix and match footage from many movies,
reedit a movie, or dream something up like Mystery Science Theater 3000. Try it
out, you'll be amazed by the possibilities.
AVS Video Converter is a full-featured video conversion tool that does
it's job well and adds some unexpected features. Fast, high quality video
conversion to or from most any format (including AVI (DivX, XviD, MPEG-4),
MPEG-1 and 2, VOB, VRO, DAT (video DVD, PAL, and NTSC), SWF, WMV, RM (Real
Media), MP4 (Sony PSP and Apple iPod), H.263, H.264, 3GPP, 3GP2, MOV
QuickTime) can be performed with a few mouse clicks.
AVS can also extract audio and images, capture video from different
sources, rip DVD or write your converted videos to DVD file format or burn a
DVD with it's integrated burning engine.
Those who need basic editing capabilities will appreciate the integrated
video editor, which includes an assortment (more than 50) of special
effects, image and audio adjustment settings.