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Desktop Video News #033: Guidelines for Shooting Quality Videos
February 03, 2006
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In This Issue ...

Editor's ViewPoint
The MailBag
Featured Articles
Product Spotlight
Tip Of The Week
Download Of The Week


Editor's ViewPoint

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 4.0 too!

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 announced Studio 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 sharing packages.

Gary Hendricks Editor

The MailBag

Tips for video capture

Question: Do you know of any tips for capturing video into my computer?

, Bangalore

Answer: Here are some handy tips for capturing video. Hopefully, they will come in useful at some point:

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Use a separate hard disk for capturing video - the fastest hard disk you’ve got. You can use Adobe Premiere Scratch Disks preferences to
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 distortion.

Featured Articles

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Product Spotlight

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. Highly recommended.

Tip of The Week

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 Open Source 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.

Download Of The Week

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.

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