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Digital Video Photography IBM PC Club June 2004 Bob Stephens bob-stephens@pacbell.net Editing and Equipment Introduction Bob’s Background Digital Video Photography Class At SeniorNet, Almaden Center Overview The Past Overview Two Basic Areas VCR Three Basic Areas PC

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Digital Video Photography

  • IBM PC Club

  • June 2004

  • Bob Stephens

    • bob-stephens@pacbell.net

Editing and Equipment


Introduction

  • Bob’s Background

  • Digital Video Photography Class

    • At SeniorNet, Almaden Center


OverviewThe Past


OverviewTwo Basic Areas

VCR


Three Basic Areas

PC


Three Basic Areas - Plus

Mini DV, D8 (DV), Analog Cameras

Micro DV is Discontinued

Some Vendors

Ulead

Adaptec

Sonic Factory

Pinnacle

Adobe

Windows Movie Maker 2

WMM2 (XP)

PC

Analog

Analog +


Three Basic Areas – Connect

VCR

Analog

Input

1394/Firewire/iLink – Digital

Composite, S Video – Analog

Analog Converter card or box

1.0GHZ+, 256MB

13GB/Hour of DV Video

1394 for DV

Analog card

USB 2.0 for photos

2nd Video Capture drive

PC

PVR

CD Writer

DVD Writer

VCD (VHS quality)

SVCD (better)

DVD (best)

VCR

DVD Player


DV Camcorders

Are they good cameras?

Digital Cameras

Are they good camcorders?

Features?

Video Editors

What do we want to accomplish?

Features

Cameras and Editors


Dispelling the Myth

  • DV produces 720x480 pixel pictures (broadcast quality)

    • Some cams have up to 1.5M+ pixels for digital pictures

  • Would you buy a 1.5MP camera today?

  • Camcorders DO NOT make good digital cameras

  • And digital cameras DO NOT make good camcorders


Dispelling the Myth

  • Most Digital Cameras produce low resolution/frame rate video, many without sound (but within that limitation they serve a useful purpose)

  • A few do produce acceptable video. The Fuji S602 when combined with the 1GB IBM Microdrive will produce a very reasonable 680x480 15 minute video with sound. And up to 30 minutes at lower resolution (VHS), OR about 3000 high resolution pictures.


Mini DV Camcorder Features

  • Up to 20x Optical Zoom

  • 500x Digital Zoom – Of very limited value

  • Viewfinder and LCD displays

  • Battery life and HOW do you charge the batteries (YES you’ll need 2 batteries)

  • Pass though (digital to/from analog)


Show Video Zoom Video

Show Camcorder


Video Editor Features

  • Capture Input

  • Delete unwanted portions of the video (one estimated is 50% of the video)

  • Merge multiple video clips

  • Add Titles

  • Add Transitions

  • Add Pictures

  • Add Sound

  • Preview video

  • Create Viewable video


Video Editor Features

  • Enhance video (change color, double the speed, etc.)

  • Add credits (scrolling credits)

  • Authoring for DVD’s

    • Menus

    • Motion backgrounds

  • Output


Show Surfing Video


Video Editor Features

  • Make Output

    • Save as a file (various formats)

    • Burn a VCD or SVCD

    • Burn a DVD

    • Save to DV camcorder

    • Analog output (camcorder, VHS, etc.)


A basic video that contains some of our desired features

Show Bogey and Friends


All Camcorders

Composite

Analog

Tape Source

VCR


Passthrough

Analog camcorder

DV

Composite

Analog

PC

1394

Digital

Tape Not Used

for Passthrough

VCR


Digital 8 or D8 Camcorders

8mm Analog

Tape (Read only)

8mm

Digital

Tape

May Support Passthorugh

PC

1394

Tape Source


Canopus Breakout Box


Show VHS Tivo Comparison Video


Minimum PC

  • 600MHZ, 1.0GHZ+ better

  • 128MB, 256MB+ better

  • Lots of disk space, 40GB marginal

    • Consider 200GB for $100 as a second drive for video

  • Video, sound, 1394, analog capture card, USB 2.0

  • Check your video software, I’d use their recommended PC, not their minimum PC


PC OS’s

  • Most to least desirable – XP, W2K, 98SE, ME

  • Very limited NT Support

  • Be aware of the 4GB file size limit of FAT32. XP or W2K with NTFS recommended


Why XP?

  • The most stable Windows OS

  • The best supported OS

  • Plug and play

  • Expanded device support

  • Supports NTFS file system

  • Includes WMM 2

  • Second choice for video is W2K


NTFS File System

  • Stability and Recovery from errors

  • Efficient for small file sizes, directory cluster size, file lookup

  • Up to 8 Peta bytes (1,000,000 GB’s)

  • No 4GB file size limitation


Vendor Editor Software

  • $100 Range

  • Digital Video Creator 80 (Dazzle), Dazzle recently merged with Pinnacle

  • DVD Movie Factory 2 (Ulead)

  • DVD Picture Show 2 (Ulead)

  • Screenblaster Movie Studio (Sonic Foundry)

  • Studio 9 (Pinnacle Systems) and other related products.

  • Video Explosion Deluxe (Nova)

  • Video Studio 7 (Ulead)

  • Video Wave 5 (Roxio)


Vendor Editor Software

  • $300 Range – May contain breakout box hardware

  • Digital Video Creator 150 (Pinnacle/Dazzle)

  • Hollywood DV Bridge (Pinnacle/Dazzle)

  • Studio Deluxe (Pinnacle)

  • Studio Moviebox (Pinnacle)

  • Above $300

  • Liquid Edition 5 (Pinnacle)

  • Premier (Adobe)

  • Vegas 4.0 (Sonic Foundry)


Video Player Software

  • You’ll also want to be able to view video on your PC (besides the video editor preview window) that’s quick and easy to use

  • Windows Media Player (WMP version 9) that comes with the Microsoft OS’s will do the job, in addition to many others


Commercial DVD Format

  • Single Sided, Dual Layer (DVD9)

    • Top layer 4.7GB

    • Bottom layer 3.8GB

    • Total 8.5GB


Recordable DVD Format

  • Single Sided, Single Layer (DVD5)

    • 4.7GB

    • Dual Format – and +, Both formats are popular

    • Four Media’s DVD–R/RW and DVD+R/RW

  • DVD-RAM, Not nearly as popular as the Dual Format’s


Recordable DVD DL Format(Dual Layer)

  • Just starting to become available for consumers

  • Cost about $300

  • Media cost?

  • Software support?


DVD Labels (physical labels)

  • When compared to CD’s

  • DVD’s have higher RPM

  • DVD’s have higher temperatures

  • General Advice – DON’T LABEL DVD’s

    • Use permanent pen

    • Or printable DVD’s with printer


Windows Movie Maker 2

  • Screen shots from WMM2

  • The functions of WMM2 are typical of video editors


WMM2 – 3 Windows


Notice the Preview Window, Collections and Timeline


Movie Tasks


Timeline


Show Funny Cats Video


Darn Cat!


Thanks John Zimmerman


The End


Demo WMM?


Digital Video

Photography

  • IBM PC Club

  • 3/9/04

  • Bob Stephens

  • bob-stephens@pacbell.net


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