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Old 29 April 2002, 17:50   #11
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I second that!

Jools, fantastic job the video is absolutely brilliant! Thanks for a great memory of a great weekend.

Haven't shown it to the Crazy Canadian yet, save that for tommorrow night.

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Old 29 April 2002, 17:51   #12
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Keith has asked what "equipment" I have.....

Camera
Most of the video was filmed using my Sony TRV30 onto MiniDV tape
A couple of shots came from my old camera a Cannon Hi8 - which I have now donated to my Dad!!
The Hi8 footage then has to be copied into the Sony onto MiniDV tapes so that all footage is now "Digital"

Editing
I use a Apple Mac G4 running OSX to do the editing - It comes with basic editing software which would be fine for the family holiday video - but I soon found its limitations.
The footage is copied into the mac using a high speed firewire cable - This takes up lots of diskspace 1Gb for every 5 mins of footage About 14Gb for the footage from Cardiff!!
I now use "Final Cut Pro 3" - this is used by the BBC to file news reports in the field aswell as many other pro users - so I havn't scratched the surface of all its features yet!

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After editing I then write the video back to a "Final Cut" on MiniDV tape - so far this is all digital and so no loss of quality. To make a VHS copy I then play the MiniDV tape through the camcorder to a standard (Akia) VHS machine

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To create the DVD first I create a quicktime movie from Final Cut Pro. I then use the iDVD software that comes with the MAC to produce the DVD and then "burn" disks on the "Superdrive" in the MAC (a CD/DVD writer)
The first DVD takes a while to burn as the 8Gb quicktime movie is converted to MPEG-2 format for the DVD
After the first one - as long as you don't make any changes - it takes about 10 mins per DVD
Again Apple make "professional" DVD authoring software and with that you can add chapter marks, directors comentaries, multiple angles, region coding - basicly anything in the DVD standard!


I'm still experimenting - this was the first video that I have done other than a few 5 minuite practice runs.
The most time consuming part was getting the camera shutter with sound effect right!

and Keith..... Special prize if you can spot the bit thats actualy played backwards in the video

OK... who else wants a copy!
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Old 29 April 2002, 18:57   #13
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I agree with all that's been said - a true masterpiece. Thanks for all your hard work Jools - the cheque's in the post
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Old 30 April 2002, 03:57   #14
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Ok, ok, I submit......please send me one Jools. I'll send you my address via PM, that way you will locate me, not like breakfast on PoB?!
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I'm a sucker for great product endorsements like that. I just gotta have one NOW. Have emailed you direct Jools.

Cheers...
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I totally agree with all the plaudits. Well done Jools. An excellant piece of work and a real pleasure to view.
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Techie question.......

Jools, Couldn't get the DVD to play on my laptop. Running WinTV which just seemed to freeze although I also occasionally got a message saying that the DVD wasn't formatted and would I like too?! It ran Ok on my Desktop at home which runs PowerDVD.
Any thoughts? (Haven't actually tried it on a proper DVD player yet)

Consequence is that Crazy Canadian hasn't seen it yet and wont til next week now. So you're safe for the time being!

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Hmmmm.....

What can I say - Microsoft!

Not having a PC DVD-ROM drive - I havn't actualy tried running it on a PC - but as you say it runs fine on your Desktop PC so the disk should be fine

If you have the software for your desktop machine (PowerDVD)you could try installing it on your laptop - thats if its a software problem - or maybe its the drive in the laptop thats incompatable? - It plays other DVD's OK though I take it.

Sorry I can't be any more help
Anybody else had problems? - I hope not!
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I've played other DVD's on the laptop so its not the drive. No bother though as it works on the desktop and should be Ok in the DVD player. (So I can enjoy the surround sound experience, I trust it is Dolby 5.1 !)

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If you want Dolby Surround - it can be done

"Projects authored with DVD Studio Pro can include every feature that the DVD-Video standard allows, including motion or still menus, web links, multiple language tracks, up to 99 video tracks - each enhanced with up to 8 different shot angles, 8 separate audio streams, and up to 32 subtitle streams. DVD Studio Pro even includes a Dolby-certified AC-3 encoder for top quality audio"

So the question is do I spend 829 + VAT on DVD Studio Pro (software) so that Alan can enjoy his "surround sound experience" - or do I spend it on a GPS Plotter and VHF radio for my new RIB (see getting back to Ribs)

I suppose I could then do a Greek soundtrack for batfalcon - and add subtitles in any other language required

Tough choice.....

Some people just arn't happy

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