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We would like to convert 20 sec to 3 minute "grabs" from some 40 minute videos for use on our site either in RM or MPEG format. We are beginners here. Can anybody suggest a good place to start re hardware (I guess we have to connect up a video player to a computer!)and software options. Maybe a good web howto resource?
For example can we copy the video to a CD ROM, then select passages and edit them and save them in mpeg/RM format?
This will never become a major feature on our site, just to add a bit of variety to our news and article sections. So we are looking for "quick easy fixes" rather than site wide professional solutions.
I personally have used EditDV software, and if you're only doing fairly simple editing, "EditDV Unplugged" offers much of the same fucntionality and is a free download (last I checked). I don't think there are any other programs available that offer as much functionality for as low a price ($0)... unless you bought a Mac with iMovie installed.
Once you have the edited video on your hard drive, find video compression software (QuickTime will handle basic functions, Cleaner Pro offers better functionality), and save the video as an MPEG or whatever format you want. Keeping a library of "finished" video clips on CD is an excellent way to prevent the digital video files from taking over all your hard drive space.
Anyone have any simpler ideas? I'd love to hear them!
First you want to capture as clean as possible in .AVI. This can be very resource consuming if you want to do long clips. Uncompressed video can take up several GB per minute. I've got a 30GB drive I use just for video. [url=www.virtualdub.org]VirtualDub[/url] is a very popular free capture and editing utility.
Then you convert to MPEG. There are lots of freeware/shareware alternatives out there. Probably one of the most popular is [url=www.tmpgenc.com/e_main.html]TMPGEnc[/url]. This is a bit tougher to use than the commercial [url=www.roxio.com/en/products/ecdc/index.html]Easy CD Creator[/url] and [url=www.ahead.de/en/index2.htm]Nero 5.5[/url] packages that will somewhat automate this process for you.
chiyo, you're probably more familiar with this than I am, but in most of Asia the VideoCD and SuperVideoCD formats seem to be most prevalent. The Easy CD Creator and Nero 5.5 packages claim to create VideoCD and SuperVideoCD format CDs for you that could easily be distributed in your markets. These are also supposed to play in most DVD players as well. I assume that any MPEG files created by these packages would also work on the web...
It looks like there are not any real easy solutions! We are checking around the computer shops later this week using your suggestions as a guide.
Just some extra info. The clipswe hope to include on the site are short comments by our "talking heads" taken from conference videos and interviews our consultants and authors have done recently.
What most people do not realise is a new breed of specialist technotypes called compressionists, has evolved. These guys specialise in web compression and they are clever given the current limitations. When you watch the trailer for the latest film on a site and you think it looks quite good, it hasnt just been processed by Media Cleaner Pro- some guru has had a special edit cut, has analysed every frame and compressed the sections as required. I read that the Star Wars stuff took 3 months to compress. Trouble is, a client will say can you do "this", like I've seen "here" and you have to explain that sadly it ain't that easy. Good Luck. Let us know how you get on.