Videos / Quicktime / Video CODECS
We use Ulead videos studio 4.0, it came with the firewire port we had to add to the computer, to capture the movies. We do not use it for modifying them, for this we use the simple and straightforward Quicktime pro from Apple (29$). The only things i wish Quicktime could have are the ability to capture, to take a still from a movie and maybe some transition effects. Maybe these are part of Quicktime, but we spend too much time swearing at the crashing computer to have any left for other more useful things.
Using Quicktime is pretty simple, just select the section you want from a movie with the bottom beginning and end cursors, and then copy and paste, nothing could be easier. There are a few filters that come with the program that can be useful.
Motion: We have recently filmed some faster action shots of windsurfing and skiing/snowboarding and these, while looking good in the camera and on playback on a TV, once captured look pretty bad, we get horizontal black line. this, we were told, by our non resident expert Tim, is cause by the fact that the camera takes in 2 fields...etc...The solution to this is, when exporting the movie to .mov format, to use only one field, (ctrl + J and then go on the video track option, select high quality and click on just one field and high quality. This solves the problem of the horizontal lines, but makes the movie a bit blurry. We are still looking for a better fix.
Video files in general are really big, a normal sized 1 minute movie can take up to 1 Gb of hard disk space. While this is good for the quality of the video, it is not good for anything else. Imagine waiting for 1 Gig to be downloaded before you can see a 1 minute video....even at the fastest internet speed, you'd be long gone to the bar before you would watch it.
CODECs (COmpression/DECompression) are little plug-ins that help compress and decompress movies, thus allowing us to put them on the internet with a minimum of hard disk space and download time required. Of course we lose a bit on the quality, but that is thel price to pay. We chose the Zygovideo codecs, because they are available for free and gave us the best results, quality/file size compromise and are available for both Mac and Windows. Quicktime version 5.0 should get them automatically before playing the video, but if, for some reason it doesn't, or you have an older version of QT, just download the free Basic Codecs from the Zygovideo website, then install them in your computer. Enjoy the videos.