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I'm an old timer now:(

Postby ohiovr » Tue Nov 18, 2014 1:33 am

I've been into video production since the early 90s (as a teenager), and looking at what we had to put up with to make even the simplest videos, explaining how to do this to a teenage youtuber would cause them to laugh and point fingers. Genlock? Betacam? Frame syncronizer? ab roll editing?

The good news is... I don't miss any of it!!!!

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Re: I'm an old timer now:(

Postby ohiovr » Tue Nov 18, 2014 1:38 am

And I wasn't lucky enough to use betacam till I was in college. Before that was Umatic. Boo!

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Re: I'm an old timer now:(

Postby Skipjack » Tue Nov 18, 2014 1:51 am

I feel your pain, buddy!

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Re: I'm an old timer now:(

Postby JoeP » Tue Nov 18, 2014 3:46 am

I never got into video, either professional or as a hobby, but I did plenty of 35mm still photography in high school and college. I used to do all my own processing with film, paper, darkroom techniques. Now that, I DO miss! It is an unneeded an soon to be lost art. But I really enjoyed it.

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Re: I'm an old timer now:(

Postby Tom Ligon » Tue Nov 18, 2014 6:59 pm

I recall, circa 1975, helping a friend tape a commercial as a video production class exercise. Reel to reel tape decks with rotating heads.

Later, we used a VHS deck and camera in the lab. Customers wished we could edit our tests down to slick videos for them but we lacked the ability to do clean edits. Cutting between scenes tended to induce video roll. We had primitive titles and could date/time stamp, but nothing slick. Incorporating stills meant holding up a print and running the camera.

At EMC2 I overlaid computer data on test videos using a Genlock adapter with a key-to-black feature.

These days I have a handful of HD video cameras, all storing to SD cards. My primary cameras are a Canon HF-G20 (optically image stabilized) and a Nikon D5100 (adapts to anything a DSLR can work with, including microscopes and telescopes). I edit with Pinnacle Studio, which gives me fancy titles and more transitions and special effects than you could dream of, does green screen chroma-key, allows cutting between videos flawlessly, lets me use still photographs with full "Ken Burns" pan and zoom effects, and allows me to use other computer graphics. The deluxe version of this software runs about $120, and you can get cameras with nearly semi-pro capability for $1100. News networks are unashamed of using the video from Go-Pro Hero cameras costing a few hundred bucks.

A good computer helps. The Mighty Teraquad was purpose-built for video editing, with a pair of 2 TB hard drives for storing video. This machine set me back less than $1700, about what I spent on a Radio Shack Model III and an Epson MX-80. Less than I spent on the Kaypro 286.

I can even create my own music beds from sheet music from long-dead composers, free of copyright problems. And I added a 4-channel CD-quality digital audio recorder. The video software can mix in any number of audio tracks I wish.

I don't wanna go back!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MiLhImQVHBY

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Re: I'm an old timer now:(

Postby Aero » Fri Nov 21, 2014 6:05 am

Hey guys. I just created about 300 MB sequence of PNG files output from an analysis program and I had planned to make a video of them. Problem is I don't know how. I made a .gif using Imagemagic, but that is way to large to upload and Imagemagic doesn't do movies on my system. Ubuntu Lunix.

Anybody know of a free software package I could install (in one step) that could convert sequenced PNG files into a movie?
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Re: I'm an old timer now:(

Postby ohiovr » Fri Nov 21, 2014 1:17 pm

Maybe there is a free video editor that would do it. I know blender would but it is a pill to use

http://www.lwks.com/

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Re: I'm an old timer now:(

Postby Tom Ligon » Fri Nov 21, 2014 5:04 pm

Pinnacle Studio can make movies from a sequence of stills ... I've played with some time-lapse sequences. Its not one step, though ... it would probably take a noob a few days to figure out how that package works. It is not free, but the basic package is affordable.

I own a few "trail cameras" that can be set to do time lapse sequences. The brochure for the Covert MP6 claims that their website has free software that can turn a time lapse sequence into a video, but the cameras use .jpgs, not .png, and the free software may not handle the fancier format.

I don't know if you can download this without buying a camera, but here's what the Covert entitles you to:

http://www.scoutingassistant.com/covert/

There should be some affordable comparable product out there that does what you need.

If this is Polywell-related, maybe you could send me the files on a CD, or use some cloud transfer site, and I could make the movie for you. Sounds like way too much data to e-mail.

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Re: I'm an old timer now:(

Postby ohiovr » Fri Nov 21, 2014 6:07 pm

Sony Vegas is my favorite video editor. They make a cheaper version called home studio I think.

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Re: I'm an old timer now:(

Postby krenshala » Fri Nov 21, 2014 9:50 pm

Unfortunately it isn't available yet, but VLC is working on a video editor: http://www.videolan.org/vlmc/

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Re: I'm an old timer now:(

Postby Skipjack » Sat Nov 22, 2014 3:32 am

Not an editor, but a fantastic post processing software (I have been using it since version 2.something I cant remember its been so long ago) is Fusion (used to be "Digital Fusion") by Eyon. Now Blackmagic Design recently bought Eyon and they are giving a fully functioning (with some very small limitations) version away for free right now:
https://www.blackmagicdesign.com/
Fusion is a fantastic tool and was one of the first completely node based post production and special effects tools.

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Re: I'm an old timer now:(

Postby hanelyp » Sat Nov 22, 2014 4:14 am

The daylight is uncomfortably bright for eyes so long in the dark.


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