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· Naughties
· · 2006
· · · May
· · · · 09 (1 entry)

Making Web Video · Yes­ter­day I re­port­ed on shoot­ing high-def video with the new Sony HDR-HC1, and the tri­als and tribu­la­tions of try­ing to gen­er­ate computer-display out­put. When last I wrote, my Pow­erBook couldn’t man­age to play the 800x450 MPEG-4 en­cod­ed Quick­Times un­less they were en­cod­ed at “Medium” qual­i­ty. Wel­l, I’ve al­so got this Ul­tra 20 with a 2.66GHz Opteron and an NVIDIA Quadro FX 1400 (!) so I fired up the Nex­en­ta α4 pack­age man­ag­er and picked up mplay­er. Bug: Mplay­er wouldn’t play the .mov files from the GUI; must re­port. Any­how, that com­bo eats those Quick­Times for break­fast, I even made a High-quality 435M 1920x1080 ver­sion and they all ran with­out a hitch or a glitch. The fan fired up, so I guess things were work­ing kind of hard. But stil­l, something’s not quite right. When the picture’s mov­ing I can see scan lines and pix­e­la­tion, but I want that creamy smooth­ness that iMovie man­ages, and that I see in on­line movie trail­er­s. So... Dear LazyWe­b: Can iMovie be made to morph high-def DV files in­to some­thing re­al­ly good-looking? For en­coder­s, it of­fer­s: Ap­ple en­coders in­clud­ing H.263, a bunch of DVCPRO vari­ants, H.261/263/264, Mo­tion JPEG A and B, and Soren­son Video. Or maybe I need to junk iMovie and get some­thing else? [Up­date: Lots of in­put! Sev­er­al peo­ple say “De-interlace!” and I have a point­er from Mike Cur­tis to his useful-looking HD for Indies. Stand by for more when I get a cou­ple hours free.]
 
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