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Old August 4th, 2005, 01:25 AM   #1
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XL2 Feature Tour Video

Hi, I wanted you folks to be the first to know about an "XL2 Feature Tour" movie we just uploaded- it's 35 minutes long and requires Quicktime 7, it's encoded in H.264 at about 400 kbps for the video (50 KB/sec) and AAC audio at 128 kbps (16 KB/sec).

I would appreciate some feedback on how long it takes the movie to start playing, if it plays consistently, and, oh yeah, about the content itself!! :)

We have not hosted a movie this big before so this is the first big stress test of our new server.

It's the link that says "Watch the XL2 Feature Tour Video" near the top of this page: www.dvcreators.net

Thanks and enjoy!

Josh

p.s. it will be on DVD soon
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Old August 4th, 2005, 09:19 AM   #2
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I can't even get the main site to respond. Maybe you got swamped with everyone trying to watch the video.

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Old August 4th, 2005, 01:21 PM   #3
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Greg, you are right, the server was down... it's back up now. I'm going to see how things go over the next few hours, I may have to pull the video and wait until I can hijack it playing off Canon's site ;)

But it's back up for the moment... sorry for the inconvenience!
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Old August 4th, 2005, 04:43 PM   #4
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That was very nicely done. I liked it a lot.
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Old August 4th, 2005, 11:14 PM   #5
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Thanks!

Just FYI, it seems to be playing fine for everyone now...
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Old August 5th, 2005, 07:10 AM   #6
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Great!!

Josh,

Thanks for posting this. I just got my XL2 a few weeks ago so your video increased my XL2 knowledge by 1000%. The settings section explaining all of the various settings for different styles, looks, adjustments etc. (knee, cine, etc.) was just what I needed.

Canon should buy partial rights to this video from you guys and post it on their XL2 page.

As far as the viewing quality - streamed just fine. Loaded quick through my cable connection, no problems at all. It was fully loaded when the video was only about 1/10th of the way through. You all did a nice job with editing the video as well and made it a joy to watch... again and again :).

I've bookmarked DVcreators.net!!!!
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Old August 5th, 2005, 10:46 AM   #7
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Quicktime 7 preview 2 is not recommended on production machines as it's integration with many other applications is not final. For me it screwed up Adobe Premiere Pro and upon searching the Adobe forums this is a known issue of the beta. reinstalling QT 6.5 release version fixed it but now I can't see any of these h.264 quicktimes. Anyone else seeing this behavior? JUst wish apple would get the final out sooner.

For now I plan on installing the QT preview 2 on my laptop. BUt I thought I should forewarn anyone using Premiere Pro and Quicktime that there may be issues.

Chris, feel free to move this to the appropriate forum if this is not needed here. I just know many will download QT7 as a result of seeing this message and that might mess up some other software.

Thanks,
Marty

(I will comment on the video as soon as I get to see it!)
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Old August 5th, 2005, 11:11 AM   #8
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good job!

love the video
love the women.
I have two XL2's but after watching your video I need to go out and buy another!

Did you use Motion for 2D text and graphic effects?
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Old August 5th, 2005, 11:37 AM   #9
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I just watched the video and it was excellent. Samples were great and really show off the camera. Top-notch! And it streamed excellent.
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Old August 5th, 2005, 01:51 PM   #10
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I want this camera... sigh.
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Old August 5th, 2005, 02:50 PM   #11
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Marty, thanks for the valuable heads-up on QT7 and Premiere Pro (we have a PP workstation here). I will encode an FLV version that should play for everyone, I am just experimenting with H.264 and that's why that was first.

We used After Effects for the intro and other animations, and used Motion for the diagrams, like the 2:3:3:2 pulldown, because you can animate along with the VO in real time, which gave it the edge over AE in those cases.
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Old August 5th, 2005, 05:40 PM   #12
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I agree with Derek, Canon should put this on their website! Can't you show it to them somehow?
I'm sure it would be good for them, really nice and informative video!
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Old August 5th, 2005, 07:40 PM   #13
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Either I'm blind, tired, or the link has been removed... Guess that's what I get for spending more time at the hospital with my wife, than on the computer! :) Joking, joking....

I'd love to take a look at this vid if possible....
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Old August 5th, 2005, 09:32 PM   #14
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The link was moved. Click the "shoot" button under the production section on the top menu. Then scoll down until you see a pic of the XL2, which is about mid-way through the page on the left. You'll see the link next to the XL2 photo.
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Old August 5th, 2005, 10:27 PM   #15
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Good stuff there, Josh. Finally got to see it here on the Imac. Looked really good and streamed well.

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