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Old September 23rd, 2002, 03:11 PM   #1
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If Windows ME codec is poor, where and how can I import Canon XL1s using a higher quality codec into Premiere?

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Old September 24th, 2002, 03:28 AM   #2
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If you get a DV editing board they usually include a higher
quality Codec. There are also a couple of software codecs
areound (like Mainconcept) that provide a much better quality.
And then I think some NLE packages (like Vegas Video??) include
their own. If you are using Premiere it can be a real pain to
switch that over to use another codec than the defaults Microsoft

There was a site that instructed people how to use Premiere with
another DV codec. I don't seem to be able to find it at the moment.
Perhaps someone else knows where it is located?

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Old September 24th, 2002, 09:48 AM   #3
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Also remember that the codec only comes into play WHEN YOU CHANGE SOMETHING. For example, if you dissolve between two clips, the codec is used for the dissolve. Clips that are not changed will still be exactly the same as the original.
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Old September 24th, 2002, 11:28 AM   #4
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Step by Step for MainConcept DV codec

Here are the steps if one wants to use MainConcept DV Codec with Adobe Premiere.

1) Download and install MainConcept DV Codec

** if you are unable to see the .ini file, go into the explorer. Click on folder options. Select that all files
should be shown. then you should see the hidden *.ini file.
Then right click and select install.

2)There is a file in C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM called QCap.dll

Cut and Paste this file somewhere on your HD. I don't know what this file does, but it prevents Premiere from using codecs other than Windows. Refresh the contents of C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM

3) Start Premiere. You should be able to select MainConcept DV Codec. I now have 5 codecs to choose from on my system. Windows Codec will not be available.

4) To return to the Windows codec, simply paste the QCap.dll back into C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM then refresh the folder and quit Premiere. Restart Premiere and the Windows codec will be available, without the other codecs.

There is also this program called DVCSwitch.exe that supposedly does all of this for you, but it didn't work for me.

Hope this can help someone.


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