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Old September 30th, 2003, 07:29 AM   #16
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Alex,

You need a DV codec installed to read the DV file. I have a Sony VAIO, and the codec came pre-installed so I don't have this problem. Anybody else out there have a solution or know where Alex can get a DV codec?

Matt,

Dynapel Slow-motion sucks. Try MotionPerfect instead. Slow-motion is known to create some really weird effects. MotionPerfect does a much better job.

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Old September 30th, 2003, 07:57 AM   #17
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Thanks Mark... actually I need to THANK you for turning me on to Dynapel... I'll get MotionPerfect today just on your recommendation... but I'm not kidding when I say you should check out what SlowMotion does. I wasn't bullsh*tting just for effect when I said it isn't all bad.

I slowed some plays from my nephew's football game and the players would be surrounded by "stretching turf"... the grass would move and stretch around each player... mainly from the legs and down... and the really bizarre part is that if another player (from waist and up) went in front of a player that had this anamoly... it wouldn't effect the closer player! The goofy pixel shifting stays tied to the object it was originally affecting even if something else is crystal clear passing in front of the wacky shifting. That's why I said it 'aint all bad. If you wanted to create an effect like this for some reason, it would take MONTHS to pull it off.

I was going to start a new thread about this, but my feelings of "obligation to the group" will be fulfilled with this post. I can guarantee I'll use the slow-warp look in future projects and I'll stay tight-lipped about how I did it.
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Old September 30th, 2003, 10:46 AM   #18
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Matt,

I'm glad it works for you. I tried Slow-Motion and didn't like what it did, but I was looking at it from a wedding standpoint. MotionPPerfect can have some strange effects, but noting like Slow-Motion. I originally got into Motionperfect because Twixtor was too expensive. Now I use it all the time and people ask "how did you make the camera run so slow?" "Trade secret", I tell them. That's why they pay me the big (small?) bucks.

I hope to eventually do video full time, but right now I don't make enough money at it, so I'll continue to do this until I get laid off (again).

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Old September 30th, 2003, 10:58 AM   #19
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Adjust the shutter to 120+ and shoot the remote. When played back in your NLE will be slowed, stobed a little. If that is what you are looking for. Or apply a motion effect on the clip and chop the frames down like mentioned above. (I wish I could over crank or under crank my DV)

You will need a lot of light to match the surrounding environment.

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Old September 30th, 2003, 12:53 PM   #20
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Thanks Mark, I'll be looking forward to get advised about the necessary DV codec installation to try out that thing...

Any software specialists out there ??

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Old September 30th, 2003, 10:21 PM   #21
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Here's my September 30th update... I've been playing with SlowMotion, MotionPerfect, AND Twixtor... and ALL of 'em do the same thing with slow-motion.

They ALL do this wacky "warp" thing on my Canopus system. I even found a post that said, "perfect slow-motion with Canopus' Speed Controller".... anyway, I downloaded that and it's just like slowing video in Premiere... no difference.

So I've been trying all different codecs to try fixing the "warp effect" and so far to no avail. I even tried uncompressed video and they all still do it.

Oh well, I'm glad I figured out that there isn't much difference between Dynapel MotionPerfect and Twixtor 'cause Twixtor is 6 times the price of Dynapel.

Thanks guys... I guess I'm out of luck on the super-slow I wanted.
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Old October 2nd, 2003, 04:03 PM   #22
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can you do a wire rig to the remote ?
do you have any wire removal software ?
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Old October 2nd, 2003, 06:18 PM   #23
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remote

i had this idea...
shoot the remote falling, and in post, do my slowing, then double and put the new one slightly over top of it, with a screen or overlay...
say a single frame has become 2 frames in length, a 50% slow down... i would offset the new layer one frame, right where there would be that interpratated frame...
has anyone done this? could it acheive a good look?
no i dont have a wire system... but its in my apartment, right above the couch... how would i set up such a wire system...
i do have the power of inserting a 3d remote that i have designed, but its hard to replicate a object... i might just try that and see what it looks like...
well thanx all, keep it coming ^_^

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Old October 3rd, 2003, 12:30 AM   #24
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wire .. attached fishing line (dull) or other THIN line (at 2 points ) to remote. then some type of eye ring /pully into ceiling or if you have C stand with double extension you could off set gobo head with some type of attachment for line to go down smooth ... so basically the line is controlling the speed of remote dropping .. person off camera controls the line.
the camera is LOCKED down then in NLE you might add little motion blur ... in commotion you could remove any line that is seen using wire removal ... also it might work if you drop line little faster then want it and then do little slo-mo in NLE .. ? you'll have to play with it a little to find what works best.

i do like the idea of your 3D remote... then you have total control on it falling and how it turns /spins during fall ...
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Old October 3rd, 2003, 07:28 AM   #25
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Thanks Mark, I'll be looking forward to get advised about the necessary DV codec installation to try out that thing...

Any software specialists out there ??
When I asked on another board about how to use DV files with VirtualDub and AviSynth, I was told that the MS DV codec was a Type 1 DV codec, and that the codec was a DirectShow-style one, which, unfortunately, Vdub can't use. AviSynth can, but, for whatever reason, it doesn't get audio yet.

So, someone pointed me towards these links: A free Canopus DV decoder (no encosing at all), which will decode all Canopus-encoded DV files, and a Canopus Type 1 <-> Type 2 DV converter which doesn't have to recompress the DV stream.

This is fine for me, since anything I rub through Vdub right now won't have to go back into another NLE, but for other people, it might be a hassle since Vdub still can't encode DV. You'd have to get the full Canopus codec for that. Or maybe the Sony one off the VIAOs, since apparently that will do Type 2 as well.

The only thing you have to worry about is that apparently Type 2 DV can be prone to audio sync issues. But IME, it's not a big deal.

Hope that helped.
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Old October 3rd, 2003, 07:55 AM   #26
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Hi Jon,

When I looked through the codecs in my VAIO, I did indeed have a Sony DV codec installed. I've never really thought about outputting to DV from vdub, since I use it primarily for DivX. When I use the Smart Deinterlacer, I output to HUFYUV to keep the video as pristine as I can. I'll have to see if I can get the Sony DV codec off my laptop.

BTW, is there another program that will convert Type 1 DV to Type 2 DV without loss? I don't have any Canopus anything (or other capture cards for that matter) so I don't know if the process you mentioned will work for non-Canopus users.

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Old October 3rd, 2003, 05:39 PM   #27
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Yeah, there's a Ulead one, too although that didn't work when I tried it.

You know, I wouldn't have any problems with any of this if Premiere or Vegas or After Effects could open either VirtualDub frameserver signpost files or AviSynth scripts, but they all use methods which bypass the hooks those frameservers install. This is a shame, because it would be really useful to open a DV stream in Vdub, set up some filters, and then set it to serve the frames without having to ever recompress, and (this is the best part) also without having to waste file space with a HuffYUV or extra DV file.
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Old October 4th, 2003, 11:43 PM   #28
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Ok, after digging around a little bit I found some DV codecs that could be used. One, we have the MainConcept one, which you have to pay $50 for. Two, we have the Matrox one which is supposedly lesser quality, but it's free.

Just install one of these and both AviSynth and VirtualDub will open it beautifully, and Vdub will be able to reencode it, too.
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Old October 7th, 2003, 03:01 PM   #29
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When working on my Lady X episode I slowed down quite a lot
of footage within Vegas 4. I think it did quite a good job.
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