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Old December 17th, 2007, 08:08 AM   #1
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Hi,

I've just learned that Mercalli De-Shaker has become available for Vegas versions 7.x and 8.x and am wondering if anyone knows whether it will work with version 6.x.

I asked ProDad (the manufacturer) about this only to be told that "Vegas 6 is not on our compatability list because its not checked. Maybe it works as good as in 7 or 8. You can check this by installing the demo version." As you can imagine, I am reluctant to do this for fear of damaging or corrupting my existing programme - hence my query.

I have done a search and note that the VirtualDub de-shaker has had rave reviews but I see from John Mayer's helpful article on the excellent SunDance site that, in addition to installing the de-shaker itself, you will also need to install Virtual Dub itself together with a special codec to make it work in Vegas. This seems a little cumbersome if a complete, tailor-made programme such as Mercalli can be installed instead. I suppose it ultimately depends on which de-shaker is the best in terms of both what it does and its ease of use.

So, two questions really. Does Mercalli work in Vegas 6 and how does it compare with VirtualDub (or any other de-shaker that can be used in Vegas 6)?

Best wishes and a Merry Christmas to you all.

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Old December 17th, 2007, 08:15 AM   #2
 
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I've tried Mercalli and the vegas plugin for mercalli. It didn't work with Vegas v8a. Perhaps they've fixed their problems.
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Old December 17th, 2007, 08:30 AM   #3
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I don't know about 8a, but it works in 8. I installed the demo a few days ago and it works fine. It is very fast and has the ability to adjust certain parameters while viewing in real time. IMO it is much better than Deshaker but it does cost ~$100 where Deshaker is free.

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Old December 17th, 2007, 04:30 PM   #4
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if you refer to not working as it skips a little in play I concur, but I've only tried on some pretty rough footage, maybe less violent material would come out smoother on 8a?

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Old December 19th, 2007, 10:35 PM   #5
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I have 8a and I am running the demo version and it works perfect.
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Old December 20th, 2007, 05:57 AM   #6
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Hi,

Does anyone have any idea as to whether Mercalli will work with Vegas 6?

If not, is there any risk (whether to programmes/systems generally or of introducing a bug into the editing programme) in doing what ProDad suggest and trying the trial version in Vegas 6?

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Old December 20th, 2007, 10:58 AM   #7
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There's always a risk. If it is important to you try it.
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Old January 8th, 2008, 08:12 AM   #8
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Hi,

Just to let you know that I was unable to make the demo version of the Mercalli De-Shaker work with Vegas 6 and that ProDAD have now confirmed that they cannot work together (even though the De-Shaker apparently operates well with versions 7 & 8). They have also told me that there is no prospect of them writing a script to make it work with Vegas 6.

A great shame! C'est la vie!

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