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Old January 5th, 2005, 09:50 AM   #91
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Both of those plugins should work fine in Vegas 5. There's a lot of unanswered questions, though. How about starting with:

1) What is the source format?
2) What format are you rendering?
3) Are there any large pictures in this project?
4) If yes, do they happen around the 90% mark?
5) Any other info that might be useful?
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Old January 5th, 2005, 12:47 PM   #92
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Rendering

Hey Folks,

Here's a problem you may not have heard before. I am rendering out my movie, it has three plug ins on it, brightness/contrast, levals, and black and white. I watch the movie in "preview" when I edit, and it looks grainy and dirty... just the way I want it. When I render it out, it looks TOO GOOD, glossy and very clean.... Is there a way to render it out to look bad? like it does in "preview"? I know there is an option to render quality to Preview, good or best, I am trying that now... but I am doubtful... any help would be appriciated...

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Old January 5th, 2005, 01:11 PM   #93
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Turn title into mask over color gradient

I know it's something simple. I just can't find a reference to it, or figure it out.
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I think what you are looking for is what I explain in Vol 2 #5 of the newsletter. Vol 2 #3 has a similar article but is geared toward Vegas 4 instead.
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Definitely first render with preview quality which should help degrade the image. You might also want to look at the Film Effects effect which can add grain and other things.
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Old January 5th, 2005, 01:55 PM   #96
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I have played with the film grain, the image still looks too pollished
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Old January 5th, 2005, 03:29 PM   #98
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Loss of quality with effects

Hello,

I've just edited a project in vegas and have started colour correction, however when i add any effects the video quality drops seriously. Giving a kind of pixelation look to it like its been heavily compressed.

If i render out to tape and play it from the dv camera it still looks awful. If i remove the effects in vegas the video looks fine again.

Has anyone experienced these issues? If so, can you tell me what im doing wrong.

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Old January 5th, 2005, 07:18 PM   #99
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<<<-- Originally posted by Edward Troxel : Camera should be in VTR mode. -->>>

yes, it was in VTR mode and i had controls of the camera. I kept getting an error message that said format not recognized yet they were the basic ones that Vegas compressed.
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Any other ideas why it didn't record?
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Are the project settings set to either DV or DV widescreen?

If you are sending it to a DV camera it'll have to send it DV, not any other codec.
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Old January 5th, 2005, 09:49 PM   #101
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<<<-- Originally posted by Kyle Ringin : Are the project settings set to either DV or DV widescreen?

If you are sending it to a DV camera it'll have to send it DV, not any other codec. -->>>

Does that mean it can't be a wmv or avi file?
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Old January 5th, 2005, 09:52 PM   #102
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Tech Challenged

Hey. My last NLE was a Casablanca. I'm interested in a user friendly system. I'd rather not spend the dough on another stand alone unit but I'm afraid that Vegas will be too frustrating to use. Now, I know it may seem simple to most of you but let me give ya some perspective. In my head: Casablanca= BIG BOLD CRAYON / Adobe Premier= alien cryptic code.

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NOT WMV.

DV is an AVI file. Pick either NTSC-DV AVI or PAL-DV AVI depending on your needs.
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Old January 5th, 2005, 10:14 PM   #104
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The best advice I can give is to download the demo and give it a try. You can also look over my newsletters - especially the beginner's corner articles.

p.s. Vegas isn't like Premier.
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Old January 5th, 2005, 10:22 PM   #105
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You can try the demo for Vegas. Some people find it easy to use... others do not (it made no sense to me since I learned Final Cut first, and it is entirely different than Final Cut). The sticky at the top of this forum was helpful to me.

Training materials might also help... this way you learn workflows that work and how to do things properly.

Understanding Vegas:
Vegas originally started out as a multitrack audio program. If you know how to use them then it should make sense to you. If not, then Vegas is kinda weird because it is nothing like other editing programs (Final Cut / Premiere Pro / Avid style).

Adobe Premiere 6.x versus Premiere Pro: Premiere Pro is much better and re-designed. It is very much like Final Cut on PC. You might have a better grip on things with Final Cut or Premiere Pro (I like Final Cut better, but if you have a PC check out the demo from PPro; the two programs are similar).

2- Quick basic tutorial on Vegas:

Capturing: Go to file --> capture to get into the video capture tool. Choose Capture Video- this will capture the whole tape and automagically break up clips if you set the date/time on your camera.

Import the footage into your Vegas project (if necessary) and drag clips onto the timeline. You can select the edges and move them left/right to trim clips. You can add dissolves by dragging the top corners of the clips (watch the cursor change). You can also create dissolves by overlapping two clips- Vegas automatically puts in the dissolve.

Enable snapping for clips to snap to each other. Snapping only occurs for one track, unlike other NLEs. You can't snap a clip from one track to the head/tail of a clip on a upper/lower track.

Quantitize to Frames you can disable if you wish to do certain audio work. Leave it on for video.

Read the shortcut keys PDF... it goes over useful shortcuts like mouse wheel up/down = zoom.

Hopefully Vegas makes sense to you. It can be really powerful if you know what you want to do with it.
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