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Old December 13th, 2006, 12:57 PM   #1681
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Thanks for the response John. I have always been happy with the results using the DVDA templates but I thought I might be missing out on a bit of extra quality. I'll stick with the DVDA templates. Many thanks for the advice.
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Old December 13th, 2006, 01:04 PM   #1682
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You could always select them all in the file system and drag them all back onto the timeline and print to tape. As long as you don't have the overlap option enabled in the preferences, they will just line up perfectly on the timeline for you.

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Old December 13th, 2006, 04:34 PM   #1683
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How to push/pull exposure in Vegas 7?

I recently shoot a Black and White 16mm Reversal type film, but overexposed by almost one and one half (1.5) f-stops. Now, I know the photo lab can pull the exposure a bit, but I was told that overexposure blows out details, but that it's still workable. What I want to do instead of paying the extra costs of pulling at the lab, I just want to process the film normally, then transfer to a Mini DV tape, which I will then bring into Vegas 7.

In Vegas, I hope to bring down the exposure as much as possible to "good" exposure, then increase the contrast. This will work well stylistically for the story of my project I think, but how exactly do I use Vegas to pull (and push) or otherwise compensate for over (and under) exposed shots. And how do I use Vegas to increase contrast?

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Old December 13th, 2006, 05:15 PM   #1684
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As you know, in DVland once the hihgs are gone they are gone-unlike film which you can sometimes bring back in a bit. None the less, I would start with the LEVELS FX and adjust on a production monitor not the computer screen to get the exposure where you want it. That will help a little with the contrast but get the exposure right first. Then you can adjust contrast with either the Brightness and Contrast control (start with a ZERO default and move the contrast from there - don't use one of the presets) OR you can use 2ndary color correction and use GAMMA and GAIN to get the contrast moved around a bit.
You can also use that for exposure adjustment but I prefer Levels.

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Old December 13th, 2006, 05:30 PM   #1685
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7c, lots o' Cineform HDV, crashes - HELP

Boy, Vegas has always worked great for me but I'm hoping some
people can help give me some info regarding my current problem.

I've currently got a Vegas 7c project that has about 12 hours of
Cineform HDV footage captured for it. About an hour of it is on
the timeline. This is a mix of 720-30p and 1080-60i in a 720p
HDV project.

Vegas 7c is just not stable for me with this project.
Lock ups with error messages, freezing and
having to be shut down from task manager and even just
completely vanishing. I uninstalled and went back to 7b but no change.

I'm thinking Vegas is just choking on all the Cineform
files. If I click around between clips real fast Vegas just croaks. If I do the same with my DV project no problems, even if I click around with a project that only has a few mixed clips of 720p & 1080i Cineform there are no problems.

Does anyone have any experience working with around 10
hours of Cineform? Anyone think it's the mix of 720p & 1080i
that's killing me? Should I try working with this media in smaller batches?

Would appreciate hugely any experience or info, Thanks a ton.
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Old December 13th, 2006, 06:01 PM   #1686
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Thanks John!

I was having one of those projects where nothing seemed to be going smoothly and I was glad to be finally done with it! Then I saw the missing themes and backgrounds and I didn't think it through.

You were right on the mark. I wasn't viewing a menu page. Duh.

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Old December 13th, 2006, 06:24 PM   #1687
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Where are these tools? Levels, gamma, contrast, exposure?
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Old December 13th, 2006, 07:51 PM   #1688
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look in video FX...try Sony HSL, Sony Levels, Sony Curves, Sony Contrast and Brightness
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Old December 13th, 2006, 09:46 PM   #1689
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If you have overexposed your film you need to spend the extra money for the "pull processing" because once the film is processed normally the highlights are gone, they can not be brought back with Vegas (or any other NLE). The film must be processed to save that highlight detail.

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Old December 13th, 2006, 11:29 PM   #1690
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I'd try uninstalling Vegas AND any version of Cineform Connect you may have installed (including codecs). Reinstall the version of Connect that you captured that footage in, then reinstall Vegas 7b. It sounds very much that it is related to changes in the Cineform codec.

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Old December 14th, 2006, 08:16 AM   #1691
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undo script Help!

working on a project and wanted to try a script. well it started the script but didn't finish it because it couldn't find the directory folder, or something like that. So what I need to know is there some way to undo that partially ran script? Guess I should have tried it on a test veg file because now my whole video is zoomed in. I did not save the project and tried the undo then closed it out and reopened but it was still the same. I started a fresh project transfered in all my video and it was the same as the project that got messed up. the video is zoomed in, I can go to track motion and squeeze the box and I can see the rest of the video but I really don't want to be doing that to every project I start. The script was thumbnailAtmaker. If anyone can shed some light on this I would really appreciate it.
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Old December 14th, 2006, 09:09 AM   #1692
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I have the same problem with 7.0c and the new Cinaform Connect 3.3. when I have lifted 3 or 5 events from the explorer to the timeline, Vegas suddenly shuts down. No mather howe many events are on the timline. It shuts down as it starts to render the soundtrack. I can edit the events without problem. Xp is up to date, everything reinstalled. Still shut down.

Had no probems with 7.0b and Connect 3.23, so I will try to go back to older versions. Just hope I dont need to recapture 7 hours of HDV.

Do anyone have this working?
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Old December 14th, 2006, 10:04 AM   #1693
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Removed Vegas 7.0c and Connect 3.3, and reinstalled Vegas 7.0b.
Opend my project, Vegas rerenderd the audiofiles, and now it works again.
Not tried to reinstall Connect 3.23 yet. Could it be an audio render problem from Connect 3.3 into Vegas 7.0c?
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Old December 14th, 2006, 01:02 PM   #1694
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Thanks Arnt - that sure sounds like what I am seeing here. Moving a bunch of Cineform files into either the media manager or project media folders has caused Vegas to just go "poof". I will go back to the previous version of Cineform and see how things go. I'm wondering if it can be audio related as well - Sometimes when Vegas locks up I will get a rapidly repeating chunk of audio, sounds like a buzz and it won't stop till a kill Vegas with Task Manager.

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Old December 14th, 2006, 01:55 PM   #1695
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I think pull processing would be the way to go here. In Vegas, you can't fix anything that's been clipped. And for other things, making too big a change will bring out noise.

2- Vegas can be useful for playing around with the look of your film though. The color curves offers the most control.

Some useful presets in the link below if I remember correctly:

Information about levels in Vegas:

Making s-shaped color curves increase contrast. If your target output is DVD, use a calibrated TV or broadcast monitor to view your work.

3- The brightness and contrast filter increase contrast by clipping; color curves is a little better here.
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