Posted 26 March 2012 - 01:16 PM
So I'm looking for another solution for trimming and adding chapter markers without reducing the quality of the video. Any suggestions?
Is it better to use the "high" (AIC) quality setting or the "medium" (h.264) if I'm not going to be using iMovie?
Posted 26 March 2012 - 02:54 PM
Personally I see no improvement using the AIC capture than using the h.264 capture. Pick a scene that has some action and is pretty dark and then capture it both ways to see if you can see a difference in quality. The advantage of capturing as h.264 is you automatically have a video usable for streaming.
Posted 26 March 2012 - 04:39 PM
Posted 27 March 2012 - 08:28 AM
Toast 11 added the option to manually place chapter markers. However, you will have Toast's basic menu rather than iDVD's motion menus with audio. QuickTime 7 Pro has keyboard commands for setting chapters. As a longtime Mac user you may have QuickTime 7 Pro in your Utilities folder if you had at one bought the Pro license from Apple. At MacUpdate I found an app called QTMarker that may do the trick for you. I haven't downloaded or tested it.
Thanks for your reply. iDVD can only set chapters at regular intervals, like every 5 minutes. I want to be able to place them a specific events in the video. I could do it with Toast or Adobe Premiere Elements, which are around the same price. I owned Toast, Jam and Premiere 10 years ago, but stopped upgrading once the built-in Apple tools served my needs. At first glance, Toast's video editing capabilities look rudimentary compared with Premiere Elements. It seems I have some research ahead of me.
Posted 28 March 2012 - 09:01 AM
I bought a Quicktime Pro license in 2002, back when I was still using OS9. It doesn't look like I ever upgraded Quicktime 7 to Pro. Apple still sells QT 7 Pro, but adding chapters in it seems terribly convoluted. Looking at the user guide, you have to startby making a text file with the names of the chapters, and then go through 20 steps, including adding the timecode for each chapter manually in the text file. For this, I get to pay $30 to go back to the previous version of Quicktime? QTMarker ($24) looks straightforward and simple, but I might first try Metadata Hootenanny (free) and make sure that the chapters show up properly in iDVD.
Premiere Elements is still tempting, to edit more that just heads and tails, as well as adding dissolves, soundtracks, slideshows, etc.
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