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Encoding Video Clips


garyrrnr@aol.com
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There are all kinds of funky little differences in Creator 3 from earlier versions. And one that is driving me crazy today is something I'd like to ask the forum about.

 

I've produced 8 different 4-minute clips that I'd like to combine into one video that includes all 8 clips as one big file. I've done this hundreds of times before on VideoWave.

 

But for some reason now, on Creator 3, when I choose HOW I want to encode it (I've been choosing AVCHD 1920 X 1080/24p), it's automatically using "Smart Encode." And the end product looks terrible where the transitions between clips are. And FYI, my source clips are all 1920 X 1080 also.

 

Any reason why it would be defaulting to "Smart Encode?" And is there a way to have VideoWave NOT do that?

 

Thanks for any help.

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This is from NXT 2 but I think it is the same in NXT3. Open Video Wave and go to the top menu tabs. Under tools, there is an entry for Smart Encode - uncheck that. I don't think that is the problem however come back if that doesn't fix the issue and we'll do some more trouble shooting.

 

What will you be doing with the AVCHD files? Those are pretty specific to playing on a computer and/or making AVCHD/Blu Ray discs. 24p is also a "softer" output.

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sknis/digital guru,

 

That took care of it! Thanks for the tip. I'd have never thought to even look there. My guess is the reason this is just now coming up as an issue is I jumped from NXT1 right to NXT3. So I jumped right over NXT2 and never saw this happen before.

 

I use these clips to post only on the internet. But I'm very interested in why you think 24p is a "softer" output. I'm saving the AVCHD files as "masters." When I post the files on the net, I post them as 1280 X 720.

 

Thanks again. I really appreciate it.

 

 

Gary

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So do you think I should master these files at 60i or 60p?

 

Your choice. I can offer you some alternatives but you would have to make the decision yourself based on the content of the video and the capabilities of your computer. It should not take very long to try doing ti and comparing them.

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So do you think I should master these files at 60i or 60p?

 

I guess you don't realize that 60I is equal to 30P thus 60P is twice the number of frames over 60I? (it takes TWO inderlaced frames to make ONE progressive frame -_- )

 

As Steve suggests, TEST and decide for yourself but don't just blindly chase numbers when you don't know what they mean ;)

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