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burning to hard drive, video clips


Billy Jack Diego

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I have completed a sports highlight film in EMC 9. Runs fine in preview. When I encode to the hard drive, the encoding is fine with jpeg photos, but when the film gets to a video clip, it stops for a second in an out of focus ghost image of the first frame. Then, it starts encoding, but then it starts getting ghost images. For example, imagine a ball sailing through the air with a purple trail behind it. Also, video clip shatters into flying shards like one of the transitions. After a hundred hours of work, this cannot be fatal. Can anyone offer any tips or pointers?

 

BTW, I didn't have this problem with 7.5, but 9 seems to have a lot of new features that look good, such as several levels of text that can be added in at different intervals on the same clip or photo to great effect.

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The obvious question is - have you updated your video drivers to the latest and also installed DirectX 9.0c (December 2006)?

 

EMC9 uses the DirectX API and the graphics set for rendering so they really need to be completely up to date

 

I bought a new Dell laptop 12-06 with all the bells and whistles (2 grand) to run EMC 9, so I am sure I have all it should take. But, here is the problem for I suspect 90% of us. You say the "obvious question" and I don't even know what a DirectX 9.0c is and have read nothing in the Roxio site that tells me I should install it, or more importantly, how I install it.

 

A friend I talked with after posting said that it sounded as if the "bitrate" was set too low. I came back on to see if EMC 9 gave me an option for setting the bitrate when I went to burn to the hard drive. It didn't.

 

BTW, I used the same video clips in a 7.5 production that worked perfectly, so it is not the video clips. And, I repeat that the clips work fine in preview.

 

Thanks for your respoose and I hope you and others can give me further advice because there is a lot of work in this project.

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OK - first of all DirectX is a MS API that controls the graphics on the computyer - you can download it directly from Microsoft.com

 

Graphics drivers - no matter how newly purchased your computer may be, remember - it came shipped with graphics drivers that were current when the machine was being designed and the prototypes set up. Add to that, the length of time it was in the wholesalers and then the retailers before you got it and you can appreciate some time has elapsed.

 

Find out what graphics chipset your machine uses - and then go to the CHIPSET maker's website (usually nVidia or ATI and occasionally Intel and get the drivers from there - they will be far more up to date than either the ones that came with the machine or even the ones on the Dell website

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Many thanks for your help, but I lucked or backed in to what appears to be a solution. I pass it along in case anyone runs into the same problem.

 

I opened all the drop down menus. When I got to Movies, I saw a menu "options." I opened options and saw a message "render using" and two options, hardware and software. Since I was rendering/encoding the finished project, I changed the checked box from hardware to software. I then went back and clicked on the burn botton and the ghosts had disappeared from the encoding window. After burning the DVD to hard drive, I burned a copy to disc and it came out perfectly.

 

I have printed out the entire contents of the help menu and it did not touch on the options menu under movie. I wonder if anyone has written a book on how to use EMC 9?

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The obvious question is - have you updated your video drivers to the latest and also installed DirectX 9.0c (December 2006)?

 

EMC9 uses the DirectX API and the graphics set for rendering so they really need to be completely up to date

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