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Some Movies Flattened, Some Are Not. Why?

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Roxio Video Capture

Version 2.0.1

 

Mac

Software OS X 10.8.3

Processor 2.3 GHz Intel Core i7

Memory 8 GB 1600 MHz DDR3

 

Can anyone explain what flattening a movie does and why the Roxio Video Capture software applies it to some movies but not others?

 

Sometimes, when I click "Finish" (using Save Only) after capturing a old VHS tape, I see a window stating that the movie is being flattened. When this happens, a progress bar appears for a relatively short period of time. Then a message that the movie has been saved appears.

 

Other times, when I click "Finish" (using Save Only) the message that the movie has been saved appear immediately.

 

I have tried searching for the meaning of flattening a movie but still don't have a clear understanding of this function.

 

I have viewed the movies using QuickTime and can't see any difference between movies that were flattened and those that were not flattened.

 

After burning DVDs of the movies, I still can't tell what the effect of flattening a movie is.

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I'm curious which quality setting are you using? I believe flattening is referring to merging the audio and video into a single file but I'm not certain of that.

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I am using the Medium setting.

You've asked an interesting question but I don't have an answer. Sorry.

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Roxio Video Capture

Version 2.0.1

 

Mac

Software OS X 10.8.3

Processor 2.3 GHz Intel Core i7

Memory 8 GB 1600 MHz DDR3

 

Can anyone explain what flattening a movie does and why the Roxio Video Capture software applies it to some movies but not others?

 

Sometimes, when I click "Finish" (using Save Only) after capturing a old VHS tape, I see a window stating that the movie is being flattened. When this happens, a progress bar appears for a relatively short period of time. Then a message that the movie has been saved appears.

 

Other times, when I click "Finish" (using Save Only) the message that the movie has been saved appear immediately.

 

I have tried searching for the meaning of flattening a movie but still don't have a clear understanding of this function.

 

I have viewed the movies using QuickTime and can't see any difference between movies that were flattened and those that were not flattened.

 

After burning DVDs of the movies, I still can't tell what the effect of flattening a movie is.

 

Do a google search on "flattening a movie" and you will get lots of explanations. I don't think that you will see any "physical" difference.

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There is no difference in quality. Flattenning a QuickTime Movie on Mac or any other video file, is done so that the Video can also play on Window operating systems and maybe other systems. I don't know why all movies are not being flattened in this application, although it may be what kind of file your saving to. .MP4 or Quicktime etc.

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