HD Playback Blues

I now have a significant collection of my videos that have been shot in 1080i format and subsequently edited (in my case, by Casablanca editor, who have yet to design software to burn a Blu-ray Disc). Is there any single piece of equipment out there that can take my edited HD mini-tapes and burn a Blu-ray Disc directly from them? I’m assuming the HD tapes can be transferred by FireWire connections. It has been a very frustrating wait for me to enjoy the high quality of HD on my TV set without using my camera as the playback device.

Derek Cornforth

Internet

Interestingly, MacroSystem (the manufacturer of the Casablanca line of editing appliances) is currently the only editing appliance manufacturer that offers Blu-ray Disc burners. The current S-series Casablanca editing appliances can import analog, DV, HDV and AVCHD video. You’d use the FireWire connection to import HDV, but for AVCHD you would be much more likely to use the USB connection instead.

We spoke with MacroSystem and they note that Arabesk (the disc burning software for Casablanca appliances) can now burn AVCHD-like HD data streams to a DVD or a Blu-ray Disc (on an S2000, S4000 or S4100-though an S2000 would have to be equipped with a Blu-ray Disc burner). It appears they have a ways to go before you can make a Blu-ray Disc with pretty menus, though.

Must-Fix Audio

I am in the editing process with a video project, and we had to use a stand-in for the boom mic. My mic is sensitive and I advised our stand-in how to hold the boom, but he didn’t listen. Now I have crackle sounds from the mic. I was wondering if there was any software that was out there that could get that sound out or target it out without losing the dialog. Some parts I was able to mask it out with other sounds. But this is holding us up to sell the DVDs. I can’t sell them with the sound right now. Any help you can give, let me know.

Bruce Harner

Halifax, PA

Contributing Editor Hal Robertson responds:

Your message doesn’t mention your editing platform of choice or even operating system, so these remarks will be based on Windows. Similar products are available for the Mac, but I’m less familiar with them.

If you’re using Adobe products, Adobe Audition has an excellent set of noise reduction and restoration tools built in. Just go to “Effects”, then “Restoration” and choose the type of noise reduction you need. There’s a click/pop filter that just might do the trick. You’ll have to tweak the settings some, and it could be quite tedious, but anything that helps…

Also, Sony makes a plugin for Sound Forge simply called Noise Reduction. I understand it’s included in recent versions of the program or you can still buy it as an add-on. It works much the same way and has the Sony Oxford (high end audio stuff) pedigree behind it.

Regardless, plan on much tweaking and possibly working on a small section at a time. Each instance of noise will sound somewhat different and adjusting the noise reduction settings for individual instances may give the best results. Or… maybe the automatic settings will work fine. It’s a long shot, but who knows?

I sympathize with your plight. I also shot an independent feature a few years back and struggled with random sound issues. Pretty sad, since I’ve been doing audio production for 30 years! But it’s hard to do cinematography, lighting, sound and sometimes directing – all by yourself! I can multitask, but not on that level. Consequently, the production suffered. Lesson learned, I say.

Best of luck to you.

What Format?

I am a subscriber to Videomaker magazine and would greatly appreciate someone writing an article about the variety of formats and their advantages and disadvantages with today’s camcorders. Mini DV, hard drives, SD cards etc.

Which format has the best quality? Which format is best for editing etc. This article would be well received for those of us who would like to keep up with these new technologies.

Paul Boudreau

Internet

With the announcement of AVCHD a couple of years ago, we updated our camcorder buyer’s guides to reflect the complexity that is introduced with that format. Since AVCHD data streams can be recorded on several different types of media, we have been reporting not only the data format, but the media type that a particular camcorder uses.

This is certainly an article that would be timely. You can be sure that we will be discussing this topic a lot more in the future. Stay tuned.

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