‘Kate59588’: Just to updat


‘Kate59588’: Just to update a previous posting, I have been carrying out a similar process to the one you mentioned, using h264, which gives small files and very good results. The original footage was in 16:9 aspect-ratio, squeezed to 720 x 576px, as is usual. Using ‘Virtualdub’, I uncompressed the footage to a format of 1024 x 576, as I understand that is what my camcorder ‘saw’ originally. To eliminate any losses I set the ‘sharpness’ setting very low (eg ’22’) and recorded the stuff back to AVI type-2.

From there, TMPGEnc ‘Video Mastering Studio 5’ did all subsequent processing, upscaling to 1280 x 720 in x264 with aac audio. The original footage in DV AVI was pretty good to start withand seems to have lost little in the upscaling. The tad of extra sharpness, in fact, has added noticeable detail which originally ‘wasn’t there’. I am not kidding myself that what I have produced is ‘High Definition’; I know it isn’t, but it’s damned good ‘SD’ for all that.By the way, why I used ‘Virtualdub’, (which might seem a bit on the ‘steampowered’ side), is because it has an excellent monitor which allows side-by-side viewing of the outcomes. There you are actually ABLE to see the extent of any improvements; not so, with most monitors.

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