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Thanks Jerron, you are right again: font-color is notreally a valid css attribute, but I was in a hurry. thanks for clarification.(There are other ways of coding color besides hexvalues and my current FTP changes my hex values to something else when I type in #FF3459 or whatever.)
OK, domineaux. I’ll try the 2nd round too.
1.Moving the video from camerato the computer – is there a best efficient way or better connection type to use, or connections to absolutely not use.
What I do: I plug my Flash Media camera in to my laptop with USB, Windows Explorer opens and I use Explorer to navigate through my media on my camera and copy ormove to my computer hard drive. in explorer, my camera acts as another hard drive, usually called Removeable DiskE (or F sometimes). It’s a lot like aUSB flash drive, or “stick”, henceit’s called a Flash Media camera.
2. Editing the video from the computer – this is complicated to me, because some formats AVCHD, etc. seem to have their own problems and remedies.
If you aren’t using those formats, it’s not a problem. AVCHD, or anything for that matter, can be handled by my favorite editing software on the planet: SONY VEGAS!!! Vegas, Avid Media Composer, Apple Final Cut Pro and Adobe Premiere Pro are the big four editing software and they are worth every penny you pay for them. I was very surprised that you were going to try to edit with funny little windows Movie Maker, but that’s up to you.
After you import your footage to the computer hard drive, you the open your software and import the footage by going under File > Import and navigating to your footage on your hard drive from your camera, not the footage currently on your camera. (This is different from capturing, using Firewire, where you import your footage into your software from your camera. I don’t like that method and can’t do it with my camera anyway.)
3. Alongwith editing of video it would appear archivingof video data would have it’s own problems and solutions.
For me, archiving is justmoving filesfrom the camera tomy laptop’shard drive with Windows Explorer. When you move or copy files with explorer, you can make new folders, organize, etc. and this is VERY IMPORTANT. So, i have my own little system of folders with video footage in them. One folder is the original footage, one is the footageI edited, one ismy projects frommy software, etc. Figure out a system that work for you.
some peoplehave cameras that record toMiniDV tape or DVDs, etc. so that’s what they use for archiving original footage and you should keep these around in case you want them later, just like I keep my original footage in a folder in windows explorer. just different ways of archiving, saving.
4.After editing there is the thing about the better format for the web to accomodate High def play.Then I’m wondering how importantthe format the video iscapturedtoediting andthen putting into final format that isweb friendly.
This is a little hard to understand. As Jerron said, Flash(flv and swf), Windows Media Video and Quicktime arethe big formats and the pro softwarecan render out to these formats. Out of these big three, Movie Maker can only render out to Windows MediaVideo(and you have to watch to make sure you don’t render out to another format by mistake!). This is just one problem with Movie Maker.
There do appear to be quite a few camcordersusing the AVCHD format, but I know that isn’t web friendly and needs conversion.I could use a suggestion own whether to look for another preferredrecord format instead of the AVCHD or what softwareto use toconvert to web friendly format.
Domineaux, all cameras are going to need to convert their footage to web friendly stuff. I’ve never seen a camera that shoots either FLV, SWF, WMV or MOV(quicktime)and you’ll be doing that anyway since you’ll be editing.
At this point I’m really looking seriously to just get the camerawithmostcompetent featuresto do what I need at a price affordable.
I feel your pain. After 1-1/2 of study including a year of college, a year of videomaker magazine and reading anything i could get my hands on, I’m beginning to figure out what’s right for me. It’s come down to three radically different cameras, one from Canon,two from Panasonic. you’ll figure it out.
Oh, I’m also very interested in efficiency and time saving. Some choices might work, but be too time consuming and difficult to apply.
Exactly. my advice is tostart studying now. I suggested some websites above. You can’t go wrong with mediacollege.com and videomaker. I get the feeling from your posts that you are too impatient to start going. good video takes time. You have to study more before you run out and by whatever camera and stuff you need. Slow down, you must, padawan.
I forgot to mention I would like to convert some previous video files that are on VHS tapes, DVDS. I might be able to accomplish these if I can capture videodirectly from HDTV, since I have players for those formats to TV. I realizethere arespecific port connections I need on a camera todo this, but I’m not familiar with what I might actuallyneed.
DVDs will be easier because your computer already has a DVD drive, I assume. vhs will require a vcr and cables and stuff.
Here’s some editing softwareknowledge to get you started:
Sony Vegas Pro= My favorite because it’s quick and easy. It’s alsoA LOT like Windows Movie Maker, so I suggest you get a 30 day trial from Sony Creative Software’s website. The free trial for Vegas Movie Studio includes tutorials that show you how to get going fast. If you like Movie Maker, you’ll LOVE Vegas. I did.
Avid Media Composer = This is too expensive for most people, since there’s so many accesories you have to buy to make it work well. The free copy of Avid I used also had things like trimming in special modes that make it slower to get work done. If youonly knowMovie Maker, stay away.
Final Cut Pro = This is somewhat like Avid, but it’s cheaper and better for one person companies. It works different than Movie Maker though, so you should look at vegas first.
Premiere Pro = I haven’t used this yet, but it’s said to be like Final Cut Pro.