Friday 22 march 2013 5 22 /03 /Mar /2013 10:57

Windows Movie Maker is the video editing program that is included with Windows XP. Windows Movie Maker allows you to quickly build a personalized movie that incorporates video, still images, background music, and narration. This movie can be customized further by adding titles, transitions, and video effects. Windows Movie Maker was designed to be easy to use even if you don’t have any experience with video editing. Windows Movie Maker is kind of powerful yet easy-to-use video editor, because of which it is favored by global users.

Knowledge about Windows Movie Maker:

Supported Input Formats
Video Formats: asf, avi, wmv
Movie Formats: MPEG1, mpeg, mpg, m1v, mp2
Audio Formats: mp3, wav, snd, au, aif, aifc, aiff
Windows Media Video File: asf, wm, wma, wmv

 

From what has been discussed above, we can infer that the supported formats of Windows Movie Maker are limited, which means not all videos are editable by it. Although you can play a file in Microsoft Windows Media Player, you may not be able to import the file into Windows Movie Maker even though this article lists that kind of file. You may not be able to import the file if the codec that was used to encode the audio or video is not a codec that is included with Windows. In that case, you may be able to re-encode the video or audio by using Windows Media Encoder, and then import the video or audio.

when we try to make a homemade movie, we probably will import the source videos from DVD discs or footages from camcorders except downloading from the Internet. However, as has been mentioned above, WMM does not support DVD videos, so if you want to import a DVD to Windows Movie Maker, you need to use a third-party DVD to Windows Movie Maker Converter to help. By doing so, the DVD videos will be ripped down from the disc and be converted to WMM-accepted formats so that you can edit them on it. Recommended program: Doremisoft DVD Converter.

As to the camcorder footages like MOV videos, you should choose this Video Converter to convert MOV to Windows Movie Maker so as to get the source video runs at the right form. Besides, this converter can also convert camcorder footages to other video editor in addition to WMM. For example, you can use the converter to convert GoPro Hero 3 to Premiere with high efficiency and with no quality loss.

OK, that’s all the contents about this topic today. Have fun!

By panasonicmod - Posted in: Windows Movie Maker
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Thursday 21 march 2013 4 21 /03 /Mar /2013 10:41

SWF (pron.: /ˈswɪf/ swif) is an Adobe Flash file format used for multimedia, vector graphics and ActionScript. Originating with FutureWave Software, then transferred to Macromedia, and then coming under the control of Adobe, SWF files can contain animations or applets of varying degrees of interactivity and function. Currently, SWF is the dominant format for displaying "animated" vector graphics on the Web. It may also be used for programs, commonly browser games, using ActionScript. --- from Wikipedia

Jing is a screencasting computer program launched in 2007 as Jing Project by the TechSmith Corporation. The software takes a picture or video of the user's computer screen and uploads it to the Web, FTP, computer or clipboard. Not mentioning the simple function of capturing images, the most outstanding feature of JING is that it can easily record videos that are playing on your computer desktop and save them in .swf format. Since this could be one of the simplest methods to make an SWF video, JING is very adorable for most users, except the Mac users.


As is known to all, Apple did not, does not and still will not cooperate with Adobe, so there’s no Adobe Flash Player and Adobe flash plugin on Mac, without which, Mac cannot run the SWF files at all. It is a great pity not making full use of JING. As many Mac users are asking how they can use the JING SWF videos on Mac – JING to iMovie, JING SWF to MOV on Mac, or JING SWF to QuickTime on Mac, etc. here, I’ll provide you the easiest way to handle that: to use a third-party JING SWF Converter to get this task done.

Doremisoft JING SWF Converter (JING SWF Converter for Mac) is the exact program that will help you fix all the SWF problems nicely. Below is the brief guides on converting JING SWF to iMovie:

Step 1: Import JING SWF flash to the converter by clicking “Select File”.


Step 2: Set iMovie-friendly output format following Profile > Applications > iMovie.


Step 3: Hit “Next” and "Start Conversion" button to begin to convert JING SWF to iMovie.

Step 4: Thereafter, you can easily import the converted JING captured videos to iMovie for editing.

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Tuesday 19 march 2013 2 19 /03 /Mar /2013 11:03

Nowadays, more and more people tend to enjoy publishing movies by themselves. Most of them prefer to use some kinds of professional camcorders to shoot videos, and after that, they would adjust the videos or edit the videos with some video editing programs like FCP, iMovie, Sony Vegas, Windows Movie Maker and so on in most situations. However, some of my friends told me that they have met some problems while editing their videos since the format compatibility problems. So, they asked me to give them some explanation about the camcorder video formats and advices on how to make the camcorder videos be supported by the mainstream video editors/applications/mobile devices.

OK, firstly, you should remember that the camcorder footages are mostly encoded with AVCHD MTS/AVCHD Lite, or sometimes MXF format. What exactly these formats are? Let’s take a look at them:

MTS:

High-definition MPEG Transport Stream video format commonly called "AVCHD"; AVCHD stands for "Advanced Video Codec High Definition used by Sony, Panasonic, and other HD camcorders; based on the MPEG-2 transport stream and supports 720p and 1080i HD video formats.

AVCHD Lite:

AVCHD Lite identifies a subset of AVCHD format, in which progressive-scan video is limited to 720p (1280x720 resolution) Announced in January 2009, the Panasonic DMC-ZS3/DMC-FT1/DMC-TZ7 digital cameras were the first digital cameras to offer AVCHD-lite movie mode. In these early models, the sensor was limited to 25fps (PAL)/30fps(NTSC), which was then recorded in a AVCHD 720p50/60 format bitstream (using picture flags to instruct the decoder to display each stored frame twice.) Since then, Panasonic has added AVCHD-lite to more of its camcorders and digital cameras. In newer models such as the DMC FZ-200, the sensor captures a full 50fps/60fps for video recording.

MXF:

Multimedia format used by digital audio and video programs; contains captured audio and video data as well as metadata that describes the media stored in the file; designed by Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) as a standard container for audio and video data; can be converted into other formats, such as .AVI or .MOV.

 

As to the supported video formats of the popular editors, it depends on what OS they run on, either Mac, or Windows. For Windows-based programs, they always support AVI, WMV and MPG formats, while the Mac ones, they mostly support MOV files. When it comes to the mobile devices-friendly formats, it would be much simpler – most of the mobile devices support MP4 format (sometimes only support).

Now you may find that the camcorder video formats are special, and will not be recognized by most devices/applications. Therefore, if you want to import footages from such as Panasonic Lumix FZ45 AVCHD Lite or Panasonic P2 MXF to the editors like FCP/iMovie for editing, you need to convert Panasonic Lumix FZ45 AVCHD Lite to MOV or Panasonic P2 MXF to MOV via a professional Mac AVCHD Converter/Mac MXF Converter. For Windows users, you should choose the Windows Version.

After the conversion, you can then easily edit the camcorder videos in FCP/iMovie, etc. Moreover, you can also you this powerful converting tool to convert videos to mobile devices like converting MTS to Nexus 10 and M4V to Galaxy S4 and so on.

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Friday 1 february 2013 5 01 /02 /Feb /2013 10:03

What are the most exciting and unforgettable moments in ones life? Well, you may say therere many. Yet, among all these touching moments, just a few events can stand out in life when you dont have another chance to experience, say the day you get married, the moment your baby is born, and the graduation day, etc. In such moments, it is necessary for us to do something meaningful to better memorize them, for example, to film an excellent video by yourself. As the graduation season is around the corner, and many colleges have already preparing the graduation ceremony, Ive arrange you some useful tips for shooting and editing a great graduation video.

Here are some things to consider and prepare for as soon as you decide to film a graduation.

Prepare a high quality camcorder

As youve decided to videotape a great graduation film, whether to purchase a new one or youve already own one, or even rent one, whatever, it is very important for you to take it into consideration of a high quality camcorder. Canon XA10 would be the best choice for you, however. Besides, make sure that your camcorder is working perfectly beforehand because it may become broken while in storage.

Arrange the equipments

Tripod: Graduations will last for a long time, and thus your arms will easily get tired so that the camera would begin to move up and down. A tripod will save your video from the shakes and make the shooting job easy.

Extra batteries or AC adaptor: If theres any time when you needed an extra battery, graduation is. Batteries never last as long time as they claim to, especially when they are in need. If necessary, bring a power supply and extension cord.

Viewfinder: As the big color LCD screen tends to drain the battery, use the viewfinder instead of the LCD screen to save battery power.

Occupy a good location

Try to get to the graduation locale as early as possible so as to occupy a good location to shoot the video and get a clean audio feed. Remember not to set up your camera in the aisle where the crowds are standing or people are walking by.

Plan the video contents

Dont try to shoot everything into the video if your final goal is to make an excellent family video! Make a plan of what you need to show in the video before shooting. Focus on videotaping your beloved one. And dont forget to take some wonderful pictures as well!

Post production editing

When you finish filming the graduation video, remember to do the post production editing with some professional video editors like AE or Adobe Premiere. However, if you are a Mac user, you will need to convert Canon XA10 AVCHD videos to Mac before editing. A smart Mac AVCHD Converter would help a lot.

Hope these tips will help you! Enjoy your videotaping!

Related tag: convert Alpha Nex to Mac.

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Friday 18 january 2013 5 18 /01 /Jan /2013 09:58

Just like many other people, I was captured by Fujifilm FinePix X100 when it was first launched at 2010 Photokina. According to the official description, Fuji X X100 is a fixed lens digital camera with a Hybrid Viewfinder, which refers to "a backlit color LCD overlaying an optical view". Ever since it came into being, I've heard people talking a lot about the good and bad of FinePix X100. However, no matter what people talk, by now, over two years have passed, X100 is still one of those top sales cameras. And it probably will keep standing the top for not a short term. Why can this be an undoubtedly fact? Let's take a short review on it here.

Aiming to producing great photo quality and a special user experience, FinePix X100 whereas attempts to confuse us with an odd user interface and wide open lens flare. Fujifilm X100 was made for a small market, whose potential buyers have to take it into consideration carefully that whether X100 meets their demands well enough to satisfy all their photo taking jobs.

Despite the odd user interface, the most discussed shortcomings of Fuji X X100 are probably the manual dials which will easily turn. In addition, the manual focus is not easy for users to use. Last but not lease, the lens flare is dramatic, especially during the night.

However, regardless of these minor defects, Fujifilm FinePix X100 is still a worth buying camera for its outstanding quality imaging and mostly excellent optical performance. Moreover, it is applied with a dazzling Hybrid Viewfinder, and its traditional mechanical controls fit the majority of users pretty well.

As to the storage, photos and videos shot by X100 are generally saved on SD cards, the latest SDHC and SDXC supported. Besides, about 20MB of internal memory is also available, in which users can store about 4 Large Fine JPEGs or 1 RAW file. Not enough? Well, you can choose to burn Fujifilm FinePix to DVD (on Mac) via a professional third party Mac DVD Maker as well.

All in all, Fujifilm FinePix X100 delivers a very impressive performance, with high quality imaging that holds together remarkably excellent from a wide range of ISO settings. Quoted from the official, "even ISO 12,800 shots make a good 8x10-inch print"!

Tips: LimeWire is one of the most popularly used P2P clients for Windows, Mac and other OS. If you get tons of videos and want to burn them to DVD disc, Mac DVD maker also can give a solution to burn LimeWire video to DVD.

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