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Thursday, May 20th, 2010
12:16 pm - Replacing an audio track on Ulead video studio 9

Hello, I was wondering if anyone can help me. I have recorded some video with sound, downloaded it to my laptop, am using Ulead VideoStudio 9 [cos it was free], and I find I need to re-voice the piece of footage. Can I remove the existing audio track from the video and record another one and if so how?
If I can't doing it using Ulead what can I do it with? that is free or very cheap.
If I have to end up recording seperate video and audio and putting the two together later how would I go about that? As far as I know the video mic. doesn't turn off and again I can't see how to import the audio track to Ulead. Maybe I am just missing the obvious.
Any help would be appreciated, thanks. I want to get this sorted before I go on to record any more footage and end up in the same situation.

current mood: chipper

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Friday, April 2nd, 2010
1:32 pm - Sony PD-150 Recurring Audio Problem

I'll try to be brief - this camera and it's repair has a long history.
  • Purchased in 01.2009 - used with knowledge that there had been some audio drop out prior. Camera had many miles already on it.

  • Shot a huge shoot a few months later and as playing the footage back after capturing audio is chock full of what i can static bursts along with picture jumping/dropping frames to the bursts.

  • Took camera into a local shop - they 'repaired'.

  • 400 dollars later and a couple shoots down the road the problem returns without the picture jump, just the audio glitching again.

  • Take it back and they repair again and state the heads were actually scratched. They replaced the Drum Assembly (again)

  • Get the camera home and go to shoot something else and the wide telefoto toggle is no longer functioning. (that has nothing to do with the audio glitch but proves how bad their service was as they 'forgot' to hook something back up)

  • anyway, long story short (too late?):
    I've had the camera back and have recently shot a docu series for my website and discovered just last night the glitch was back again with a little bit of picture jump.

    I'm going to post a link here so you can 'see and hear' the issue.

    At this point I'm thinking it might just be better to purchase a new model.
    Another repair is going to defeat the purpose of buying this model used, price wise.


    I can attach an image of the actual audio form as well within final cut pro to illustrate the frame drops if needed.

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    Monday, November 9th, 2009
    1:12 am - Psycho Shopper Gets Powerhoused


    The infamous Psycho Mall Walker gets Powerhoused courtesy of Raymond Scott :)

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    Thursday, October 29th, 2009
    4:31 pm - transfering an old 1/2" reel to reel videotape

    I know this is a long shot, but does anyone know of a good place to have old videotape transferred to a format I can watch such as DVD, Digibeta, etc.? The original tape is known as an "EIAJ format 1/2" reel to reel tape" of a project I worked on back when I was a kid in the mid 1970s. A place somewhere in the Los Angeles area would be perfect, but I could ship the tape anywhere in the country if I need to.

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    Wednesday, October 28th, 2009
    4:05 pm

     Hey all, first time poster and all that :) I was wondering if anyone had opinions on the best video cameras between the 3-5K range that could help me. I'm looking to buy by the end of the week but am completely overwhelmed by all the specs. What are you shooting on now and would you recommend it? Right now I'm looking between the Sony, Canon, and Panasonic models in comparable price ranges. 
    So the Sony HVR-V1U, the Panasonic AGH VX205, and the Canon XH-A1S are all around 3-4. Or, if I can pull it off, the Sony HVR-Z7U or the Canon XL-H1A. Any insights between these? I'm mostly wondering if you have any experience with the sound systems and lenses between the 3 brands? Also do you think the interchangeable lens feature is worth the high price of upgrading? I'm also looking for info that might not come up on the company's website. LIke if the camera doesn't have an interchangeable lens, will it support lens adapters or is there a filter ring? Or are any of the in camera effects spectacular or lacking? Is it awkward to use some of the features, ect. Basically anything about the specific models that you love or hate, that I can't find out from the pages of information I've been looking at. 
    I'm just starting out with my own videography services so there won't be tons of money for upgrades for a while, but I would rather upgrade a lens or an external mic than an entire camera. So I'm really looking for the highest quality in camera features that will work in the most situations, but still allow me to pimp it out in the future (sound quality, low-light scenarios and all of that).
    Thanks so much for you help in advance, 
    also sorry, but this is x-posted everywhere

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    Monday, October 19th, 2009
    12:13 pm - Konxari Film CONTEST!

    With Halloween lurking on the horizon, there's never a better time to have a creepy Konxari Film CONTEST! Are you a fan of Konxari Cards? (If not, check out http://www.konxari.com ) Are you an aspiring filmmaker, looking to make something cool and get recognition for it? Then this contest is for you!

    What kind of video can you make? Anything, as long as it shows or has something to do with Konxari Cards. For the most part, we're looking for great creepy footage of experiences that happen during Konxari Readings. We want to see documentation of how you're utilizing the Cards into your ghost hunting, séance, and spirit communication practices.

    However, the sky is the limit, and you could create any kind of Konxari-related video, including documentaries, fictional stories, animations, humorous, and more. There's also no limit on how long or short the video is. We'll accept anything, as long as it's entertaining.

    What's in it for you?


    The person who creates the best video (as judged by The IRM Foundation) will win:

    - A check for One Hundred Dollars!
    - Set of 4 Limited Edition Konxari Prints by Paul Michael Kane, each is 13" X 19" and suitable for framing!
    - One-of-a-kind map artwork, the original prop as seen in the Konxari "Cryptic" Card!
    - You video will appear on an upcoming Konxari DVD, to be released soon!
    - 10 decks of Konxari Cards for you to give all your friends!
    - Exposure and recognition in the media for being the Grand Prize Winner!


    A limited number of runner ups and honorable mentions will win:

    - Limited Edition Konxari Print by Paul Michael Kane, 13" X 19" and suitable for framing!
    - You video may appear on an upcoming Konxari DVD, to be released soon!
    - 4 decks of Konxari Cards for you to give all your friends!
    - Exposure and recognition in the media for being an honorable mention!

    What to do:

    Shoot your video. Upload it to YouTube and/or MySpaceTV and/or FaceBook. Email the url link to info@konxari.com, so we know it exists. (You may be asked to upload a higher resolution version for inclusion on the upcoming Konxari DVD.) Then, you sit and wait patiently, or make another video to increase your chances of winning. Enter as many times as you like, if making multiple videos.

    Below is one already submitted for the contest. Think you can beat it? Let's see what you got!

    The contest ends December 31st, 2009. The following January, the winners will be announced, and contacted via email to verify mailing addresses. Prizes will be mailed out thereafter.

    So get your filmmaker cap on and start brainstorming your masterpiece. Anyone is eligible and this is a great opportunity for some exposure- especially those looking to break into the Horror genre. We look forward to seeing your Konxari film submission!

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    Tuesday, October 6th, 2009
    12:53 am - 16mm to digital

    I have a 10 minute 16 mm film I need transferred to digital so I can edit it to Final Cut Pro. Where can I send it so that i get back a DVD full fo HIGH DEF DATA that I can edit. I dont need it to be a playable DVD (yet). And no I dont want to have to rip my own dvd. What company can i send a reel of film to that will give me back a disk of quicktime a/o other final cut pro- able video? And what companys can you recommend to have a dat tape of sound turned to an editable/ importable format?

    I also want this video files to be able to be squooshed down to SD in FCP or in After Effects...

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    Thursday, August 27th, 2009
    2:24 pm - Lost media clips

    I moved a whole FINAL CUT PRO project from my internal Hard Drive to an external one.

    In doing so, may clips were "lost". Not the end of the world- I simply "re linked" them- a time consuming but not impossible task.

    Some other clips were just GONE. I word searched for them on both the internal HD and the external FW drive- to no avail. I even manually dug through the folders- not there.

    So.... I simply went to to the bin- brought clip back into the digitize window- "batch captured" it and waaaa laaa- it was back in the bin AND showed up- in edited form in the time line.
    This worked for many clips BUT- on one clip- I re digitized it and it now shows up in the bin but DOESNT show up in the timeline. Stranger still, this clip which IS IN the bin and plays just fine when I click on it.... doesnt show up in the timeline. AND it ISNT on the harddrive. Not my internal one nor the external. yes I checked WHERE I was sending clips and all is well, but the clip thats IN the bin- isnt on any hard drive. I word searched on it and it simply ISNT there. Its inisible! I looked in the capture folder(s) and the clips I had just recaptured where there ( I organized them by time modified) but this new one wasnt.

    Any suggestions?

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    Sunday, August 23rd, 2009
    3:22 am - best compression for dvd

    I am making a short video for my dad in Premiere. It's about 34 minutes long. There is audio and the aspect ratios is 720 x 480. My laptop is capable of dual layer burning [so it can be up to 8.4ish gigs in size]. What file type should I render it out as and what compression settings to get the best quality? AVI, QUICKTIME, MPEG, or WMV?

    I don't exactly know a lot about different types of compression so this will help me a lot if you can answer my question! THANKS!

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    Wednesday, August 12th, 2009
    11:51 am - Field Monitor help anyone?

    I am having trouble finding something to use as a cheap field monitor [as real ones cost an arm and a leg]. I use puppets, which you hold over your head when filming so you can't see what they are doing. Having a small screen to show me what on earth they are up to would be very useful.
    So far I have looked at those portable dvd players with the screens but finding one that takes AV input at the cheap end of the spectrum is difficult.
    I just bought a 7" tft portable tv from amazon, it has the AV input, but only works on mains power and doesn't have a battery and I need to use it outside and in odd places that don't have mains power. So its going back and I have start looking again. I have £80 at the moment, but as I have been made redundant I don't know how long I can hold onto it before I have to start dipping into it for things like food etc.
    Does anyone have any tips on what to use and how to get hold of something small, cheap, portable, with battery option, and AV input? I really need a field monitor substitute or I can't do my filming!

    current mood: discontent

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    Tuesday, August 11th, 2009
    9:25 pm - Sanyo Xacti HD1010 camcorder

    I'm curious what people's opinions are on the Sanyo Xacti HD1010 High Def camcorder. The price is right for my budget, and it seems to have some cool features higher priced camcorders have - such as an external mic input. I'll be using it for family home movies and the occasional fun documentary when the urge hits me.
    I'll also be using it with a Macintosh laptop, does anyone have experience with how it interfaces with the Mac platform?

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    Monday, August 3rd, 2009
    2:53 am - eMac for sale!

    I want to sell my emac! Read more...Collapse )

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    Sunday, July 26th, 2009
    3:56 am - Premiere Stop Motion

    In my class my teacher showed me how to use premier to capture stop motion frames.

    I now have a home version of Premiere CS3 but cant remember to to do it

    he had us set it up so that if you hit the space bar it took a frame... anyone know how to do that?

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    Tuesday, July 21st, 2009
    11:57 pm - FREE BetaCam Tapes!

    I want to DONATE a set of Betacam SP tapes to a worthy cause. I've tried to sell them forever to no avail. I spent thousands on them new but- well I guess they aint worth ----- much now.

    Somebody suggested I donate them for a tax credit. Can anybody think of a school, PBS station, church.... in the Austin Tx area etc that might want them?

    Eighty Nine 30-minute Betacam SP tapes for sale

    Sony Betacam SP tapes, only used once, excellent quality.

    Also, 15+ ninety minute Betacam SP tapes.

    contact me here or at thatguy_78757@yahoo.com

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    Thursday, July 16th, 2009
    4:21 am - Would you sell them this cheap?

    The 89 + betacam SP tapes I posted about.. somebody on craigslist says they want them

    his letter said :
    My form of payment will
    be by sending you Check via UPS with a second day air delivery.

    I'll be responsible for the pick-up and the movers fee will be
    included in your payment to avoid delay and to enable pick up company
    to schedule an appropriate time for the pick-up at your location after
    check has been cashed as I have other properties to be moved alongside
    the item.

    Would have love to come over for viewing but I'm afraid that might
    not be possible due to my work frame. If you have more pics please
    send so I can have a good look. Do get back to me with your full name
    and address including your cell and land number so I can make out


    should I happy to be rid of them- or am I cheating myself? Im also nervous about sending them BEFORE Im paid.. what would YOU do?

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    Wednesday, July 15th, 2009
    9:51 pm - capturing clips from DVD in Premier Pro

    And these are not encrypted/commercial DVD's, but stuff I've dubbed to DVD from video tape. I was able to do get the clips off of DVD directly through Premiere Elements 2, no problemsand I don't recall ever having to download any codecs and now, I can't do that w/ Premiere Pro. It says something in the help about while it supports such, including VOB files, of which is what I'm grabbing the clip of and it's usually the last file shown once you open the VTS folder after selecting all files, the codec may not be available locally. I also tried to do this in encoder and that didn't work either.

    Well, it appears I can't just import said clips and can't figure out what to google for in the way of codecs. VOB codec perhaps? Anyway, I found some work arounds for CS2 and I have CS4.

    So in the end, do I have to download a codec for VOB files or is there something I need to set up first?

    Thanks again!

    current mood: frustrated

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    1:50 am - Betas for sale cheap

    I have 89 30 minute Betacam SP tapes for sale

    all must go- I'm moving and cant take em with me

    Sony Betacam SP tapes, only used once, excellent quality.

    Also, 8 ninety minute Betacam SP tapes.

    contact me here or at thatguy_78757@yahoo.com

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    Monday, July 13th, 2009
    8:49 pm - Animation Masters Thesis LJ

    Hi guys,

    I've started a new lj that I think many of you might find interesting.  I'm a masters student in 3D animation at the Glasgow School of Art, and the blog is the critical component of my master's thesis practical animation project.  I'm going to try and make it a theory-minded work-in-progress review of what I'm doing, literally as I'm doing it.  I'll explain the choices I'm making with the work, why I'm making them, and as much as I can compare and contrast with anything else relevant I get my hands on as part of my research.  Alongside this, I also hope to explore what it means to be an artist criticizing and theorizing, in particular about their own work, and, in a larger sense, what it means to "do" theory with a working knowledge of the creative process itself. 

    Right now "official" blog installments are planned for the pre-production, modeling and texturing, animation, post-production, and final, overall review stages.  These entries will be tagged "official."  Extra nuggets of theory and critical discussion that don't go along with these official entries will be tagged "theory."  I would also like this blog to become a resource for the animation community here on livejournal, and so I'm going to also post links to helpful tutorials and similar resources where I come across them, naturally with my nutshell opinions thereof.  These posts will be tagged "technical resources."  As far as my own personal areas of technical expertise go, I'm working with Maya 2009 for the 3D animation, shooting reference and special effects film with a Canon mini-DV camera, doing sound in Pro Tools, working with post-production effects in After Effects and possibly Combustion, and editing the whole shebang together with Avid.

    Apologies for joining mainly to self-promote!  I'd love to hear any comments anyone has about the project or in general.

    Samantha Close

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    Sunday, July 12th, 2009
    5:28 pm - Audio problem

    After trying to figure out what the name of the program I use to interleave the MPEG2 files from a DVD RAM disk, turns out it was Virtual Dub Mod, a nifty little application that can interleave the MPEG2 so it can then be saved as AVI, with audio, which then could be opened in Premier Elements no problem on my old PC, well today, I have a new Dell Studio XPS with the Core i7 processor at 4G of RAM, running Vista Home Premium 64.

    After figuring out the download, I finally got a successful copy that seems to work so I then I had it interleave a DVD RAM clip so I could save it, same as in the past, well, it DID just fine, that is until I went to import it into Premiere, AVI files don't play well in Premiere Pro, also, no audio. After some figuring out, I opened up Adobe's Media Encoder and it encoded file saved to the hard drive as F4V, which Premiere took great, but no audio as apparently, the saved files had no audio.

    Then I tried to encode directly from the RAM disk itself, Encoder could not recognize the file VRO file, which is where the actual program files exist.

    I've even tried to record it directly in real time through the PC, using Nero Showtime, recording into Soundbooth, but the audio does not transfer across.

    Have any other solutions? As it turns out the DVD burner that came with this PC CAN playback RAM material just fine, BTW, I have the Adobe Master Suite CS4 in case there is a program in there that will solve this. BTW, Premiere can't take DVD RAM directly, I know, I tried that.

    Any and all suggestions greatly appreciated.

    current mood: frustrated

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    Saturday, June 20th, 2009
    2:56 pm - Camera Question

    Maybe not the best forum for this but its a start

    I have 2 fairly costly CF cards but my camera died

    I went to the store and all new still camera have those blue sticks, and dont use CF cards

    is there a place to sell cf cards? or can you think of a good place to buy a good new camera that still uses old cf cards?

    any good forums?

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