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Exported Video looks terrible and "outlined" HELP!

Posted: Wed, 10th Dec 2003, 4:24am

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tmaynard

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Ok. I have had two problems with this. I will take a piece of video and edit it in alamDV and export it and then once its exported the video looks TERRIBLE. Its like the colors arent smooth and when the colors change its like "steps" Or "layers". Say a light saber, It is solid bright on the sword part and then the glow gets not as bright and kinda fades. Well what mine looks like is a solid color where the sword is and then another (lighter) color around that and you can see the edges of the layers of brightness. I hope you can comprehend what I am Saying. Its quite confusing. I might just have to give two comparison pictures. But it does not do this all the time....it has only happened twice.... But when it happens it doesnt stop doing it until I format my computer (as far as I know)....So im sure theres something I have done. Alot of the time is looks perfect. My first guess to the problem was a codec i have downloaded to watch videos. And when i play back my edited video it somehow messes up the look. I really hope there is someway to fix this. And I hope people know what I am talking about. Please help me as much as you can. If you need a before/after pic comparison just tell me.

Thanks Alot, Travis.
Posted: Wed, 10th Dec 2003, 11:14am

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Simon K Jones

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What codec are you using when you export the movies from AlamDV?
Posted: Wed, 10th Dec 2003, 11:37am

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tmaynard

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Im using the cinepak codec by radius when i export. Keep in mind this usually works. I have tried other codecs and they seem to do alot worse. Im not sure where i got the codec from though. But its always on my computer when I install Alamdv. I guess it comes with AlamDV. I just cant figure out why it would start doing that. If I could find out where it came from i might be able to reinstall it and that could work.

Thanks A Lot, Travis.
Posted: Wed, 10th Dec 2003, 11:51am

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Simon K Jones

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Cinepak doesn't come with AlamDV. smile

Cinepak is a very old and inferior codec, and is not designed to be used while editing. It was only ever intended to be used for internet distribution of the finished movie - although there are far better alternatives now.

Whilst editing, you absolutely need to use a 'lossless' type of codec, otherwise you will lose an awful lot of information each time you recompress the movie. Use either a DV codec or simply keep the movie file 'uncompressed'.

Whatever you do, don't use Cinepak, as that is the cause of your problems.
Posted: Wed, 10th Dec 2003, 8:44pm

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tmaynard

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Thanks alot Tarn. I have tested out a few different codecs. Intel codecs work ok, but they make the video look a little pixelated. Could you help point me in a direction of a good codec? What do you prefer? I just need one that keeps the same quality of video while keeping the video steady (some codecs i have used make the video lag and look choppy). I dont really know too much about codecs all that well. I have Divx And Xvid And lots of MPEG-4 codecs. Along with some intel codecs. But if you have any advice on what codecs to use I will appreciate it! Cause right now im lost....lol

Thanks Once again, Travis

Oh yes by the way. Im using Pinnacle Studio 7 to piece everything together, Which does not work with uncompressed video. So Im pretty much forced to use a codec.
Posted: Fri, 12th Dec 2003, 11:22am

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Simon K Jones

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The codecs you listed are all designed for final output, not for editing with.

What kind of footage are you actually working on? Where did it come from? If it came from a DV camera than it should be using a DV codec. If this is the case, then you want to keep it in this form. I imagine your Pinnacle product should have come with a DV codec of some kind.