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To all Pinnacle Studieo Deluxe users, HELP!!!

Posted: Thu, 12th Feb 2004, 12:51am

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LANCER

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Hi, I'm quite new to AlamDV2, and purchased it about 3 weeks ago. I am having problem when importing my pinnacle edited movies into alamdv2. I can't get any sound. I need to hear so I can listen when my gunshot effects are, so I can put the muzzle flash effects in at the correct time. Same goes with explsions.

Also, when I am finished with the alamdv2 editing, I need to get it all back into Pinnacle to be able to put it onto DVD. I need to figure all of this out before I make my new movie, with the cutting edge effects in alamdv2.


I am very familiar with Pinnacle however, yah Alamdv2 is different.

Please help, It would be most appreciated, thanx, Lancer
Posted: Thu, 12th Feb 2004, 12:56am

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Your going to love this

Alamdv does NOT support audio, AT ALL.

Meaning when you are adding your effects, you cant hear ANYTHING.....and when you export it out - no sound either.

You have to put it back into whatever editing software and "re-attach" to sound to it....

have fun

-MAGIC
Posted: Thu, 12th Feb 2004, 1:00am

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LANCER

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okay, thanx, I'll try that
Posted: Thu, 12th Feb 2004, 1:26am

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Just a question for you, unrelated to your initial query... how long are the video files you're importing into AlamDV?
Posted: Thu, 12th Feb 2004, 10:47am

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Sound is usually one of the last stages of post-production, as due to its very nature all the visuals need to be in place before you can start adding your sound.

AlamDV3 will retain sound on export, but will not support sound in-program.
Posted: Thu, 12th Feb 2004, 10:12pm

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LANCER

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This is to nitroviper007, My movies that I have made so far, have somewhat exceeded the length of 15 mins. I plan to make a 30 min movie late this month, having the new software and what not.
Posted: Thu, 12th Feb 2004, 10:16pm

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You shouldnt put whole movies in alam. Just clips or scsenes at a time. Thats wat he was getting at.
Posted: Thu, 12th Feb 2004, 10:22pm

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LANCER

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Thanx to all who have answered important wuestions for me so far. I have already learned a plethera of info from you all.

I have to let you know that I put a finished alamdv edited movie, back into a pinnacle, specifically into a folder under auxiliary files, and clicked on it to open, and it said it could not be done. Is there another method?

Cuz once I can get whatever I do in alamdv2, back into pinnacle, I'm all set. I can then sound edit, transition edit, create the credits, and even make a DVD.
Posted: Thu, 12th Feb 2004, 10:24pm

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LANCER

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Okay, i'll splice the movie up, into scenes than, thanx
Posted: Thu, 12th Feb 2004, 10:35pm

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Simon K Jones

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What Pinnacle program are you using?

If it can import avis or movs then there shouldn't be a problem. Be sure to export from AlamDv using a decent codec (or no codec/uncompressed), ideally use your DV codec if your footage is DV.
Posted: Thu, 12th Feb 2004, 10:40pm

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Brettsta

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Piinnacle Sttudio has a problem with importing uncompressed files. I dont know why. I had to use the ugly cinepak codec when I used pinnacle. Also, I had to export from Alam with that. Uncompressed just didnt work importing into alam and the other way around. I suggested getting the DivX codec, or the Matrox.

www.divx.com
Posted: Fri, 13th Feb 2004, 10:54pm

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LANCER

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For Tarn, the Pinnacle program that I am currently using is Pinnacle Studio Deluxe, version 8.10. It can import both Anolog and Digital video (AVDV). I have been using a Sony anolog, however, in a few weeks, or maybe less than that, I will be upgrading to a DV camera.

I will note, to try the DV codec when I am finished with my new movie in a month or so. I will post it on this site for all to see. I appreciate the link from Brettsta for divx, thanx.

I yet have to learn what codec really is, and why it is needed and whatnot, but thanx for all the help....
Posted: Mon, 16th Feb 2004, 10:38am

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Simon K Jones

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Codec is shorthand for 'compressor/decompressor'. The problem with movie files on a computer is that they take up an enormous amount of space. To get round this problem, a 'codec' can be used to compress the filesize. The trade-off is that some quality is lost in order to make the file smaller.

Different codecs do the job in different ways, with different ratios of quality-to-size. Some codecs, such as DV, are designed to lose a minimum of information, which is why they are excellent for editing with. Other codecs, such as divx, lose an enormous amount of information, so should not be used for editing. That is not to say that divx is a bad codec - it is simply not designed for editing purposes. You should use divx when you have finished your movie, and want to make it small and available for viewing on the internet (for example).

In an ideal world we would always just use uncompressed video, but this is not possible due to storage space and computer speeds. For editing I would always recommend using either your DV codec or uncompressed/no codec for transferring between programs.

Unfortunately AlamDV2 does not work with the MicrosoftDV codec (although it does work with other DV codecs). AlamDV3 will fix this new problem, as it will have the same media support as Chromanator.