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Several Problems with AlamDV

Posted: Sat, 11th Sep 2004, 11:42pm

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DReffects

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Hi there

just found this site and it looks amazing in theory.

i've downloaded the trial version but i wasnt able to do much - the software doesnt recocgnizes my standard DV .avi files we use for all our production. is there a plugin or something? i really do not want to convert everything and loose quality again.

second thing is: can i somehow trim videofiles within alamdv or do i have to 'precut' the stuff i wanna edit?

thanks
daniel
Posted: Sun, 12th Sep 2004, 12:04am

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ben3308

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AlamDV is a special effects prgram. Not a NLE. So you'll have to cut your footage beforehand. And it sometimes has trouble importing certain files. If you really are considering buying AlamDV then you should either wait for AlamDV3- which is better, by far, and will *crosses fingers* hopefully be released by Christmas- or buy the somewhat semi-problematic AlamDV2 and get a free upgrade to AlamDV3. I own AlamDV and it works wonders for AE and Photoshop-impaired VFX-incapable people like myself. As soon as you buy the program you'll be thinking up excuses for your movies to have different plugins- check out the extensive plugins section of AlamDV online. AlamDV has changed my filmmaking life forever and it'll change your life as well.....once you buy it, that is. wink Sorry I can't really help you out that much, but hopefully someone else will be kind enough to help. hugegrin
Posted: Sun, 12th Sep 2004, 12:13am

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DReffects

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ben3308 wrote:

AlamDV is a special effects prgram. Not a NLE. So you'll have to cut your footage beforehand. And it sometimes has trouble importing certain files. If you really are considering buying AlamDV then you should either wait for AlamDV3- which is better, by far, and will *crosses fingers* hopefully be released by Christmas- or buy the somewhat semi-problematic AlamDV2 and get a free upgrade to AlamDV3. I own AlamDV and it works wonders for AE and Photoshop-impaired VFX-incapable people like myself. As soon as you buy the program you'll be thinking up excuses for your movies to have different plugins- check out the extensive plugins section of AlamDV online. AlamDV has changed my filmmaking life forever and it'll change your life as well.....once you buy it, that is. wink Sorry I can't really help you out that much, but hopefully someone else will be kind enough to help. hugegrin
sounds whicked - do you get money for that post *G* ?

hm so what format do you propose for working with alamdv? my general concern is: i have DV Footage as input material, i can save in uncompressed avi format then, import and edit in alamdv and then recode which cuts quality.

alam dv is really cheap tho and i'd like to 'play' with all this stuff i've seen in the plugins section. but this compression thingy really freaks me out *G* also it's somehow hard to experience the feeling of the full version when working with the trial one...
Posted: Sun, 12th Sep 2004, 12:20am

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ben3308

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Umm....."*G*"?

I don't work for CSB staff, to tell you the truth, otherwise I'd have a trphy near my name reading "CSB". And I like to use the highest quality quicktime compression I can. AlamDV works nicely with .mov's. smile The people who *might* get money for writing stuff like that would be CSB staff- Tarn, Malone, schwar, and timbuk2. I'm sure Tarn or schwar is bound to show up soon and answer your question, but in any case.....Malone! MALONE!!!!!!
Posted: Sun, 12th Sep 2004, 12:28am

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DReffects

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thanks. and the fact that you like lamas makes me confident about that you're telling the truht wink

i'll have to try the trial version again - somhow the last time i used it i had the strange feeling it didnt worked properly. btw: is there a matte/mask functionality i've missed?
Posted: Sun, 12th Sep 2004, 1:10am

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Evman

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yes, under the little "effects" button at the bottom to the right of the time line, there is a button labeled "Masks"
Posted: Sun, 12th Sep 2004, 1:14am

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ben3308 wrote:

Umm....."*G*"?
"*g*" is kind of an emote and means something like "*grin*"
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Posted: Sun, 12th Sep 2004, 12:57pm

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Simon K Jones

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DReffects wrote:

i've downloaded the trial version but i wasnt able to do much - the software doesnt recocgnizes my standard DV .avi files we use for all our production. is there a plugin or something? i really do not want to convert everything and loose quality again.
AlamDV2 unfortunately has a problem with the MicrosoftDV codec. If you use an alternative DV codec like Matrox or Pinnacle, it works fine.

In my experience, converting from DV -> uncompressed and back again doesn't lose a noticeable amount of quality. However, I understand you concern - AlamDV3 will have much better media support. In fact, AlamDV3 is due to be a much, much better program all told - in a completely different league, really. As somebody mentioned, if you get AlamDV2 now you will get a free upgrade to AlamDV3.

Referring to masking - AlamDV2's masking is quite primitive. Again, AlamDV3 has a very sophisticated masking system. Check out the AlamDV2 tutorials for some more info on masking:

http://fxhome.com/alamdv2/tutorials.html

Let us know if you have any other questions.