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Importing problem

Posted: Mon, 14th Dec 2009, 9:03pm

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Viktorious

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Every time i try to import something from my documents or my videos the file does not go into the VisionLab import box. I appreciate it.
Posted: Mon, 14th Dec 2009, 11:38pm

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Axeman

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What format are the somethings in? Are they video files? If so, what container do they use? (Anything other than .mov or .avi will not work) What codec are they in? Are they still images? What is the filetype?
Posted: Tue, 15th Dec 2009, 12:20am

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How about with .wma ??? Do I need to change it ? how ?
Posted: Tue, 15th Dec 2009, 12:30am

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You cannot import .wma files into VisionLab, but you can't import audio files in general into VisionLab; its not an audio editing program. Likewise, .wmv files will also not import into VisionLab, yes, you will have to convert them. The easiest way is to export form your video editing application to either .avi or .mov format. Virtually every editor out there will work with one or the other of those formats, if not both.
Posted: Thu, 17th Dec 2009, 7:21pm

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Viktorious

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First of all how do you find out all these things? Secondly they are video files.
Posted: Thu, 17th Dec 2009, 7:51pm

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http://fxhome.com/visionlab-studio/technical-specification

The last heading on the Tech Specs page lists all the compatible formats for video and images.

If you can answer the rest of the questions in my first post, we can probably figure out why your video files aren't importing correctly.
Posted: Thu, 17th Dec 2009, 8:18pm

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Viktorious

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How do i find out what codecs and formats the videos are in. If this helps any i can play these videos with WMM and another video editing program.(Some of the files that wont even show in the import box after i drag it into it are the files from Windows Movie Maker after i save it to my computer.)
Posted: Thu, 17th Dec 2009, 8:23pm

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First, you need to figure out the container they are using. This is reflected in the suffix of the files. .mov is Quicktime, .avi is DirectX, .mpg is MPEG, .wmv is Windows Media and there are others. If the files don't end in .mov or .avi, they won't work in VisionLab.

Once you know the container, the next step is to find out what codec the file is encoded with. For now, you only need to worry about this if your video files are already in .avi or .mov format.

If the files don't appear in the import window of VisionLab, they are in an incompatible container, and will need to be converted to either .mov or .avi before you can use them.
Posted: Thu, 17th Dec 2009, 9:28pm

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Viktorious

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I right clicked on some of the files that didn't import and went under Properties. Across from File Type it said this Windows Media Audio/Video File. Does this mean that the files are wmv ? Thanks.
Posted: Thu, 17th Dec 2009, 9:57pm

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Yes. They will need to be converted to another format for use in VisionLab.

Do the files not have suffixes?
Posted: Thu, 17th Dec 2009, 10:06pm

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Yeah most likely. What video editor are you using? WMM or something else? If you're using WMM... then click on the link below.

http://fxhome.com/support/video-tutorials/category/7/file-transfer

And as most of the guys have already stated... Visionlab only works with .MOV which is a "Quicktime" format and AVI which is a "Directx" format. The reason for that is because other formats such as MPEG, greatly reduce the quality of video by compressing it which is not what you want.
.MOV and AVI files do not greatly compress video so that you're working at optimum video quality... which is what you really want.
You'll have larger file sizes with those two formats but that shouldn't matter too much as long as the video looks good... or unless you do not have enough hard disk space in which case you would need another internal or external drive.
Terabyte drives are getting cheaper every month so you shouldn't have to much trouble finding one for just under $100.00
Posted: Thu, 17th Dec 2009, 10:37pm

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Viktorious

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Thanks allot guys you rock. Just for the future where do you usually find the suffixes ?
Posted: Thu, 17th Dec 2009, 11:15pm

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spydurhank

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The suffix should be part of the name that you give to a file once you render it. You can just look at the thumbnail of your video file or hover your mouse over the video file or click properties on the video file. The suffix is located to the right of the file name.

Example. Video name.avi or Video name.mov

So are you using WMM?
If so... it's important to note that once you get the feel for editing video in WMM, you should really consider investing in a better video editor which will allow you to have more control over your video and also your audio. Here are two examples and they are both free to download and use plus you have the freedom of exporting your video to several formats. I use both of them from time to time.

http://www.virtualdub.org/
http://www.debugmode.com/wax/
Posted: Thu, 17th Dec 2009, 11:23pm

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Most file names, for files of any sort, will contain a period somewhere toward the end, followed by a suffix, most often of three letters, but not always.

.jpg .exe .zip .doc .pdf are all common examples of suffixes which you may have seen at the end of filenames.

.mov and .avi and the rest are the same thing for video files.
Posted: Fri, 18th Dec 2009, 1:48am

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Viktorious

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Yea, I'm using WMM thanks for telling me about the video editing programs.

Thanks Axeman for that information.