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The video imports..but won't play

Posted: Sun, 20th Dec 2009, 1:20am

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FXhomer37023

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So i've had effectslab pro for a couple of years now.. It really got handy for making some special effects as well as putting transitions and animations together. My old JVC camcorder worked well with the program, i had to convert from .MOD files to .avi but that was no big deal. I recently got a Sanyo Xacti FH1 dual camera, which has the ability to shoot in 1920x1080 full HD..etc.. it records in .mp4 format which is new to me. Still there's no problem converting to .avi, but when I open it in effectslab I get a still image of the first frame and the video doesn't play. I went back and tried importing an .avi file which i used my old camera to capture, and again i can see the first frame but nothing after that. So this leads me to believe it's not something to deal with the new camera.. although it started doing it the day i got the sanyo.. i tried uninstalling and reinstalling, clearing the cache and doing whatever i could to try and fix it. If there's some simple solution that im just overlooking please tell me haha. It could just be that i need the latest version of quicktime or directX or something, any advice would be greatly appreciated!
Posted: Sun, 20th Dec 2009, 2:56am

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Axeman

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Well, it would be worth making sure you have the latest DirectX and Quicktime installed, but I suspect this is codec related. When you convert the files to .avi, what AVI codec do you use? Have you tried using a different AVI codec? What software are you using for the conversion?
Posted: Sun, 20th Dec 2009, 4:12pm

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FXhomer37023

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ive had the camera for 2 days now and i was just using a software that came with it called "Nero 8 Essentials". I was just converting to .avi uncompressed (which is what I used to do with my old camera). When i tried using a codec it did work. Here's my next question, when i convert to avi, the biggest dimensions i can do are 720x480. If I buy an HD converter will I be able to keep it in 1920x1080? Do you recommend any converters? and what codec do you think will keep the highest quality? Thanks for the help.
Posted: Sun, 20th Dec 2009, 6:56pm

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Axeman

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It seems very odd that the software that came with your HD camera cant convert it and keep the resolution at HD. What video editing software do you use? You may be able to handle the conversion directly from that.

Uncompressed AVI shouldn't have any compatibility issues; that is what many people on these forums use with EffectsLab. And it is definitely the best option for maintaining quality. Otherwise, personally I'm not sure which AVI codecs would be good options. I can offer Quicktime recommendations, but that is only helpful if you have software that could convert it to Quicktime. If you do, Animation and Apple Intermediate are both good choices.