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How do I import Canon HV20 footage into VisionLab?

Posted: Sat, 26th Nov 2011, 2:57am

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petet2

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Ok so I finally moved into HDV land with a secondhand Canon HV20 purchase... but when I try to import the camera footage into VisionLab it isn't recognised. I'm using the HDV preset, what am I doing wrong?
Posted: Sat, 26th Nov 2011, 11:23pm

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Biblmac

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Are you trying to import it directly from your camera into Vlab? Vlab doesn't have compatibility for that. You need to import it via NLE first such as Windows Movie Maker, Sony Vegas, Adobe Premiere, iMovie, or Final Cut
Posted: Sun, 27th Nov 2011, 1:41am

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petet2

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Thanks. What formats can I export it as from Premiere that will keep the HD quality but be acceptable for Vlab?
Posted: Sun, 27th Nov 2011, 3:15am

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Biblmac

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Uncompressed .avi files are best, since they lose absolutely no quality, however they do take up a LOT of space. For instance, I did a wedding for someone that is now taking up 15 GB of space with just the raw footage, which is all SD! So imagine how much more HD footage would take up! I had an HD video (of 30 seconds) take up around 1.5 GB of space when I converted it to an uncompressed avi. So other than that, a compressed avi or mov is the best way to go, make sure they are HD.
Posted: Sun, 27th Nov 2011, 3:22am

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petet2

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Thanks smile
Posted: Sun, 27th Nov 2011, 3:45am

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petet2

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Ok I tried an uncompressed avi (had to set custom settings as there was no preset for HD) and the file won't open or opens with just audio (no video). If I try a compressed avi file Prem Pro CS4 only allows me SD options and no custom settings. Any suggestions? Thanks smile
Posted: Sun, 27th Nov 2011, 12:51pm

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Biblmac

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There is no setting for uncompressed avi in premiere pro? I checked on the Adobe help site and this is what I found. The very last one on the list says,

Adobe Help wrote:

Microsoft Uncompressed AVI (AVI; Windows only): is used for high-definition video output.
Sounds to me like there should be an uncompressed default somewhere.

If there really isn't anything like that, then give a compressed avi a try. Does it say that it is going to make your footage SD? Cause when I converted some HD videos (mp4s) to a compressed avi in Sony Vegas, it defaultly made it the same size as the source. I'm not sure what Adobe Premiere as I only ever use Sony Vegas.

I just watched a tutorial where a guy was exporting from Adobe Premiere CS4 and he had the Uncompressed Microsoft Avi option.