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1.converting MOD.MOV file type
Posted by zmzmzm on 9/24/2012 9:11:53 AM
My Panasonic camcorder records in MOD.MOV. I want to convert files for WMM v 2.1.4028.0

I have an AkmeFFmpeg file converter. It has 15 choices of file types, and 15 choices of codecs.

Which file type should I choose, and which codec should I choose. (Codec has "default" as one of its 15 choices).

Thanks.
2.Re: converting MOD.MOV file type
Posted by zmzmzm on 9/24/2012 2:07:17 PM
Thanks Blaine

3.Should I use Panasonic's software - or third party?
Posted by zmzmzm on 10/4/2012 9:38:18 AM
When I download a video file from my Panasonic Camcorder using Panasonic's HDwriter software, I get (in addition to a ,m2ts (MPEG-TS) file ---- three other files:
".cont," ".pmpd," and a ".tmb" file. Are these files specifically for use by the HDwriter?


When I download a file directly (just drag and drop it into a new folder) I only get the .m2ts file.

I am trying to figure out whether I am better off using ...
4.Is it worth the trouble to learn v16.4
Posted by zmzmzm on 11/6/2015 12:14:50 PM
I have been using v6.0 for years. I like the time line view. I am also familiar with it.
When I look at v16.4 it looks difficult to learn and unpleasant. Is there a good reason
to bother to learn V16.4? I don't need or want any more "effects" or "transitions."

I also use Wondershare - a commercial video editor. It has an "audio detach" feature
which I like. It's weak point for me - is that its "slow down" effect ...
5.Re: Is it worth the trouble to learn v16.4
Posted by zmzmzm on 11/6/2015 12:21:56 PM
Forgot to give details. Sorry.
I have versions: 6.0.6002.18005 and
16.4.3508.0205 Are these the latest?

Thanks
6.Re: Is it worth the trouble to learn v16.4
Posted by zmzmzm on 11/8/2015 2:51:04 PM
Thanks Jem. 6 is the older version with the horizontal time line. 16 (the newer version) has an entirely different interface that looks confusing to me. That's why I asked if its worth learning 16. If it is better than 6 - what makes it so? That's what I'm wondering and whether its worth taking the trouble to learn.'

Selwyn
7.Re: Is it worth the trouble to learn v16.4
Posted by zmzmzm on 11/9/2015 7:15:42 PM
Hi Jem:

Thanks for your input. Your work requires a quiet mind to appreciate.
A few of your figures remind me of Michaelangelo's "Dying Slave."

With respect to Windows Movie Maker - we use it in very different ways.

http://www.musictheorymagic.com

Selwyn



8.Need advice on whether to upgrade
Posted by zmzmzm on 10/29/2013 1:27:24 PM
Hi:
I haven't used WMM in about a year or so. I am running OS7 and WMMv6.

Is there an upgrade to v6 worth doing? I have put speed effects on my v6 which are very
handy for speeding up and slowing down in small increments. I don't want to lose this
functionality.

Is there a good reason to take the trouble to upgrade?

Many thanks.

9.Re: Need advice on whether to upgrade
Posted by zmzmzm on 10/29/2013 4:55:21 PM
Thanks Blaine. I appreciate your help. I also appreciate how quickly you reply.
My new site is hepcatstickers.com in case you want to take a look at some
really cute prairie dogs playing musical instruments.


Thanks again,


Selwyn
10.translucent "save movie file" window title bar lingers after closing program
Posted by zmzmzm on 11/30/2012 4:43:29 PM
Even after I close out of WMM 2.6 --- If I have saved my project as a movie --- a translucent - but clearly visible window title bar remains on the monitor screen and "shows" through any other window I may have up in any program, or any browser - or on the desktop itself.

In other words -- WMM does not completely close. The only way to get rid of the translucent window "save movie file" title bar from WMM is to restart. Hitting the "show desktop" ...
11.Re: translucent "save movie file" window title bar lingers after closing program
Posted by zmzmzm on 12/3/2012 11:29:45 AM
I just switched to 6.0. I will let you know if the problem persists.
Is there any reason to also have 2.6? (I deleted it).

Thanks
12.Re: translucent "save movie file" window title bar lingers after closing program
Posted by zmzmzm on 12/3/2012 11:30:55 AM
I mean I uninstalled it (2.6).
13.Re: translucent "save movie file" window title bar lingers after closing program
Posted by zmzmzm on 12/7/2012 9:47:22 AM
Hi Blaine:

The lingering translucent Windows title bar seems to be caused by Logitech's Setpoint mouse and keyboard software. As soon as I exit that software, the lingering bar disappears. The only thing I lose without the software is the zoom function of the Logitech cordless mouse wheel.


Just thought I'd give you an update on that.
14.Re: which ratio should I record in?
Posted by zmzmzm on 10/12/2012 9:05:13 PM
I bought a Video Editor called "Wondershare." It plays m2ts and you can edit in m2ts and then convert to a variety of formats including wvm. You can download a free trial version. If you uninstall it, they will offer you 50% off - which brings it down to $19.95.
I like the interface which is similar to wmm - so wmm users can use it right away. It has contrast, hue, saturation, brightness and a slew of photoshop-like effects. I also has an easy crop feature.
I haven't ...
15.which ratio should I record in?
Posted by zmzmzm on 9/28/2012 4:23:04 PM
I solved my blurry video problem. I bought a 1080 HD camcorder - a Panasonic. It records in an obnoxious m2ts format - probably to try to force one to use their software. After a couple of days of trial and error, I found a good free file converter called "Ace Video Converter." Found it on Sourceforge. It's simple and fast.

Seems that if I record in 16:9 --- my video gets squashed into 4:3 in the viewing pane of WMM (for XP).

Will it ...
16.Re: which ratio should I record in?
Posted by zmzmzm on 9/28/2012 8:03:51 PM
The Ace video converter doesn't cause any change in the aspect ratio either -- the change is (at least in appearance) in the viewing pane of Classic WMM.

I wonder if it will save in 16:9 - even though it appears squashed in WMM.
17.Re: which ratio should I record in?
Posted by zmzmzm on 9/30/2012 10:02:51 AM
Yes -- There is nothing like doing an actual test. I will do one and report back. Of course, I will have to make the correct choice in the "save movie as" drop down.

I downloaded your slow down -- speed up effects. Thank you.

Is there a contast effect that works in WMM 2.1 for XP? I downloaded a trial of Vidmex. It has a contrast effect plus a lot of other good stuff. The problem (or challenge) is that like all programs - you have to take the time ...
18.Re: which ratio should I record in?
Posted by zmzmzm on 9/30/2012 10:14:39 AM
Hi Blaine:

I went through all the possible "save movie as" choices in the drop down menu (under the "save movie for playback on my computer" choice)

There were about a dozen choices and they were all in 4:3. So, it seems to me that I would have to record to 4:3 if I want an undistorted movie.

Or else - I suppose buy a commercial movie maker program.



19.Re: which ratio should I record in?
Posted by zmzmzm on 9/30/2012 4:39:11 PM
Not surprisingly (as you are really knowledgeable) - you have solved it. (it had been set to 4:3). Easy fix. Thank you.

Next question: There are online "fixes" that claim to make m2ts videos play in XP. One is PC Cleaner. I have read warnings about keeping away from registry cleaners. Do you know of a safe "fix" to make these files play in windows media player without first converting them. Ace Video Converter works fine -- but conversion takes time - and ...
20.Re: which ratio should I record in?
Posted by zmzmzm on 9/30/2012 5:40:27 PM
I downloaded Mediaplayerlite -- an open source free player. It plays the M2ts but it plays in a jumpy way. That is - the progress indicator slider goes smoothly across for awhile then it stops -- then it gets jumpy.

I am guessing that someone who really understands this stuff, could make the correct adjustments in the settings --- I guess I'll see if I can get some help from them.




21.Re: which ratio should I record in?
Posted by zmzmzm on 10/1/2012 11:22:08 AM
I am trying VLC. The problem with it is that it insists on filling the entire monitor screen - and that
prevents the video from progressing --- even though the audio plays correctly. The video just stays on the opening frame. No matter what I check in the view menu - the program tries not only to fill the whole screen -- but to extend itself to my dual monitor - even when that monitor is turned off. If I manage to get it back to one monitor - it still insists on filling the entire ...
22.I want to share this great free video converter
Posted by zmzmzm on 10/5/2012 10:12:22 AM
I have been looking around for days to find the best free file converter to convert my .m2ts files generated by my Panasonic camcorder to .wmv files.

"Any Video Converter" - free version -- seems to be a great program. Not only does it convert files, but it has effects like brightness, saturation, contrast --- and it crops, flips and rotates.

I am just learning how to use it --- and like all programs --- it does take some experimentation -- but it ...
23.Re: I want to share this great free video converter
Posted by zmzmzm on 10/5/2012 12:02:16 PM
Funny you should say that --- because I haven't tried inserting the generated .WMV into WMM.
I "knew" that I shouldn't post until I tried that --- but I got so enthused that I skipped that important step. I'll try it now and report back.
24.Blurry movie of still image even with camera on tripod
Posted by zmzmzm on 9/24/2012 2:18:56 PM
I am taking a movie of my hand pointing to parts of a printed graphic in order to explain the graphic. The printed graphic (which is quite crisp) comes out blurry in the movie.

Perhaps I don't understand the limitations of home user level camcorders. (I have a Panasonic SDR-T70) Could it be that the movie will be sharper when converted to a different file type, as Windows media player is not happy with it in its original MOV.MOD file type. (it plays the movie but then ...
25.Re: Blurry movie of still image even with camera on tripod
Posted by zmzmzm on 9/24/2012 5:42:20 PM
Hi Blaine:

I've got a feeling I made a mistake when I bought a standard definition camera.

Thanks.

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