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[personal profile] brainwane
Ashley Blewer, an archivist specializing in moving images and a software developer, created a website, "ffmprovisr", to make it easier for you to use the program ffmpeg.
FFmpeg is a powerful tool for manipulating audiovisual files. Unfortunately, it also has a steep learning curve, especially for users unfamiliar with a command line interface. This app helps users through the command generation process so that more people can reap the benefits of FFmpeg.

Each button displays helpful information about how to perform a wide variety of tasks using FFmpeg. To use this site, click on the task you would like to perform. A new window will open up with a sample command and a description of how that command works. You can copy this command and understand how the command works with a breakdown of each of the flags.

FFmpeg is a free, open source tool that works on the command line and lets you do stuff like:
  • Change codecs (transcode)
  • Change formats
  • Filter stuff
  • Create GIFs and thumbnails
  • Normalize/equalize audio
  • Read/extract captions
  • Make test patterns
  • Fix audio that's fallen out of sync
  • Join or split files
  • Play an image sequence

I have used FFmpeg recipes in the past and it's great how much it can do, especially in combination with youtube-dl which makes it easy to download video from a ton of sites -- YouTube, SoundCloud, Vimeo, and many others. I hope other vidders find ffmprovisr helpful in their work!
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[personal profile] tassosss
I'm having issues with converting to DV files in MPEG streamclip and retaining super widescreen aspect ratio, and my google fu is failing me.

I'm on mac OSX 10.9.5, using MPEG Streamclip version 1.9.3b8. I'm trying to clip Captain America The First Avenger which I have as an .mp4 file. The aspect ratio is super widescreen 2.36:1 (1280x542). I'm editing in FCPX. This is the first time I've tried clipping a movie with this aspect ratio.

Usually I use MPEG Streamclip to convert to .dv for editing, but the only options it gives for aspect ratio are 4:3 and 16:9, which obviously are no good. The video gets squished.

Is there a way to preserve the super widescreen aspect ratio to get .dv files? Or will I need to edit in another format? And if so, any recommendations? In the Export as QuickTime window, the dropdown list of compressions is intimidating.
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[personal profile] echan
These are the results of the 2015 Vidding Tools census! There a large range of useful info here, from a diverse range of vidders.

Some items are listed under more than one section -- that's not an error, many tools are flexible and different vidders use them in different ways.

Enough with the intro, on to the DATA! )
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[personal profile] echan
These are the results of the Vidding Tools census! There's a lot of info here. Overall there was a huge variety of responses, very diverse.

Some items are listed under more than one section -- that's not an error, many tools are flexible and different vidders use them in different ways.

All links were gathered by me, not the respondents themselves. Some tools I am unfamiliar with lack links, unfortunately. If you want to leave a link in the comments I'd be happy to add it in.

Enough with the intro, on to the DATA! )
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[personal profile] echan
What tools do you use to gather footage for vidding? How do you rip, convert, contort, and cajole source video into the format your editing program works with? This survey will crowd-source this information. The more people share, the more we can learn from each other. Tools you love, things you tried that weren't worth the time and effort, all your vidding experience is valuable.

We all have our preferences, we always will. There's still room to learn from others, find new things to try, new tools to try.

There's space for DVD ripping software, torrent sites, and more. The opinions entered can be anything from "this is perfect and I use it exclusively" to "tried it, didn't work, never again" and even in between. The aggregate data will include as much or as little personal comments as each person wants.


Thanks in advance for contributing! Feel free to share this link and information with other vidders, anyone interested in sharing.
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[personal profile] frayadjacent
Hi all,

I vid with Final Cut Pro, and most of my vidding thus far has been with NTSC DVDs, which I rip to my computer and then use MPEG Streamclip to convert clips to mov.  I use the Apple DV/DVCPRO NTSC codec for my clips, but I'm starting to wonder if there's something else that would work better.  In particular, I've had some issues with non-square pixels in my final export, especially when the source's frame aspect ratio is 16:9 (it doesn't seem to happen in 4:3).  My understanding is that the DV codec doesn't use square pixels, and I'm wondering if there's a good, high quality editing codec that works well for NTSC DVDs that does use square pixels, so I can just nip the issue in the bud.


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[personal profile] theleaveswant
Hello everyone! I've been searching and searching for a solution to this problem without much success, and I hope that somebody here has a more useful answer.

My old laptop (a Toshiba Satellite running XP) died a few weeks ago, and I chose its replacement specifically for use as a vidding computer, but so far I've been unable to start my Festivids project because MPEG Streamclip, which worked fine on my old computer, will not work on the new one. It will open fine, and it can find and recognize Quicktime Alternative, and it goes through the motions of loading different types of files (.vob, .avi), but won't play them back. Like, the playback controls (play/pause button, slider bar etc.) will not appear on the screen. I can get the timestamp to progress by playing with other buttons and keyboard commands, but with .vobs there is no video and no audio (but when I pause "playback" the screen changes to the frame I paused on, and stays frozen there when I "resume" until I pause again, when it changes to the new freezeframe) and with the .avi I tried there was audio and a white screen (another problem that I will try to fix only if I can fix the other problems, because it's not worth it otherwise) but still no slider bar. I've been trying to find a fix or even an explanation for this problem, but so far nothing I've found seems at all relevant or useful. I've tried other programs for clipping before but none of them have opened .vobs directly and most I found awkward and unpleasant to use. Right now I'm trying to convert the .vobs into other formats using Streamclip and Virtualdub to see if I can get SOMETHING to load right, but I think this might be a fundamental incompatibility between Streamclip and Windows 7? If anyone has any other suggestions or explanations I'd love to hear them.

If I can't find a way to get Streamclip working, what are my options? As I said, I haven't liked the other clipping programs I've tried and I'd prefer to go straight from .vobs to high quality .avi clips. Do Corel Videostudio or any other Windows 7-compatible editing programs allow you to open and clip from .vobs in-program? And whether they do or don't, which program would you recommend for someone who is sick of Windows Movie Maker and ready for something better, but too broke to take chances on things that won't work?
damned_colonial: Convicts in Sydney, being spoken to by a guard/soldier (Default)
[personal profile] damned_colonial
[personal profile] wired has offered to clip some footage for me for a vid, but she's on Windows and I don't know what tools to point her at. Can anyone point me at some newbie resources/free tools/etc for her?


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