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I've got a question: I bought the Master Suite of CS5 earlier this year. I am more familiar with the web design aspect of the suite, and know nothing about video editing. I've been looking for the most cost-effective way to convert old home movies on VHS and VHS-C cassette tapes to digital format. I was wondering if I could do that with Adobe Premier or another program in the Adobe suite? I understand I may need some extra cables, but I would rather spend another $20 than $100 for my project.
If I don't have the right software in the Suite, anybody have any recommendations for what to use instead?
Thank you for your time, and Happy Holidays!
I just joined your group, and I'm not from KC (but I do have a couple of friends who are, if that counts) :) I was looking for video-related groups on Adobe groups and yours seemed like a very vital and active group, so here I am!
And that being said, my first post is to ask a favor... which, I'm aware is a bit rude. It will give you a chance to rant about your pet peeves about video in Flash, though, if that helps!
With all of the new developments in FMS and Flash, I've decided its time to write another book on Flash video. There is so much to cover, I want to get feedback from the community to help shape the contents of the book. I want to give you the information YOU need to know... so, please take a few minutes to answer this really brief survey (only 8 questions):
I'm sure you all have your own specific issues you'd like covered. It will mostly deal with the publishing end of video in Flash (building players, using prebuilt players, etc.) but will also deal with encoding. I'll be putting together a draft of the Table of Contents next week, so get your comments in now!
// Lisa Larson-Kelley
Link: Flash Video Survey
Designer/developer conference this weekend. June 19-20
We do have a few sessions on Flash and After effects by a Friends of Ed author.
Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you'd like to attend the conference this weekend. I want to show Adobe a strong community presence.
I posted this in another group, but thought I might get some help here too. Here's the question:
Can anyone offer any insight as to what specs I should look for in buying a new workstation specifically for Premiere Pro?
I've read the minimum specs listed on the web site, and spoken to someone in customer service -- who wasn't much help. He kept insisting that all I needed was the minimum specs, and I'd see no performance improvement beyond that, which I find hard to believe. He did claim that they prefer Nvidia video cards (though wouldn't specify a model).
The current machine is very basic, and the AVCHD MTS files I'm working with are taking FOREVER to render -- high def against a green-screen. I need to speed the process up considerably. Also planning on moving to CS5 as soon as it is released.
Can anyone offer their opinion on the following:
Processor -- any benefit of the Xeon over an i7? What I've read to date is steering toward a dual Xeon 3.0.
16GB RAM -- too much or not enough?
Nvidia card -- but which model? Will the GPU (or multiple cards) help speed up rendering time?
Win 7 64-bit
Hard drive -- Anything internal is ok. Mass storage is pretty much already covered with a dedicated 3-terabyte network drive.
If you're a regular Premiere Pro user and could buy your 'dream-machine' what would it be? Trying to keep within a reasonable budget, but expect it might wind up in the $5,000-$6,000 area. Thanks for any insight you can offer.
and the making ..
Production Coders 4 Charity Event
I imagine there will be signs pointing on where we need to go! (Buck please reply all or post on our site if you have further details)
The actual meeting will be on Saturday at 3PM.
There should be food if anyone wants to snag a late lunch. Our subject is PRODUCTION. Actually putting together a finished product. We will recap pre-production, shooting, and Buck will have his system and we will work a little bit of editing during the meeting. Also most likely we will work with some export options as well (hopefully get to see some real rendering speed!).Of course we will have our usual door prizes! (And i have to say, I'll be giving out an Interesting book!)
SATURDAY: Film crew / grips may want to stay a little later AFTER the meeting.
In the meeting our main subject was HARDWARE. We focused mainly on cameras, but in truth we could spend 4 or 5 meetings on lighting and not cover everything. So, how far down the rabbit hole do you want to go?
NAB, National Association of Broadcasters, is an annual convention that seriously is an amazing show. Las Vegas host’s this event and it fills the Vegas Convention Center, which if you have never been, is HUGE. Also, Las Vegas isn’t too shabby of a town either ;). If anyone plans on going this year PLEASE let us know! http://www.nab.org/
If you have a decent idea of what to buy, my suggestion is shopping at BH Photo. This is the place to buy / shop / price compare / or just browse when Best Buy just doesn’t cut it for you anymore. I’ve made quite a few purchases myself from this store and have actually got to visit their one and only location in New York (quite a shop). Specializing in Photography / Video / and equipment the only thing they lack is locations and in my humble opinion computer hardware (there are literally hundreds of sites that do this well though). The physical store in NY is a wonderful place to play around with cameras before you drop $2,500 (or higher), so having one on the west coast and perhaps one in the Midwest would be fantastic. Even still, huge 5 star rating from me. http://www.bhphotovideo.com/
Quick rundown for CONSUMER level cameras. You can spend from $150 to 700 in the consumer range (actually some now adays are even going around $1,000). I always ALWAYS recommend spending the extra cash and getting 3 CCD (or CMOS) cameras. CCD and CMOS sensors are basically what the camera sees, so in 1 chip cameras that solo chip is capturing everything by itself. The cameras that have 3 chips are designed so that each one is capturing a different color, red, green, blue. Having seperate chips for those colors makes an amazing difference in the quality of the footage. The next step for CCD sensors is size, although most consumer level cameras are 1/6". Prosumers are typically 1/3" and Pro level cameras are 1/2" and up. Bigger sensor = more detail captured!
What kind of media your camera records to is preference. I still like MiniDV tapes, but am growing fonder of chip based cameras. MiniDV have probably handled the test of time / quality / price the best over the last 10years or so while other formats have come and gone. Hard drive cameras are convenient but if that hard drive breaks, camera is toast. Not to mention IF you run out of space on your 3 week trip to Europe, you can't go buy more film/tape. I think chips will rapidly replace all media types, even pro level cameras like the glorious RED is recording onto chips that you could pick up almost anywhere, and getting footage from your chip to your computer is a breeze! (Note that transferring footage to the computer and actually doing something with it seems to be a big hurdle in the consumer world) *Also, and this applies to digital still cameras as well, the OPTICAL ZOOM is the important zoom, never use digital zoom.
Adding a little production value to your shoot goes a long way. A $30 mic from BHPhoto and a couple bucks put into a tripod can turn a hand held youtube video into something much more professional! Personally I bought a 503 bogen tripod and legs, it ran around $550 and is the best investment I have made for my freelance business. I consider myself a freelancer/part time, so you might not need to go that big. If you are doing a production that allows you to rent that kind of equipment, it could be totally worth it.
Lighting kits cost around 1,000 to get you going. But there is a ton of options. LED are new and upcoming but can be flawed as they emit light from several sources. Fluorescent are cool in temperature and create a nice even light. Lowell have 3 point light kits that's everything you need. In the end, do some research and find something that matches your budget, even if it is a cheap light from Home Depot, it makes a difference.
Please feel free to add comments below!! I'm sure everyone has something they can offer. Remember, this is about learning and growing!
Ok fellow User Group members; we need to have a chat about Sponsors!
Here is what we are looking for:
Refreshments during our monthly meeting.
Typically we have the Mr. GoodCents party platter, which is enough for about 20 people. Also includes two 2ltr sodas. This is approximately $50. If a member is the one floating the tab, they will receive an extra raffle ticket as well. We are not limited to this; we could go with Pizza, or something else.
Every month we give out door prizes to members. Currently Focal Press is signed on as a full time sponsor. I encourage people to browse their products and give them a try, honestly I have been very impressed with the books I have read/reviewed so far. Use the link on our page to get 20% off.
I want to be the first to admit that I am only an Adobe Ninja in some software! If you are, or know a really talented individual and that person would be willing to give a presentation. We would love to hear someone who knows what he/she is talking about! :D
Note that I am posting this here because I want to make this open to our community. This is OUR group so I would like to hear everyone's feedback and suggestions!
Monkey Butler Ninja. aka, NICK
Well my fellow Adobe User Group friends, another meeting under the belt.
As promised here are some links for expressions.
Have more info? Maybe some tips? Post them here.
So at our first meeting we discussed resources on the web. As promised I have put together a list so that everything is at one place :) Please posts good ones that you find so that others are able to benefit as well!
Free tutorial Sites
Pay / Subscription Sites
Tools for Filmmakers
Don't see something here that you use often and think the group might benefit from it... POST!
-=Nick... the MonkeyButlerNinja
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