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Right,ive seen the TV comercial of the I mac with jeff goldbloom showing how to make film clips with music playing.I'd like to do this sort of stuff ie, track dayz and MG meets but dont know where to start.obviously it would have to be a programme that 5 year old can use(me) and in a format that most people on the net can easily access.
is that i mac the way to go ?? i dont want people to have to download programmes just to see these clips.
i hope this makes sense kev
 

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Is it going to be from live footage ? eg a video camera or just from still pictures ?
I would advise getting a good video capture card like one from pinnacle as it comes with good editing software as standard.
 

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Also if you create the final video as an AVI or MPEG format, then almost everybody would be able to watch it via windows media player.
 

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Hi Kevin,

You need to get yourself a copy of Adobe Premier to assemble the clips. I used it to create this:

http://www.bizuka.co.uk/mgf/v/nmgo-14-04-2002.avi (19.5MB - right click and "save as")
http://www.bizuka.co.uk/mgf/v/nmgo-14-04-2002.wmv (3.5MB - will stream)

... from the first NMGO meeting up at Settle. I'm still playing around with the quality yet, but to get it to a stream which is reasonable to download (<5MB), the compression needs to be pretty heavy which degrades the quality.
 

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Kevin

What operating system do you have on your PC

If you have Windows XP (home or professional) Microsoft has a built in Movie maker.

You can capture video (inc audio) into the software and edit to the required length etc

I trust you also have some form of video capture equipment on your PC ?

If I can be of any more assistance then please don't hesitate to contact me.

Regards

Rob.
www.mg-extreme.co.uk
 

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Video capture of course depends on your camera as well
If it is digital you would be better with a firewire card also known as IEEE1394 or i link (which is sony's name for it). If it is analogue then you could use something like the ATI all in wonder card which has video in.
You also need a huge fast hdd as 1hr of raw digital video will take about 15gb of space
As for software I use mgi videosuite but there is a lot of different software available.
I would have a word with Jessups camera shop if you have one near you as they have a free advice service (they are digital imagery specialists) and anything you buy from them has a 30 day no quible money back gaurantee even if you just dont like it (go to dixons b4 buying anything get the cheapest price and get jessups to price match ;) )
Also if your camera does not have video in look at this site http://www.datavision.co.uk/ who make dv in widgets that change your cameras software so that it records from your PC or VCR
Have fun :D
 

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Or you could just buy an iMAC :D and with it you get the application i-movie, a cheap basic version Adobe Premier. All you then need to do is plug in you video camera and off you go, simple. Then save the files as a Quicktime, MPEG or AVI, making sure thay arent massive files!!! Anything over 1.5meg is a no no! as not everyone has broadband and cant be arsed to wait!

You should go and buy a Mac right now:p

Mac's are a far better machines than crapy PC's for anything creative:D
 

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I agree with S&R Macs are better than PC's for a lot of graphical work
Problem is I cant afford mac software its soooooo expensive
The pc is a good all rounder and you can update it with greater ease :D
 

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Kevin
There is a useful new magazine just launched that I picked up IN WHS the other day, "Digital Video Made Easy" As with Computeractive, I found it to be quite good in putting things into a simple format that even I can follow.
I have Panasonic DV so am about to add a firewire card to use with Win ME's built in movie editor (same as XP version). Previously had an analogue camera, but used a cheap 'n cheerful TV card that allowed me to capture video footage, but very poor quality by comparison to DV!

Hope this helps, and SNR, btw, the magazine covers both PC and Mac:D
 
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