I had wanted to include the following video on my previous post but I was having problems editing the clip. Dave, Travels with a Honda Transalp (<-- click link) was also working on his video but he has censorship problems with YouTube being blocked from view in Turkey. He has resorted to using Vimeo and double posting. It's all about the quality and Dave has purchased copies of all the video editing programs know to mankind and locked himself in his closet until he figures it out. I was previously a Windows Movie Maker user but have now gravited to Adobe Premiere Elements and stuck with it even though the import presets don't always seem to work.
During the past year or two I had been using a Panasonic SDR-SW20 Flash camcorder which produced .MOD files. I recently upgraded to a Canon FS200 and to my surprise it produces files in the same format so my work flow remains unchanged, even though my video quality has greatly improved. We are talking about Standard DVD quality 480p resolution. One thing that I had not considered was my minute Canon SD780is pocket camera which has 720p resolution. During the past weekend I decided to do some test clips in movie mode. The Canon produces .MOV files which I gather is a sort of modified Quicktime H.264 structure. I had some problems with jerkey playback using PREL even though the video played perfectly smooth using VLC media player or WMP. I had spent a few hours trying to sort it out and even converted the .MOD files using an .AVI converter, ALAS, nothing worked. I was stuck with jerky playback. I presumed that it was something to do with frame rate conversion as the video had not yet been rendered.
I did some further investigation today (Google is your friend) and discovered that perhaps I did not have enough resources on my old laptop to be able to render these videos. On the Canon forum others have had similar problems with editing with jerky video but when they had rendered the final product it played smoothly. Tonight I decided to follow their example and ignore the jerkiness and continue onward.
This video was output to mpeg1, layer 2 1280x720p 30F. I have resized the Youtube player to display in 16:9 aspect ratio. While the video is only 1:47 the file was originally 255 Mb and took nearly 45 minutes to upload. I am nearly finished with my testing. I mentioned to Dave that he should just concentrate on ONE editing program and my suggestion was to stick with PREL (Premiere Elements). It has good reviews and my reasoning that I could help him in a pinch.
The Pike Place Market, Seattle, WA. A good place to walk around and absorb the sounds. Source video was produced by a Canon SD780is in full HD 1280x720p
(Raw Corn, Pike Place Market, Seattle, WA) "I want to Hold your Hand"
*** Make sure to click the HD button ***