Can't import MM2 DV-AVI file into Studio8

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by acton, Sep 3, 2003.

  1. acton

    acton Guest

    Hello everyone,

    I would like to use Studio's "print to tape" feature (via DC10plus analog
    capture/output card) to make a VHS video tape of an edited movie from
    Windows Movie Maker 2. So ... I saved the movie file as DV-AVI from Movie
    Maker but when I try to import that file into Studio I get an error message
    that says "video file could not be opened".

    Any ideas?

    thx in advance!
     
    acton, Sep 3, 2003
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  2. See the DVD Software... Pinnacle Studio 8 page of www.papajohn.org

    MM2 saves DV-AVI files as type I and Studio 8 uses type II You need to
    convert the file.

    PapaJohn
     
    PapaJohn \(MVP\), Sep 3, 2003
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  3. acton

    Rob Guest

    The DC10 isn't DV, but *is* capable of capturing analogue at
    768x576 at full frame rate. I have used it extensively at this
    resolution (PAL, Win98SE). The DC10's on-board *hardware*
    MJPEG CODEC was well-ahead of it's time (Premiere 4 [maybe
    v5, too] could use the h/w codec when *editing*, with no
    noticable loss in the end product, and with *obviously* amazing
    performance, even on old P133's.)
    The problem is the usual one: lack of good drivers (ie wdm vs vfw).
    HTH,
     
    Rob, Sep 4, 2003
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  4. The users problem is not whether Studio 8 will do any type 1 or type 2
    functions. A non-MJPEG video file cannot be played back through the DC10plus
    hardware to VHS tape - regardless of the frame resolution capabilities of
    the card itself. Codecs have to match.
     
    Larry Johnson, Sep 4, 2003
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  5. acton

    acton Guest

    Larry & PapaJohn - thanks for the replies.

    PapaJohn's advice to convert from type I to type II did the trick. After
    conversion (with Canopus DV File Converter) I was able to import the type
    II DV-AVI into Studio 8 and was able to "play it back" through the
    DC10plus hardware. The only problem is that the imported clip is all
    "jumpy" on the TV monitor (unlike the original capture which looks
    perfect on the TV monitor). There's no pixelization or blockiness, no
    loss of resolution, no other artifacts .... just vertical jump. I'm
    thinking that perhaps this is due to loss of interlacing information. In
    fact I posted another question about this on the ng a few minutes ago
    (I've pasted it in below FYI ... see below for more details on the setup
    and procedure).

    Should I just give up on using Movie Maker 2 if I want my final movie
    saved on video tape (for the grandparents who don't own a DVD player)?

    Or do I stay with Movie Maker 2 and go the low-tech route ... i.e. use
    Movie Maker 2 DV-AVI output to make an SVCD (with TMPGEnc & VCDEasy) and
    then play the SVCD on my DVD player and tape the output on my VCR????

    ...... acton


    Hello everyone,

    Does the DV-AVI file format preserve interlacing?

    Here's my situation and the reason I ask the question:

    I've captured an analog camcorder signal with Pinnacle DC10+ and Studio
    8. I'm using Custom settings .... i.e. Full Horiz Resolution [640x480],
    capturing Both Vertical Fields and Data Rate set to 6000 KB/sec. The
    captured file is saved as an AVI with the following settings: Pinnacle
    DCxx MJPEG Compressor, 640x480 resolution, 29.97 fps & 6000 KB/sec data
    rate.

    If I load this file back into Studio 8 and "print" it out to tape (via
    the "Make Tape" tab and the DC10+ analog output port) it looks great on
    tape and TV monitor.

    However, if I import the same AVI file into Movie Maker 2 (which loads it
    just fine), do some small edits (fade-in, fade-out), save it as DV-AVI
    (which is the best choice available in Movie Maker), convert the type I
    file into type II, load the type II file back into Studio 8 and "print"
    it out to tape again (via "Make Tape" tab and the DC10+ analog output
    port) .... it looks all "jumpy". No pixelization or blockiness, but very
    hard on the eyes!

    Is the jumpiness due to loss of interlacing or is it due to some other
    degradation in the process I've described?

    thx in advance!

    BTW ... the reason for moving things back and forth from Studio to MM2 is
    that I would prefer to edit in MM2 (only because I'm familiar with it
    already and the fact that I've read some pretty awful horror stories
    about Studio 8 crashing all the time on WinXP systems .... although
    Studio hasn't crashed on my system yet after 2 days of capturing short 1-
    minute clips).
     
    acton, Sep 4, 2003
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