Dropping Frames

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by Spiro T., Dec 25, 2003.

  1. Spiro T.

    Spiro T. Guest

    I find that I loose too many frames when capturing digital video to my PC
    from my camcorder. My Sony camcorder is connect via Firewire to my PC. I
    do not have a capture card, and the capture driver is set to the Ulead
    DierctShow Capture Plug-In. Is there anyway that I can optimize my system
    or settings, or do I need to get myself a hardware based capture card.

    /SpiroT.
     
    Spiro T., Dec 25, 2003
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    Rudy Benner Guest

    Try to shut down as many applications on your computer as possible, for
    instance, virus protection. Some applications which monitor captures with an
    on screen preview may appear to drop frames, when in fact no frames are
    being dropped. Replay the captured file when completed to see if in fact
    frames are being dropped. Try different applications, some are better than
    other.

    You need a capture card or device if you are capturing from an analog
    source.

    benner @ personainternet.com
     
    Rudy Benner, Dec 25, 2003
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    MD Vid Guest

    MD Vid, Dec 25, 2003
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    Not so quick Guest

    VirtualDub will tell you how many frames you actually lose.
    I use a small program called DVIO : http://www.carr-engineering.com/dvio.htm
    I've got Media Studio Pro, Studio 8, and some freeware programs and
    this one gives me the least grief.

    Good luck.
    P.S. It's freeware.
     
    Not so quick, Dec 26, 2003
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    Jeanne Guest

    First try disabling all USB peripherals, especially the cable modem if you
    have one. That worked for me. No more dropped frames.

    Jeanne
     
    Jeanne, Dec 26, 2003
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    Spiro T. Guest

    After trying pretty much everything else (shutting down all unnecessary
    memory resident programs, inlcuding virus program; ensuring that the hard
    drives do not have DMA turned on; downloaded and istalled DirectX9, etc.), I
    still had the problem. So I figured it is either the DV Codec itself, or my
    secondary hard disk is not fast enough. I suspect it is the former.

    At the very top of the link you pointed me to
    (http://www.dvdoctor.net/cgi-bin/ubb/Forum3/HTML/000024.html) there was a
    mention of MGI/Roxio VideoWave and the rather troublesome DV Codec. Along
    with Ulead VideoSudio 6, these are editing programs that are installed on my
    PC. So I removed it. The now is that I can not capture video any longer.
    Is there another DV Codec that I should try/ download.

    /SpiroT.
     
    Spiro T., Dec 26, 2003
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    Spiro T. Guest

    Sorry about the spelling in the last two sentences. What I was trying to
    say was that I removed my DV Codec that was installed, and now I can no
    longer capture video! So, is there another DV Codec you can recommend I
    try/ download?
     
    Spiro T., Dec 26, 2003
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    Rudy Benner Guest

    Disable network adapter.

     
    Rudy Benner, Dec 26, 2003
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    Spiro T. Guest

    Help!!!

    How do I reinstall my DV Codec??? As I said, uninstalled it by removing it
    from the list of Video Compression Codecs under the Devices tab within
    "Sound and Mulitmedia".

    /Spiro
     
    Spiro T., Dec 26, 2003
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    Spiro T. Guest

    Nevermind! I just reinstalled Roxio DVD Creator and it started to capture
    again. Now, to try disabling the NW adapter...
     
    Spiro T., Dec 26, 2003
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    Spiro T. Guest

    At this point, I have tried everything and my findings are as follows:

    It is evident that Ulead VideoStudio 6.02 conitnues to drops frames when I
    am capturing video. However, Roxio DVD Builder 1.1.1.24 does not display
    dropped frames, but does a seem to do a better job of capturing my video.
    Is this normal that one application captures better than the other?

    /Spiro.
     
    Spiro T., Dec 26, 2003
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    Not so quick Guest

    I'm confused. People have told me to be sure that DMA mode
    is turned 'on'. And to avoid DirectX 9.
     
    Not so quick, Dec 27, 2003
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    Spiro T. Guest

    Hi Not so quick,

    About DMA turned ON, you are right, it was my mistake. I misred the
    article/ link (http://www.dvdoctor.net/cgi-bin/ubb/Forum3/HTML/000024.html)
    that MD Vid sent me.

    As for DirectX9, I assumed that the lastest is the greatest...I may be wrong
    about that one. Perhaps, others can confirm this.

    /Spiro.
     
    Spiro T., Dec 27, 2003
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    Spiro T. Guest

    I turned on the DMA for my Hard disks, and it fixed the problem--no more
    dropped frames anywhere (esp., in UleadVideoStudio6.02)! Although, I am
    still running with DirectX9, there are no problems to report. I'ld like to
    hear what others have to say about DirectX9 vs 8.
     
    Spiro T., Dec 27, 2003
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    ctrl-z Guest

    I turned on the DMA for my Hard disks, and it fixed the problem--no more


    Windows needs a good free easy disk speed & DMA tester. Should be
    built into Windows Movie Maker.

    I often sort of assume people have already checked their hard drive
    speeds before posting about problems.
     
    ctrl-z, Dec 27, 2003
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    Not so quick Guest

    Not so quick, Dec 27, 2003
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