Fishface, how did the Snazzi* III DVD Creator work out?

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by Ken Maltby, May 23, 2006.

  1. Ken Maltby

    Ken Maltby Guest

    Sounds like a plan, thanks! Do you have one of those,
    Ken, what are you doing to me, making me PayPal money
    to Singapore?! Aaagh! Well I hope I get it!

    Did you ever get it? How long did it take?

    How do you like it so far?

    Luck;
    Ken
     
    Ken Maltby, May 23, 2006
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    Fishface Guest

    It came in a week. When I put it into my Athlon XP 2500+ on Abit NF7-S v.2
    system running Win2k, I had major A/V sync problems as did some of the people
    here:
    www.videohelp.com/capturecards.php?CaptureCardRead=134#comments

    I downloaded a newer version of MovieMill and it just froze the system.
    I put it into another system running XP Home with a Pentium M 730 @ 2.4 GHz
    on Asus P4P800-SE with CT-479 adapter and it worked perfectly. I'm not sure if
    it was the hardware or the operating system that it didn't like, or if somehow my
    installation became corrupt. I haven't had any other problems besides the Compro
    board losing audio. As it turns-out, while I was messing with the Pentium M system,
    I tried Compro card in there and the audio worked! Maybe all that was required was
    an uninstall / reinstall of the software, which I'm surprised I hadn't tried, but because it
    just stopped after working for five seconds, I assumed hardware failure. At the
    moment, I'm not even using the new board!
     
    Fishface, May 27, 2006
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  3. Ken Maltby

    Ken Maltby Guest

    So you have the Snazzi* III DVD out of your system now? Could
    you check if it has the Philips SAA7114H chip and a Broadcom
    BMC7040 or some other A/D and Encoder chip set?

    If you click on the embossed "Snazzi*" the about box will
    pop up. The version of Movie Mill that I like is: "Vers.2.0
    Build: 260" What version are you using?

    On the "Settings" page, with "Custom" selected, the "Adjust"
    button brings up the hardware codec filter property page.
    This could be better explained in the Help section, as here is
    where you can really get the capture setup the way you want.
    (all of the entrys on this page are saved in the registry ( in XP
    anyway) even the grayed out ones. So you can even tweak it
    more than you see here.)

    The Frames/GOP setting goes up to 30 but you can enter a
    number (like the 60 used for some HDV) 15 is the most
    compatible setting.

    The "I/P-distance" sets the sequence of the "I" "P" and "B"
    frames within a GOP.

    "0"="I-frame only IIIIIIIIIIIIIII
    "1"="I&Pframes only IPPPPPPPPPPPPPP
    "2"="I,B&P" IBPBPBPBPBPBPBP
    "3"= "IBBP" IBBPBBPBBPBBPBB

    You can do things with "I-frame Only" MPEG just like can
    be done with DV-AVI, but it will take up space much like
    DV-AVI.

    Some claim benefits for I&P only, also. An I/P-distance of 3
    is the normal most compressible setting.

    I use a Half-D1 VBR capture for the S-Video from my
    DirecTiVo DVR. 352x480 Bit Rate: 6000000 and
    Peak Bit Rate 8000000. This gives me a pretty high
    Bits/Pixel so the video can survive alot of post processing.

    Give it a try, you might like it.

    Luck;
    Ken
     
    Ken Maltby, May 27, 2006
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    Fishface Guest

    Yes, I see both those numbers on chips. They put a Snazzi* label over
    the Broadcom chip so I had to peel it back to see.
    The bundled CD has that version. The newer version that I downloaded
    is v.2.1 build 110. Included in the installation are Snazzi* specific drivers,
    v.3.16 for the bundled v.2.0 and v.3.126 for the newer v.2.1.
    Did you need to tweak any colors or saturation? It was looking too
    saturated on my computer screen. My source was a broken VCR
    tuner's composite output source. I hadn't yet viewed it on the TV
    so I didn't mess with it.
    Ok, I'll mess with it some more tomorrow!
     
    Fishface, May 27, 2006
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