How do I invert footage shot from camera mounted upside-down?

Discussion in 'Professional Video Production' started by drfred, Aug 17, 2006.

  1. drfred

    drfred Guest

    I have approximately 1 minute of important video footage which was shot
    from a camera mounted upside-down. I have captured the footage
    digitally using Pinnacle system and also have it on miniDV cassette. I
    wish to insert the footage into a movie I'm editing, but don't know how
    to get the images right-side up. Can anyone help me?
    drfred, Aug 17, 2006
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  2. Martin Heffels, Aug 17, 2006
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    PTravel Guest

    Most good editors, e.g. Premiere Pro can flip video. I believe that Virtual
    Dub (vDub), a free product, can do this is as well.
    PTravel, Aug 17, 2006
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    JBS Guest

    I have a similar situation where a friend's video was taken using the movie
    function of a digital still camera, with the camera held vertically, instead
    of horizontally. In Photoshop, for a still image, you can rotate the canvas
    90 degrees CW to correct this situation for one still image. But I'm not
    sure how to do this for a series of movie pictures using Vegas 5. Can any
    Vegas users help with this? Thanks for your help.
    JBS, Aug 29, 2006
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    Geary Morton Guest

    I used to do reverse motion filming on 16mm with an upside down camera
    using double perf film. Not sure why you would do that with video, save
    for a Poseidon Adventure type situation. :)

    Geary Morton, Aug 29, 2006
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    JBS Guest

    I have now found the answer. With Vegas, you select the video to be rotated,
    then under the "Tools" menu, select "Video", "Video Event", "Pan/Crop", then
    under the heading of "Rotation", you adjust the "angle" to suit. Of course,
    as a result of doing this, you end up with black bars on the left and right
    sides of the picture, but at least it's the right way up! I would recommend
    to people who use the video function of digital still cameras to keep the
    camera in the horizontal position when shooting, even though it may, on
    occasions, be tempting to tilt the camera vertically. Now I must research
    how I could get rid of the black bars, perhaps zoom in on the affected
    JBS, Aug 29, 2006
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    Steve King Guest

    Same tool: Pan/Crop. It will zoom, too.

    Steve King
    Steve King, Aug 29, 2006
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    Mike Kujbida Guest

    You can use the Pan/Crop window to do the zooming in as well. Keep in mind
    that, not only will you lose image information from the top and bottom (120
    pixels each), you will also lose detail as you're zooming in on something
    that is supposed to have a fixed pixel size of 720 x 480 pixels (NTSC) or
    720 x 576 (PAL).

    Mike Kujbida, Aug 30, 2006
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    Kaveh Guest

    In QuickTime Pro on the mac you can do this easily. Mail me if you need
    Kaveh, Aug 30, 2006
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    JBS Guest

    Thanks Mike, I managed to reduce to some extent the width of the black bars
    on each side of the picture, the Pan / Crop feature of Vegas is certainly
    very good. This movie was taken on a Nikon Coolpix S5 digital camera, and
    although it was recorded in Apple format, Vegas recognized the format and I
    was able to edit it without any problems. I am quite impressed with the
    capabilities of Vegas.

    Regards, Jim
    JBS, Aug 30, 2006
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    Mike Kujbida Guest

    Glad it worked out for you Jim.
    I've been a Vegas user since version 1.0 (audio only) and remain impressed
    with it to this day. There are things about it I'd like to see changed but I
    don't think the perfect NLE exists. Or at least not that we can afford :)
    One of the great things about Vegas is that you can drop almost any format
    on the timeline and it'll work. Once in a while you may have to buy a codec
    (I had to for my Canon still camera video as it turned out to use an MJPEG
    codec for it's video clips) but that was only $20. I was playing with my
    cellphone recently and Vegas recognized it's video (3gp format, I think)
    with noproblems.
    BTW, is a huge collection of Vegas
    resources and is a listing of excellent newsletters
    (pdf format) you can download.

    Mike Kujbida, Aug 31, 2006
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