iPod nano mp4 video file causes video editor to freeze

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by Brian, Sep 17, 2009.

  1. Brian

    Brian Guest

    I'm trying out the new iPod nano which has a built in video camera.
    The problem is that when I load the video file from the Nano iPod to
    Adobe Premiere Elements 7 then after playing back about 9 seconds of
    the file the program freezes up and I have to force the program to
    shut down.

    Using GSpot I found that the video file is:
    H 264/MPEG-4 AVC
    using the codec avc1
    30 fps
    640 x 480 frame size

    I have no problems when playing back the file on Windows Media Player.
    I tried another mp4 file that I downloaded from You tune and it plays
    in Adobe Premiere Elements 7 without any problems.

    Any ideas what might be causing this problem.

    At this stage it's not looking good for the iPod nano 5th Generation
    video system.

    Regards Brian
    Brian, Sep 17, 2009
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  2. Brian

    Brian Guest

    A correction to my post

    I have no problems when playing the file back on the program 'Total
    video player'.

    Regards Brian
    Brian, Sep 17, 2009
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  3. Brian

    ushere Guest

    don't know much about elements, but a player simply plays, whereas an
    editor requires a different set of criteria / codecs to edit the
    material once it's on the t/l.

    avchd is a bugger to edit even on pro systems.
    ushere, Sep 17, 2009
  4. Brian

    Smarty Guest

    They seem to work properly here Brian (in PowerDirector 8). I was kinda'
    surprised to see the stereo audio format and disappointed to see the 3
    mbit/sec 4:3 format video. Not bad but certainly not really much quality. I
    guess I should not expect too much from an iPod in this regard. It is
    otherwise a fabulous little device, right down to the pedometer, voice
    recorder, built-in Nike support / heart rate monitor, and all the other
    Smarty, Sep 17, 2009
  5. Brian

    Smarty Guest

    Of all the AVCHD editing software I use, I like Vegas the best for the
    broadest functionality, but I truly like Power Director 8 a lot and often
    prefer using it to anything else.

    It is not the functional powerhouse of Vegas or Final Cut Pro, but it has
    most of the things most advanced consumers / prosumers would want or need.

    APE and all of Adobe software since the introduction of AVCHD has been
    totally useless to me, both because of poor speed and reliability issues. I
    used Premier since its inception on both PCs and Macs, and ultimately
    ditched it when trying to do even basic AVCHD work on the current version of
    2007 (I think it was Premiere Pro and then CS3). I have since tried the
    latest revs of Premiere Elements and they also sucked.

    Cyberlink has done a nice job with Power Director 8 Ultra and it has just
    the right feel for my casual use. It edits native AVCHD, and does offer to
    make proxy files for HD, but I have the option turned "OFF" since they edit
    just fine in full 1920 by 1080 on a QX9650 quadcore with nVidia
    CUDA-equipped video card. The video card speeds up effects by (as they
    claim) about a 3 to 1 ratio, and the program does smart rendering for
    non-changed clips.

    The program is by no means stellar, nor will really pro editors put aside
    Vegas, Edius, FCP, or other big guns. For Joe Consumer with a little AVCHD
    cam and $89 to spend for an NLE and AVCHD burning suite, it is one damn good
    bargain IMHO.

    You might download the trial and check it out. I have found wide variations
    in user experiences on all of the AVCHD suites based on many variables so
    your mileage may certainly vary. The free trial is 100% functional as far as
    I can recall, so check it out.

    Smarty, Sep 18, 2009
  6. Brian

    Smarty Guest

    These are the very types of things which Adobe and Vegas ***SHOULD*** be

    but they aren't.................
    Smarty, Sep 18, 2009
  7. Brian

    Brian Guest

    Thanks for testing it out Smarty. I'll try it on my Laptop as the
    problem looks to be on my desktop computer.
    I ran the video camera for 1 hour as a test but it seem to use a lot
    of battery power (the battery was almost flat from a near full
    battery) and the file was 1.1 Gb. I'll do another test and make sure
    the battery is fully charged.
    They say it can last for 5 hours on the video but thats for playback
    only and not recording.

    Regards Brian
    Brian, Sep 18, 2009
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    Brian Guest

    Thanks Arny.
    The test file was less than 1 minute and after 9 seconds the playback
    in the video editor (Adobe Premiere Elements 7) stopped. I left it for
    about 10 minutes but still nothing happeneed. I the same video file
    tried it on another video editor and it played back OK.

    I'll try converting the video like you suggested.

    Regards Brian.
    Brian, Sep 18, 2009
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    Brian Guest

    I tried everything I could think of to get the video clip from the
    iPod nano to work on Adobe Premiere Elements 8 but the only way in the
    end was to convert the video to another format and lose some quality.
    I ended up taking the iPod nano back to the store dor a refund.

    Also it wont's recharge on my iTrip I use in the car and I could'nt
    get it to work on my iPod stereo. It would be useful for anyone
    wanting to create a quick and easy video for YouTube.

    Regards Brian
    Brian, Sep 22, 2009
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