What is the best software for capturing a frame/still from camcorders?

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by Gary, Sep 2, 2003.

  1. Gary

    Gary Guest

    Which one would be the best software for capturing individual frames
    from clips out of a Sony Camcorder??

    gary
     
    Gary, Sep 2, 2003
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  2. Gary

    Gary Guest

    Thanks for answering.

    Have you tried Ulead capturing an MPG or AVI clip already in your PC??
     
    Gary, Sep 3, 2003
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    Gary Guest

    Another question:
    Is expected changes in the still capture quality between softwares as
    Premiere, Ulead, etc (under the same parameters)??

    Thanks
     
    Gary, Sep 3, 2003
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    StormChaser Guest

    I have had no problems opening MPG or AVI
    in Ulead as long as the software used to make
    them is compatible with Ulead.

    Mark
     
    StormChaser, Sep 4, 2003
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  5. Gary

    StormChaser Guest

    Unless you use a memory stick to capture the image
    (it reduces the resolution to 640x480), the resolution
    should be a uniform 720x480.

    Mark
     
    StormChaser, Sep 4, 2003
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    Mike Guest

    Thanks again...but if it captures at 720x480, it is wider that the
    typical "square" (4:3) format. I wonder if that is the cause why when
    I capture clips on Premiere and use Image Converter to see it in my
    PDA Sony Clie, the image always looks a little distorted (wider than
    normal). Soap opera faces looks fatty and so....I guessed that the
    software itself should correct this situation (even I know that
    720x480 is the normal DV capture resolution)....(?)

    Another comment: I was looking for 1024 capture softwares but it looks
    that they are not so common or unexistent. am I right?

    I have used SmartCapture succesfully too.

    Thanks again for your patience.
     
    Mike, Sep 4, 2003
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  7. Gary

    Socrates Guest

    I would be very interest in capturing frames from video which is displayed
    on the computer via the camera, but which is not actually saved to the hard
    drive. I do not know if this is possible?

    Hard drives have a limited storage capacity and cannot save more than a
    day's worth of DVD recording - which is why for CCTV purposes I am seeking a
    solution to capturing snapshots of the screen so that I can save still image
    shots of the computer screen at say one per second. Saving still images
    would take up much less space than saving video but there does not appear to
    be a programme that can capture screen shots of video displayed on the
    monitor.

    Is there any other work-around to storing large amounts of DVD on computer?


    Yours faithfully,


    JOHN AIDINIANTZ
    www.londoncctv.com
     
    Socrates, Sep 5, 2003
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    Keith Clark Guest

    If you know within say plus or minus a few minutes when you're looking for, then
    just capture those 10 minutes and export.

    Otherwise, turn off hardware acceleration on your video card so that the overlay
    buffer isn't used and just hit the "print screen" button (on a PC).

    Keith
     
    Keith Clark, Sep 5, 2003
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  9. Gary

    Socrates Guest

    If you know within say plus or minus a few minutes when you're looking for,
    then
    just capture those 10 minutes and export.
    overlay
    buffer isn't used and just hit the "print screen" button (on a PC).

    Thanks for the suggestion - however, the digital camera would ideally be
    monitoring a view continuously over 24 hours and so the screen capture would
    need to be set to automatically take a snap shot of the screen every second
    which would give me the cctv information I need.

    If I then wish to examine a particular event I need only open the still
    images during the time the event happened to see the 'suspects'.

    I have not yet found a screen capture programme that can take still images
    of a movie that is being displayed on the monitor and there does not seem to
    be a way of saving a large amount of DVD recordings to a hard drive which
    would be the ideal solution.


    Yours faithfully,


    JOHN AIDINIANTZ
    www.londoncctv.com
     
    Socrates, Sep 6, 2003
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    Mich Guest

    Mr. Socrates
    I wonder why didnt you open a new thread with your question and
    isntead you diverse and detour my original and last posting ?
    I still have my inquiring in the air..... :(


    Mich
     
    Mich, Sep 8, 2003
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