Comparing and Using Online Video Codecs – StreamingMediaEast 2008

This workshop focuses on comparing the quality, playback environment, and feature sets of the big three codecs (VP6, H.264, and Windows Media), including a comparison of the primary H.264 codecs including Apple, Main Concept, Telestream, and others. Attendees will also get an introduction to universal encoding parameters, like variable and constant bitrate encoding and I, B, and P frames, and then learn the technical requirements for producing files with each codec. During the final hour, the workshop will analyze which sub-$1,000 encoding tools do the best (and worst) jobs with each format.

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Setting Up Dual-Monitor Editing for Premiere Pro

Dual-monitor editing stations used to be exotic, expensive, and hard to set up and maintain. Today, with virtually all new graphics cards offering dual-output ports, flat-panel monitors priced well below $300, and rock-solid support in Windows XP and popular prosumer NLEs like Adobe Premiere Pro, building a dual-monitor station is both financially and technically within…

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Encoding for the iPod

Many videographers are creating iPod-compatible files for clients or for posting as demo files on their websites. You would think that with a gazillion iPods sold, the process of getting video onto an iPod would be very straightforward. Well, there’s straightforward, and then there’s straightforward. If you’re a soccer mom showing off vacation videos, your…

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Finishing Up

This brings up a critical point on
saving intermediate files while editing. Though you can undo all of the
tasks described above while you’re editing the file, once you
save the file, you can’t go back—Soundbooth applies all
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Microphone options

Figure 3 shows a good cross section of the types of microphones you should be
considering for your shoots. Let’s briefly identify them, and then
cover the three characteristics of microphones you need to learn before
buying.

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Connection options

There are two ways to
connect external microphones to camcorders, though not all camcorders
offer either or both options. First, of course, is your microphone
port, which comes in two general categories. One is an XLR connector,
which is typicall

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