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Lizard Combatant
Sep 29, 2010



Max Coveri posted:

I have a question regarding editing. (I've been editing for 9 years and a half and am still trash ) I read somewhere that x264/5 is terrible for editing, and using 'editing codec' files (like Lagarith, which I'm aware of) is better. Does this mean the stress load on PC performance will be smaller if I use .avi files Lagarith? And is there a good and easy way to transcode said files to said codec without much hassle?

Yes, using codecs suited to your editing software is best and I'd avoid h264 and definitely not h265. What OS and editing software are you using and why do you want to use that codec over say prores or dnx out of interest?

There are several good and free options for transcoding, davinci resolve is the thread favourite (although people have reported issues opening h265).

Lizard Combatant fucked around with this message at 02:43 on Mar 12, 2020

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Max Coveri
Dec 23, 2015





Lizard Combatant posted:

Yes, using codecs suited to your editing software is best and I'd avoid h264 and definitely not h265. What OS and editing software are you using and why do you want to use that codec over say prores or dnx out of interest?

There are several good and free options for transcoding, davinci resolve is the thread favourite (although people have reported issues opening h265).

Windows 10, Magix Vegas 16 (rip Sony). I take it you're recommending these codecs out of personal experience?

BonoMan
Feb 20, 2002


Jade Ear Joe

Max Coveri posted:

Windows 10, Magix Vegas 16 (rip Sony). I take it you're recommending these codecs out of personal experience?

ProRes has been the standard editing on Macs (it's an Apple/Final Cut codec) and DNxHD on the PCs (it's an AVID codec) for years. With the latest Adobe CC update though, ProRes is finally (widespread and officially) on PCs.

But if you're not using Adobe's suite then just stick with DNxHD codecs.

Max Coveri
Dec 23, 2015





BonoMan posted:

ProRes has been the standard editing on Macs (it's an Apple/Final Cut codec) and DNxHD on the PCs (it's an AVID codec) for years. With the latest Adobe CC update though, ProRes is finally (widespread and officially) on PCs.

But if you're not using Adobe's suite then just stick with DNxHD codecs.

I see, thanks a lot for the advice. Hopefully this makes my work a bit easier.

Lizard Combatant
Sep 29, 2010



Yeah beat me to it, DNxHD and HR would be best on pc and you can export your masters the same nice and quick, then compress for youtube etc...

powderific
May 13, 2004



Grimey Drawer

You don’t necessarily need to transcode if the footage plays back fine. Though I don’t know anything about how Vegas works specifically, with Premiere and Resolve I only transcode high bitrate h.265, like 400mbps or more, and otherwise just edit h.264 and h.265 natively. I used to have to transcode all h.265 to get it playing right, but recent updates to Premiere have made it work fine at lower bitrates.

Good Sphere
Jun 16, 2018

Can't stop the Buddhabrot
But which way is it turning?
zn+1=zn2+c



Yes. Thank you. And I have the name of the effect that I was after. It’s called “slit scanning” and can have much cleaner results than shown in that video (probably because that app is a live filter effect).

CaptainViolence
Apr 19, 2006

I'M GONNA GET YOU DUCK



Yam Slacker

LimburgLimbo posted:

This is really more of an audio question and maybe might be better for the audio hardware quick questions thread even? but it's about editing so I'm gonna ask here; please let me know if there's a better place to ask.

For example, this is a mounting/gear setup shakedown I ran:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I_wHf68t7Ag


based on that video, your problem is just wind. as far as i can hear from that example, it doesn't matter what your gain is at because everything is blown out on the low end.

you need some sort of windscreen for your mics—you could try the little foam ones that come with lavaliers, but you're probably moving too fast for those to be effective, so you'd need a fur one. i usually use rycote stickies and overcovers when i'm micing people, but i don't know how well they'd work for your setup, so you might need something a little heftier. you could also build a little housing for the mic so that wind isn't hitting it directly, but depending on what you make it out of and how it's mounted, it may not be acoustically transparent.

if you're interested in salvaging the footage you already have, then toss a steep (≥24db/oct) low-cut filter on there around 200Hz and adjust to taste. it's going to sound thin, but the wind basically destroyed anything you had in the low end and you'd probably spend as much time trying to surgically remove it with a spectral filter as you would just reshooting.

hope that helps!

LimburgLimbo
Feb 10, 2008

One day I will be happy
every day


CaptainViolence posted:

based on that video, your problem is just wind. as far as i can hear from that example, it doesn't matter what your gain is at because everything is blown out on the low end.

you need some sort of windscreen for your mics—you could try the little foam ones that come with lavaliers, but you're probably moving too fast for those to be effective, so you'd need a fur one. i usually use rycote stickies and overcovers when i'm micing people, but i don't know how well they'd work for your setup, so you might need something a little heftier. you could also build a little housing for the mic so that wind isn't hitting it directly, but depending on what you make it out of and how it's mounted, it may not be acoustically transparent.

if you're interested in salvaging the footage you already have, then toss a steep (≥24db/oct) low-cut filter on there around 200Hz and adjust to taste. it's going to sound thin, but the wind basically destroyed anything you had in the low end and you'd probably spend as much time trying to surgically remove it with a spectral filter as you would just reshooting.

hope that helps!

Awesome, thanks for this.

Should've specified, but this is actually *with* a dead cat on the mic. I was running two mics, an omni with a dead cat and a directional with just a foam filter, but as you can imagine the foam filter did drat little so the audio here is from the omni with the dead cat.

I did notice though that due to the speed at which I was going and the wind it was physically blowing the fur alllll the way back which I suspect also impacted its effectiveness and maybe if I got a bigger/more robust one it could help.

No need to salvage the footage here as it's just a run around near my house and nothing special, but I'll try filtering like you say and see the results so I know what I can potentially do in the future.

CaptainViolence
Apr 19, 2006

I'M GONNA GET YOU DUCK



Yam Slacker

LimburgLimbo posted:

Should've specified, but this is actually *with* a dead cat on the mic.

oh dang! yeah, if that's what you're getting with a dead cat already then you probably need a larger shield of some sort. i think they make little blimp capsules for lav mics, but i've never used them.

i don't know what access to other equipment you have, but it also might help to use a cardiod mic or something else more directional than an omni so you can point it away from the wind.

good luck!

Alan Smithee
Jan 3, 2005


be honest, who is using this time to actually *learn* editing

Aargh
Sep 8, 2004



Anyone have any good sources for learning resolve? I figure I should put some of this working from home time to good use.

magiccarpet
Jan 3, 2005









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VelociBacon
Dec 8, 2009



Aargh posted:

Anyone have any good sources for learning resolve? I figure I should put some of this working from home time to good use.

I think when I was learning (I'm still bad and learning tbh) I found a fantastic youtube series that was actually put out by Davinci themselves. I'm at work right now but take a look and see if you can find it. Failing that I'd just look up other youtube tutorials and kinda search for things as you come up against barriers. Or ask in here.

Truman Sticks
Nov 2, 2011


I made a custom opening for All Elite Wrestling's weekly show Dynamite. The video quality is pretty bad because I was limited to only using clips I could find on YouTube, but it's my first time cutting something like this to music. Let me know what y'all think:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S87ENUnKKfM

Disgruntled Bovine
Jul 5, 2010



So once again I seek to expand my video editing horizons and have run into a snag. I recently picked up a 4k HDR monitor and now I want to start editing my footage in HDR but near as I can tell Premiere (which I've been using) doesn't support displaying HDR while you edit it. This means it's almost impossible to get an accurate HDR grade out of it.

I've heard DaVinci Resolve is much better for this sort of thing but before I drop the money on the studio version I use warp stabilizer all the time in Premiere and I've heard there are issues with Resolve's equivalent. Anyone have options on how Resolve's stabilization options stack up against Premiere and how Resolve is for editing in general? I've heard it's superior for color correction and grading but that it can be a pain in the rear end for editing.

Edit: for reference here's some footage I've edited into HDR in Premiere. Yes, I know it's not right but that's the problem with not being able to tell what your output will look like when you edit it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wgVMMDZqVuw

Disgruntled Bovine fucked around with this message at 04:07 on Apr 17, 2020

FateFree
Nov 14, 2003



Hi guys, I have a small one minute video that ends abruptly and I would like to extend the last few seconds and maybe add a fade out, but I don't have any video editing software. Can anyone recommend something simple, free, or online that can do this?

Alan Smithee
Jan 3, 2005


FateFree posted:

Hi guys, I have a small one minute video that ends abruptly and I would like to extend the last few seconds and maybe add a fade out, but I don't have any video editing software. Can anyone recommend something simple, free, or online that can do this?

a lot of pro tier editing software have trials

VelociBacon
Dec 8, 2009



FateFree posted:

Hi guys, I have a small one minute video that ends abruptly and I would like to extend the last few seconds and maybe add a fade out, but I don't have any video editing software. Can anyone recommend something simple, free, or online that can do this?

Davinci Resolve is free (for what you need it for), it's an intimidating looking thing but quite simple to add the media, drag it to your workspace, and drag the 'fade' effect onto the end of the clip (and a crossfade for the audio).

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SkunkDuster
Jul 15, 2005






I'm new to Hitfilm Express and video editing in general. I'm playing around with the white balance, contrast, and sharpen effects and have it set the way I want. Is there a way to export these settings so I can bring them back in and apply them to future clips?

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