PINNACLE STUDIO DV PLUS

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oliver
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We have just entered the complex and frustrating world of editing home video on our p.c. Our old p.c. was not up to the job and has found a good home in the family. Our new system has a 40gb hard-drive, an AMD 1.1ghz. processor and 256ram. The camera is a Panasonic NV-DS11B.

The editing card and program is a Pinnacle Studio DV Plus, we have a TEAC cd-writer and Nero 5.5.

We have produced a movie and put it onto both VHS and S-VHS tape and the manual (for Studio DV - NOT Plus) which came with the Pinnacle is good as far as it goes, i.e., instructing on steps needed to produce a basic movie. However, it leaves a lot of questions unanswered and we hope someone can help.

1. The capturing at full quality obviously is not the best way of handling editing as it really is too slow and the fact that the ‘capture windows’ are grey at full quality makes it more difficult to identify the scenes to be used. It mentions nothing of this in the manual that we can see. However, as we are editing footage taken prior to investing in this editor, we have the problem of broken time code. Do more expensive editors overcome these problems? It would also be good to be able to adjust the brightness/colour tone of the captured film, and to be able to cut out undesirable background noises (like coughs during a wedding service!) from desirable ones. Are we expecting too much from an amateur program?.

2. How does the program work? When you are making the movie and the camera is re-connected to re-capture at full quality, the scenes appear on the timeline and it saves the clips in the ‘Captured Video’ folder. Is it in fact saved twice (in the ‘Captured Video’ and ‘Movies’ folders) or each time you open up a project, does it call in the clips from the ‘Captured Video’ folder? I.e., once you have made your movie and are happy with it, can the individual clips be deleted?

3. We want to archive the original footage so that it can be kept unedited for possible future use (hopefully, when we become more proficient!) and to enable us to re-use the expensive digital tapes. Pinnacle captures in full quality as an .avi file and from the ‘help’ file in the latest version of Nero 5.5, ’AVI files support’ it seems we need the MPEG2 code plug-in which will enable burning of .avi files, however, their website states that this will not be available until August. Are we right in assuming that this way of archiving will be possible when this plug-in is available? We noted your advice re ATA hard drives in the June 2001 help letters ‘Archiving dilemma’, but if it will be possible to archive to CD-RW as early as August, then it would seem to be a simpler solution for us.

4. Also it would be ideal if a completed movie could be archived in the same way; digitally on a CD-RW or DVD although we gather this is not really feasible at present. Is it worth saving movies on the hard-drive until we can, or is this still light years away?

Hope these queries make sense and if anyone can answer them we should be really grateful.

Derek and Marjorie

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wacky.banana
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Joined: May 30 2001

quote:Originally posted by oliver:
We have just entered the complex and frustrating world of editing home video on our p.c. Our old p.c. was not up to the job and has found a good home in the family. Our new system has a 40gb hard-drive, an AMD 1.1ghz. processor and 256ram. The camera is a Panasonic NV-DS11B.

The editing card and program is a Pinnacle Studio DV Plus, we have a TEAC cd-writer and Nero 5.5.

We have produced a movie and put it onto both VHS and S-VHS tape and the manual (for Studio DV - NOT Plus) which came with the Pinnacle is good as far as it goes, i.e., instructing on steps needed to produce a basic movie. However, it leaves a lot of questions unanswered and we hope someone can help.

1. The capturing at full quality obviously is not the best way of handling editing as it really is too slow and the fact that the ‘capture windows’ are grey at full quality makes it more difficult to identify the scenes to be used. It mentions nothing of this in the manual that we can see. However, as we are editing footage taken prior to investing in this editor, we have the problem of broken time code. Do more expensive editors overcome these problems? It would also be good to be able to adjust the brightness/colour tone of the captured film, and to be able to cut out undesirable background noises (like coughs during a wedding service!) from desirable ones. Are we expecting too much from an amateur program?.

2. How does the program work? When you are making the movie and the camera is re-connected to re-capture at full quality, the scenes appear on the timeline and it saves the clips in the ‘Captured Video’ folder. Is it in fact saved twice (in the ‘Captured Video’ and ‘Movies’ folders) or each time you open up a project, does it call in the clips from the ‘Captured Video’ folder? I.e., once you have made your movie and are happy with it, can the individual clips be deleted?

3. We want to archive the original footage so that it can be kept unedited for possible future use (hopefully, when we become more proficient!) and to enable us to re-use the expensive digital tapes. Pinnacle captures in full quality as an .avi file and from the ‘help’ file in the latest version of Nero 5.5, ’AVI files support’ it seems we need the MPEG2 code plug-in which will enable burning of .avi files, however, their website states that this will not be available until August. Are we right in assuming that this way of archiving will be possible when this plug-in is available? We noted your advice re ATA hard drives in the June 2001 help letters ‘Archiving dilemma’, but if it will be possible to archive to CD-RW as early as August, then it would seem to be a simpler solution for us.

4. Also it would be ideal if a completed movie could be archived in the same way; digitally on a CD-RW or DVD although we gather this is not really feasible at present. Is it worth saving movies on the hard-drive until we can, or is this still light years away?

Hope these queries make sense and if anyone can answer them we should be really grateful.

Derek and Marjorie

Hi guys,

I first looked at your query last week when it came out, surprised no one has responded yet. Talk to Lynxdv(website [url=http://www.lynxdv.com)]www.lynxdv.com)[/url] who have been helping me out on an Athlon editing query. Good luck.

WB

oliver
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Joined: May 30 2001

WB

Many thanks for your suggestion, will contact them now.

D & M

bcrabtree
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The reason why there has been so little response, I guess, is that this is posted in the wrong forum.

Try reposting this on the Desktop Video - General forum on CV's boards, accessible from www.dvdoctor.net.

Bob C

oliver
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To Bob C

Many thanks for your tip. We did wonder whether it was in the right place, but couldn't decide on a better one.

We will try your suggestion.

D and M