Canopus Speed controller question

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tom hardwick
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I have the Canopus Speed controller and want to vary the speed of a section of a captured clip (not the whole clip) But I can't see any way to just have the Speed Controller work on the little portion I've razored on the timeline. Ray, Bob, Richard, anyone?

tom.

gerry roffey
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If I've understood correctly what you want to do then.... make a little independent avi of the clip (e.g in Prem by making the workspace just fit that bit and then exporting movie) and then use that new avi file in speed controller.
PS - I've found that Prem sometimes has a problem when exporting clips like that so I usually 'save as' 'newname' and then delete everything bar that little clip and then export movie

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tom hardwick
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Thanks Gerry. But when I go "export movie" my system wants to make an MPEG2 out of that little clip, and I can't seem to deter it. You'll have to show me in person next month.

tom.

Nigel Longman
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Hi Tom

Maybe I can return you a favour here for the slide video you suggested to me!

I'm with Gerry on the method (assuming you're using Premiere - which you don't say) but if you're getting MPEG2 files when you hit 'Export timeline as movie' its probably because your project is set up that way. To change it to DV avi go to the 'Settings' button on the 'Export Movie' dialogue box and change the file type to Microsoft avi on the general panel and to Canopus compressor on the video panel. It should hopefully be evident when you see it. Check the rest of the settings while you are there to make sure the pixel dimensions and ratio are correctly set for your project and hopefully Robert will be your uncle.

Of course when you've rendered this clip to a separate file and changed its speed you must import it back into the project to replace the section you originally razored. Since you've changed its speed the length on the timeline will be different so watch out for that.

Hope this helps

Regards NL

tom hardwick
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Many thank yous Nigel. Yes, I'm on Premiere 6.5 but I still need to be led by the hand at times. I shall follow your method to the letter and report back.

Any news on your "slides-to-video" project? Have you held one up to the front of the camcorder for a look-see? The good thing about this technique is that it doesn't involve any intermediate hardware or software - all of which tend to degrade the image.

I met one bloke who was projecting his slides and re-filming them off the screen. He was suffering huge losses that were all down to the projector. They all vignette the image (uneven light sources) and their so-so lenses all work at max aperture (ug).

tom.

tom hardwick
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Worked first time Nigel! Wonderful to use it on a Sports day race where the runners start of at normal speed and by the end of the race it's a still frame. Storm seems to be making a lot of interpolated frames on the way. Very clever.

tom.

Nigel Longman
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Hi Tom

Delighted to be able to help. I've used the slow motion effect in a basketball training video with pleasing results. If you just want to change the speed of a clip by a constant factor (rather than vary it with time) you can right click on the clip in the timeline and choose 'speed' from the menu. This brings up a panel giving you the option to set a new speed as a percentage of the old speed. It saves the trouble of exporting the clip as a file in order to use the separate Canopus speed controller. If you're going to slow the speed down remember the clip will lengthen on the timeline so make sure it has room to grow. I've never checked to see if the results obtained in this way match those obtained using the speed controller software.

BTW I tried out the slide copying method you suggested. I have a TRV900 to so its no real surprise to say that it seems to work fine for me too. Luckily most of the slides are landscape - Dad only had a landscape screen (he made it himself as he did most things) so the slides were mostly just taken that way round.

Best wishes Nigel