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I have been doing time remapping for many years, but I just don't find using rubberbands and curves to be as intuitive as using my hand movement. Maybe it's just me but I find it hard replicating the speed changes I can do by scrubbing the timeline, mainly because it is hard to tell at what speed the CTI is moving at different stages of the scrub being done by the hand. There is some serious bezier-like action going on in there and it feels too complicated and time consuming to try to replicate that when I could simply hit record and capture what is happening on the screen. I'm truly amazed if this is not possible and really think it would make a great new product for the video-editing world.
Meanwhile I'm still trying to figure out the best way to capture what is happening on my computer screen. Is there any chance of using a digital video camera with a firewire connection for example to accomplish this? Or some kind of other device that could capture the dvi-signal as a video file? Surely there must be some way to record this!
>What would be the professional way of doing this?
Honestly? Learn how to use the effect.
Look I do know how the effect works and have been using it for a long time both in After Effects and in Premiere. What I'm saying is that it is much more intuitive to do the speed changes with the mouse. Haven't you ever just been scrubbing on the timeline and seen some cool stuff happen that you would like to record? I'm not saying it is entirely impossible to replicate using rubberband and beziers, just that it's very hard and time consuming. It's like trying to paint a picture with the keyboard or trying to lead an orchestra using bezier curves: maybe it can be done but surely it is more convenient to do by hand.
I'm sure also that time remapping is not the only situation in which one wishes to record the output of the computer screen.
There has to be a better way to capture the output than recording it with a videocamera! :D
>Haven't you ever just been scrubbing on the timeline and seen some cool stuff happen that you would like to record?
I have. I then figured out a way to recreate that using an effect.
>maybe it can be done but surely it is more convenient to do by hand.
I personally am not arguing that. You asked how a professional would do it, so I answered.
What I really meant by asking how a professional would do it, was how a video professional would capture the video output of the computer screen. Never mind the time remapping part.
I myself prefer hardware solutions for screen capture, but as that would include the entire GUI, that won't work for you.
I still recommend using the effect proper, which will allow for easy changes in the future.
What kinds of hardware solutions are you talking about? I'm ready to invest some money to get this possibility as I'm also doing other things that require screen capture.
I have two DVI outputs and I use currently two monitors so that the other monitor contains nothing but the preview screen. I was thinking of recording the picture of this monitor only.
I know it's possible (and recommended) to hook up an external tv-monitor to the computer to have a tv-screen preview while editing. So basically if it's possibly to view the preview screen in a television, then it can also be recorded by digital hard disk video recorders or other similar devices right? I'm just trying to find out what is the smartest way to capture the dvi-out.
You could attach a D/A video converter (like the Sony DVMC-DA2 or the Canopus ADVC 110) to your computer via firewire, and then connect that device to a camera or tape deck or even a DVDR.
Heck, you could probably just connect a camcorder via firewire, press Record on the camera, then scrub the timeline.
Once the tape had captured the video output, you capture the tape to get editable .avi files on disk.
Before going too far down the screen capture line, consider the difference in quality obtained during scrubbing in comparison with the final render.
If you think you have a good idea for an improvement to Premiere, then it would be a good idea to explain it in detail to Adobe so they can consider using your ideas.
So basically you want to request that you have a real time scrubber effect that works similar to the way the audio mixer works for levels. Adjust in real time and it sets the keyframes for you.
I dont recommend mixing time manipulation on the timeline with the physical world. That is very dangerous.
I applied reverse time mapping to a still image once and at first i thought nothing happened, then I realized my studio slowly moving back in time instead of the still image. Fortunately all returned to normal after time reversed to the point where I applied the reverse time to the still.