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Make sure your screen capture reflects your project settings, so 720x480 with 0.9 PAR or 640x480 with 1.0 PAR and with 29.97 FPS, capture that as DV AVI type 2. CRAM type 1 is not good, nor is any of the other capture settings. Maybe use Camtasia or SnagIt to achieve that. Or save the screen captures as JPG still and modify to your liking with SnagIt.
I wonder if using PP is the best way to achieve what you want.
So I have been doing some more homework and I took Harm's suggestion to get Camtasia. Thank you for that, I love it. It is quite versatile and looks great(It should for $300). So now I am able to produce a screen captured video that is workable though I am having a couple of issues still. The Dv/NTSC standard of 720x480 PAR .9 is not the easiest to match up. I have output my camtasia video as an AVI, 640x480 with a PAR of 1 and set it to 30fps, I also set my premiere project to 30 fps. The AVI file I created is about 14 gigs as the movie is 9 minutes long. I tried importing it but only the first 2 minutes of the video come into the project which makes no sense to me. I am getting low on Hard Drive Space ~30 gigs left of 320, so maybe there are safeguards in the machine or program which won't let me use the whole file as it would bring me too close to the limit(don't worry, I'm getting a 1TB external drive later today). So now I am pondering my options and again asking for help.
My first question is why would a 9 minute avi cut itself off to 2 minutes when imported into premiere and how can I get it to import properly?
Second question, perhaps I am approaching this the wrong way, is there a better way to make a tutorial video with the screen captured AVi that I now have? I want to do some fancy stuff with AE an PP to make it shine but neither seem very willing to comply. What I'm considering is just producing an intro and ending separately and then importing the finished videos back into Camtasia, even though their transitions are kind of basic, it would work I think.
I am going to be using this alot as I have 12 different lessons to create so if Harm or anyone else wants to offer suggestions on the best way to approach this and/or fix my importing/compatibility issues, I would greatly appreciate it.
You don't mention which codec was used for the Camtasia file. It could be that, despite the screen size and frame rate now being closer to the ideal, Premiere just doesn't work well with the codec.
Here's the problem in general. Most computer screens are at 1024 x 768 resolution or higher. Video is 720 x 480 (or the computer equivalent of 640 x 480). Computer monitors often have at least a 60 Hz refresh rate, and often much higher, whereas video uses 30 frames per second. Computer monitors are always progressive, whereas video is interlaced. That's a LOT of differences, and making a screen capture look good on video takes a LOT of high quality interpolation. I won't say it doesn't exist, but I'm just not aware of any software than can do that.
If this is something you'll be doing a lot of, my own preferred method is to use an external scaler, a piece of hardware that will take your computer output and convert it professionally to an NTSC signal, which can then be recorded to DV tape for later capture.
aha, yeah that sounds like the right way to keep my quality up, any suggestions on the hardware? I am close to completion of the first segment, I have recorded an intro, voice, and outro for my 10 min instructional vid and I am about to attempt to take my exported movie and mash it together in camtasia one way or the other.
What is your intended delivery format? DVD. Flash, WMV?
DVD and flash for web delivery