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Clean the heads of the camera and recapture. Have you tried that?
Cropping the footage is not the answer because off loss of quality.
There will always be some noise along the edges of any video, Candace. But none will be seen on any TV, so you don't need to worry about them.
With digital video, it's not likely dirty heads are the culprit. Digital doesn't work that way. You either get a picture, a garbled picture or no picture. Dirty heads won't cause a loss in quality.
Can you describe these artifacts? As I said, if they're just along the edge of the video, don't worry about them. But if you've got seriously garbled video, I'd be concerned.
From the link you've included, I'm just seeing some interlacing (horizontal lines). You sometimes see that when you look at DV footage on a computer or if you're using the wrong setting for your video output to a computer.
> There will always be some noise along the edges of any video.
I do not agree. Analog video yes but DV no. The tape also may be damaged, maybe something went wrong during recording.
I did not say dirty heads causes loss off quality, cropping and rescaling the footage does.
> None will be seen on TV
We are in a new era where lcd tv is becoming popular and overscan is hardly or not even present. Same goes for web and digital projectors.
Looking at the example still, it appears that there are rather large "blocks" on the righthand side of the frame. I'd say that these are significant.
Are these visible in the camera's LCD, when you Play the tape? Has this tape been reused? My first inclination would be to suspect the tape, itself. I assume that these were captured directly into PE via Firewire. Is that correct? If the artifacts do not appear in the camera's LCD, do they appear if you play the Captured Video in WMP, or only in PE?
If you are transfering from a tape that has a recording made with a different camcorder, you can also get artifacts. The video plays back, but there will be frequent small block "dropouts," usually on the sides.
You guys are right. Now that I've taken a second look, there definitely is something wrong on the right side of the frame.
Maybe Ann is right. That could well be dirty heads. But Robert makes a very good point. Particularly with cheaper tapes, if you record in one camcorder and play back in another, you can get that type of noise.
Happened to me and wasn't even cheap tape, but it was a new cheap camcorder with a different alignment. There was a warning in the user manual that it could happen.
Given the observations, what is the history of that tape? The answer might lie in that one answer.
The tape was brand new.
The footage was shot by someone else, on his Canon GL2. It was not shot on my camera, so I'm not particularly interested in why it happened (though I will let him know).
I just want to see if anyone can give me a way to use that footage and crop off or otherwise fix the problem.
It is a problem with the original footage; when it plays back on my Canon XL2 (which I use with firewire to capture) I can see the problem in the viewfinder.
There is a Crop effect and a Clip effect in Premiere Elements. One of those should be able to do the job.
If the tape is of a different brand than you usually use in your XL2 you need to run a cleaning tape first before capturing.
Never change tape brand.
You're likely to do more harm running a tape cleaner than you are by running a different brand on occasion.
Trust me i know what i am talking about.
Especially when capturing somene elses tape you have no idea how dirty their camera is. Also give it a clean after capturing.
Manufatures do not make cleaning tapes for nothing, although it is said they 'damage' the heads.
I just did that with some analog footage a couple of weeks ago. In the timeline, right click on the clip and a menu pops up. I believe the option you are looking for is "video size & position". You can either mask out the column of bad pixels, or zoom in on the clip. Depending on how long your clip is, rendering can take quite some time.
(I hope that's the correct menu item, as I used both PrEl and Magix Movie Edit Pro on those clips, and I don't have either one in front of me right now).
<Candace_Shaw@adobeforums.com> wrote in message<br />news:firstname.lastname@example.orgNXanI<br />> The tape was brand new.<br />> The footage was shot by someone else, on his Canon GL2.<br />> It was not shot on my camera, so I'm not particularly<br />> interested in why it happened (though I will let him<br />> know).<br /><br />> I just want to see if anyone can give me a way to use<br />> that footage and crop off or otherwise fix the problem.<br /><br />> It is a problem with the original footage; when it plays<br />> back on my Canon XL2 (which I use with firewire to<br />> capture) I can see the problem in the viewfinder.<br /><br />Cropping is painfully easy. Just right click the clip on the timeline and <br />select Properties. In the Properties pane, click the arrow to expand the <br />Motion property list. Size and Position are in the Motion property list. <br />Enlarge the clip slightly and shift it to crop off the trash.<br /><br />This is like a canonical operation in video editing - learning how to do it <br />without applying an effect will expand your horizons and set you up for the <br />real payoff in Premiere, which is keyframing.
Thanks Amy - I'll give it a shot this afternoon; I knew there had to be a simple way to do it!