Okay, after taking a break of more than a year, I'm doing some new video projects. Don't know that I'll be doing more 55 minute sagas with 4000 file items like the past, but I'm looking forward to doing some projects. Upgraded to the new "7" bundle (PrEl and PhEl), purchased Steve's new book (great .... I still have the one he and Chuck wrote some years ago and still refer to it as well).
Also, decided to upgrade my camcorder from the trusty Canon Optura 50 to a new Vixia HV30. Granted, the most current model is the HV40, but the 30 seemed to have the features I needed (and the guts are the same) at a much better price (B&H sells new ones). Thought it would be cool to step it up to HD but still use the mini DV tapes and standard workflow I enjoy on Prem El.
SO, having some issues when using HD... I'm hoping I can be helped by y'all. It a nutshell .... the capture process, and the results, are very different than what I've been used to on the various previous versions of Elements.... and I do not think this is a PrEl Version 7 issue, but maybe a camera.... recording format issue?
(Long post, but I wanted to give as much info as possible)
Process - HD
*** Shoot in widescreen HD
*** Plug in FireWire cable, turn on the camera.
*** Windows makes the ding **** sound, indicating something is connected. However (clue 1?) no window opens up asking me what I want to do with the device (old camera would ask if I want to use Premier Elements, etc.)
*** Open Elements... create new project, change settings to 1080
*** Choose "Organize", "Get Media", "HDV Camcorder" note --- I'll take no warning about camera format and project formats being different as a positive sign.
*** Issues at this point..... a) Clip name is myproject.mpeg . . . in the past it's always been blahblah.avi. ??? b) I cannot select to split scenes by timecode? The button's grayed out. This is a big deal for my workflow.... when I shoot sports I deliberately start and stop the camera with the knowledge it will create dozens of small clips.
*** Press capture and see what happens.... no video (image or audio) being previewed. Instead, get the screen Playing on video hardware" in several languages.
*** Does the capture... does the smart tagging (although I do NOT want that and the button for it is not clicked)
*** Image is captured (MPEG format) and placed on time line. Other difference . . . it's already rendered? Usually the AVI files placed and not rendered (red line across the timeline).
*** The image quality is very nice... this HD looks nice. The file is large 448 MB for about two minutes.
*** When I copy the clip (control + M) .... another step in my std workflow as I edit down the clips... I guess on the format avig (hey, it's AVI)... takes a long time to copy, the file is now 499 MB and when placed on the timeline (needs to be rendered . . . takes 5 minutes !!!) it is no longer widescreen, but more 4:3 (image distorted skinny)
You can probably guess my questions . . . the workflow is different than what I've used . . . the render times are too long . . . files sizes pretty large, etc. How can I get the workflow to function properly?
PROCESS STD (Non HD, but still widescreen)
*** Same camera, but configured to shoot in non-HDV, just DV (16:9)
*** When connected and turned on the PC calls up the window asking if I want to use Elements or MovieMaker . I start a new project in Elements (std definition, widescreen).
*** Capture performs exactly as expected . . . I can check the split scenes by timecode and it does so. When placed on the timeline the clips look already rendered?
*** Back to my old workflow .... the quality of the images is not as nice as HD!!!
I was hoping I could do all my new projects in HD (love the quality) and selected this camera (and tape format) to avoide the various issues I read about HDD cameras , AVCHD, etc. Now I'm wondering
Thanks, folks !