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Kevin McCarthy
Kodak Zi8 audio problem
on Dec 27, 2009 at 3:45:59 am

Santa brought us a Kodak Zi8 and it shoots great video. Unfortunately I can't imprort any audio into Vegas.

I have tried filoe convert in the arcsoft program that comes with the camera. I bought Quicktime Pro and can't make that work either. (I'm sure I'll never get my money back from Apple!)

I've tried Total Video Converter, no luck.

I like this camera, any ideas on how I can make it work with VEGAS 8?

Thanks in advance!


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John Rofrano
Re: Kodak Zi8 audio problem
on Dec 27, 2009 at 4:21:25 am

Download and install the x264vfw codec. This might get it working with Vegas.

~jr

http://www.johnrofrano.com
http://www.vasst.com



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Ken Duesling
Re: Kodak Zi8 audio problem
on Dec 28, 2009 at 1:30:35 am

I imported and installed the codec suggested however that didn't seem to make any difference. Is there more that I might need to do? One approach that I found did work when using .MOV files (albeit not 100%) was to rename the .MOV file to an .MP4 extension and then import that file into Project Media. From there I could then bring the .MP4 file into the Vegas editor and the audio track did indeed show and play. However, one drawback was the video and audio were out of sync by about 5 seconds. I can ungroup the video and audio and manually adjust video and audio to be in sync. Not ideal.

Any ideas on why audio and video would be out of sync? I'd rather avoid having to always do a manual resync for every Zi8 video I shoot.


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Kevin McCarthy
Re: Kodak Zi8 audio problem
on Dec 28, 2009 at 3:28:53 am

I got an E-mail response from Kodak today telling me that the ZI8 records in H.264 MOV and that the audio was AAC LC files. Beyond that, they said I might be able to find another editing program on the internet. Not very helpfull!

I don't want to re-name..re-sync every file I shoot with this otherwise very nice little camera. But my purpose in buying it was to make it easier to shoot simple video and get it onto our travel website quickly. The Arcsoft program that came with the camera won't even allow titling etc. It is totally unaceptable.

Any other suggestions for making this work with Vegas would be greatly appreciated. Thanks




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John Rofrano
Re: Kodak Zi8 audio problem
on Dec 28, 2009 at 2:07:26 pm

> I got an E-mail response from Kodak today telling me that the ZI8 records in H.264 MOV and that the audio was AAC LC files

Oh, it shoots Quicktime MOV files. There was a trick that Keith Kolbo came up with to get the GO-HD camera to work in Vegas. Maybe it will work for you. It involves using Quicktime Pro which is seems you already have. Try this tutorial from Keith:

Using GO-HD files in Sony Vegas Pro 8

This just rewrites the mov wrapper so that Vegas can see the video. It doesn't change the original video and is very fast.

~jr

http://www.johnrofrano.com
http://www.vasst.com



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Kevin McCarthy
Re: Kodak Zi8 audio problem
on Dec 28, 2009 at 6:30:23 pm

I got to my studio today and found that a ZI* file will open with audio in Vegas Pro 9 but the audio is seriously out of sync.

I synced the audio and tried rendering to various other easier to use file types at 29.97 and 30fps and all are very jerky and audio is once more out of sync. Any thoughts?



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Kevin McCarthy
Re: Kodak Zi8 audio problem
on Dec 28, 2009 at 7:11:35 pm

I have also tried exporting the file from quicktime pro as an AVI and an Mp4. A 30 sec file took almost two minutes to render. Each showed considerable video degradation and neither would play back smoothly enough to be editable, especially the Mp4.



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John Rofrano
Re: Kodak Zi8 audio problem
on Dec 28, 2009 at 10:29:31 pm

Did you try Keith's tutorial?

~jr

http://www.johnrofrano.com
http://www.vasst.com



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Kevin McCarthy
Re: Kodak Zi8 audio problem
on Dec 30, 2009 at 4:27:28 am

I did the conversion as described.

I am out of the studio and tried to play on Vegas Pro8 on my laptop and got the same result...no audio and the video sucked!

I will update to ver 9 in the morning and let you know



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Ken Duesling
Re: Kodak Zi8 audio problem
on Jan 1, 2010 at 4:51:05 pm

Just to let you know AnyVideoConverterPro works nicely converting MOV to MP4 with the setting of x264 (video codec), and 1000 (video bitrate) when converting a 1080p video. I then move this MP4 into Vegas 9 with none of the audio/video sync issues. Final video quality appears good. I suppose there are many converter apps out there but since I already owned this one and tried it with success, just wanted to let you know.


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Daniel Watrous
Re: Kodak Zi8 audio problem
on Jan 20, 2010 at 10:18:07 pm

Sony published a quicktime update that fixed the problem of no audio importing, but it's now out of sync.

http://bit.ly/7sCJIs

I'll keep looking for a solution to the syncing problem.


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andy abulafia
Re: Kodak Zi8 audio problem
on Nov 3, 2011 at 3:49:26 pm

hey... did anyone solve this? In the end I tried the demo copy of iorgsoft video converter which created an "ok" AVI file (perhaps a little degraded). But at least it previewed ok and in sync.

I also tried renamed mov to mp4. This gave audio but with choppy video.

Ummm I also tried that ffmpeg remultiplex recommended elsewhere. No luck...

Oh ... also deinstalled QT and installed old version 7.5. Same symptoms.

thanks for any advice.

AA

Vegas 80c, XP64, HP Pavilion i7 12GB RAM


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andy abulafia
Re: Kodak Zi8 audio problem
on Nov 3, 2011 at 5:46:08 pm

I just found the Keith Kolbo tutorial to render to MP4 using QT... preview seems to work great!
Will update on how my editing goes later....thanks in advance !!

Vegas 8.1, XP64, HP Pavilion i7 12GB RAM, separate disks for projects and OS


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