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AARON Williams
Finding the right codec
on Feb 21, 2008 at 11:22:13 pm

OK. I've got some HD footage on my hard drive. Some of it is Photo JPEG, some is HDV 720p30. (took me forever to find what codec it was.)
The Photo JPEG works fine. The HDV opens a big window with just black. I get the sound and duration, but just black.
Is there a way to get this HDV 720p30 codec to work on my PC? The footage was converted on my school's MAC. Do I need to find a MAC to convert it?


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del chapple
Re: Finding the right codec
on Feb 22, 2008 at 12:51:47 am

probably.. qt for pc doesn't offer certain video codecs like what i found in my case, DVCproHD.

del

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Ben Holmes
Re: Finding the right codec
on Feb 22, 2008 at 12:56:23 am

Del

QT player on the Mac doesn't support DVCPro either unless the codec is installed - FCP installs this and other pro codecs.

Ben

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Ben Holmes
Re: Finding the right codec
on Feb 22, 2008 at 12:54:38 am

According to Wikipedia, the ever excellent and free MPEG Streamclip will play and convert HDV files (since they're just MPEG-2 video).

You can find it here: http://www.squared5.com/

Hope that helps!

Ben

PS - If you want to find out the codec of any video, you can find it in the video information in quicktime player.

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Michael Hancock
Raylight for DVCProHD on PC
on Feb 22, 2008 at 3:51:47 pm

If you need to view DVCProHD footage on a PC via Quicktime, you need Raylight.

http://www.dvfilm.com/raylight/index.htm

A friend of mine was given DVCProHD footage to work on in After Effects (he's on a PC) and it worked flawlessly.

Michael.



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Zane Barker
Re: Raylight for DVCProHD on PC
on Feb 22, 2008 at 6:21:29 pm

[Michael Hancock] "If you need to view DVCProHD footage on a PC via Quicktime, you need Raylight. "

Thats nice and all but it has nothing to do with the question. The original poster is looking to play HDV footage captured on a Mac on a PC.

Was the footage captured with FCP? You did not say.

The codec that FCP uses for HDV only comes with FCP. You will need to convert the file to one that uses a different codec to be able to use it on the PC.

Don't let technology get in the way of your creativity!


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Michael Hancock
Re: Raylight for DVCProHD on PC
on Feb 22, 2008 at 6:44:52 pm

It doesn't answer the original question, but DVCProHD was brought up in the discussion. You can use FCP to convert your HDV footage to DVCProHD, can't you? If this was done on his schools Mac, and they have FCP, he could convert it to DVCProHD and use Raylight to edit on his PC. Otherwise he'll have to find another codec that's cross platform, and I'm not sure what that is. But I know DVCProHD is possible, hence my post.

OT: Does anyone else think it's a shame that codecs are still made that are not cross platform? Is locking a codec to Apple or PC really going to increase sales on either platform?

Michael.



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AARON Williams
Re: Raylight for DVCProHD on PC
on Feb 22, 2008 at 11:54:05 pm

So far nothing's worked.
The camera records directly to the a hard drive. Then they use Compressor (I believe)to turn it into a format we can use it in the PC Lab. My guess is I've got the "raw" file that the camera spits out(JVC).
I haven't tried Raylight but you sound like you know what you're talking about.

I wish my brother-in-law was home. he's got FCP...



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