The Complete Video Editing Guide - Part A.
In today's era, where most of us have DVD players and there are more than one computer in the house and our photography and entertainment are becoming increasingly digital, there is a need to convert our movies and music into digital format and quality.
If you want to know how to convert all your video tapes to CDs in DVD, VCD or DivX format you have come to the right place.
In the first part of the guide we will focus on the basics such as preparing the equipment needed to capture the video and how to capture the video itself, we will briefly touch on the topic of editing and editing software and of course learn how to export our film to various formats.
In the second part of the guide we will focus more on how to edit and the editing software itself - we will learn the various functions, what is recommended to do and what is not.
The following is a list of tools needed to get started:
Video capture card or editing card.
Equipment for connecting devices to the card.
Video capture software.
Video Editing Software.
The guide will be divided into several stages:
General specifications of the computer.
Capture the video by the card.
- Edit the video and convert it to the desired format.
Computer specification editing:
Although this is video and graphics editing, it can be assumed that a strong and good video card is needed to improve performance but this is not true.
When we edit a movie we do not use advanced graphics functions that require a lot of processing power from our video card but we use computational and mathematical operations performed by the computer processor, so for a good editing computer we need a powerful processor and a large amount of memory both internally and externally.
Editing software "eats up" very large amounts of memory and burdens the computer and the day-to-day work of editing so it is highly recommended to have a respectable amount of memory, the faster the better (the minimum requirements today are 512 MB of internal memory).
Of course, you also need a very large external memory (hard drive). The higher the quality of the movie, the larger the file size. A 120GB hard drive will be very nice but also a drive the size of 80GB will satisfy our needs.
Also, if you are planning to buy a computer based Intel, A processor with HT technology is highly recommended. Of course the more powerful the computer is so the editing process will be more smooth.
The issue of the editing card touched later on.
If we want to transfer information from the old video tape we have, from the new video tape we just bought or just record a program
TV Directly to the computer You need to have a capture card that provides us with a video input to the computer to which we can connect the devices.
There are many types of capture cards on the market, some good and some less so. I have the Pinnacle PCTV Pro card and I am personally happy with it.
This card contains the video inputs:
RF - Connects the antenna cable.
S-Video - A relatively advanced connection that accepts each color separately.
Composite - The standard video connection that most of us know (RCA)
there are graphic cards Which contain the VIVO option that enables Composite input and possibly S-Video, this should be sufficient for those who do not intend to record programs TV Or for those who have a digital converter. It is recommended that the card you are using has a high capture resolution of 720 × 576.
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If you want to take it seriously, there are video editing cards that cost a lot relative to the cards TV And they carry out for themselves the bulk of the processing process.
These cards usually have all the necessary connections such as Composite, S-Video and DV, which is actually a Firewire entry.
Now that we have the capture card, we need to connect the cables to the device we want to connect to the computer. The standard cables that come with the capture card may be enough for you. If not, you can make a custom cable.
If there is a long distance between the TV and the computer, you can buy an RCA cable by the meter and solder the connectors to it manually.