Useful tips for vidders (fan video makers) for converting your video for YouTube, or for preparing clips for editing. Please note: All these tutorials show you how to convert your clips to a file format that is good for editing. If you wish to, trim down your clip to just the scene you want by picking in and out points.
Under a€?Sound,a€? you can pick MPEG-4 AAC and select 128 kbps or above, or can select a€?No Sounda€? (like I have in this screenshot) and eliminate sound from your clip.
Like with the tutorial above, open your file (this time an H.264 MOV file) in MPEG Streamclip. In most cases you will have no sound, so Select a€?No Sound.a€? Otherwise, go with a€?Uncompresseda€? for sound.
Quality can be a 100% but Apple Intermediate Codec only has one quality setting, so it doesna€™t seem to change anything when you fiddle with the quality setting. Then click on a€?Make Moviea€? and wait for MPEG Streamclip to convert your whole video over! You will follow the same process as outlined above, only instead of Apple Intermediate Codec, youa€™ll select some flavor of a€?ProResa€? from the Compression drop-down menu. If you have Final Cut Pro 6, youa€™ll probably only get to choose from ProRes 422 and ProRes 422 (HQ). Choose the same settings for Frame Size and Sound as are used in the Apple Intermediate Codec tutorial.
Please note again that when you convert your clips over to DV or MJPEG, that the files will be larger in size, and this is GOOD for editing.
If you are downsizing a large HD clip to Standard Definition DV, then CHECK the a€?Better Downscalinga€? box. In most cases, pick a€?Progressivea€? as a€?Scan Modea€? (at least this is what I always do) and pick your Aspect Ratio. If you are converting some other kinds of clips, odds are (that if you are converting clips from a film or recent TV show) that the aspect ratio is still 16:9, but you need to confirm this. Then return to MPEG Streamclipa€™s main window, and click on the a€?Make AVIa€? or a€?Make Moviea€? button (bottom right corner) to have MPEG Streamclip convert the clip over to DV MOV or AVI. If you are converting some other type of clips, consult the aspect ratio tutorial for more help determining what aspect ratio to choose.
Click on a€?Better Downscaling,a€? since you are converting HD clips down to a smaller size. If you are converting some kind of non-HD clip and you know that they are fullscreen (4:3) then pick the numbers 640x480. Click on the a€?Make Moviea€? or a€?Make AVIa€? button and wait for MPEG Streamclip to convert your clips over! So, leta€™s say that you have a lot of little clips and you want to convert them all over to some other format.
Click on the a€?Add Filesa€? button, then navigate through your computera€™s files for the clips that you want to convert over. Find the folder where the clips are, and then select one from the top of the list, HOLD DOWN THE SHIFT KEY and then select the clip at the bottom of the list. Check on the a€?Join all the filesa€? if you want all your clips to be joined into one long clip. Then youa€™ll be asked to a€?Select a Destination Folder.a€? This is where you want all your converted clips to be placed after MPEG Streamclip has finished making them. Then youa€™ll be asked all the familiar questions that you should know by now if youa€™ve followed the other MPEG Streamclip tutorials: Compression, frame size, and so forth. If this is all you want to convert over, click on the a€?Goa€? button and wait for MPEG Streamclip to do its thing. When you click on the a€?Converta€? button, wait while MPEG Streamclip converts, converts, converts! Tutorial keywords: MPEG Streamclip, MJPEG AVI, HD, converting video tutorial, fanvideos, fanvids, vidding tutorial, vids, vidders. Once you pick your compression, MPEG Streamclip will automatically select a frame size which corresponds (either DV-NTSC or DV-PAL).
The Mac Mini gets a sleek new design and nice new features, but its performance can't keep up with some of its competition. Just when we thought the folks at Apple had dedicated every last designer in the company's arsenal to the stellar Apple iPad and iPhone, from out of left field comes a beautifully redesigned version of Apple's compact desktop computer, the Mac Mini. To follow this tutorial, download the free video encoding app MPEG Streamclip (for both Mac and PC). This tutorial may be useful for some Windows users, particularly those using Sony Vegas and Corel VideoStudio.
Expect to use up approximately 1 GB of disk space for every 5 minutes of footage (more or less).
If you need audio (and your clip has audioa€”some might not), then choose a€?Uncompresseda€? for Sound. Well, if you are using software that doesna€™t support HD (like Sony Vegas Movie Studio, non-Platinum version) or you have a slower computer that might not deal with HD that well, then this might become necessary. Smaller clips (like DivX, XviD, H.264, WMV, MPEG) are compressed and do not play well in your video editor, and can eventually cause crashing or other quality issues. It works best if all the clips you want to batch convert are in the same folder (but they can be in various places if that works better for you). Or, if you just want to convert select clips, hold down the Apple (Command) key (Mac) or the Control key (PC) to cherry-pick just the clips you want.
If youa€™ve been following the above tutorials, you will know if you want to convert to MOV, AVI, or whatever.
In this case, Ia€™m going to convert to Quicktime (MOV files) but you can convert to AVI, MP4, iPod, just whatever you need.
Select whatever options work best (consult the above instructions on this page if necessary).
Otherwise, click on a€?Add Filesa€? and locate more clips you want to convert over, repeating the process until youa€™ve added as many files as you need to the list. You can leave your computer to convert overnight, or just be busy with other things as it finishes converting all your files. It shows the quality differences between a€?regulara€? resolution, a clip made from HD (but converted a€?downa€? to DV MOV or DV AVIa€”as instructed on this page) and a real HD clip. You won't find a whole lot of changes inside this new, prettier version—the 2010 Mini is seeing just a slight upgrade in the processor, and a more substantial upgrade in the graphics. Let’s say, for instance, you were going to trick out the Mini with the 24-inch Apple LED Cinema Display ($899), the Apple Magic Mouse ($69), and Apple's wireless keyboard ($69). Then move the slider bar to your out point, press the a€?Oa€? key to set where you want the clip to end.
This is normal and expected and for a more seamless, stable editing experience, you WANT to edit in files of this size.


The differences between the a€?regulara€? clip (from XviD source) and HD should be obvious. For an explanation for why this is necessary (and why editing in the smaller-sized XviD AVI, DivX AVI, WMV, MPEG, MP4 or other compressed file types is a bad idea), read this tutorial. Smaller, more compressed video files (like DivX AVI, XviD AVI, WMV) will give your software problems (either now or later on down the road).
The differences between the a€?reala€? HD clip and the a€?HD converted down to DV MOVa€? may not be quite as obvious, depending on how sharp your eye is and your monitor resolution. The differences between theA  a€?reala€? HD clip and the a€?HD converted down to DV MOVa€? may not be quite as obvious, depending on how sharp your eye is and your monitor resolution. But while the Mac Mini performs respectably for its class, you can find more powerful—and less expensive—Windows-based systems out there. The other major caveat to keep in mind is that the Mac Mini doesn't ship with a mouse, keyboard, or monitor. This means that if you need to purchase all of these necessary peripherals, the cost of your Mac Mini can start to enter the territory of the Apple iMac, a significantly better space-saving Apple desktop that has a built-in monitor and ships with a keyboard and mouse. But we believe that many folks who are taken with the Mac Mini's minimalist aesthetic will want to opt for an all-Apple setup. But I know enough about chemistry to know that a chemical by itself may be poisonous but not poisonous when in a compound with other chemicals. You may be able to use your current keyboard and mouse, but if they're USB-interface and each require a USB port, you'll be left with a scant two here. Apple's Magic Mouse and wireless keyboard both connect via Bluetooth wireless technology, which comes standard in the Mac Mini. Using Bluetooth for your input devices will free up a pair of crucial ports.A second issue is how the Mac Mini performs compared with the iMac, as well as against certain small-form-factor PCs using Windows. In our CPU-centric Cinebench test, which stresses all of a computer's processing cores to measure raw CPU performance, the Mac Mini came in with a score of 5,072.
On larger media-crunching tasks, that will likely translate into an even longer wait.Still, the performance difference here isn’t enormous, so if the Mac Mini came with all of the add-ons that the iMac does, we would recommend it in a heartbeat.
But, like we said, when you start factoring in everything you will need to purchase to get up and running with the Mac Mini, it's hard to argue for the Mini.We also considered how the Mac Mini stands up against comparable Windows PCs. With its much more powerful CPU, it’s no surprise that it blew the Mac Mini out of the water in our testing. Its Cinebench score of 9,341 beats the Mini by more than 4,000 points, and it finished our iTunes test about a minute faster than the Mac Mini. The Acer system's killer feature, however, is that it also comes with a 20-inch LCD monitor for its $529 asking price, making it a much better value for those who aren't married to the idea of OSX and the Apple aesthetic. Still, both the Acer and Gateway, while smaller than most desktop PCs, are still significantly larger than the Mac Mini, and neither comes with robust productivity software. This means you’ll be getting a decent-performing, space-saving desktop with nice specs for a price that's a relative bargain by Apple's standards. But you should be aware that the story of Chicken Little is notA  a "fable character." While he did say "The sky is falling" quite a bit, this was only because he had difficulty making contact the his agent provocateur whose actual physical appearance had changed over the years. This makes it a reasonable deal for a PC user who is looking to expand his or her horizons into Mac OS X without spending more than a grand. Given Apple's current computer lineup, that's hard to do in any other way.There's also the tangible factor of space saving, which might mean everything or nothing to you, depending on your workspace and budget.
If space is a concern, you won't find many computers this small and this potent right out of the box.
If you don't have one, buying an iMac is about as viable a space-saving alternative as the Mac Mini. The video faculty includes Eric Hulsizer, a former Channel 8 cameramanA who photographed "Channel 8 On Your Side," and Lisa Inserra of Cox Media (the company that owns Valpack) who is active in producing television commercials for her company's clients.az?i»? In my program, I've studied drawing, camera operation, scripting, digital imaging, programming basics, copyright law, video editing, website design, sound production and editing. Apple is heavily pushing the Mac Mini as a power miser, and our initial tests bear this out. One of myA professors says the program is the best of its kind in the Tampa Bay area and I think he's right.az?i»?i»? Please, please, put the word out to others so that this fine program will be better known. It doesn't matter what your heritage is or whether you are still in high school or old enough for Medicare.
Monitoring the Mac Mini's power usage using a Kill-A-Watt power meter, we saw the readout fluctuate between 7 and 8 watts when the system was sitting at idle. The MacBook also comes with a one-year limited warranty and 90 days of toll-free telephone support. Petersburg Collede digital arts program is filled with both talented professors and students.
We only question its value proposition when we consider that the better-performing and more-tricked-out iMac is just a few hundred dollars more. In your story on stadium horns, you called them vuvuzwelas, what is that funny looking symbol after the photo credits. The image can be used freely, subject to some restrictive terms in the license, including crediting the photographer. It looks to me like he called on Curtis LeMay, Colonel Clearwater - and then realizing he had made a mistake - schluffed it into Colonel Kilgore. Here's a photo of American school children using the original Bellamy salute:A I think the photo speaks for itself.
Colonel Clearwater Dear Colonel Clearwater: What do you think about the Egyptian revolution?
Fundamentalists, in any religion, are usually a reaction to what the followers perceive as injustice. This doesn't mean Egyptian society and culture will necessarily change; it is still their culture and values. But in the long run any thing they make of it will be for their benefit (and not the benefit of the United States).
Not by rampeling down the side of the building like Tom Cruise, but by sliding in with a tourist visa when it was not open to tourists. Clearwater: Republicans are betting that your readers don't care - that after all you did to beat them in 2006 and 2008, you're going to sit this one out. So they're whipping up their base by blocking help to unemployed workers, blocking summer jobs for teens, apologizing to the big companies that gave us the spill in the Gulf, and doing anything else they can do to stop progress. Yes, that Rand Paul, who says freedom means a private business can discriminate against African-Americans, and that President Obama holding polluters accountable for the mess in the Gulf is "un-American." And he's not alone. One candidate calls Social Security "horrible policy," while another has said that Americans will turn to "Second Amendment remedies" against Democrats.
In New Hampshire, Paul Hodes is running neck-and-neck with his Republican opponent to take this seat for the Democrats.
We've just started to turn our country around, passing healthcare reform, working to hold the big banks accountable for the Wall Street meltdown, pushing legislation to address climate change and end our addiction to oil. The GOP is betting big that saying "no" and blocking progress is a path to success in November.What bet will you make?


I think the Republicans should adopt as their emblem the condom because it more clearly reflects the party's political stance. A condom stands for inflation, halts production, destroys the next generation, protects a bunch of pricks, and gives one a sense of security while screwing others. Colonel ClearwaterDear Colonel Clearwater, Last week, my friend and colleague, Congressman Anthony Weiner, did something very good, and very gutsy.
Weiner's report showed that this firm, which sells gold coins, rips off its customers while benefiting directly from Beck's Chicken Little lunacy about the economy. Every time Beck screams that there is an impending Obama-led government takeover of the economy and your savings aren't safe, he's making a sales pitch for this sleazy advertiser. You see, Beck's ratings have recently crashed, and most of his reputable advertisers have deserted him.
Now that he's been exposed, Beck has spent the last week using his big media platform to attack and undermine Weiner - he even set up an attack website designed to damage Weiner's political standing. This collusion between big media, conservative commentators, and quack economics is a scam, but it is powerful if it remains unopposed. And we need to support people like Weiner, who have the guts to go after right-wing lunacy at the source.
Consider his statement: "I beg you, look for the words 'social justice' or 'economic justice' on your church Web site. That oil disaster must be stopped, and a way must be found."I am not the original author of that sensible thought, but it has been my favorite definition of faith for a while. While we have no way of certainty for moving past them, working to find a pathway that takes us beyond our doubts is the best option in my view.
Then how come Congress starts each session with a prayer and the president is sworn in on a Bible? Wants to KnowDear Wants to Know, As I said in an earlier reply, our countrys laws and structure are not based on the God of the Bible and the Ten Commandments, as Sarah Palin and others claim. So most of us do not work on Sunday and some businesses are not open for business on Sunday. So we have a religious custom of not working on Sunday and a secular custom of watching football on Sunday. The Constitution states that the president must take an oath, but it does not mention anything about a Bible.
Colonel ClearwaterDear Colonel Clearwater, I understand you answer, but you say customs and traditions. Wants to Know MoreDear Wants to Know More, It is important to realize the difference between a custom and a tradition.
It is a custom at my house that every year we watch football on Thanksgiving Day after we eat. A tradition is a ceremony invented for the purpose of commemorating some historical event or to develop a sense of binding in a community or religious group. Thanksgiving Day is a tradition in America that serves the purpose of reminding us of what we have from God for which to be thankful and is loosely based on the first harvest feast of the Pilgrims to celebrate their first year of survival in the New World. It is a tradition; a ceremony we use to create a common bond among Americans by commemorating our heritage. When Congress meets, the first thing that happens is that the designated speaker calls the group together.
Colonel ClearwaterDear Colonel Clearwater, I have just seen a video about an organization called the Council on Foreign Relations.
This organization has members who were past Presidents and past Secretary of States of the United States, plus leaders in the fields of finance, industry, and other important positions in society.
The spokesman on the video has concluded that this organization must be a part of world conspiracy to take over the world and put the entire world under a one-world socialist government and I agree with him.
The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) is an organization of foreign policy experts, people concerned with international trade, prominent historians and writers, as well as others who are involved with foreign policy and international affairs. The CFR hold speaking events with question-and-answer periods which are usually televised on CSpan or other cable stations.
The speakers are usually world leaders, historians, writers, or others involved in international affairs. Some of the speakers have included such figures as Nelson Mandela, George Soros, Thomas Friedman, Mikhail Gorbachev, and Ronald Reagan.
The journal, which I have subscribed to and read for over 25 years (plus you can buy it at the newsstands in Borders or Barnes and Noble) provides a forum for contrasting views and opinions regarding issues affecting foreign policy. Some people have made a nice living scarring others with conspiracy theories about the CFR. My advice to you is to go to the store, buy and read their journal, watch their events on CSpan, and be wary of people who wish to sell you on the idea that other people are out to get you. Colonel Clearwater________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________Dear Colonel Clearwater: Cancel my subscription to your liberal rage. And no matter how great the obstacles may seem, we must never stop our efforts to reduce the weapons of war.
We must never stop at all until we see the day when nuclear arms have been banished from the face of this earth." Ronald Wilson Reagan, 1984 Colonel ClearwaterDear Colonel Clearwater: Liberals? I realize that there is collateral damage in war, but this is no less than cold-blooded genocide. They were shooting at insurgents who, upon later investigation, turned out to be civilians. By saying the soldiers were shooting civilans implies that they knew they were shooting civiliansj. The real guilty party are those who convinced the American public that this war was necessary and just. Can you tell me how the "Smallest of the World's Leading Newspapers" managed to scoop "Florida's Best Newspaper?" Pedro TechadorDear Pedro, Always nice to hear from one of the Techadors.This was a WikiLeak scoop. Palin:Your statement reminds me of what Republican Congressman, Devin Nunes said during the health care vote. And now you are bringing the ghosts back into this chamber." There is no polite way to get around this. Tea Party Patriots are morons when it comes to history, economics, and how to run a society. Much like the resurgence of the Ku Klux Klan after World War I, the Tea Party Patriots are people who believe they have lost their privileged status in American society and wish to thwart others hopes for the American dream.
Unfortunately, or fortunately (depending on which editor yells loudest) President Obama considers Wall Street, the banks, the Republicans in congress, and those with tea party policies as necessary players in the solution when they are, in fact, part of the problem. Both the Senior Citizens' Right to Work Act and the Family Medical Leave Act were passed this way.



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