Player Video formats
We’re now ready for the “Make Movie” tab. You have three choices - shoot back to tape, create a computer file, or create a VideoCD/DVD ("Disc"). If you have captured using "Preview quality," or you intend to produce a file or disk, this last process will require a lot of work by your computer, and sometimes a long time! This process is called “rendering,”—a 5 minute video may take a lot more than 5 minutes to render, and during this time the computer should not be used for any other purpose! It’ll need all the processing power and memory it can get! If you captured at full quality, and don't have a lot of transitions or other editing, the rendering process is quite quick.
Of course, you can return to any part of the process at any time—go back and capture more, do more editing, add or delete scenes, etc. But any small change requires re-rendering, so one should be confident you’re finished before beginning that process.
I. To Tape
If you’re going back to digital tape , you have very little to which to pay attention. Once it is rendered, put a new tape in your camcorder, set it to record, and play your video by clicking on the play button in the view window. That's it!
You can even get Studio to start and stop the "Record" process on your camcorder if you'd like - if you're confident you won't overwrite a tape you didn't want to lose! Go to "Setup" and under "Make Tape" check the "Automatically start and stop recording" box.
If you are using an analog system (non-digital camcorder or VCR), the process is the same - once the project is rendered, it will play back to your recording device. However, with analog, the sound is handled separately through the sound card, so you have some patching you need to do (see Getting Started for patching hints).
II. Make File
If you’re going to post the video on the Web, include it in a document such as a PowerPoint Presentation, or simply view it on your computer, you’ll need to make a file. Studio gives four major file formats - MPEG, WMV/Real (under "Stream"), and Windows AVI. For a more complete discussion of these formats, see Video Formats. In general . . .
Which compression? The chart below should only be a
guideline. Length of the video, capture quality, and targeted use all
influence the end results, so the only thing you can do is try and test. After
choosing your format, select what compression level and go. You can also
change frame size for several formats. The "Stream" area will offer
to target a connection speed, and Studio works out the other settings for you. Multi-streaming is possible
with RealMedia or WMV (choosing more than one connection speed), but you must have a
dedicated media server to use this.
Workstation delivery:Basically, file size is the only limiting factor here! However, it is rarely necessary to use more than half-size screen (320X240), since most computer screens are much smaller than TVs.
III. Make Disk
You can, of course, make a video file (II above) and then use whatever CD/DVD burning software you use normally. However, if you want your CD/DVD to play in an ordinary DVD player, it's best to use Studio's "Disc" option. You can also create a CD/DVD in a designated hard drive location for burning later.
If you intend to use ordinary CDR/CDR-W's, the resultant disk will be a "VideoCD," which supports some menu options. A VideoCD will hold about 30 minutes of video, and its quality is about the same as VHS. DVD's will hold a full hour of DVD-quality video content. Pinnacle Studio 9 supports full menus and non-linear access to DVD content.
This process takes longer than any of the others, since the video must first render, and then burn the results to your disk. Burning is particularly unforgiving of multitasking - let the computer work alone!