Thursday, August 16, 2012

Might use Clipwrap to rewrap and create Quicktime video

The link above shows a youtube video that shows how I can use Clip Wrap on the Macintosh to create a copy of the AVCHD video clip of each band.

(Note: One of my friends said the volume was low on the Youtube video. I may re-encode and rip that recording and upload it to youtube later. If I do that the link may change, but I'll come back and update that in the post.)

This shows how a Macintosh system would use Clip Wrap software to create MOV files and might be valuable for those who need to get selected clips and only send some of the video from a camera to a "client" or "friend". How can they edit video if they want to edit that video, unless it's in a usable format. For the Macintosh, ClipWrap is one option.

MORE DETAILS are on the video.

Some written thoughts and details are as follows.

I have a copy of "each days footage" for every camera angle in a directory structure that is a "camera archive". One of my goals was to be able to send each band or some of the bands a copy of the original footage, so they can edit or use it for any other use they might want to work on.

But I can't just send them the entire camera copy for all the bands of that night. In theory one would think they could delete the video of the other bands in the directory structure and just import the camera footage into a nonlinear editor.

On the Macintosh it's not that easy. The Macintosh needs to see a complete camera archive. Once you delete some of the bands footage, the entire archive is not recognized. So one work around would be to convert the AVCHD video files using some kind of program, and then import those into a video editing program.

There is a program called CLIPWRAP that will do this. I have tested it. It's a $50 program on the Macintosh and does a nice job. It will convert the AVCHD footage into MOV quicktime. And this can be imported into a Macintosh editing system, and some PC systems as well. The biggest drawback to this approach is the MOV files are larger than the original source and they still have to be converted by the editing software. So that would cost the bands more time or money to do those imports.

There are a lot of reasons a band might want footage, but also plenty of reasons they might not want those source camera angles. They may not want or need footage of this quality level. If they are doing a project, they may want to just shoot the video fresh and have more control and get much better scripted video. If they want to edit this it will take time. And as I don't know what formats each band would need, it's a guessing game. Do they really need the footage and would they really use it.

And how do I send them the footage, without it costing an arm and a leg. For example I could put copies of the AVCHD footage, not the entire Sony directory on a disk drive. I might buy a 320 gig USB drive for $54 or something like that and put a bunch of video on a disk, basically just the camera angles. And the bands might not need that, or have time to use it. It might just be a simple memory video with no real promotional or commercial value. So they probably would just set the footage aside and it would just gather dust. If I bought a disk drive for $54 for ten bands and sent them out never getting the drives back, then I'd be spending almost $600 just to send video to a band that will not really want to spend the time to edit the video.

It's much easier to send one copy to JPUSA, of all the video and let them gather selects and edit accordingly. But even JPUSA has to have a need and the time to do that.

So what I'll likely do is send a DVD of the mix to the band and a quicktime master file on a disk or some kind of cheap media. And if they want to look or use that master mix they can easily do that. If they want all the digital files, they can let me know and we can work out the details. Basically I'm not worried about giving them source video, I'm just concerned that this will snowball into me spending a bunch of money for hard drives that will just disappear and not be used at all.

There is no point in making a $500 or $600 investment to send video that will never be used. Many bands and even JPUSA doesn't have the time to work on or find out about video editing, especially video that has little close up or other scripted or behind the scenes value. I don't want to think that this video is worth more than it actually is and have to face the fact that it will probably be looked at as a kind of vacation memory video for each artist, and not much more.

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