HD > Codecs > Software ???

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by Apple Corps, Jun 24, 2007.

  1. Apple Corps macrumors 68030

    Apr 26, 2003
    I have been trying to learn the bascs by following threads and playing around with Flip4mac and some other software. What is clear is that is not an effective way to learn.

    Where does one go to get a conceptual overview of various HD video files, the codecs involved, the required software to open, perform minor editing, the necessary sequence and play them within 10.4.10?

  2. faustfire macrumors 6502a


    Jul 17, 2002
    Seems you could accomplish this all with quicktime pro.
  3. SMM macrumors 65816


    Sep 22, 2006
    Tiger Mountain - WA State
    If you are serious about learning, you might consider getting FCE HD. It is $300, which is an excellent price for what you get. It was where I felt I crossed the line and actually began to learn about video post-production.

    I am self-taught. For me, it is important to actually involve myself when trying to learn technical things. You can start with a rudimentary production/post-production work-flow. Shoot some video scenes, capture them to your computer, output them to a QT file and use iMovie to create a DVD. Then do the same thing, except add some additional complexity to it. For example, cut some unwanted footage and add some transitions. Then learn how to render your work prior to outputting it. The more you experiment, you will find source reference material to help with your learning. The process of actually doing something, will usually be the driving force in learning. If you just pick up a book, if you are like most people, you will soon become overwhelmed by terminology. By doing the work, it reinforces the terms meaning. This will allow you to learn at a more accelerated rate, the longer you do it.

    Good luck and have fun! It really is fun.
  4. RedTomato macrumors 68040


    Mar 4, 2005
    .. London ..
    If you don't yet know how to do minor editing, then I suggest iMovie. FCE is jumping a bit too far for a first step. Just setting it up before a project can be daunting if you don't know what the jargon is.

    iMovie has:

    various special effects
    various codecs
    etc etc

    iMovie is used by news programs teams for editing in the field before sending back to base, so it's not all that basic.

    You can learn about the joys of mis-defining widescreen as standard, how long it takes to add effects, running out of disk space, buggering up an edit etc etc perfectly well with iMovie :)

    when you've learnt about iMovie and have reached its limits then you can move to FCP.

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