I've been shooting film and video for as long as I can remember. I used a BBC micro to do video titling in 1983, and bought my first VHS-C camera in 1985, and my first digital stills camera which had video capability in 1999. Since then I've used various technologies to edit the results.


I shoot videos of Bands, Skiing, motorsports, stage work, dance. Just about anything I think will be interesting.


These are the HD cameras I use: I usually shoot everything at 1080p, disk space is cheap, and droping the resolution to 720p or 480p is simple (using ffmpeg).
I'm Windows based, and use two video editing packages: I usually generate DVD and/or Blu-ray versions of the productions.

Cyberlink PowerDirector

I've got The Ulta version 8, they are now upto 10.
I found I had to disable the background file processing, otherwise it would frequently crash. To the point where I bought Roxio instead! I used the information in this CyberLink forum, here is the key:
  1. In PowerDirector
  2. Open the Preference dialogue display.
  3. Edit > Preferences (or Keyboard shortcut Alt+C) > General tab.
  4. Uncheck the option: "Enable file processing...."



Roxio VideoWave

I've got The Roxio Suite 2011. It includes the MyDVD and Burn apps.




The FFMPEG project is a free video format convertor package.
I use this to sync the audio on the Canon files if I'm editing on Roxio. I also use it to create DVD resolution versions of files if I'm doing a quick edit. I typicaly use the following commands lines:
\tools\ffmpeg\bin\ffmpeg.exe -i {source file} -async 1 -target ntsc-dvd -ac 2 -ab 128000 -vb 2500000 {dest file}
\tools\ffmpeg\bin\ffmpeg.exe -i {source file} -async 1 -s hd720 -ac 2 -ab 192000 -vb 6000000 {dest file}


I use the PowerDirector if I'm using a lot of Canon footage, and use the Roxio MyDVD and Burn tools to do the layout and burning. If there is only one or two shots from the Canon, or I'm not using it's audio, then I use Roxio for the whole process.

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