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Paul Lara
02-08-2003, 09:54 AM
Ok, let me see if we can keep this thread focused JUST on cool tips, techniques and shortcuts that be be new to my Fellow Toastees.

Feel free to enter your own tips, but please take discussion to the Tips and Techniques Talk thread I'm also starting, ok?

So, here GOES! :cool:

Paul Lara
02-08-2003, 09:57 AM
FileBin - Navigate to a working directory; click on the '+' at the top, and now this folder is instantly available in the Hotlist drop-down menu.

Paul Lara
02-08-2003, 09:58 AM
Note the small [S] in the upper right corner of any module. This is one way to change skins, or views of that equipment. For example, you can open up two ToasterVision monitors, set the second one to Preview, and then eliminate the monitor controls by
clicking to the next skin.

Paul Lara
02-08-2003, 09:59 AM
Double-click in an effects tray, and it will open up the DVE folder.

Paul Lara
02-08-2003, 09:59 AM
Space bar runs an auto transition. Tapping space during a transition will pause the transition, and if you hold shift and tap spacebar again, it will reverse the effect back to Preview.

There are several DVE's designed to take advantage of this, for elegant and easy over-the-shoulder shots.

Paul Lara
02-08-2003, 10:01 AM
With a dual-standard Toaster card, it is transparent to the user whether the clips being played are NTSC or PAL. It does the fielding and scaling in real-time, on-the-fly.

This applies to captured data only, since a live switch would require the Toaster to be in either PAL or NTSC to know what to do with the incoming signal The worlds coolest standards converter/editor has arrived.

(you'll have to provide your own deck ;) )

Paul Lara
02-08-2003, 10:03 AM
In case you have an extensive hotlist, and don't want it over-written when you install a new Toaster build, remember that Hotlist can be found in
...\VideoToaster2\Skins\FileBin\Administrator_Favo rites.txt

Simply copy this over to a folder or desktop somewhere, and replace it after the install.

Paul Lara
02-08-2003, 10:05 AM
You may be amazed at the compression available with an RTV since it is uncompressed. For example, a reasonably busy RTV from 260MB down to 135MB; CG output will compress even more - as much as 90%.

Paul Lara
02-08-2003, 10:08 AM
For backup purposes, the preferences files are located at
\\VideoToaster2\Skins\Preferences\Config\ for Administrator (Preferences).User Config File

and

\\VideoToaster2\Skins\Preferences\Preferences\ for Administrator.script

Paul Lara
02-08-2003, 10:09 AM
You can highlight your whole project, make it a subproject and then set Edit Properties speed to 150 or 200% to quickly play back your entire project for a cursory scan.

Paul Lara
02-08-2003, 10:10 AM
Double clicking on the Storyboard tab in TEd will open the view FULL screen. Likewise for Timeline and File Bin. Great for when you need to see more layers in timeline or more files in the file bin.

Paul Lara
02-08-2003, 10:11 AM
Place your cursor over the clip in Storyboard and hold down the Alt key. You can now adjust in/out points over the left and right half of the croutons. You'll see the cursor change states to indicate this.

Paul Lara
02-08-2003, 10:16 AM
Use the color correction filter in the Effects/Color Tinting folder, set it up and then you can copy itover to all your other clips as well!

Paul Lara
02-08-2003, 10:17 AM
Ok ... a hidden little tip for TEd for those of you who want to either have presets or copy settings from one clip to another.

In the bottom part of the edit panel (for instance the motion builder or color correction tabs) you can right click and select Hold. This places all the settings from that tab onto the ‘copy buffer’. If you now select another clip and select the same tab (which is the default operation) you can right click on the tab and select “Resotore” and the settings will be applied to that clip. If you want to load and save defaults you can select “Load ...” or “Save ...” for those settings as well. Finally, you can actually apply this operation on the top part of the in and out panel and it will save all in and outs (etc...) for that clip and you can apply them to another.

Paul Lara
02-08-2003, 10:18 AM
If you have numerous gaps in your project, go to Storyboard view, highlight the first black frame, and press delete.

Continue pressing delete to remove each subsequent black space in the project.

Paul Lara
02-08-2003, 10:19 AM
AFTER you start to drag a Timeline item(s), you can THEN press Shift to restrain it’s dragging vertically, and the clip will stay at the same start time.

Using Shift instead will be consistant with our other operations and with other programs. . (Apparently we used the v key before.)

It is important to note that you ADD the modifier key (Shift) AFTER you start to drag - or it won't work.

Paul Lara
02-08-2003, 10:22 AM
TEd TimeStrech + DeFielding - Load clip into TEd. Set its speed to 125%
(30fps/24fps). Render the clip to a file. Load the rendered clip into TEd and set its
speed to 80% (24fps/30fps). Add the DeFielding effect to get rid of the interpolated
field motion. Looks pretty good and the only delay is the one-time render of the clip.

-thanks to Jason Baysingar

Paul Lara
02-08-2003, 10:23 AM
T2 will not autosave until you save it once yourself.

TIP: After editing a new project after 10 minutes or so, click save, then you will be autosaving.

Paul Lara
02-08-2003, 10:24 AM
Hold down Ctrl-key while dragging a clip, and it will bring away a copy of that clip.

Paul Lara
02-08-2003, 10:24 AM
Video Toaster [2] is very stable, but should there be a crash, Launch T[2] and with your project open, right click along the top of TEd to bring up a context menu.

In the Context Menu, there is a function called "Redo all operations" This will bring you back to the point where you crashed.

Paul Lara
02-08-2003, 10:25 AM
Sometimes, when you ask to delete a clip from Storyboard, you will be asked, "Do you wnat to use a Razor Delete or not?"
This is attempting to apply a timeline rule to Storyboard's layout in cases where you have a longer clip in Timeline with a shorter clip beneath it.

In Storyboard, you will see that instance, not as layers, but as "Clip A", "Clip B", "Clip A" (showing the head and tail of "A" where "B" does not cover). Choosing 'Yes' to this question will delete "Clip B" and also razor out the unused portions of "Clip
A".

Paul Lara
02-08-2003, 10:29 AM
In the Positioned panel, simply set the Y axis (normally 486) to a negative value (-486)

Paul Lara
02-08-2003, 10:30 AM
So, what does the ‘High Quality’ checkbox do in ToasterEdit’s Properties window?

When in low quality mode, it creates 4 input samples per pixel. In high quality mode it collects 16 samples.

Paul Lara
02-08-2003, 10:31 AM
With the clip selected in TED. Hit the “g” key and it will extend the in and out points all the way to the ends.

Paul Lara
02-08-2003, 10:38 AM
Video Toaster allows you to convert between NTSC and PAL without access to the other set of DVE's. Here's how:

If you do not have the needed PAL or NTSC DVE’s for your project, and need to output in the other standard, render your whole project as an RTV clip, change formats in Preferences, and load in that video clip. Now even your DVE’s will play cleanly in the other standard.

Paul Lara
02-08-2003, 10:40 AM
When “nothing is selected in TEd” - just use shift + w (to play project from 3 secs before out point of current clip). So play your project, after you are happy with transition, press Shift + w to jump to just before next edit, but keep playing. Remember, nothing should be selected.

Paul Lara
02-12-2003, 07:39 AM
(thanks to Jeff Schofield)

Create a fill box the size of the screen. You can now do fills and other neat designs for backgrounds. Save to a TGA file & load this into TED.

Paul Lara
02-12-2003, 07:41 AM
(thanks to Dan Hong for this one...)

Have you ever had a single camera shoot where the talent flubs up and there’s no possible way to fix it except a straight cut or dissolve to the same shot? I had one of these recently, I split the clip (“c” on the keyboard), took the second piece of video and zoomed in from the positioning panel (about 20%), did my transition and keyframed a zoom out back to the original size.

Paul Lara
02-12-2003, 07:43 AM
For stills when you hold down the alt button as you drag it out it changes the out point instead of stretching.

Paul Lara
02-12-2003, 07:45 AM
(thanks to Ray Adams for this great post)
There are many ways to save a still image to your drive while you are editing...
From TED:
Load your clip..then on the frame you want to save out as an .rtv ..hit the “c” key then hit the arrow key forward one then hit the “c” key again....this gives you a single frame clip...select it & save out or render as an single frame .rtv....
another way is to find the frame then double click the time on top of the timeline then right mouse click & select/copy the timecode then open the render panel & then paste this # into in /out fields then render the frame......
That’s just two ways from TED... (I know that isn’t as simple as it could be but it isn’t bad)

From Aura:
Load in your clip (set the project fields to none)
When you load in unselect preload....
This allows the clip to be INSTANTLY loaded into aura....
put a blank layer above or below & stretch it out the length of the clip....
using the blank layer you can QUICKLY find your images & save them out in ANY of Aura’s formats....
This is VERY QUICK!!!! also if you need to be exact you can use the clips timecode #’s to setup & verify with.......
I hope this helps you understand how flexible Video Toaster [2] can be with something as straighforward as capture.

Paul Lara
02-12-2003, 07:49 AM
Go to VideoToaster2\Skins\FileBin\Administrators Favorites.txt [or whatever your log-in Favorites.txt is]
There you'll find your Hotlist. Cut, copy, paste and otherwise re-arrange the order to your liking and save the file. You must exit and re-open T2 for this new list to be displayed.

Paul Lara
02-12-2003, 07:52 AM
Acting on the request of users, the aliens have made precision control of such twist knobs as Proc Amp, color correction, etc., much easier to do in fine increments. If you hold down the CTRL key while using any such control it will give you 10x the precision of not having it clicked!

Paul Lara
02-13-2003, 06:46 AM
Video Toaster [2] Switcher is able to route an internet stream to one of its inputs!
Here’s how:

In Prefs, set System, Windows Media Playback to ‘Uses Video Toaster for output’ Close the Toaster.
Launch Windows media player and browse to your streaming source
Launch Video Toaster, now re-initialized to accept Windows Media sources
Launch Swithcer and right-click on the desired input’s patch tag, and select ‘T[2] DShow Video’
You are now free to mix & match live, taped, and Internet sources in your show.
Any additional instances of Windows Media player you launch will also be available!

Paul Lara
02-13-2003, 06:49 AM
If you have audio so low that you need to reference multiple copies of the clip to get it to be heard, here’s a very fast technique: use ctrl-c to copy the clip, then hit "Q" to go to the head of the clip and hit ctrl-v to paste.

You can do this really fast and T[2] processes all the commands as it stacks the copies up perfectly.

Paul Lara
02-13-2003, 06:54 AM
If you are accustomed to setting up in bins before editing, you can do this in Toaster by opening up a second instance of ToasterEdit, and make it Storyboard only view. Drag all the icons you wish into this storyboard, since they’re just shortcuts.

Paul Lara
02-13-2003, 06:58 AM
Select the range of your ToasterEdit Project, and press Alt-f, and a smooth fade will be added between all clips that don't already have a transition.

An additional twist:
If, instead of a fade, you wish to use a DVE, the Alt-f command will use any DVE that has been the last thing selected. So, you can highlight the clips you'd like to affect, and then holding down the control key, click on that DVE in your project. Now, press Alt-f and stare in wonder as all cuts are now instantly converted to transitions of your choosing! :cool:

Paul Lara
02-13-2003, 07:04 AM
Since Alt-f automatically ADDS transitions, you'd think that Alt-Shift-f would then be the hotkey to remove them. Well, that command was removed. In the future, Alt Shift f will trigger a toolshed panel with numerous transition options.

so...while we await its release...here's a way to add that ToasterScript function back to your machine:

Create a text file in \\Skins\VideoEditor\MainWindow\Main\UserScripts\
rename it something like ExtraKeys.ToasterScript
Open this file and paste this in the file:


// Command to remove tranitions from a SELECTED set of clips
CreateShortCut ("Alt Shift f", code(UFOTool_SetTransitions_Remove() ), "OrderedFocus", 100)

Paul Lara
02-13-2003, 07:06 AM
Since many of you are now transitioning Toaster [2] over to XP, here's a handy tip to be aware of, if you have difficulty getting your monitors to span the desktop:

After the new driver is installed, right click on the desktop and open Properties. Click on the Settings tab and set your color quality to 32 bits and the screen resolution to 1260x1024 on monitor 1. DO NOTHING with monitor 2, that is: leave it inactive. If you activate it as XP help instructions tell you, you will end up with dual monitors that you can’t span across. Instead click on Advanced settings and then on the GeForceWhatever tab. That opens a window with a smaller side menu at the side. Click on nView Display Mode and then click on the horizontal span button and you’re in business.

Paul Lara
02-13-2003, 07:08 AM
Since Video Toaster [2] is highly multi-threaded, that means you can open as many copies of any module as you need...including the Render panel! So, if you have a need to render numerous ToasterEdit projects out to a different format, navigate to the project file in File Bin, right-click, and select ‘Render’. Once you have chosen your settings and begun the render, you can now repeat the process on repeated project files!

Paul Lara
02-13-2003, 07:10 AM
Thanks to Chris Adams for this one:

If you open ToasterCG or Aura and make a slow scroll up the screen, you can add the CG as a downstream key over your video. you will see both the video image and the scrolling text on the screen as you would expect.. However, set the Capture module to Main Out, which doesn't show the downstream key.

This way all you get is the blue screen video stream and no Downstream key, so only your talent sees the words. You have your clean blue screen footage!

Paul Lara
02-13-2003, 07:15 AM
Aura stand-alone shares many Toaster [2] drivers for operation, and thus installs several of them to the system. In a computer with Video Toaster installed, this causes conflicts and Aura stand-alone will not run properly.
Here’s a fix:

Open Task manager and shut down winrtme.exe. Then, in the Aura25b folder (where the aura.exe is) delete or re-name the following:

· newtekrtme.dll
· beethoven.dll
· nt_tools.dll
· proof.dll


When those files are either deleted or re-named, Aura should run.

Paul Lara
02-13-2003, 07:16 AM
If you have a clip that is too quiet for playback, you can a second instance of the clip, adding another 6dB of volume.

Paul Lara
02-13-2003, 07:18 AM
[i] Thanks to Mike Mustard for this tip:

We just recently successfully ran our toaster with two touch screens, a PS2 touch pad and a USB mouse! The director was using one touch screen and the keyboard and the touch pad. The engineer/audio was using the other touch screen and the USB mouse. Everything worked fine without a conflict.

Paul Lara
02-13-2003, 07:19 AM
ToasterEdit constrains the aspect ratio by default. However, since every still format does NOT have an aspect ratio burned into the file it’s impossible to know what that aspect ratio should be. Right now it will default to being the same aspect ratio as NTSC pixels (a reasonable assumption) and if you need to change it you can. Once you re-lock your aspect ratio with what you are happy with it will not change.

Paul Lara
02-13-2003, 07:21 AM
The U and V offset controls move the whole pattern in the up/down and left/right directions. The U and V gain controls will stretch the vector pattern in those directions. If you can’t center the pattern, then the hardware trim pots for the U and V offset coarse adjustment may need to be calibrated.

Paul Lara
02-13-2003, 07:23 AM
Thanks to Randy Luczak for this tip:

One way to avoid the rough. aliased edges - especially out of Aura and AE is to be sure to export as RGBA with NO premultiplying. Your best bet for the export format out of AE would be (IMHO) targa sequence and best out of Aura would be RTV with alpha. You could also export uncompressed avi's from AE with alpha (again without premultiply) and the resulting file can then be loaded into Aura and exported as rtv with alpha (with 'no premultiply' set under Aura's export/alpha options) also making sure 'no background' is set.

Unfortunately TED cannot read the alpha channel in AVI's.

creach
03-13-2003, 12:00 PM
Got a bunch of titles that must all be the same length, and fit into a certain time-sized hole? Put the timecode calculator away.

Try this: Place your graphics in Ted - in order, with overlay enabled. Select all the graphics/titles by dragging a rectangle around them - they should all be highlighted.

Then make the clips a sub-project by clicking the "sub-project" button at the top of Ted. Open the Edit Properties panel while your new subproject is selected, and adjust the playback speed of the clip until it's the correct time-length to fit your hole.

Then right click on the subproject and select "expand subproject."
You now have all your titles back, and can place a fade (or move)at the beginning or end.

Cool, hunh? Toaster rocks.

Dan :D

RomainR
03-18-2003, 06:27 AM
To get rid of the little annoying dancing lines when using a text scroll when in TED, use the defield filter on the text scroll. It will smooth it out.

Gordon
03-27-2003, 10:21 PM
Subject: Using DV video as source into the Toaster and analog audio into the Toaster for making VHS dubs.

When dubbing analog tapes from a DV master, remember to use the analog audio from the DV deck. If you use the DV audio from the firewire deck combined with DV video, the audio will be about 3 frames back, (out of sync). However, by taking the audio from the analog outputs and then into the Toaster along with the firewire video feed into the Toaster, the dubs will be in sync.

Basically, I'm using the Toaster software and the SX-8 as a DA. With all analog sources connected to the SX-8 and DV sources connected to the DV card in the computer it saves me having to patch over and over again.

mblade
04-02-2003, 06:27 AM
This is the most useful tip I have discovered;

If you are capturing a long piece of footage then scatter some paper clips around the base of your chair. You can then lean forward and rest your head on the desk and dangle an arm in the direction of the paper clips. You can now gently fall asleep at your desk and if discovered by any of your colleges you can deny being asleep on the job and claim that you were reaching for the fallen paperclips.

Works every time.

Kurt_Henning
04-02-2003, 10:09 PM
When you have 3 or 4 monitors in your suite, the question often arises "Which one is the color that is going to tape?"

A smart producer answers the question with a question "which one do you like?"

The client says..............painstakingly......."I think I like that one."

The producer says, "Well that this the one going to tape right now."

Big smile and "how about another donut and a game of pinball?"

And that is how clients are made for life.

gamad
04-13-2003, 06:14 AM
"Add an Internet source to your Live SWITCH!
Video Toaster [2] Switcher is able to route an internet stream to one of its inputs! "

hey paul,
i tried doing this
i changed the preferences, played the file on mediaplayer, the sound comes out but no video.
and in the switcher there's no direct show switch.

any idea?

Paul Lara
04-13-2003, 02:47 PM
Originally posted by gamad
"Add an Internet source to your Live SWITCH!
Video Toaster [2] Switcher is able to route an internet stream to one of its inputs! "

I tried doing this. I changed the preferences, played the file on mediaplayer, the sound comes out but no video.
and in the switcher there's no direct show switch.
any idea?

Yeah, it was in 3780, but apparently not in 3890. I'll check with Engineers to see what happened.

Gordon
04-14-2003, 01:26 PM
If you get a message saying that the SX-8 is not found - reboot, reboot, reboot! Sometimes it will take up to three reboots before it is finally recognized, (Version 3890 and using ASUS and MSI motherboards). Sometimes we even have to power down, unplug the commputer before trying again.

And always have a backup plan ready to go in case you can't get the switcher or computer working.

A customer called and was rather livid with the Toaster SX-8 not being recognized at boot on day 3 of a 4 day event. (He didn't know that this was a common problem with the SX-8 and several motherboards). When that happened he started pulling cables, and cards and trying to get it to be recognized. Unfortunately with the cable #5 not clearly marked and with the odd order in which they plug into the SX-8, he had swapped cables #3 and #5 around and from there on he was doomed. He ended up losing $2,000 - $3,000 that day. Alas that is the money that he would have spent on the SX-8 I had loaned him but now he is convinced that it is too unreliable.

Of course having a redundant solution is a real problem with the Toaster being a complete TV Studio in a Box and on a live switch because it basically means that you need to have a second Toaster ready to go in case the first one dies. I provide that service to my customers but as luck would have it, I was booked on a video shoot for half the day and it wasn't until late afternoon before I was able to get him going again.

Although I felt bad for him; when he finally calmed down we discussed redundancy and fall back plans. I explained that with any computer based solution there should be a backup plan ready to go. I also mentioned that the SX-8 is reliable but it sometimes needs a bit more pampering to get going than other cards.

RomainR
04-15-2003, 05:32 PM
Here is something I stumbled upon by accident.

When doing slowmotion for video clips I often end up with the video looking a bit defielded or blured a bit. By going to the edit panel then to the positioning panel. now while holding down the control key you want to nudge the bottom just a little bit. You'll see the Y get a value of -1.

Now when you playback the slowmotion videoclip it should be nice and crisp.

At least that's what happens on my T[2].

Whelkn
05-26-2003, 12:23 AM
Your trick also works when you are animating pictures and video in Toaster Edit. But you may need to move the y value positive or negative depending on the problem. I find I get a fastly improved result when I do this.

Jeremy

dch
06-03-2003, 01:50 AM
Pressing ctrl- left or right arrow will move the edit line exactly 1 second left or right from its previous position.

wvp
08-17-2003, 10:50 AM
You can reverse video clips (make a right angle shot appear as a left angle shot) by using the positioner.
Change the size from "720" to "-720" or you can drag the sizing box (after disabling keep aspect ratio) from the side until the image "flips".
Yes, this also works if you want to make the image upside down!

Scott Bates
08-17-2003, 12:23 PM
Yup, same as VT[2] except the controls moved. I use the horizontal flip all the time for film transfers with a frosted glass transfer box.

c111smith
09-15-2003, 04:56 PM
[QUOTE]Originally posted by Gordon
[B]If you get a message saying that the SX-8 is not found - reboot, reboot, reboot!

OR...
Try exiting Toaster, going to Start, Programs, VT2, Utilities, Kill winrtme.exe (click it)
Then restart VT & voila! you're back in business. Or at least it works 4 me. Thanks to someone in another thread for that tip (can't remember who, sorry).

Gordon
09-15-2003, 07:58 PM
The VT card/SX-8 is initialized during the hardware initialization sequence when you first turn on the computer, (during the first couple of seconds). The next time it doesn't initialize properly, I will let it boot to Windoze OS and try killing winrtme.

In my experience with VT[2], killing winrtme has only helped when there was a software error and only when the VT card/SX-8 DID intialize properly at boot time.

djlithium
09-15-2003, 09:57 PM
There is another way to forceably do this with out a reboot.

Kill winrtme, then kill explorer itself and then launch explorer again using the taskmanager by typing in "explorer.exe" in the "new task/run" under "File" on the taskmanager bar.

You will actually see your Toaster output "reset" as explore starts up and searches for all devices on the bus and looks for the appropriate drivers to talk to or whatever magic happens in the background. I have eliminated rebooting the system completely during even the most extreme lock ups using this trick.

:)

Gordon
09-15-2003, 10:23 PM
Uuuuummmm. Thanks DJL. I'll try that too. Sounds very interesting.

Harri Raisa
11-19-2003, 02:24 PM
In VT2 still images where fine, but VT3 don't do antialiasing. Just use photoshop motion blur 90degree 1px. If that is not OK, then do it again. It's better than gaussian blur.

Harri

lesterfoster
07-11-2004, 08:44 PM
Originally posted by mblade
This is the most useful tip I have discovered;

If you are capturing a long piece of footage then scatter some paper clips around the base of your chair. You can then lean forward and rest your head on the desk and dangle an arm in the direction of the paper clips. You can now gently fall asleep at your desk and if discovered by any of your colleges you can deny being asleep on the job and claim that you were reaching for the fallen paperclips.

Works every time.


I like this one. However I do not understand how it helps me to make better videos. Regardless. It is the best tip so far. I must try this one at work.:) :D ;) :p :eek: :cool: :rolleyes: :o

lesterfoster
07-11-2004, 09:07 PM
Originally posted by Gordon

Although I felt bad for him; when he finally calmed down we discussed redundancy and fall back plans. I explained that with any computer based solution there should be a backup plan ready to go. I also mentioned that the SX-8 is reliable but it sometimes needs a bit more pampering to get going than other cards.


Hi Gord:

Can you tell us <all> about having a backup plan. Because as you know. I have been cult with my pants down before. EXample: My first show with my new VideoTOASTER.

djlithium
07-12-2004, 01:16 AM
I practically do 24 hour techsupport so if you are ever stuck on anything, give me a buzz.
Phone number is in the contacts section of www.djlithium.com

Cheers.

Gordon
07-12-2004, 11:49 AM
Originally posted by lesterfoster
Hi Gord:

Can you tell us <all> about having a backup plan. Because as you know. I have been caught with my pants down before. Example: My first show with my new VideoTOASTER.
Yeah I remember that. I think there were a number of things we tried. Reseated the VT card, swapped cables and rebooting to get the computer to recognize the SX-8. Backup solutions have more to do with Windoze OS, other software or hard drive problems and I think the problems at that gig were more to do with transportation of the VT system.

I guess color coding the cables and the back of the VT card I/O connectors might fix the problem of getting the cables wrong when hooking up. It would also be trivial to set the VT and SX-8 up in a permanent rack mount case but I got to warn you that rack mount stuff is not cheap. Still your computer got pretty banged up just getting it to the gig and if there are more gigs and you are relying on others to move equipment then we will have to look at something that can be bounced around.

Did you every built that portable folding desk that you designed in LightWave? That looked like a good solution for transporting the system. You should upload an animated gif of your preliminary desk design. Steve P. has built version 2 of his mobile studio in a desk now that just rolls in and out of his van, plug it in and you are ready to go. Version 1 of his mobile studio had the cables come out the back so they had to be disconnected for transport. That caused a big problem when he connected them up wrong at one of his gigs.

Wait, don't built that desk, instead finish your second prototype of the camera stabilizer (similar to the $20,000 Steadicam/Glidecam models). I bet that at about $2000 - $3000 USD there would be a lot of people on this forum that would be interested in it. (Provided it didn't infringe on the patents and copyrights of the other aforementioned products).

thiru
07-15-2004, 01:26 PM
While browsing the forums I found Gordon's message about cam stabiliser and thought of mine.
I have developed a cam stabilising system for my own use. It is in the prototyping stage. Aluminum and steel construction. Cams upto 8 pounds can be used. Even though I designed it for my own use, I developed dies for the hinges. All hinges or that thing with bolt holes are die cast aluminum. All joints have maintenance free bearings (12 bearings in the arm alone). Spring located inside the square bar (lower arm of the parallelogram) and connected with a cable (not shown in the image) which runs over two pulleys and connects to the upper arm (not exactly). Spring adjustment is by turning the bolt head. I designed it to hold a firestore drive and a battery. Extra LCD monitor can be fitted if necessary. I prefered to use cam's monitor. I have attached the renderings from the CAD. By the way, I designed that cam too just for display purpose.

thiru
07-15-2004, 01:29 PM
sorry that image is too big.

thiru
07-15-2004, 01:34 PM
Here is the arm. Sorry again for the size

Gordon
07-16-2004, 09:11 AM
Nice CAD, I wonder what it would look like if you textured and rendered it using Lightwave?
Do you have any pics of the one you built and use? What's in the cylinders; shocks and springs?

thiru
07-20-2004, 04:43 AM
Yes no raytracing etc. in CAD. But in CAD you can detect collision, interference detection, mass properties, CG (not char. gen. but center of grav.), finite element analysis to determine strength, bending etc. In fact I could determine the placement of camera, battery and firestore drive on the virtual model by simulating gravity and assigning respective weights to the parts (wts. of cam, firestore are in their spec.sheet). I used Solidworks2004 and cosmosmotion and cosmosworks plugin for sw2004 (I bought it for 8 USD). I can send an animation if you want.

The square lower bar contains the spring and its adjustments.
As I said it is still in prototyping stage. I do not have a working model yet. Will post if I complete it.

sbrandt
07-29-2004, 01:46 AM
THIRU,

Send those illustrations to Charles at
www.homebuiltstabilizers.com
and post it in the forums section.

Also take a look a t Cody Deegan's work
and his rig at www.codydeegan.com

Lebowski
12-21-2004, 08:53 AM
VT4 Tips and Techniques would be much appreciated... :cool:

Lebowski
03-21-2005, 03:52 PM
How about VT4 tips?!!!

Bob Clark
08-11-2005, 01:19 PM
Ok ... a hidden little tip for TEd for those of you who want to either have presets or copy settings from one clip to another.

In the bottom part of the edit panel (for instance the motion builder or color correction tabs) you can right click and select Hold. This places all the settings from that tab onto the ‘copy buffer’. If you now select another clip and select the same tab (which is the default operation) you can right click on the tab and select “Resotore” and the settings will be applied to that clip. If you want to load and save defaults you can select “Load ...” or “Save ...” for those settings as well. Finally, you can actually apply this operation on the top part of the in and out panel and it will save all in and outs (etc...) for that clip and you can apply them to another.

Hey Paul

Does this still apply? I'm using VT 4.1. If so could you clarify? Edit panel?

Paul Lara
08-11-2005, 02:17 PM
Does this still apply?

Well, there's a couple ways to do this in [4]:
- Ctrl-drag a copy of the clip to its new location, then drag the new source clip on top of that, holding down the Alt key. This will inherit the original settings in the new clip
- Select the clip you wish to save settings for, and Use Tool Shed. to save a User Preset, which can then be re-used on any number of selected clips at once.

Lebowski
09-09-2005, 11:47 AM
How about some 4.5 Tips and techniques!!!!!!!!!!

lstask
10-10-2005, 07:12 AM
This should work

lstask
10-10-2005, 07:21 AM
This should work for 2-4

While you use the capture tool that JVC provided with your HD camera purchase. You start to capture an mpeg2-ts stream. The utility makes a temporary file as it captures.

Now before the utility finishes that means during the capture copy that temp file to a new location name it ??.MPG
Load it into your toaster and now you have HD video in your toaster?.

It's a little big but what a great pan and scan utility!!

This works for aftereffects and any other program that can read and playback an MPG file......


Good luck

ScorpioProd
10-10-2005, 03:01 PM
Can VT[4] 4.5 definately play back a MPEG-2 TS stream, or is this just an assumption???

Also, most of us have Sony HDV camcorders, and Sony includes no such HDV to computer transfer utility software.

djlithium
10-10-2005, 04:05 PM
Yes this actually works.
I have been testing out the new JVC-GY100 HDV (whatever the model number is). I can take the material recorded into premiere, export it to AVI (uncompressed) and play it or use the NT25 codec. The method above described also works but I had a crash when attempting a few things.

Thursday
10-12-2005, 07:07 AM
We've just gotten VT4.5.
Can you suggest the best/most organized way to simply start a project? In what folder/location does it make the most sense to store the project? I've never used VT systems before.
Thanks.

Jim_C
10-12-2005, 07:41 AM
For most, the best way to organize a project is this.

On your video drive, the fastest drive you have for editing, create One Folder with a master name for your project. Do this first before starting anything.

Within in this folder create your sub folders for organization. One called CLIPS, in which you put all your video. Subdivide that folder to help if need be.

Create one called STILLS and place any still images used.

Create one called VT PROJECTS and whenever you save your VT-Edit project, save it in this folder.

You get the idea. Create as many folders as need be to help organize your project but keep them all in ONE master folder.

Then open VT-Edit and before doing anything save the project once to your VT PROJECTS folder. then edit away.

this way ALL of your elements for the project are in one tidy folder. Very easy for backup, storage,moving, finding or accessing later on.


Welcome!!! Have Fun!!!

:thumbsup: :vticon:

Thursday
10-13-2005, 08:20 AM
So it's cool if my heirarchy goes:

Video drive\
VT PROJECTS folder\
Project XYZ folder\
Video, Audio, Stills, Titles (for Project XYZ) folders and actual Project XYZ project file

and so on?

I'd like to keep my actual project file in the same folder that contains the Video, Audio, Stills and Titles folders.

I assume that's what you mean. This makes perfect sense and is how I've organized things when working in I-Finish, Discreet Logic Edit, Final Cut Pro, etc.

Thanks, Jim.
I should get to work and start using this thing...





You get the idea. Create as many folders as need be to help organize your project but keep them all in ONE master folder.

Then open VT-Edit and before doing anything save the project once to your VT PROJECTS folder. then edit away.

this way ALL of your elements for the project are in one tidy folder. Very easy for backup, storage,moving, finding or accessing later on.


Welcome!!! Have Fun!!!

:thumbsup: :vticon:

Jim_C
10-22-2005, 08:08 AM
Here is a way to get your toolshed to reorganize your presets alphabetically instead of by creation date.

Close VT.
Navigate to your user tool shed directory.
Rename them all with common descriptive words in front ie.
Audio_Slow Fade 40 frames
Audio_-6 db
Color_Fade to BW 10 frames
Color_ALL BW
PIP_Right Corner
PIP_Center
Layer Settings_LOW
Layer Settings_High and ISS
Move_Drop front 15 frames Promo Oct 05
Move_Spin In 6_25_04
Crop_DVD safe area
etc

Now remove them from that directory and store them somewhere else.
Reopen VT, toolshed should be empty.
Close VT.
Move presets back to their original directory.
Reopen VT.
Presets are now arranged alphabetically

This at least keeps them grouped alphabetically, and according to their basic functions.
Better than nothing.

DonN
02-17-2006, 08:04 PM
For most, the best way to organize a project is this.

On your video drive, the fastest drive you have for editing, create One Folder with a master name for your project. Do this first before starting anything.

Within in this folder create your sub folders for organization. One called CLIPS, in which you put all your video. Subdivide that folder to help if need be.

Create one called STILLS and place any still images used.

Create one called VT PROJECTS and whenever you save your VT-Edit project, save it in this folder.

You get the idea. Create as many folders as need be to help organize your project but keep them all in ONE master folder.

Then open VT-Edit and before doing anything save the project once to your VT PROJECTS folder. then edit away.

this way ALL of your elements for the project are in one tidy folder. Very easy for backup, storage,moving, finding or accessing later on.


Welcome!!! Have Fun!!!

:thumbsup: :vticon:
This is a good theoretical strategy but can break up in practice. Any time you use your more generic project elements , music trax, images, textures libraries, it could get tough to have everything in that master folder. If you do there will be potentially many duplicate files on your system and a whole mishmash of stuff streaming off of and onto the one video array. I prefer to have several master folders. One for video elements and , One for Renders on the video drive, one for all other project unique graphic and audio, CG, Editor projects... etc. One for 3rd party program elements, Aura, Mirage, Photoshop, Aftereffects, DVDWS projects. These folders would be on my separate data drive. These several folders would have a root name of the Master Project. Lastly I would have One or really several, folders for my generic library items I use across many projects.
My backup program Acronis True Image, lets me backup just the folders I choose and only the new and modified files in them at the time I choose, say 3am every night. Archiving and restoring is dead easy with this structure and nothing gets lost.
Don

wvp
02-18-2006, 07:05 AM
I've always preferred Jim_C's approach with a "peppering" of yours, Don.
We create a folder for each project. Within that folder are subfolders depending on how that particular editor likes it (ie. video, audio, cg, stills, aura, renders, dvd, etc.) BUT we also have "permanent" folders (ie. Music, back trackks, logo's, etc) these folders contain files that we use on a regular basis.
In our system when we are completly finished with a project you select one folder and everything that is exclusive to that project is deleted (or backed up).
We also have a folder to store finished project files (renders or mpg's) for those things that are needed.

lvbandido
02-27-2006, 05:45 PM
I've got to say I've followed wvp's file storage process on every editing system I've worked with, FCP, Premiere and now VT. It's effective for keeping a clean HD if I'm working with limited space.

Chichi
02-27-2006, 07:06 PM
Alguien puede por favor ayudarme con lo que signufica Real Time Media Engine Launcher , que envia un mensaje de " se detecto un problema con el "Real Time Media Engine Launcher " y no en que estoy fallando o me falta algo que no le deja funcionar a mi tarjeta VT4, Gracias por la ayuda

Chichi
02-27-2006, 07:14 PM
What Means Real Time Media Engine Launcher, I get the problems whit that, When I´m Instaling the Sotfware The VT4 , Thanks

Gordon
02-27-2006, 08:34 PM
It is likely that VT[x] was installed and it is run automatically when you boot. Because it is run automatically when you start up the computer the "Windows Real Time Media Engine" (WinRTME) is loaded and running. What you need to do is stop WinRTME. There are a few ways to stop WinRTME. One way is go to "Start-Programs-VT[4]-Utilities-Reset WinRTME". Another way is to bring up the "Windows Task Manager - Processes - Find WinRTME - End Process". Then you should be able to uninstall VT[4] (through Add/Remove Programs) and then re-install VT[4] without this message.

DonN
02-27-2006, 09:07 PM
It is likely that VT[x] was installed and it is run automatically when you boot. Because it is run automatically when you start up the computer the "Windows Real Time Media Engine" (WinRTME) is loaded and running. What you need to do is stop WinRTME. There are a few ways to stop WinRTME. One way is go to "Start-Programs-VT[4]-Utilities-Reset WinRTME". Another way is to bring up the "Windows Task Manager - Processes - Find WinRTME - End Process". Then you should be able to uninstall VT[4] (through Add/Remove Programs) and then re-install VT[4] without this message.

The quickest way I have found to kill winrtme is to drag a shortcut ( rt click on winrtme and choose make shortcut) for it from the VT/drivers/folder out to the desktop - I rename mine to 'kill winrtme' or 'optimize VT' so as to not freak the client waching over your shoulder, - then just click on the shortcut to terminate winrtme whenever there is an abnormal ending of VT, before you relaunch VT. This will basically reboot the toaster card and you should be good to go.

Another way to do a clean start to VT is to hold down the control key while you click on the VT logoicon to launch VT. This gives you a "blank" VT interface, in case something was amiss before. Bad clips etc.

Donn

Jim_C
02-27-2006, 09:22 PM
Note that killing winrtme is not killing it. It will start back up.
Usually very quickly.

To stop it from starting , first use the above method to kill it , then follow the below link to steps to create a batch file to rename it. then it cannot start while renamed.

http://www.videotoasternt.com/forums/read.cgi?41680

Gordon
02-28-2006, 07:52 AM
Note that killing winrtme is not killing it. It will start back up.
Usually very quickly. Good point. WinRTME will start up again if you have other programs running that use audio or video; ex: Media Players. If WinRTME is starting up on you again (shows up as a 'Process' in Windows Task Manager - Process list), then you must have some other media 'Task' or 'Process' running that uses the devices NewTek installs when VT[x] is installed. (I don't have any of these processes or tasks running so WinRTME is not starting up again.) You can do as Jim suggested or just {stop/exit/End Task/Kill Process} those programs and then 'Reset WinRTME'.

Jim_C
02-28-2006, 01:52 PM
It can also start if you have the VT card enabled to play windows system sounds.

I have been looking at processes, doing nothing and seen it turn itself back on.

Best bet to eradicate it is to rename it, that is the only certain way.

Gordon
03-01-2006, 08:15 AM
Thanks for the heads up Jim. Yes, that will restart WinRTME again. Even if you don't have Windows playing any sounds by choosing the Windows "No Sound Scheme" (for a quiet PC) just opening the volume control or the audio properties panel will start WinRTME.

OTOH, to perform the un-install or update install, it seems to be sufficient to choose and/or be using the "no sound scheme" and just 'reset WinRTME'. Renaming a Windows file doesn't always seem to fool Windows as it seems to keep a record of renames or cache of the file until a re-boot. We also want the un-install and update installs to find the old WinRTME file to delete it and not leave old traces of the program kicking around.

Jim_C
03-01-2006, 08:53 AM
OTOH, to perform the un-install or update install, it seems to be sufficient to choose and/or be using the "no sound scheme" and just 'reset WinRTME'. Renaming a Windows file doesn't always seem to fool Windows as it seems to keep a record of renames or cache of the file until a re-boot.


Oh... yea.. if uninstalling and/or cleaning, then rename would be a no no. I see what you are saying. Can't uninstall update it if it doesn;t really exist.

But I can without a nary of doubt and 100% certainty say that if you kill winrtme then use that little batch file to rename winrtme.exe when not using VT it (winrtme) will stay off forever and for good. Until you use the other file to rename it back. Windows does not have a cache of that one.

For me, if VT is not running, I kill winrtme with VT's icon then rename it to keep it off. If you try to restart VT with it renamed it will pop up a little warning you. 100megs of am saved with it off.

Jim