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    Convert H.264 files to something SE can understand?

    Hi All,

    I have a video surveillance system that generates H.264 video files. The file extension is simply ".264". SE doesn't seem to be able to make any sense of these. I tried renaming with am MP4 extension. This doesn't help. Does anyone have any experience encoded with H.264?

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    Quicktime???
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    It might be useful to post a short clip.
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    I tried to run it with my version of Quicktime and it gives me this pretty picture.

    Click image for larger version. 

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    Also, my video surveillance system does not have a sophisticated video extraction option. It can only "backup" whole hour long video files. The two I have backed up are 327MB and 309MB. I have nothing else that can generate such files.

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    What version of Quicktime are you using?
    Quicktime 7 is the one you should use.
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    If you want to send me a file i can always take a look for you and inform you of what you will need to do. Just an option for you.
    Or maybe this will help:
    http://www.bestshareware.net/howto/h...264-to-avi.htm
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    Click image for larger version. 

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    What's the make model number and company web address of your surveillance system?

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    It might help to get the metadata info of this file using the 'MediaInfo' tool and post that here, then we can see what is really contained inside the file.

    http://mediainfo.sourceforge.net/en
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    There is a lot more information about the system on Amazon:

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    The company is Swann.

    http://www.swann.com/

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    Hi Pablo,

    The problem you're having has nothing to do with SpeedEDIT, and everything to do with the file. The SWDVK-825508 doesn't record video in the same way as conventional cameras. The video is processed within the DVR as multi-channel single stream video data. This type of video data requires specialised software to play it back.

    This software would be on the included mini-cd and would need to be installed on your computer. Unfortunately the software only allows you to playback the video footage and not export it in another format.

    The only possible solutions that I can see to get what you want would be to

    a) Connect a capturing device to the video out ports on the back of the SWDVK-825508 (the two bnc connectors closest to the blue vga output port) and capture the recorded footage by playing the video back from the SWDVK-825508.

    b) Use the pc software to playback the backed up footage and capture the footage using something like camtasia.

    Other than that, you have no way of using the SWDVK-825508's h.264 video files in any video editor since they use a totally proprietary codec that's tailor made for use on their devices only.

    It's not an ideal solution, but it should work.

    Shabazzy

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    Thanks Shabazzy. I pulled it off the system so that it won't be over-written. I found a program on the CD called AVIGenerator. I am going to install it and see if this does the trick. The system came with no documentation describing what is on the disk or how it works. I'll let you know how it turns out.

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    Please do.

    I'll be very interested to know what the results are.

    Shabazzy

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    I installed the program and it converts the *.264 files one at a time into a *.avi files. I can play the output fine on Windows Media Player. When I load it into SpeedEDIT, though, it really crunches for a couple of minutes and becomes unresponsive. Just about every time I click on something my CPU goes up to 54~57% and the app becomes unresponsive for another minute or two. These are not HD files. When I play them on WMP, they look like they are only 320 X 240. I have tried to play it within SE but I get no motion in the monitor output window. The files are about 300MB. I routinely put HD clips in SE much larger than one of these and they don't put a load on my processor (Phenom II Quad Core) like these things do. So I thought I would shorten the clip and re-render to MPeg-2. When the cursor came back I edited the duration to be only 10 minutes long. After a few minutes the cursor came back and I rendered it out. WMP plays the mpg file but the whole video is of a single frame. There is no motion. At least I am making progress.
    Last edited by PabloMack; 04-29-2013 at 06:49 PM.

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    Yeah, I've heard stories of Avi Generator producing problem files and system crashes. Some users have said the newer versions are better but I couldn't verify that. That's primarily why I would use screen capturing software or just hook up the dvr to a capture device because it allows for a lot more flexibility.

    But if you really had to convert the .264 files you could try:

    http://swann.com/downloads/drivers/D...r-V1.8.0.0.exe

    or have a look in their driver file site at:

    http://swann.com/downloads/drivers/

    for clues.

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