I need help with my video problems, and I am willing to Paypal $50 (USD) to the person that legitimately solves my problem. I would consider reading through my post a huge favor... Hopefully someone can help me!
I have a Canon 7D DSLR (which as you may know records to h.264) and a Canon HG10 AVCHD camcorder. My goals are very simple...to get this video cleanly into Adobe Premiere or Sony Vegas and be able to efficiently convert it into videos for Vimeo and into DXV-codec .mov files for HD VJing in the VJ program Resolume Avenue. Should be simple, right? Lest you think I'm just hopeless noob, I have put at least 150 hours into trying to solve this. (I don't turn to paying people easily!)
I have two computers that I use for video rendering. One is a quad-core ASUS laptop with 6GB of ram and a decent video card running Windows 7. My main computer is custom-built with an NVIDIA GEForce GTX 460 (768 GDDR5 RAM), 6-core AMD Phenom II 1090t processor, 8GB of ram, a large power supply, and three 7200 rpm hard drives,each 1tb (no RAID.) My main drive is a Western
Digital caviar black.
So where are my problems? There are multiple ones, but I suspect they may be related. The Canon HG10 videos play back correctly, and I usually use the Cineform Neoscene product to convert the AVCHD files into high-quality .avi files. This works great, except for some minor interlacing problems, which I expect from the camera. My problem here is with converting to DXV files. I get very strange colored blocks (dxvcolorblocks | Flickr - Photo Sharing!) on one or two frames per export.... And each export puts these colored blocks in different places in the render. I've been opening them in QuickTime and slicing out the bad frames... it doesn't really effect the video to have the one or two bad frames missing.
So why am I looking for help if I can just delete those frames? I admit, it's an annoying but livewithable problem, but I'm really setting the stage for my main problem... The Canon 7D footage.
Here is a picture of the blocking I sometimes get with the 7d footage when trying to play it back in my computer: blocks | Flickr - Photo Sharing! Sometimes these blocks take up the entire frame, as shown, and sometimes it's only in specific areas (usually, but not always, the dark areas showing movement). It usually lasts from half a second to two seconds. If I close the video and open it up again, the problem will happen in the same place. But if I restart the computer, or play the video directly off the Compact Flash card instead, the blocking will happen in a completely different place, and the previously affected area will look great. WHY oh WHY? I've tried loading the files on a borrowed MacBook and I'm seeing the same problems. This, I surmised, meant one of two things--either there's a camera problem or a codec problem.
I've played around with the 7Ds settings, and got a UDMA Compact Flash card. I've figured out more optmised ISO and shutter settings, and I've mostly eliminated the blocking on my newest videos. But it didn't make sense to me that the glitching kept occurring in random spots in the old videos, and I am still worried that these blocks will show up in my new footage.
So I turned to codecs. Oh my, how I hate codecs now. I have tried using Cineform Neoscene to convert the 7D footage to .avis (it usually crashes, or it still messes up), I've tried the DSLR project settings in the new Adobe Premiere 5.5... Nothing will playback or render without the blocks. I purchased the CoreAVC codec and used it the other night to playback the files in Media Player Classic. Some of the files seem to work better, but not all of them.I still notice some blocking and am also getting weird quick horizontal band problems (see video here: I filmed my computer monitor). But I need to render these 7D files into DXV-codec .mov files (where I still have the colored block problem) and HD Vimeo videos (where I have a problem similar to the DXV problem, but with narrow fields of black blocks and slight audio glitches). I contacted Cineform about NEOscene crashing when trying to transcode the files into .AVIs, and they said to use the Cineform codec
to render into .avis inside of Premiere. I ended up with blocks again. Is there a program I can use to encode these videos without glitches? When I upload the glitchy videos onto Vimeo or YouTube, they remain glitchy there. I just want to have clean, glitch-free video, and I can't find people with similar problems. Can someone please help me?
If the best solution is to do uncompressed portable video recording to a solid state drive, ok, but I feel like there had to be a real solution here. (I really don't want to have to do that).
Some things I have tried are:
-renaming .mov to .mp4
-Downloading the haali media splitter
-reinstalling windows and my programs completely (I had problems even with a clean install and only premiere installed)
-transcoding to all the codecs I had
-messing with pixel aspect ratios (I know the hg10 does anamorphic widescreen) and some different resolutions (1920 x 1080, 1280 x 720, 1024 x 768, etc) (note...I don't see the color banding on DXV files on super-low resolutions)
-everything I can find on the Internet, basically!
Please help me solve my problem! I hope that it's a painfully obvious solution, as stupid as I'll feel initially. I just want to pursue my audio/visual art and worry about the content... Not this tech mess!
Thank you so much for reading my post... I look forward to hearing from you. My personal email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. Again, thank you! I mean it about the paypal thing. Whoever can provide the key to fixing this first will get that $50 USD if you have paypal.