Video Production Made Easy
If you'd prefer to stick with the Windows Media Video format, you have an excellent (but not free) option for DVD ripping SlySoft's CloneDVD mobile (www.slysoft.com en clonedvd-mobile.html). This software can rip DVD movies into a variety of formats, including WMV. It also offers a surprising array of quality options, so be sure to check the technical specifications of the portable device you'll be watching these movies on before ripping. (The exact resolution of the finished movie will vary based on the aspect ratio of the source movie, but you can choose between such resolutions as 320 x XXX, 480 x XXX, 640 x XXX, 720 x XXX, 852 x XXX, and 720 x 480 (NTSC TV), where XXX can vary.) 2. Launch CloneDVD mobile. As shown in Figure 13-49, this wizard-based application supports a number of video formats (DivX, WMV, and so on) and comes with presets for numerous devices, such as the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Apple iPod and iPhone, Microsoft Zune, and many, many others.
Figure 13-25 Windows Live Movie Maker supplies simplistic video editing tools. Figure 13-25 Windows Live Movie Maker supplies simplistic video editing tools. In addition to this bit of video editing, you can also edit the audio mix that is applied to your project. This option exposed by the Mix button in the Soundtrack group on the Home tab only becomes active if you've added a sound file to use as a soundtrack. When you click this button, the small control shown in Figure 13-27 appears.
Just a few short years ago, the notion of consumers using PCs to edit their home movies into professional-looking productions was science fiction. But then Apple came along with iMovie, proving not only that it was possible, but that high-quality video-editing tools could be both elegant and user-friendly. At that time, Microsoft had just released its first Windows Movie Maker tool, a crippled Windows Me application that was aimed only at the low end of the market. In Windows Vista, Microsoft introduced a variety of tools for managing, viewing, editing, and publishing digital video of all kinds. Now, in Windows 7, video editing has come full circle thanks to the new Windows Live Movie Maker application, which is included as part of the free Windows Live Essentials suite, and Windows DVD Maker, you can even edit TV shows, remove commercials, publish videos to the Web, and make your own movie DVDs. And because this is a PC, with a rich ecosystem of third-party applications, it's...
After you finish creating and editing your storyboard, you are ready to move on to the next phase of video production, which involves adding effects, transitions, titles, credits, and a soundtrack. Though you can perform each of these tasks manually, you can also have Windows Live Movie Maker perform them for you automatically using the AutoMovie feature. Not only is this a great timesaver, but it also allows you to see firsthand how various approaches to video production work.
After you finish creating and editing your storyboard, you are ready to move on to the next phase of video production, which involves adding effects, transitions, titles, credits, and a soundtrack. While you can perform each of these tasks manually, you can also have Windows Movie Maker perform them for you automatically using the Au-toMovie feature. Not only is this a great timesaver, but it also allows you to see firsthand how various approaches to video production work.
Table 8-3 provides an overview of the video formats Windows Media Player 12 supports. Windows Media Player 12 supports a professional audio and video with audio format that allows you to use immersive surround sound if your computer has a multichannel or high-resolution audio card. It also supports other related formats, which are listed in the table as well. Table 8-3. Video formats supported by Windows Media Player 12 Table 8-3. Video formats supported by Windows Media Player 12 Video formats
Digital video cameras store data digitally on a tape, data disc, memory card, or hard disk drive. Table 9-2 provides an overview of the digital video formats Windows Live Photo Gallery supports. Table 9-2. Video formats supported by Windows Live Photo Gallery Video formats File extensions
Windows Media Center uses all the media files you already have on your computer, HomeGroup (New ), and integrates it into an entertainment system. The same video and music files you use with Windows Media Player are available for use with Windows Media Center, which now supports more audio and video formats, including 3GP, AAC, AVCHD, DivX, MOV, and Xvid (New ). For example, when you rip music to your computer, you can play it using Windows Media Player and Windows Media Center. You can choose either one, the preference is yours. As you navigate to a media area, you can select options to find the media you want, and then use the media specific commands and controls to view, play, or change the media files.
As Table 10-2 shows, Windows Movie Maker works with a wide variety of image, sound, and video formats. This list is different from the formats supported by Windows DVD Maker. The key change is that Windows Movie Maker supports AIFF and AU sound formats, and Windows DVD Maker does not.
As Table 10-1 shows, Windows DVD Maker works with a wide variety of image, sound, and video formats. This list is different from the formats supported by Windows Live Photo Gallery and Windows Media Maker. The most notable changes are that Windows DVD Maker supports GIF images but does not support the AIFF or AU sound format. Also of note is that Windows DVD Maker supports the Microsoft Digital Video Recorder format, allowing you to create video DVDs with recorded TV.
With Windows Media Player, you can play sound and video files on your computer. You can find and download sound and video files from the Internet or copy media files from a CD or DVD. WMP now supports more audio and video formats, including 3GP, AAC, AVCHD, DivX, MOV, and Xvid (New ). The Library makes it easy to organize your media by category, such as Artist, Album, Genre, Rated Songs, or Year Released. You can quickly search for media by name or you can browse through the Library. If you want to do other things while you listen to media, you can switch to Now Playing view (New ) to use a smaller display.
As you can see from this list, the changes in Windows Media Player 12 will be especially welcome to anyone who has purchased unprotected music from the Apple iTunes Music Store. Files in this format can now be included in a Windows Media Player Music library and played back alongside those in the MP3 and Windows Media Audio (WMA) formats . In addition, Windows Media Player 12 now directly supports the most common high-definition video formats, especially those that use the H.264 video compression codec. Finally, if you have a digital camera that records video to a flash memory card in the QuickTime Movie (file extension .mov) or AVCHD formats, you can now play those files directly in Windows without installing third-party software . These improvements, while welcome, do not begin to cover every available audio and video format. Digital media enthusiasts in particular are likely to need additional software to allow playback of formats that aren't supported directly.
Windows Movie Maker allows you to encode your video using an aspect ratio for widescreen or standard screen, and to format your video using either NTSC or PAL video format. In Windows Movie Maker, you can set these and other options by completing the following steps 6. Under Video format, select either NTSC or PAL as the video format. If you are unsure of which format to use, don't change the default format, because this is set based on the Regional and Language Options in the Control Panel. You will need to change the format only when you plan to share your video with a friend who lives in another country or region.
Windows DVD Maker allows you to add a DVD menu to your videos, to encode your videos using an aspect ratio for widescreen or standard screen, and to format your videos using either NTSC or PAL video format. In Windows DVD Maker, you can set these and other options by completing the following steps 7. Under Video format, select either NTSC or PAL. If you are unsure of which format to use, don't change the default format, because this is set based on the Regional and Language Options in the Control Panel. You will need to change the format only when you plan to share your video DVD with a friend who lives in another country or region.
Of the portable devices I have used, the Creative Zen X-Fi, found at www.creative.com, is by far a superior device. The device has an incredible screen offering 16.7 million colors to view your video as well as extremely crisp audio provided by Creative's patented audio processors. The player also includes the ability to listen or record FM radio and support for free audio and video podcasts from www.zencast.com. Other advantages over the iPod include an expansion slot for Secure Digital (SD) or SDHC memory. The Zen provides a much larger number of formats, which is its main advantage over the iPod, in my opinion. Instead of being limited to a couple of audio and one video format, the Zen offers support for the WMA, MP3, and WAV audio formats as well as MPEG1 2 4-SP, WMV9, Motion-JPEG, DivX, and XviD.
As Table 10-4 shows, Windows Live Movie Maker works with a wide variety of image, sound, and video formats. This list is different from the formats supported by Windows DVD Maker. The key change is that Windows Live Movie Maker supports AIFF and AU sound formats, and Windows DVD Maker does not.
As you know, Windows 7 supports multiple monitors, a great feature first developed for Windows 98. You can run up to ten monitors with Windows 7, but normally, you will use no more than two or three. Using multiple monitors lets you view a large amount of information at a glance. Use one screen for video editing, web design, or graphics and another for toolbars. Leave a web or email display up at all times while you use another monitor for current tasks. Stretch huge spreadsheets across both screens. Here are some rules and tips about using multiple monitors
Newbies Guide To Video Marketing
If You're Not Using Video Marketing In Your Business You're Almost Certainly Leaving Money On The Table. There's no getting round the fact that video is growing in popularity almost BY THE HOUR in internet marketing. Pretty much ALL successful marketers are using video in their marketing strategies on sales pages, in viral marketing and in list building. And anyone who's not using it IS going to be left behind.In a big way.