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3.0 out of 5 stars Quite fast software but codecs not that good, 6 Jan 2013
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I've had this software for a few days and found it relatively easy to use.
Initially I found it hard to locate the HD settings menu which are found in an 'advanced menu' which can be accessed from the export MPEG menu.
These settings allow you to select 1920x1080 MPEG with a variety of data/frame rates.
Also to work with high definition content it was necessary to register the software online and perform a 'one
time' HD activation. Without this activation you would be limited to SD content.

I was able to import 5 separate HD MPEG (1920x1080, 17MB average frame rate, 29.97fps) video files totalling about 50 minutes (6GB of video).
I joined them all together within the software and trimmed them down to a video lasting 24 minutes.
Then on my I7 2630QM processor (6GB memory) I was able to get the software to write out a new MPEG file within about 12 minutes.
The average CPU usage seemed to be around 70% and the application only needed 0.4GB of memory.
So clearly my computer is more than powerful enough to cope.
Hence I think this was a good test of how fast this software is when working with high definition content.
It seems the amount of time required to write out new video is up to 50% shorter than the total run time of the video you are processing.
Of course this is assuming you have 4 Intel processor cores running at 2GHz.

The main downside of this software is (in my opinion) the poor quality MPEG codec supplied with it.
Some of the high definition content (after editing) was distorted near to where motion was occurring.
Even though it was not distorted on the original unedited video.

In the software I couldn't see a way of getting it to automatically follow the data rate of the MPEG data coming in. This is one explanation for the video distortion. It would appear the software/codec struggles with variable data rates because I got a larger video file than the original file being edited when setting a high data rate.
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Initial post: 19 Jan 2013 10:34:28 GMT
Colin Wright says:
That seems to be a rather damning last paragraph! The HD was blurry...

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Jan 2013 12:07:49 GMT
mike n says:
I was quite shocked and annoyed at how bad the motion was.
I spent ages putting some videos together only to find this problem once I had the video on a big screen.

There was very apparent loss of detail (or inter frame corruption) in scenes of walking speed motion.
I'm not too sure of the cause and might be something to do with advanced interlacing settings or
perhaps the fact the code can not keep up with the variable data rates (averaging 17MBPS).
Also I am using Sony HD videos and it might be something is not supported in this software.

I'm very tempted to revert back to Sony based editing software.
I don't see the point of putting very high quality video into a tool only to get lower quality.

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Jan 2013 17:43:06 GMT
Kahanamoku says:
Check if it actually writes the HD at full HD framerate etc....it hadn't used to.
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