IsoBuster 4.3 Release
Quite a few years ago I started a website devoted to the subject of DVDs.
At the time I had just purchased one of the Sony standard definition DVD camcorders that recorded directly to mini DVD discs.
At the time they were cutting edge and all the rage so I figured it would be awesome! How wrong I was!
Anyway I soon realized I was going to have to get up to pace on all things DVD very fast because those camcorders and the discs they produced were as clunky as all get out to deal with.
What I discovered was that the subject of dealing with DVD’s and CD’s was like everything else on the internet.
There was a mountain of information but it was spread out all over the shop and almost impossible to make sense of.
In an effort to try and make the subject a little more accessible I posted everything I was learning online and today all of that information can be found in the Optical Discs section of this site.
One of the original products I tested and used frequently was and still is a software program called Isobuster.
At the time it was easily the best software around to deal with corrupted discs, or for extracting data from damaged discs or accessing discs that nothing else could.
One of the main reasons for that is that Isobuster generally bypasses the Windows operating system and works unto itself.
These days Isobuster has developed into much more than just a recovery option for DVD’s that are stubbornly refusing to give up their information.
The current version can recover all sorts of data whether it is on a DVD, a CD, a Blu-ray disc, hard disc drives, Solid State Hard drives, USB’s and memory sticks of all shapes and sizes.
It can even navigate to and pull data off a bewildering array of devices connected to a computer.
This week an update to Isobuster was released taking it to version 4.3 so if you are looking for an all in one solution to data recovery then I would highly recommend it.
The Dark Truth Behind The Sensor Size War
Fair warning here, the video below is NSFW (language) and very funny.
A while back now I was putting together this series of posts on How to Choose a Video Camera.
The reason I did that series was that for me it is just not practical to be able to keep up to date with the constant releases of new cameras.
So I figured I would do the research and instead write an extended article on what you should and should not be looking at when making your own choice.
You can find those articles HERE
To be honest the whole exercise was quite painless until… I got to the section on sensors.
Simply put it is a minefield of confusing information that is even further confused by naming protocols and terminology that makes absolutely no sense at all.
So when I came across this video I just had to add it for this week.
Codec Hope on the Horizon
I wanted to add this article this week because it marks what I hope to be the beginnings of a shift at the consumer end of the market.
Of course the fact that Sony are planning a release of a new pro codec going up to 8K resolution in itself isn’t all that newsworthy for folks like us.
What is interesting is that this proposed release will be based on the H.265 codec rather than the existing H.264 codec and here’s why.
Currently you and I when we are shooting video are most likely going to be shooting that video using the H.264 codec or at least something based on it.
It doesn’t matter whether you end up with .mov files, MP4 files or whatever, at the heart of it all is that H.264 codec.
The biggest problem by far that is created with that codec especially when it comes to editing is that it was never designed for editing in the first place.
The H.264 codec was developed exclusively as a distribution format and at no time was any consideration given to editing footage created with that codec.
The only reason we can edit it is because video editing software makers all over the world launched their little code monkeys at the problem and came up with what we have today.
And what we have is a “workable” situation but one that is far from ideal especially when it comes to the heavy application of effects, color correction, color grading etc.
For a few years now the replacement being developed for the H.264 codec has been with us in the form of the H.265 codec.
However adoption of this standard has been very slow due to the market saturation of the existing H.264.
With this latest news from Sony we may be looking at the beginnings of that change and for the consumer a change to a far more editable form of video file.
How to Make Audio Transitions in Filmora9
As I mentioned last week the folks at Wondershare have recently released Filmora9 as the latest version of their easy to use video editing software.
One of the more useful changes they have made is within the audio editing features with the addition of key frames to audio so that you can now adjust that audio a little more accurately.
However the best thing they did with it was to allow you to adjust the viewing size of the wave forms so that you can actually see them without having to press your nose against the computer screen.
Time Lapse Tutorial
OK so time lapse tutorials are not really all that hard to come by!
However I have included this one for a couple of good reasons.
First of all Maliek at PowerDirector University always puts out tutorials that are very easy to understand and he always places the correct emphasis on any parts of a task that needs to be done.
This one is no exception and he correctly emphasizes the shooting sequence of the time lapse over the actual software part of it.
The other reason is that he clearly lays out the math you need to complete in order the get the time lapse to finally play the way you want it.
Yes, you read that right! Math!
EFFORTLESS “Time-Warp” Hyperlapse Effect!
Looking to take your Hyperlapsing (OK, I know that’s not really a word but I’m sticking with it) to a whole new level?
Check out the video below for another take on this very effective technique and remember, it’s all in the shooting, not the editing.
Late 1890s – A Trip Through Paris, France
The Lumiere Brothers were at the forefront of both photographic and cinematographic development in the late 1800’s and were the first to solve the problem of projecting moving pictures for an audience.
You may or may not be interested in all of this but I wanted to include a video (below) of a sample of the work they did all that time ago.
The original film has been digitized, cleaned up and set to run at a natural speed and I think it is pretty amazing.
I also think someone with way too much time on their hands has been in a foley studio to enhance it even more.
PowerDirector – Tips on Using Various Horizontal Transitions Between Scenes
Like most modern video editing software, PowerDirector comes loaded with a bunch of pre-packaged transitions.
Let’s face it, it is one of the major ways that software companies try to wow their potential customers into making a purchase.
The average new user may not know what those transition thingys are really but hey!
With this software you get hundreds of them… woohoo, where’s that buy button?
Within the many that are usually on offer there are some you will probably use a lot and there are always some that seem to be the same as a bunch of others.
To check out some of those small differences watch the video below to see how different (or similar?) they really are.