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  • Download Cinewave codecs?

    Posted by Tom Matthies on May 5, 2005 at 2:05 pm

    I have a project with media that was brought in to me for Color Correction & audio sweetening. It was captured (I believe) with a Cinewave card from a Panasonic Varicam tape, but at I’m told, standard defination and not HD. Regular old SDI 601 type video. I don’t know what settings were used for capture and so far this morning, I haven’t had any luck contacting the client to find out.
    As I suspected, I cannot play back the video or the sequence. “Codec missing” is the expected error that pops up. I use an AJA Io for my system and not a Cinewave.
    My question. Can I just download the drivers/codecs from the cinewave website, install them and then play the files back? Could it be that simple?
    Any insights would be helpful before downloading/installing something that might not work.
    Thanks in advance.
    Tom

    Tom Matthies replied 19 years ago 3 Members · 5 Replies
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  • Walter Biscardi

    May 5, 2005 at 2:21 pm

    [Tom Matthies] “My question. Can I just download the drivers/codecs from the cinewave website, install them and then play the files back? Could it be that simple? “

    Last I looked, Pinnacle had not put their CineWave codecs on the website. You need to ask the editor that the project came from to email you the CineWave quicktime Components.

    I’m not sure you’ll be able to play the files in realtime on your Io system. I know we’re supposed to be able to play them in realtime on a Kona 2 using the 2YUV codec as the system setup.

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  • Tom Matthies

    May 5, 2005 at 2:29 pm

    OK, being the impatient type, I went ahead and downloaded the CineWave codecs from Pinnacle and the clips will playback now, although at a reduced frame rate. The timeline shows that rendering isn’t nesessary. In fact I thought that rendering might result in the normal frame rate, but I can’t even force it to render. If I jog through the clips, all the frames are there. It just doesn’t want to play back at full rate. I’m running the clips off of an internal two drive striped pair, so the 20MB/sec data rate shouldn’t be the problem…or is it? It’s a very simple video, just a single video track and six audio tracks, although they never overlap each other.
    Am I missing somethig obvious?
    duh…
    Tom

  • Tom Matthies

    May 5, 2005 at 2:56 pm

    Hi Walter.
    Thanks for the quick response.
    I did manage to find the CineWave 4.5 codec on the Pinnacle website. This is what I loaded up. It works…sort of. Just not at a full frame rate. Is it a matter of having the CineWave card physically installed for proper playback? I can’t get the clips to play properly even in the viewer or canvas.
    *******
    Update:
    While composing this post, I tried just changing the sequence settings to a regular 8-bit uncompressed. After rendering a clip, it’s playing fine now. Must just be something about the Targa codec that doesn’t play well with my system.
    This is a short, 2-1/2 minute sequence, so, after color correction, I’ll just rerender it to 8-bit UC and call it a day. It’s destined for DVD so it should be fine.
    Thanks for the help.
    Tom

  • Christopher Wright

    May 5, 2005 at 4:50 pm

    You also have to watch out for having the Cinewave codecs in your quicktime folder. I found out the hard way that Capture Now which works fine normally with the IO drivers reverts back to the unusable Capture Now problems that the Cinewave has. I just drag them out of the Quicktime folder and store them somewhere else on my spare drive until I need them for that rare Cinewave client project.

  • Tom Matthies

    May 5, 2005 at 7:20 pm

    Good to know. Thanks for the tip.
    I’ll move them as soon as this project wraps up.
    Tom

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