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    Posted by Luigi Perrotta on February 10, 2013 at 5:43 pm

    Thank you guys fo your input on windows 8.
    I ordered a new computer with windows 7, it will arrive next week.

    I have a new question:
    I have some videos of scenes I shot with my Sony DCR-VX2100, I use the videos as green screen background.
    If I shoot the subject in front of the green screen with the same camera the screen size matches.

    I got a new camera Sony HDR-AX 2000. If I shoot in standard definition the screen size matches, however the picture quality is not as good as the old camera. If I shoot in High definition the picture quality is better but the frame size doesn’t match. Vegas 8 gives me black bars on the side or bottom and top.

    I am upgrading to Vegas 12, does Vegas 12 have a function to match these videos shot at different resolutions and different frame size, without giving me these blasck bars?
    I would like to use the two camcorders to shot the subject in front of the green screen. How can I make it work?

    Please note that when I play the original videos individually, on my big screen TV, the screen is filled and I don’t have any black bars.

    Does Vegas 12 have a better green screen function?

    Thank you
    Luigi

    Mike Kujbida replied 9 years ago 3 Members · 35 Replies
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  • John Rofrano

    February 11, 2013 at 1:49 am

    [Luigi Perrotta] “does Vegas 12 have a function to match these videos shot at different resolutions and different frame size, without giving me these blasck bars?”

    Vegas 8 can do this just as well. You need to use the Pan/Crop tool to crop out the black bars.

    [Luigi Perrotta] “I would like to use the two camcorders to shot the subject in front of the green screen. How can I make it work?”

    You should really buy another HD camera. Trying to match SD with HD is never going to look right because of the quality difference.

    ~jr

    http://www.johnrofrano.com
    http://www.vasst.com

  • Luigi Perrotta

    February 11, 2013 at 4:22 pm

    Thank you John,

    The Pan/Crop tool is the first thing I tried, I playd around with the crop tool on all 3 videos. I also played around with the frame options in Vegas, I couldn’t eliminate the black bars completely.

    How can you crop just the black bars by moving them?

    The 2 cameras shooting the subject in front of the green screen have been shooting in wide frame mode. The old old background video is not wide enough, somehow I need to stretch it on the sides

    Buying another camcorder is not an option. The quality difference is something I can live with. Using color effects and Sharpness/Brigthness effects I am able to match them, enough that the average person can’t see the difference. I like better the DCR-VX2100, it is a lightweight well balanced camcorder, the ideal camcorder to carry along and shoot without a tripod.
    Thank you

  • Luigi Perrotta

    February 11, 2013 at 5:43 pm

    John,

    I tried again. I used the Pan/Crop tool on the finished product, I was able to pool the black borders out, in the preview screen window. However, when I rendered it again and watched the video on my monitor which is a wide screen, it showed black borders on the sides.

    I played around with the Project Properties and when I applied the changes, you can see the changes as they are applied. You can actually change the size by writng your own width and eight. The only problem is that my preview screen is square and small.

    I think that probably in order to see exactly what is happening, I need to connect a separate monitor to the computer that shows only the preview screen. I think a large separate monitor would also allow me to see other problems that are not visible in the little preview window.

    Can I attach another screen or television that will show only the preview screen?

    On a similar subject for anyone who would like to know. I used to mix audio listening with 8″ “Studio Monitors”, the sound was never quite the same on the television. Now I use 3 sets monitors for reference. The 8″, a 4″ and a crappy cheap set of computer monitors.
    The cheap speakers pics up deficiencies in the recording that the other more expensive “Monitors” don’t.

    Thank you

  • John Rofrano

    February 13, 2013 at 12:54 am

    What are your project properties? If you set them to your output/render properties, then you can open Pan/Crop and right-click on the frame and select Match Output Aspect and it will crop perfectly to match your output and then you can adjust it without any black bars.

    ~jr

    http://www.johnrofrano.com
    http://www.vasst.com

  • Luigi Perrotta

    February 15, 2013 at 5:49 pm

    Thank you John,

    I’ll try as soon I can.

    I just got a new computer with windows 7 and I am setting it up.

    I just downloaded the trial version of Vegas 12.

    Do you know if the projects made with Vegas 8.5 will work in the 12 version?

    I make mainly music videos do you know what has changed in version 12 from 8.5 that will help me in making better videos?

    Thank you

  • John Rofrano

    February 16, 2013 at 2:48 am

    [Luigi Perrotta] “Do you know if the projects made with Vegas 8.5 will work in the 12 version?”

    There was no version 8.5. If you mean 8.1 then yes, Vegas Pro 12.0 will open 8.1 projects just fine.

    [Luigi Perrotta] “I make mainly music videos do you know what has changed in version 12 from 8.5 that will help me in making better videos?”

    A lot has changed in 4 versions. I don’t even remember what 8.1 was like it was so long ago. I suggest you look at the product comparison page on Sony’s web site for a complete list of features.

    ~jr

    http://www.johnrofrano.com
    http://www.vasst.com

  • Luigi Perrotta

    February 19, 2013 at 1:08 am

    John,
    I didn’t uderstand what to do.
    Vegas 12 looks a little different then vegas 8. I am learning it.
    In the past I simply rendered to Main concept 2.

    I had something weird happening with this new version of vegas: the audio went out of synch by a lot. I used the option of synch by right click on the audio.
    I am using a 32″ LCD as monitor and it appears it is still out of synch a little. I wonder what caused it to go out of synch to start with, I simply imported a file as usual. I never had this happening to me in Vegas 8. One thing I did different, I imported the file in the new computer using the card reader. With the old computer I imported direct from the camcorder using the software that came with it.

    I am experimenting with the new system. I was able to connect a computer monitor and a television to the computer, they work fine together but display the same thing. Eventually I would like to have the full work screen on the computer monitor and only the preview screen on the television.

  • John Rofrano

    February 19, 2013 at 12:39 pm

    [Luigi Perrotta] “Vegas 12 looks a little different then vegas 8. I am learning it.”

    The interface is a bit darker and the render dialog has changed but everything else is pretty much in the same place.

    [Luigi Perrotta] “I had something weird happening with this new version of vegas: the audio went out of synch by a lot. I used the option of synch by right click on the audio.”

    Are you sure it wasn’t just video lag? Was Vegas playing back at full frame rate? It could be that your computer can’t play back the video fast enough. Unlike Vegas Pro 8, Vegas Pro 12 will take advantage of your graphics GPU for timeline playback so if you have a weak GPU this could slow you down. Try disabling GPU acceleration in the Video Options and see if it gets better.

    ~jr

    http://www.johnrofrano.com
    http://www.vasst.com

  • Luigi Perrotta

    November 7, 2014 at 2:37 pm

    Hello John,
    One Year later, my Vegas 12 still crashes a lot. Sony support, in the past, told me they have a problem with acceleration, they asked me to go in the setting and uncheck my Echo fire card, uncheck the GPU ACCELERATION CARD and not to use my Universal Audio effects. I did that but I am still crashing.

    Something weird happened yesterday: I took the card that I recorded on from the camera, inserted it in the computer and I imported the video in Vegas. I was curios to see if the imported video would work without the card inserted in the computer, it didn’t. I inserted the card back in the computer, a window opened up saying that the card needed to be formatted, of course I didn’t and tried several other times with the same result. I lost all the videos on the card!
    Imagine what a nightmare it would be if this happens to someone who shot a wedding?
    I would like to know what went wrong, can anyone figure this out?
    Luigi

  • John Rofrano

    November 7, 2014 at 5:51 pm

    [Luigi Perrotta] “I took the card that I recorded on from the camera, inserted it in the computer and I imported the video in Vegas.”

    How did you do this? Did you use the Vegas Pro Device Explorer? If not, what did you do? This may have been where you went wrong.

    ~jr

    http://www.johnrofrano.com
    http://www.vasst.com

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