Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Video trailer redux

After ten days of torture at the hands of the world's video editing software designers, I have finally managed to get the edited version of the book trailer for The Einstein Girl up on YouTube.

By ducking and diving through numerous Codecs and compressors, I have succeeded in getting rid of the interlacing lines (don't ask me to explain - just trust me, they are ugly), the pixillation on the archive footage, even the peculiar blips on the sound track. But I have not managed to counter the effects of the YouTube compression, which does horrible things to some of my lovingly taken shots.
For the record, if anyone is thinking of attempting something like this, I would advise them to use Apple/Mac type software and systems wherever possible. They work more smoothly, are more tolerant of file types and generally throw up fewer problems. And for editing, Final Cut is probably to be preferred to Adobe Premiere, at least in my (limited) experience.
In any case please do check out the new version. In a couple of weeks or so, it will have a new, original music track, written by a phenomenally talented Australian composer. So this version will soon be but a memory. I would say 'Catch it while you can!', but I don't want to sound pushy...


Lady Glamis said...

Philip, thank you for the advice of what to use! I hope to one day use actual footage for a video. For now I just use borrowed photos that don't allow me to advertise the videos anywhere but my blog.

Can't wait to put this up on my blog on Monday!

Philip S said...

Me too. It will be interesting to see what people make of that posting!

emmadarwin said...

Found this via HPRW. Terrific and jealous-making video (I console myself that it's easier if the novel's set at a date which supplies excellent archive footage...).

"Codec and compressors" sounds like a cross between Biblical scholarship and a particularly tight spot for James Bond.

Philip S said...

Hi Emma! Very nice to hear from you. Yes, the archive footage was what made the video possible. I'd not have attempted it without that resource (although you can do quite clever things with stills).
As for codecs and compressors, I would say they're more like a cross between Room 101 and something dreamed up by the Spanish Inquisition. I shall have nightmares for years to come.