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Blue Moon Feb 25, 2005 9:19 AM


I'd like to find a program that would allow me to work with the MOV files the FZ20 generates. In particular I want to be able to clean up the sound track. The mic is surprisingly sensitive and picks up wind and other noises that I'd like to try to filter out. I've searched the forum and the web ...
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I've tried a couple of programs including converting the sound track to a WAV file, but I haven't found anything that "trips my trigger" yet.

I don't think I'm ready to dig into 'codecs' yet (or should that be 'codices'?), so I thought I'd go ahead and see if any of you had any other suggestions?


here is a short sample ...

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pschooley1 Feb 25, 2005 10:08 AM

Well for starters what OS are you running? Probably Windows, huh? Try searching and you might find something useful. You might end up needing to record the song separately and replacing the original track.

Max_Pain Feb 25, 2005 10:30 AM

i'm also interested in findinga program that will let me edit the .mov files. i can use soundforge to edit the sound but not the video, and thats just what i need to edit. i'm the webmaster for a club in school and i need to add credits/titles/compress the movies before uploading it to our webspace and i cant seem to find a program that will let me do this.

i'm using Windows XP Pro, in case that makes a difference.

Blue Moon Feb 25, 2005 6:38 PM


The OS is Win XP. Thanks for the suggestions. I thought about taking out the vidcam, but I still need to figure out what kind of video / audio capture technology to get into. Every time I get into a new technological arena (another hard knocks education), I get to thinking I was born 200 years too late.


I still hope to get some feedback here.

After some searching, I'm going to give Video Edit Magic a try. They have a 30 day, full featured trial download version ...

I don't see any audio filters or a equalizer function, but they say you can adjust the volume at different points. From a post on their forum ...

"Video Edit Magic's volume tracks is a very flexible method to change the volume of an audio track by using volume points in different segments of the timeline. You can use the volume tracks to create audio crossfades and other audio effects. In addition, you can also use the volume tracks to increase the volume of the audio track up to 400% of the originally authored volume (or decrease it to 0%)."

PS ... I'm going to look into soundforge, thanks.

PPS .. SoundForge 6.0 ...............$349.99 On Sale! :O

mike65401 Feb 25, 2005 11:56 PM

I use MOV2AVI ( $22 ) to convert the quicktime into an avi file then use VIRTUALDUB (free) to do simple edits and enhancing. VIRTUALDUB has a volume adjustment but not much else for sound, but you can remove the sound track and replace it with another, so I assume you could strip the audio, work it over in COOLEDIT (you can find free versions), and then reinsert it. Shouldn't be to hard with the short videos you 'll probably shoot with the FZ20. Then use VIRTUALDUB to export the video into a compressed format of your choice. I use WMV since it is pretty much universal.

I put some videos out on my website if anybody wants to see them. Mostly just my new grandson.

Blue Moon Feb 26, 2005 2:51 AM


Thanks a lot for the information. Stripping off the sound track makes sense. I will run down and check out your leads. I think I may also try to rig up a filter to block the wind from hitting the mic.

I gave a look ... thanks for the demo.

beernutz Feb 26, 2005 4:39 AM

Blue Moon, I dabble in digital video so I can't give you a definitive answer but when I have digital videoquestions I always go to one of two places and I've rarely been disappointed: or . HTH.

Blue Moon Feb 26, 2005 8:41 AM


I've spent a good deal of time reading over on AfterDawn ( ). I'll look over and next.


genece Feb 26, 2005 8:45 AM

I just downloaded this not sure it works but its free.

And a discussion about it

And that link has a couple demos to try and then buy if they work

Blue Moon Feb 26, 2005 12:38 PM


I was looking at the same page on the MovieCodec site yesterday (lol) and looked at the RAD Video Tools Help page.

"Mix in sound: This button opens the Bink or Smacker audio mixer. You only need to use the audio mixer when you want to replace or add another audio track to a video file. Normally, you won't have to utilize this feature, because our compressors will automatically compress the audio track of an AVI or QuickTime file in with the video frames."

Sounds like using it and the tools mike65401 mentioned above ought to be enough get something going.

Thanks for the links. I'll give Video Edit Magic a try since I already have it downloaded. We'll need to compare notes after we get our feet wet.

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