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Old Oct 22, 2010, 5:59 PM   #1
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Default FZ35 - What converters produce a non-grainy video?

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Got the camera and am (still) currently going through different converters (and yes, spending too much money). These are mostly youth football games consisting of 30-40 twenty second plays. Simple enough however the ONLY converter that produces a clear picture/not-choppy video is the convertxtodvd application. I've tested Corel's application (returned it so forgot the name) as well as Nero, Arcsoft, the stuff that came with the camera and as late as today the AVS Video Editor programs. Again, ALL of them produce a choppy/grainy picture except for the convertxtodvd application.

Any suggestions? While the convertxtodvd is nice, I'd like a few more (uncomplicated) features such as adding music and being able to shorten some of the plays.

I'm frustrated and open to any suggestions.
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Old Oct 22, 2010, 7:21 PM   #2
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Hello Johntpa. I've been using this to split and convert my videos. I then edit them together using Windows Movie Maker adding music and transitions where needed. It's a bit long winded but the results are good enough for what I need and best of all it's free
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Thanks Arrowhead. I'll try it tonight. As for the AVS Video Editor application, is there a format (avi, mpeg, wmv) that is best for what I'm trying to do? These are simply videos to be played on a dvd player-to-tv.

Again thank you for your help!
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Are you sure that it is not only a matter of the default rendering settings, which makes the difference between these programs.

I would certainly suggest to use very high bit rates 15 mbit/sec or even 20 mbit/sec when you render your footage - then the videos should come out quite nicely.
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Just tried using Windows Live movie maker (heard it will accept mts and m2ts files) but all I get is icon indicating that it needs to get fixed.

...the search continues.

Edit - tried it with converted .vob file(s). Again not clear/choppy.

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First thanks Joho for the input. I looked at the links attached to your reply and your videos are incredible. If I had the money I'd get the vegas application and be done with it. Nothing I'm testing even offers that high rate of speed.
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My husband uses TMPGEnc Authoring Works 4 and it works well. I think there is a free trial version if you go to their website. It converts videos to DVD or BluRay.
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