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Working on new Minosa Films blog header

August 8, 2008
New design WIP - Minosa Films blog header (Blender's node editor.)

New design WIP - Minosa Films blog header (Blender's node editor.)

Recently I have been working on a new header design for the Minosa Films blog.  It is not done yet, but it is turning out well.  I am using render layers and compositing them together, which is a first for me.  Praise God!  The theme is darker and has a moon, branches, the words “Minosa Films” and a nifty little design behind it.

Originally I was designing this in a hope to make an animated Minosa Films title intro for a promo video about Minosa Films.  I could make it theatrical like a silver screen trailer, or I could make it more instructional, like an interview or special feature.

I need to get back to solving the mystery of a successful video workflow.  My current progress on that is:

Import HD SP video file (.tod) into PowerDirector Express.
Drag video file onto the timeline.  Hit produce.
Go through a number of options and choose to export as an MPEG2 (for DVDs.)
Wait for it to render.
Import .mpg file into Adobe Premiere Pro 1.0.
Place on timeline.  There are no apparent “hiccups”.
Export video to .mov (Apple QuickTime.)
Play video in Media Player Classic – it works.

Goals:
I would prefer to someday edit in full HD; use a faster (better) conversion method; buy and use a newer, different, HD compatible non-linear editing (NLE) app; edit .avi (or .mpg if I choose to);  export to .avi, .mpg. with no  errors when opening in MPC (Media Player Classic,); be able to use After Effects (AE) in conjunction with Premiere (currently when I export from After Effects I get a jittered effect to the video and some artifacts.  Most unpleasing and… terrible.)

Goals in list form:

  • HD
  • Best conversion method (no conversion if possible.)
  • New NLE software
  • No editing hiccups
  • Excellent file export
  • Cross-software use

But for now, no HD!  No fooling around with the unnecessary.  😉

Thanks for listening,

God bless, prayers,

-b

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3 comments

  1. I have found some info about .tod format: http://dotwhat.net/tod/8934/

    It seems it’s just a mpeg file. If so, it could be easily converted with something like avidemux2 or mplayer’s mencoder.


  2. Thank you for your comment, Dmitriev. I may try renaming the .tod to .mpg and importing it into a trial version of Adobe Premiere Pro CS3, though I highly doubt that will work.

    There is a possibility of using BlenderAVC (http://www.openfilmmaking.com/blenderavc/,) kudos to Rob Scott for pointing that out!

    Thanks Konstantin Dmitriev! I am considering contributing the the Morevna Project (www.morevnaproject.org) but we’ll see what happens…

    God bless,

    Benjamin Bailey
    https://minosafilms.wordpress.com/


  3. Dmitriev,

    I am trying out both Avidemux and Mencoder. Thanks for suggesting them… we’ll see what happens…

    Thanks!



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