from movie maker to media player..

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from movie maker to media player..

Postby tinfoilphoenix » Thu Nov 02, 2006 4:28 pm

Ok, I'm pretty much finished the first AMV i'v ever made. Took me about 2 days total to get it how i wanted it. I finished it, and its now saved as an .WMV file. On movie maker, it looks good, musics good and everything. But when I play it on windows media player, theres a very large and noticble difference in sound and video when I play it on media player. Any suggestions on how I can make the quality better..... or if its even possible?
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Postby HoshiNoKaze » Thu Nov 02, 2006 4:37 pm

Probably the best way of doing so is to use virtual dub to compress your final video. This will require exporting it from WMM at an uncompressed or as close to uncompressed format as possible (I dunno, never used WMM myself) and then using virtual dub to compress an xvid (or other codec of your choosing) file. (x264 is also a good codec, but can be interesting to compress with)

For simplicity I'd say go with xvid, and look in the guides for xvid 2-pass render. (or you can google this)

virtual dub and virtualdubmod are available on sourceforge methinks. See what you can do with that, then let us know how it goes :)
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Postby Kariudo » Thu Nov 02, 2006 4:41 pm

do you mean that your audio and video aren't synced when you play it in WMP? or that the quality is really bad?

if you answer yes to question 1:
you didn't edit with interlaced footage and then de-interlace did you?
(check here if you don't know what interlacing is)

if you answer yes to question 2:
you probably tried to get a small file as output...which almost always means poor quality (codec dependant, but small .wmv files aren't really good looking) the audio quality might take a dive if you edited with mp3 audio (as opposed to .wav audio)

I think you should Read ErMaC & AbsoluteDestiny's Friendly AMV Guides at any rate. It'l help you out, but you need to read the whole thing

you may also find Scintilla's WMM2 guide and DownWithPants's Getting to know WMM2 to be helpful
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Postby tinfoilphoenix » Thu Nov 02, 2006 4:46 pm

ohh thanks for that lengthy and helpful instruction :D ill let you know if it works (btw is virtual dub free?)
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Postby Moonie » Thu Nov 02, 2006 4:50 pm

tinfoilphoenix wrote: (btw is virtual dub free?)

yep ^_^
http://www.virtualdub.org/
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Postby tinfoilphoenix » Thu Nov 02, 2006 4:56 pm

hmmm. says win 32 is not a valid application? (scratches head)
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Postby Moonie » Thu Nov 02, 2006 4:58 pm

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Postby tinfoilphoenix » Thu Nov 02, 2006 5:01 pm

I think so, ill use this link and try again
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Postby tinfoilphoenix » Thu Nov 02, 2006 5:02 pm

ohh thanks, this one worked lol
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Postby guy07 » Thu Nov 02, 2006 6:32 pm

Dolts, if he doesn't have Vdub then he doesn't have AMVAPP, google AMVAPP, DL the first link that comes up. Read guides, and ur home free, it's alot of work, but in the end it will be for the better.
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Postby Cornwiggle » Thu Nov 02, 2006 6:50 pm

And if you want to get your video in Virtualdubmod you have to save it as a "DV-AVI". It won't take wmvs.
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Postby jubjub2 » Thu Nov 02, 2006 8:14 pm

Cornwiggle wrote:And if you want to get your video in Virtualdubmod you have to save it as a "DV-AVI". It won't take wmvs.


Actually, if you are using an AVI Synth script, it will. Just use the directshowsource("yourvideonamehere.wmv") and you should be good to go. I have had to use it for some MEP pieces, and it is better than having to convert my WMVs to DVAVI in WMM. But DVAVI will give you the best quality hands down as a direct output from WMM.

Beware, though. The file size will probably shock you if you are used to your 16MB or even your 40MB WMV files.
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Postby Scintilla » Thu Nov 02, 2006 8:37 pm

jubjub2 wrote:
Cornwiggle wrote:And if you want to get your video in Virtualdubmod you have to save it as a "DV-AVI". It won't take wmvs.

Actually, if you are using an AVI Synth script, it will. Just use the directshowsource("yourvideonamehere.wmv") and you should be good to go. I have had to use it for some MEP pieces, and it is better than having to convert my WMVs to DVAVI in WMM. But DVAVI will give you the best quality hands down as a direct output from WMM.

Actually, you can get better quality if you use a custom profile to export a WMV file with a really high bitrate (I'm talking on the level of a DVD-compliant MPEG-2 here).

I forget where DownWithPants's guide to the process is, but if you can't or don't want to make one yourself, you can download this one that I made - http://www.aquilinestudios.org/VHQWMV2.prx - and save it to the <b>C:\Program Files\Movie Maker\Shared\Profiles</b> directory. Then, when next you open WMM and try to save a movie file, the profile should show up as "Very high quality WMV, 29.97 fps" in the "Other" category of exporting options (where DV AVI is).
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Postby Radical_Yue » Fri Nov 03, 2006 12:54 am

=\ Shouldn't this go in the Video Software Help section?
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