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    Panasonic AC-AG160 Timestamp

    I’m sorry to ask this question, but we have to follow the steps. Is there a red R in a box to the left of the date when the date/time stamp,is in the center of the screen? Turning on the stamp is a two-step process, and many people turn on the stamp but don’t realize that a second setting is required in a different part of the menu to drop the stamp to the low part of the screen. The stamp appears high if the red R is not turned on. For the record, the time/date stamp do not burn into the video if the red R is not displayed.
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    Newby Legal Videograper

    I almost follow Rich's rules. I always use progressive video as my source video, particularly if I'm delivering a progressive format as the final deliverable. Interlaced is not as good of a source as progressive for deposition work. If my camera does not record progressive video when stamping but outputs progressive video for external recorders (i.e. Sony cameras) I would use an external recorder set to accept progressive video as my source video and my camera video would be my backup. I have not found using 4K for a SD deliverable is worth the effort. Most of the new cameras shoot 4K as well as HD. I would limit my "highest resolution available" to no larger than 1920x1080 if I was planning on delivering an SD final source. HD is a perfectly fine source for depositions -- I doubt I would record 4K for deposition work in normal situations (for 2018 and 2019 -- ask me again in a year). 720p30 is readily available on all HD cameras, either as an output or a captured file. Consider this the "minimum acceptable HD" setting that anyone with an HD camera can deliver, much like MPEG-1 352x240 was the minimum acceptable SD source in the past. Having 720p30 as your floor makes sure you can 1) find other providers to help you out and; 2) most computers can play back without issue. I rarely record 1080 anything. I stick with 720p30 or 720p60 for most of my recordings for legal depositions. For what it's worth.
  3. https://www.blackmagicdesign.com/products/miniconverters https://www.atomos.com/converters Both of these companies provide high end conversion products. You may have to use two devices, one to convert from composite to HDMI and then a HDMI to whatever scaler to scale the output to an end product. If you want to do it in one unit, the Roland VC-1-SC is a great jack of all trades...and expensive to boot. I have a bunch of the BMD devices and a Roland VC-1-SC and can vouch for both from personal experience. My final comment: I don't know why you're using composite and why you want to convert it to HDMI, but the end product is not going to look all that good. I've been doing this a long time and have rarely seen a composite source look good as a captured HD source. For what it's worth.
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    Hidden video

    Was this a deposition or just someone being interviewed by someone else? Your CDVS certification has to do with taking depositions. Your moral code, and not your certification, comes into play when you're not doing depositions.
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    Date/Time Stamp Placement Database

    Jason, I have multiple images but cannot open the files due to a total size limit for importing.
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    Date/Time Stamp Placement Database

    Panasonic AG-UX90 1920x1080i 1920x1080i AG-UX90.bmp
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    Panasonic ac/ag 160 Time Stamp Placement

    Dave: The answer is maybe, depending on what you are seeing. When the datestamp is not being burned on the video, the stamp is quite high, almost in the middle of the vertical screen. However, when you turn on the burning in of the stamp, it moves down vertically to the bottom of the screen. There is no ability to move the stamp left or right. There is also no ability to move the stamps from the two described locations. Bruce Balmer
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    recovering vob files from bad disc,, HELP!!

    I'm not sure Terry is on this Forum, Ted. He's also very inactive on the old Forum. I'm not in Austin. Can't help you on work availability. Bruce
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    recovering vob files from bad disc,, HELP!!

    Left a message on your cell. Download Isobuster at the provided link. Costs no more than $60, based on which version you purchase.
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    What are your HD Deliverable Encoding Bit Rates?

    Craig, the likelihood is the size of the video display aspect ratio is not creating your "syncing" issue. I sync 720x480 MPEG-1 all the time without any problems. I often use YesLaw instead of Timecoder, however, which may be the difference maker as to why I don't see issues with this specific size and codec. Jan Ozer talks about the old Power of 0.75 formula in the linked article. It will give you a good starting point on calculating an appropriate bitrate for your larger MPEG-1 video, based on what you think is good at the smaller 352x240 DAR (display aspect ratio). You can make HD MPEG-1 video. It falls well within the spec. MPEG-1 does not support interlaced video, and it's not as efficient (small versus quality) when compared to a properly encoded for legal video MPEG-4.
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    Stream video over internet

    John, you need two things: 1) a way to connect the camera to a computer 2) an application to connect the video to the internet. There are small hardware devices that take the SDI or HDMI stream from your camera and convert it to look like a webcam to a computer. These products include the Magewell USB to HDMI or SDI capture, a AJA U-Tap, or an Osprey Video VB-UH-HD HDMI or SDI device. I'd suggest looking at SDI devices for your camera. Each of these (and there are others) do the heavy lifting on converting the video feed to something a computer can understand. You would be will served to have a USB 3.0/3.1 port on your computer. The second thing you need is a computer application that lets you enter an IP address into a setup screen to source your video stream to that IP address. vMix or Adobe Flash Media Encoder can both do this. vMix is harder to setup. It's more stable. The Adobe FME is easier to setup. It's less stable. Why not try both and figure out which one works for you? T
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    DepoView for iPad

    I don't think this is the problem, but iPads work better with MPEG4 video. inData has specs on how to produce MPEG4 for it's products. I'd add a spec to make the GOP match the frame rate as well. Sent from my Pixel using the LitPro Forum App!
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    DepoView for iPad

    Try an MPEG4 format. Sent from my Pixel using the LitPro Forum App!
  14. >>My goal is to deliver to the client a final product that is going to serve their purposes the best.<< How about this? Why not get appropriate specs for all the formats you've mentioned, and then offer the client the final product that will serve them best, rather than only one specific format? You've failed to mention the DVD-Video option, which YesLaw also offers. They're all used for various reasons by various clients. There is no one right answer. For MPEG-1, 352x240, 1150-1200 kbps is fine. For MPEG-1, 720x480, I would recommend 2800 - 3400 kbps, although there are people here that will tell you 1500 kbps is fine. I don't care for how it looks, and the math involved indicates the higher bitrate range I'm recommending here is more appropriate (google "Power of 0.75 video Ben Waggoner" to read why) For MPEG-2, 720x480, I would recommend 4000-4400 kbps for DVD-Video like performance and visual quality. I've gone down to 3400 kbps to fit video on a disc, but have really abandoned that practice since I started adding USB Flash drives for multi-video depositions. For MPEG-4, 720x480, I would recommend 1500-2000 kbps. Use 1500 kbps (and a square pixel 640x480 video) for iPad viewing. 720x480 uses an anamorphic pixel.
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    Backdrop Bag

    Depends on what kind of backdrop. Sent from my Pixel using the LitPro Forum App!
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