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Lightworks Free Codecs 2 years, 4 months ago #27846

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Which codecs does Lightworks Free support? So far I've tried converting my MOV file to MP4, MPEG, WMV, and AVI, all to no avail.
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Re: Lightworks Free Codecs 2 years, 4 months ago #27849

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Please click the Lightworks tab at the top. You'll find what you're looking for on the Compare and Tech Specs pages.
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Re: Lightworks Free Codecs 2 years, 4 months ago #27852

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I use the Matrox codecs most often in an AVI container. VirtualDub is my preferrred GUI for that. It depends on what your source material is. Using the free version of Lightworks requires you to do a lot of extra work to get your stuff in. What is your source material, from a camera?
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Re: Lightworks Free Codecs 2 years, 4 months ago #27853

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Nikon D5100 MOV file.

Re: Lightworks Free Codecs 2 years, 4 months ago #27854

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I just tried AVI again and the files are recognized, but they are all solid green. Windows Media Player plays them properly.

Re: Lightworks Free Codecs 2 years, 4 months ago #27856

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Okay, here's the specs on your camera:

http://www.nikonusa.com/Nikon-Products/Product/Digital-slr-Cameras/25478/D5100.html#tab-ProductDetail-ProductTabs-TechSpecs

The movie side:

Movie File Format MOV

Movie Video Compression H.264/MPEG-4 Advanced Video Coding

Movie Audio recording format Linear PCM

Movie HD 1,920x1,080 / 30 fps
HD 1,920x1,080 / 24 fps
HD 1,280x720 / 30 fps
HD 1,280x720 / 24 fps
VGA 640x424 / 30 fps

Movie Audio Built-in microphone, monaural
Optional external stereo mini-pin jack (3.5mm diameter)

Which mode are you shooting in?

The best thing to do to look at your video files is get MediaInfo. Then let us see the print out. You're pretty much going to convert your files before you import to Lightworks. The best thing for you is to get the PRO version. It's pretty cheap and it looks to me like you can get that to work straight off without all this bother.

For the free version, you've got to convert that HD material to something that lwks (free) will take. You can import a .MOV file no problem. It's what's inside that file that you have to work on.
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Re: Lightworks Free Codecs 2 years, 4 months ago #27857

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Thanks for the help. I was shooting in full manual, HD 1080p, 30fps. I just experimented a little more and found that XVID compression works. I'll consider changing to PRO to lessen the hassle.

Re: Lightworks Free Codecs 2 years, 4 months ago #27858

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Considering your last post, there is one thing to keep in mind. Using your native 1080P content in Lightworks with the Pro version is going to be taxing. Even with a fast computer, others still recommend transcoding to a more friendly format. One of the benefits of the Pro version is that you can do this transcoding directly in Lightworks.

I apologize if my original post seemed curt. For whatever reason, your post came across as being more technical.
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Re: Lightworks Free Codecs 2 years, 4 months ago #27859

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Is there any way to use proxy footage when editing?

Re: Lightworks Free Codecs 2 years, 4 months ago #27862

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I got the pro version recently but up to that point I had to convert video from my Nikon D3100 to another format to edit it in LW. I used Cineform Studio which is a free download to convert the Nikon footage to an editing friendly format.

Before worrying about creating proxy footage you might just try converting a bit of video with that Cineform package, import it into LW and see if your machine is up to editing with it.

With the pro version you can transcode on import to MPEG-2 I-Frame 4:2:2 (which I think is motion jpeg). My machine handles editing with that without the need for proxys.
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Re: Lightworks Free Codecs 2 years, 4 months ago #27870

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My machine's quite old actually, and the current file runs somewhat smoothly for maybe 100 frames and then lags like there's no tomorrow.

Re: Lightworks Free Codecs 2 years, 4 months ago #27873

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I've got an old machine. I try to use uncompressed or lightly compressed files. If I use even the cineform codec my machine chokes. One file I compared recently showed Matrox Mpeg2 I-frame HD and Cineform. The Cineform was half the size but the Matrox was easier to cope with. See, when you edit with a compressed format, the processor has to decode more in order make a frame for you to edit around. A less compressed format takes up more space, but it takes less processor resources to decode and be used for frame by frame editing.

Another thing is it is nearly impossible for me to edit high resolution. I always reduce the 1920x1080 to 1280x720. The 1920x1080 is 3 times as big as the 1280x720, if I recall correctly.
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Re: Lightworks Free Codecs 2 years, 4 months ago #27875

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Animaniac888 wrote:
My machine's quite old actually, and the current file runs somewhat smoothly for maybe 100 frames and then lags like there's no tomorrow.


Are you transcoding when you import, copying local, or copying a link to the video? I found that copy local and transcoding works best. If you have any concerns about the video working with LW, transcode is your best import option. I have a pretty powerful machine, and have the same issues you have when I just copy a link to the video.

Re: Lightworks Free Codecs 2 years, 4 months ago #27925

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If you are looking for another video converter, the company that makes WinX HD Video Converter is giving away their software bundle for free to people who have liked their page on Facebook. It is $60 software. You can't update the software, but it will convert to HD MPEG. I don't know for sure if it will be compatible yet, but it may also be another option. I used to use it with Lightworks Beta without any problems.

Re: Lightworks Free Codecs 2 years, 4 months ago #27938

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The video format that this encoder uses for MPEG II video is recognized by LW, however, the free version is crashing. It recognizes it as DXVA and imports as DVCPRO (supported in the free version). While importing as copy local, LW crashes. I get the following error in the error log:

9.494 : Failed to create Qt::World, format: ÿÿÿÿ
10.222 : Failed to create Qt::World, format: ÿÿÿÿ
10.307 : Failed to create Qt::World, format: ÿÿÿÿ
10.637 : Failed to create Qt::World, format: ÿÿÿÿ
10.637 : Loading Vfw codecs
10.638 : (MRLE) using msrle32.dll
10.638 : (MSVC) using msvidc32.dll
10.638 : (UYVY) using msyuv.dll
10.638 : (YUY2) using msyuv.dll
10.638 : (YVYU) using msyuv.dll
10.638 : (IYUV) using iyuv_32.dll
10.638 : (I420) using iyuv_32.dll
10.638 : (YVU9) using tsbyuv.dll
10.638 : (CVID) using iccvid.dll
10.638 : (XVID) using xvidvfw.dll
10.638 : (YV12) using xvidvfw.dll
10.638 : (FFDS) using ff_vfw.dll
10.638 : skipping mvcVfw.dll
10.638 : skipping mvcVfwHD.dll
10.638 : skipping mvcVfwYUVA.dll
10.638 : skipping mvcVfwYUVAHD.dll
10.638 : skipping mvcVfwRefAVI.dll
10.638 : skipping mvcVfwMpeg2HD.dll
10.638 : skipping mvcVfwMpeg2Alpha.dll
10.638 : skipping mvcVfwMpeg2AlphaHD.dll
10.638 : skipping mvcVfwDV100.dll
10.638 : skipping mvcVfwDV.dll
10.638 : skipping mvcVfwDV.dll
10.638 : skipping mvcVfwDV.dll
10.638 : skipping mvcVfwMJPeg.dll
10.638 : skipping mvcVfwMpeg2.dll
10.638 : skipping mvcVfwMpeg2HDOffLine.dll
10.638 : skipping mvcVfwMpeg2HDV.dll
10.639 : (LAGS) using lagarith.dll
10.639 : (CFHD) using CFHD.DLL
10.639 : (LWLR) using RGBACodec.dll
35.701 : Failed to create Qt::World, format: ÿÿÿÿ
35.935 : Failed to create Qt::World, format: ÿÿÿÿ
36.250 : warning : exiting thread mainThread

I am going to see if transcoding changes anything.
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