Originally Posted by nash123
Question about PMB 5.2 - I am not really sure how critical this is but did you get the following screen as you are about to install:
"If you install a newer version of PMB, the following features will not be available.
- eDeco (*)
- MovieTracer (*)
- Playlist disc creation
- "Convert AVCHD format video, and create a DVD" with Video Disc Copier
- Write photos to a disc with the DVD-Video creation feature
*Available by downloading additional software."
1. Did you download the two additional software for #1 and #2? How does it work?
2. I am not sure what #3 is, how often did you use this feature?
3. My biggest concern is #4, but I am not exactly sure what they mean. I have to be honest, I do not think I have used Video Disc Copier, but how are you dealing with this being unavailable?
4. Do you ever use #5 (writing photos to a disc)?
Based on these, I have not upgraded yet. In addition, did you think that the new version (5.2) is better (faster) than 5.0 (I think that's what I have).
I got the prompt and have ignored all five of these since my upgrade (yesterday). The last three aren't for me as I don't burn DVDs of video.
I'm downloading eDeco right now because it says something about combining clips, which I have been doing in Corel's VideoStudio Pro X3. If there's a simple way to do it in PMB via eDeco, I might switch to that. don't know what the first two are and
eDeco - Add frames, comments and sound track to your videos. Also combine a series of stills or video into a new video. Upload the results to media services or save to your computer. According to the eDeco UI, output is 640 x 480 or half that. It creates a WMV file. Due to the limited output resolution, it is definitely out of date for HD.
On Movie Tracer:
"Movie Tracer function [TAG: apparently added in some version of PMB 3.x]
Trace the movements your camera made while recording videos. By combining thumbnail images of the video, the scenes you recorded are reproduced in a two-dimensional view. " I'm going to have to try that with some clips of the Grand Canyon from a few years back!
From a camcorderinfo.com review of the HDR-TGV5 last fall:
"We were also a bit confused by the Movie Tracer feature on the PMB software. Once we used it a couple of times, however, Movie Tracer actually revealed itself to be kind of cool, albeit difficult to use correctly. The feature automatically follows the motion of your camcorder in a selected clip and then pieces together a panoramic set of photographs from the clip. It is designed to turn a sweeping pan from a video into one, large photograph. Like we said, the feature is cool, but most of the time it didn't produce the results we were looking for."
So, answers to your questions:
1. Downloading eDeco and MovieTracer - just done. eDeco too low a resolution unless I downloaded the wrong version. MovieTracer very interesting, but I don't have HD panorama and PMB didn't want to trim my MPEG-2 files from the Grand Canyon. I'll have to move those to Corel and redo them as MPEG-4s to see what happens. The issue wasn't with Movie Tracer, it did fine with the MPEG-2. It only analyzes the first three minutes of a clip though. I was filming a squirrel jumping around on the ground and onto a low wall, and the program built a still out of that. I think you have to create a short clip that is the panorama you want and then let it analyze just that portion.
2, 3, and 4: I don't work with DVDs anymore (everything goes onto my PC hard drive plus USB drives for playback via PMB, a PS3, or a Western Digital media player. So I have no useful input to offer on these.
I had version 4.2.x, so 5.2 looks different and may be performing better on playback. I think I had to disable hardware assist on 4.2 to keep it from hanging sometime. So far, I'm not seeing that issue with 5.2 with hardware assist enabled. 5.2 rearranges things a bit and I had to go back and reset my settings. On the other hand, that triggered me to explore some, and I added file names to the bottom of my thumbnails which I like a lot. I also configured the icons on the top toolbar for the first time - don't even know if I could have done that under 4.2.
It looks like Map View can now be used to configure a given map view for a given clip, which may be useful. Since I was able to pop that into the toolbar, that's easier to use than before.
I don't use analysis since I don't take many people or crowd videos (mostly scenery, animals, or trains). I turned that off first thing as I did in 4.2.
I didn't use Calendar view before. I may do some now. It looks interesting.