For our December meeting we are once again holding the annual gadgets evening. This is always a lighthearted look at any new gadgets and toys we have bought or been given during the year and does not have to be computer related with us seeing pineapple cutters, laser measuring devices and even a humble paper clip in the past!!
Peter brought along his Windows PC rig used for video editing largely in the same configuration as previous evenings with the two pieces of software he uses for editing video from his camera on holidays etc.
The first piece of software was called Magix Movie Edit Pro 17 (MEP) and Peter has been using this for some years having a few different versions. Newer versions are now available, but as Peter's PC is quite old he has stayed with an older version that is stable without pushing the hardware past its limits. The Magix software is available for ~£60. When Peter started using the software a few years ago it was quite flaky particularly when running long encoding sessions but these are now all resolved and it is Peter's preferred package.
Peter initially started out with Magix MEP when moving from manually editing using video recorders directly to using the PC. Having read reviews in a number of magazines Magix was recommended in it's price range as being quite sophisticated and offering value for money.
The version Peter currently uses is capable of dealing with HD and 3D video if the camera supports it. Peter uses the video mode on his digital still camera, which supports 720p video recording and is quite satisfactory. The limitation of this is that it cannot shoot continuously till the card is full. Peter has to plan ahead when recording in Church for instance because of this.
Magix MEP is quite sophisticated with a number of discrete video and audio tracks available with a user interface that would be familiar to users of other standard editing packages. Peter preferred this over iMovie on the Mac and others because of the fine grained detail available, allowing him to cut and splice clips down to the single frame level, very useful when joining together clips from multiple cameras shot at an event.
Magix MEP can also author the final video out in many formats, encoding to single files for the web or for DVD and Blu-Ray. Included is a designer for creating the menus on a DVD. Anne commented that she misses this on the Mac which used to be available in iDVD as Apple seem to be moving away from supporting physical media.
Peter was recently tempted by an offer and bought some additional editing software from Serif for £9.99. While we only looked relatively briefly at this towards the end of the evening it did look to have quite a lot of features for such a budget priced product, with a slightly simpler interface than Magix.
Anne brought along two discs that had been backed up by Frank using Acronis containing lots of photos that she would like to access again if at all possible. Michael volunteered to help as he has Acronis for backups at home and could hopefully recover the data.
Since the meeting Peter has found some more Video Editing software for the Mac. Initially this is described as free, but like much downloadable "free" software these days discovered that the download and install are free but you only get a limited time (30 days) to try it out and that is for a cut-down version anyway. The full package is called Videopad Master's edition and costs $69.95 (£44.64) available from www.nch.com.au it does have quite a few features, but I haven't had much of a go with it yet.
Don't forget the gadgets! And a Happy Christmas to anyone who can't come on Wednesday.
|Gadgets and Party Evening
|Winter Social Evening - Venue TBA
Meetings are now on the Third Wednesday of the month unless otherwise stated.
Our meetings are held at the Bourne Vale Social Club, Halifax Road, Ipswich IP2 8RE , for a map and other details please see the website.
Currently both visitor fees and membership fees are in abeyance until the next AGM due in May 2014.
We are continuing our publicity for EAUG events , however their website has not been updated for a year now. So if you wish to know information please phone one of their contacts.
Meetings are at the Great Baddow Village Hall, on the second Tuesday of the month
opening at 7:30 p.m. for a start at 7:45 - 8:00 p.m.
For directions see below (note the new web addresses)
Tea/coffee/biscuits usually available.
Visitors pay 2.00 GBP for the evening, which is deductible from the normal joining subscription if you decide to join at a later date.
See the Membership page of the website for more information:
They have now moved to the St. Andrew's Computer Club at Britannia Road, Ipswich.
They have a full programme on the parish website
(http://www.ourstandrews.co.uk), We may be able to make new contact with them to arrange something in common.
"ICENI does not have any Insurance cover for computers or other equipment so please be advised that you bring machines to the club at your own risk."
However many household insurance policies will include cover away from home often with no increase in premium. (Ed.)
Our website has had to be moved since BT is no longer giving free hosting to customers and Peter was running the old website on his account. So Gareth has been fortunate to register a web address of our own and has generously hosted it on his own woolridge domain. All our old website data has been ported to the new site and a redirection placed on the old address. The old site will disappear some time soon
If anyone would like a copy of the CD of our old newsletters this could be arranged.
I am open to suggestions on what people would like to have included in the website.
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