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In Topic: Video Editing: when to use specific cuts & edits

19 October 2017 - 11:16 AM

My older videos from 2015 were edited on Linux using Openshot. My videos done this year where edited using AVIDemux on Windows.


About a month ago, I redid my computer as dual-boot, Linux Mint and Windows 10. I have both Openshot and AviDemux installed on Linux for video editing. I don't have a lot of money considering that I'm disablity here in America, my medical issues are bad to a point where I can't work but I don't have money for the best video editors so I have to use free or open source editors. 


I've seen some really good video editing done in Linux. A lot of good freeware available for Linux. On the windows end - if you have the time and dedication to tackle the learning curve, Hitfilm Express is probably the very best freeware (and possibly one of the best pay-for) video editors out there. I have it, but its just taking up space because - I'm lazy - LoL. I cant make myself sit there and learn it. I can recall which ones, but there are some awesome theatrical films done with this bad boy.


They have a lot of video tutorials to help folks get acclimated. Keep in mind there are two versions; the pay version which is Hitfilm Pro and the free version Hitfilm Express. The pro version comes with a lot of cool special effects applications! Comparable to Adobe After Effects., However - with the free Hitfilm Express, you can buy some of the Pro Features as add-ons, a little at a time, until you have it all muscled up  :) 

Anywho - if you or anyone else is interested in the free Hitfilm Express., here's the link.
darn it! they should be paying me for this - hahaha (oops - ran out of cyber ink!)

In Topic: Having MS Memory Issues

24 August 2017 - 11:28 PM

I forgot to point out - should anyone else try this.., MS closed down on me the 1st time I fired it up after making the changes to Moviestorm.14j.ini
However - rather than panic - I opened it up again and it was working fine after that. So if it crashes on someone after editing that file, just take a breath and open MS up again.

In Topic: Video Editing: when to use specific cuts & edits

24 August 2017 - 04:41 PM

Thank you for the link. Much appreciated. Always willing to learn something new every day.


I have got both Sony Movie Studio HD 14 and Corel Videostrudio X7 too, though haven't had the chance to actually use them in a MS project thus far.  Who knows, maybe some day I manage to get some project with a minimum of complexity into post-production...  :)


    I'm a firm believer that really good films can and have been made just using basic cuts & simple transitions. Fade to black (or fade to white), cross-fade and jump cuts. That's primarily my go to. Anything else just depends on the subject and complexity of my scene.
   I'm no professional by any stretch. If I were, I'd be using HitFilm express., because it's the best free pro level video editing software out anywhere. I have it but gives me a headache trying to learn it - lol.  Too huge a learning curve for my poor wittle brain to deal with.  Corel VideoStudio 7 is easy and fun to learn. I've heard good things about Sony Movie Studio as well.

In Topic: Having MS Memory Issues

24 August 2017 - 01:08 PM


That's because of the UAC (User Access Control) in Windows Vista and more recent systems.


Proceed as follows:

- Copy the file Moviestorm.l4j.ini into any other folder you have access to.

- Edit the file copied.

- Now copy the edited file back into the original location (ie, C:\Program Files (x86)\Moviestorm). A dialog will pop up asking for Administrator permissions for the copy operation to be performed. Just confirm. Possibly another dialog will ask for confirmation to overwrite an existing file.


It would be a good idea to make a copy of the original file, just in case...





Houston! The seagull has landed! So far my test looks great! The memory usage activity bars are now where I'd expect them to be. Now I can tinker to my heart's desire. I backed up the file should it start crashing, but the 1st test worked great. Thank you so much for your help! You're very much appreciated.

In Topic: Having MS Memory Issues

24 August 2017 - 01:00 AM


Hi, Daveman.


Your system RAM is irrelevant as far as it's larger than a minimum value, say 4 GB for a 32bit system.  Moviestorm is a Java application so it will run on a JVM (Java Virtual Machine) on a 32bit JRE, so the memory available for its process will be limited by the maximum memory assigned to the JVM. The only way to increase the memory for the MS process is via the -Xmx argument in the command line when launching the program.


There is a configuration file in the Moviestorm installation folder (usually C:\Program Files (x86)\Moviestorm if you're running on a Windows-based machine), named Moviestorm.l4j.ini


It's a text file which reads like this:


This instructs to reserve 512MB for the user process. You may try to increase this value within certain range of values.

According to the community experience a value of 768M renders the optimum performance, though there are some fellows that report good results with 1024M. Larger values are not advisable since they result in stability issues.




Thanks for the help. Just one teensy problemo - I opened the Moviestorm.l4j.ini file in Notepad, changed
-Xmx512M to -Xmx768 but when I go to save the file I get a pop-up that says "Access Denied". In my old Windows XP I could edit files, but never had to on my Windows 7 till now. Is there another method to edit that file?