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Bob Speziale

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    N.J., USA
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    Nikon D3100, Lumix LX5, Nikon D7000, Nikon 1 J1, Nikon Coolpix B700 4K, Lumix FZ 80 4K.
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    Retired Unix sys admin and dba. Amateur musician, photographer, videographer, audio and video editor. http://www.youtube.com/user/bobspez/videos

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  1. I copied a random model portrait from google (top image) and spent about 15 minutes in photo shop to produce the bottom image.
  2. Gaussian blur is one of the digital filters in Photoshop. I use the Adobe CS6 suite that has Photoshop, Premiere Pro, Audition for audio editing, and After Effects. In Elements you may be able to get a smoothing effect by setting sharpness to a negative number like -100. In the days of film there were fairly expensive portrait lenses that gave a slightly blurred image but still in focus. I imagine those were in deference to the subject's vanity. Today there are digital filters on smartphones that smooth out the subjects complexion to eliminate blemishes and wrinkles.
  3. I just save the changes each time to a different project name, like project-v1, project v2, etc. so if I don't like the way things are coming out I can go back to a previous version, and I can compare still frames of different versions exported with different names. For pics I shoot raw, but save as 16 bit jpg, so the raw files are never changed. For video I work in premiere pro and export as h.264 mp4 at the highest quality available, and use 20mbps 2pass vbr for HD and 40mbps 2 pass vbr for 4K. Ultimately my stuff will go on a website for stills or youtube or vimeo for video so it gets viewed on someone's smart phone or laptop or desktop. I try for the best quality but am not fanatic about it because it's not being played in a theater or displayed in a gallery blown up to a large print where the quality would show. I remember the excitement of first hearing the Beatles and the Stones on AM through a transistor radio, so the magic is in the content. Years later I heard the Yellow Submarine album on CD on a good system in 5.1 surround and I could pick out every individual instrument. It was amazing but didn't change the way the song affected me. These days I listen to music on youtube on $30 plastic computer speakers or $20 headphones or on the oldies cable TV station with 3" speakers on the side of my TV set. So I think most of the enjoyment is in the listener's brain rather than the medium.
  4. I believe that effect can be applied digitally in stills or video with Gaussian blur. It smooths out noise, grain and details.
  5. Movavi does have a pan and zoom feature you can use on jpg images. On youtube there are a bunch of tutorials on using pan and zoom in movavi.
  6. I tried running it on VLC for 4 minutes and then checking the media info, and still no bitrate data. But to confuse things even more, the Windows explorer shows different info than the Quicktime Movie Inspector. Quicktime says 640x480 pixels, 57.54 Mbps, Windows Explorer says 720x480 pixels, 29.87 Mbps (29874 Kbps). So who knows what it actually is.
  7. Just where you said, VLC, tools, media information on a PC. See the attached screenshot. The VLC tabs don't show the Mbps. The Quicktime Movie Inspector shows 57.54 Mbps.
  8. VHS tapes have held up fine over more than 30 years. However almost all of my casette audio tapes are toast. The humidity has glued the tape together and they are no longer playable. The casette tape was a lot thiner and apparently less stable than the VHS tapes.
  9. I just played an avi file in both VLC and Quicktime. Quicktime showed the kbps data rate, VLC did not.
  10. According to the G7 manual, shooting in 4K mp4 at 24fps or 30fps is at the bitrate of 100mbps. I don't know why the properties don't show in windows.
  11. I just rendered a short 1080P 24fps clip on Premiere Pro in mp4 h.264 and in VNX. I took stills of the same frame and compared the two. While the VNX does seem to show more detail I noticed that it is also more saturated adding a bit more pink to the clip. Do you notice this as well? Do you compensate for it?
  12. It looks really interesting but I couldn't watch it due to the handheld camera movement.
  13. Not intended to be. OP said he didn't like the way Vimeo tried to remove the grain. Figured he wanted the grain to show. Thought Youtube might leave it as is.
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