DVFilm Maker Online Help
- A large amount of hard drive space (6GB to process 10 minutes).
- A fast processor (Pentium class 500 MHz or faster recommended),
- Quicktime 6.5.1 with "Recommended" (full) installation (included
- WIndows 95/98/NT 4.0/2000/Me/XP.
- A Firewire (IEEE-1394) capture card to capture and play back DV
Quicktime or AVI files.
- DV editing software such as Premiere, Avid DV Express, or Vegas
- Can also be used with non-DV editing systems which can import/export
AVI or Quicktimes, see FAQ # 7 below.
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- Copy the contents of the CDROM into a new directory on your hard
drive. This is done by opening the CDROM folder, click Edit->Select
All, Edit->Copy, then create the new folder, open it, and click
- Install Quicktime 6.5.1 if you have not done so already, by double-clicking
on the Quicktime installer in the new directory. Choose "recommended"
(full) installation level. get it here
- Double-click on the DVFilm Maker icon in the new directory to
execute the program.
A quick-start guide appears which will guide you through use of
the program and which explains each option. Check here for an online version of the quickstart guide.
Conversion of Completed Movie Files to Film-Motion
- For long projects, it's recommended that you split up your film
into scenes of 20 minutes or less, and process them separately.
Export a DV-AVI from your editing program with DV- NTSC compression
at 720 x 480, 29.97 frames/sec or DV-PAL compression at 720 x
576, 25 frames/sec as appropriate. If your editor allows you to
choose the quality setting, use maximum quality. If your editor
allows you to choose the type of AVI file, select Type 2, or Open
DML (This is the default for Premiere 6 in DV Playback mode).
Remember that DVFilm needs the original, unprocessed version of
this file for transfer to film. Uncompressed AVI files may also be used, but a much larger amount
of disk space is required.
- From the DVFilm Maker File menu, select File->Open. Navigate to the directory which contains your source material,
and double-click on the desired input file. Or drag the movie
file into the Maker window. It may be in Quicktime (*.mov) or
AVI (*.avi) format.
- Player controls will open to show you the movie. You can use the
volume control, the slider, and the single frame buttons to examine
the source footage. DVFilm Maker (version 1.02 onward) displays
at full resolution and shows both fields, but on slower computers
may not play back in real time.
- Click on Process->View Options to choose how you want the material to be processed. The process
options appear automatically if the drag-and-drop feature is used.
If the source material is 16:9 anamorphic (squeezed) you may choose
to shrink that down vertically with a letterbox (after deinterlacing).
If the source material is 4:3 (standard television aspect ratio)
you may choose to crop that to 16:9 with a letterbox. Or you may
choose not to use letterbox at all. The check box for Deinterlace
must be checked if your footage was shot standard interlaced NTSC
or PAL. Uncheck the box if your footage was shot in frame-movie
mode (Canon XL-1 or GL-1) or progressive-scan. If you need to
convert to true 24P Quicktime for editing in a 24P timeline, then
use the 24P options.
- 24P Film motion - check this box for best film-motion look. The
source footage must be 60i (interlaced NTSC), not frame-movie
mode, progressive scan 30P or shot with slow shutter peeds like
- Add Grain - check this box to add simulated film grain.
- Red Boost - check this box to boost the red layer for warmer tones.
- Options are saved and will be used as the default the next time
you run the program, but only if the Quickstart Guide is disabled,
presuming that you are an experienced user.
- After you have chosen your desired options, click OK or Start. To start processing from the main menu, click on Process->Start Process.
- Processing takes approximately five to ten minutes for each minute
of material, depending on the speed of your hard drive and computer.
While it is processing you may use your computer for other tasks.
Click on the minimize box (-) to move the application to the task bar. To cancel processing,
click Stop on the progress bar pop-up. Pause/resume may also be used to temporarily halt processing.
- After processing is complete, the player controls will allow you
to view the processed footage. DVFilm Maker (version 1.02 onward)
displays at full resolution and shows both fields, but depending
on the speed of your computer may not play back in real time.
Don't judge the film-motion results on your computer screen. You
must record the footage to tape to see the results, see the following
- The processed footage is saved to a temporary file called newmovie.avi.
To change the name, click on File->SaveAs and enter the name of the AVI file to which you would like to
save the results, and select the directory where you want to save
it. The directory you choose must be on the same disk drive as
the source movie. File->Export can be used to convert to other file formats instead, like DV
- Start Premiere 6, or other DV editing program, or your DV capture
card software. Import the processed DV-AVI or Quicktime into the
program and use the Print to Tape feature to play back the DV-AVI
to your DV camera or deck.
Help on 24P options - click here.
Help on Batch Processing - click here
Help on Advanced Options
The advanced options pop-up is provided for experienced users
who wish to experiment with the processing parameters.
- Show Motion Detector Mask - Use this to output the motion detector mask instead of processed
video, to allow you to adjust the motion detector sensitivity.
The motion detector output is white where there is motion detected,
and black where there is no motion detected. Select a value for
the Motion Detector Sensitivity (starting and stopping the process
each time) so that static areas of the screen are perfectly black.
- Show Line Detector Mask - Use this to output the line detector mask instead of processed
video, to allow you to see where the line detector is working.
- Line Detector On - Use this option to reduce dot crawl on nearly horizontal lines
when the camera is moving slightly. Do not use this option with
high-shutter speed video. Note: using this option will slow down
processing time significantly.
- Motion Detector Sensitivity - range 1-1000, default value = 50 Lower values will allow more
interlacing to leak through but may work better with brightly
lit scenes. Higher values will results in less leak-through but
may reduce vertical resolution in areas that are not moving. Higher
values may work better with very dark or low-contrast video. See here for more details.
- Grain Amount - range 0-10, default value = 4. Lower values will look less
grainy, higher values will look more grainy.
- Red Boost Amount, range 0-10 default value = 7. Lower values will look less red,
higher values will look more red.
- Blur Horizontal Lines - Use this option to smooth out or blur horizontal lines to reduce
dot crawl. This option can help improve the appearance of video
taken with high shutter speed settings or with low-quality video
- Blur Amount, range 1-3, default value = 1. Lower values will blur less, higher
values will blur more.
- Use YUV Processing - Use this option for more accurate color and faster processing.
Note: turn this option off for consistent results with older versions
(<2.0) of DVFilm Maker, or for use with RGB video sources like
- Always Make Quicktime - Use this option to create PAL/NTSC Quicktimes for systems that
require Quicktime instead of AVI, for example Avid DV Express.
- User Selects Output Folder - Use this option to specify which drive and folder to save the
output movies. Otherwise the output movies will go into the same
folder as the source movie.
- User Selects Compression - Use this option to manually configure the Quicktime output
compression settings. Some codecs like the Avid Quicktime PAL
codec require manual setting of 4:2:0 color sampling. If this
option is not used, then DVFilm Maker will attempt to use the
same codec and settings as the source movie. When creating an
AVI from 24P Quicktime, this option can also be used to create
either DV or uncompressed AVI.
- Output Folder - enter the drive and folder you wish to use for output movies,
or click Browse.
Known Issues and workarounds
This application has been successfully tested by DVFilm with Quicktimes
and AVI's up to 20 minutes long on Windows NT and Win 2000. Customers
have successfully used the application with Windows 95, 98, and
XP as well.
Problems with older versions of Quicktime: we have one report of the application crashing and we have reproduced
this problem when an old version of Quicktime is installed (for
example Quicktime 3.02). The solution is to remove the old version
of Quicktime, then do a Recommended (Full) installation of QT
6. If you have a crash and doing a full install of QT does not
fix the problem, you may need to re-install or repair Windows
on your system drive using your Windows Installation CD, and then
install QT from the DVFilm Maker CD.
Problems with other AVI's: Type 1 AVI's are not supported. DV codecs that are incompatible
with the Microsoft DV codec are not supported. Examples of DV
codecs that will work are Microsoft, Canopus, Pinnacle and Vegas
Video. If you cannot read your DV-AVI with Maker, record it to
tape and then recapture with DVIO, file type set to Type 2. If you are not using Firewire capture,
then export a Type-2 uncompressed AVI instead.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Do I need to use Quicktime 6.5.1 or can I use an earlier version?
You need to use QT 5 or 6 because the DV codec in version 5 is
greatly improved. It is far superior to the Microsoft DV codec,
so the Apple DV codec is always used even if the input file is
an AVI. The DVFilm Maker CDROM (serial no. 21 onward) includes a self-contained Quicktime
6 installer so you do not need to download from the Apple website.
Do not use version 6.5, it has a bug in the DV codec, upgrade
- Can I use DVFilm Maker to convert NTSC to PAL? Yes, go here for more info.
- Can I use DVFIlm Maker to convert PAL to NTSC? For that you need DVFilm Atlantis.
- DVFilm Maker will not read my .mov or .avi files, what's wrong? Your files must be either a Quicktime file, AVI movie file, or
MPEG2 file. AVI files, must be in the Type 2 (Open DML) format.
- The .avi file created by DVFilm Maker will not play through my
DV capture card, or the resolution looks bad, what's wrong? If you are using Windows Media Player to play it back, select
File->Properties->Advanced and select the DV compression properties. Make sure the highest
resolution is selected.
- The Quicktime created by DVFilm Maker has poor resolution when
viewed with the Quicktime player, why? The Quicktime player (free version), will not play DV movies
on screen at full resolution. You must export the Quicktime or
AVI movie to DV tape, using your capture card, to see full resolution.
If your final product is web content instead of DV tape, choose
one of the non-DV codecs (like MJPEG B) in the DVFilm Maker File->Export popup.
- How can I use DVFilm Maker with non-Firewire AVI-based video editing
systems, like the DPS Reality? Yes, the recommended method with version 2.0 of Maker is to export
a Type-2 uncompressed AVI. Read the exported AVI into DVFilm Maker and process it. DVFilm Maker will create a film-motion uncompressed
AVI called newmovie.avi. Rename this file using File->SaveAs,
and then import the new AVI movie into your video editing program
for conversion and playback.
- The DeInterlace option seems to have no effect on my video, why
not? If you shot frame mode, or used a slow shutter speed of 1/30th
sec or slower, cameras like the Canon XL-1 and the Sony VX-2000
will record both fields simultaneously, and so the DeInterlace
option in Maker has no effect. We do not recommend shooting in these modes because
non-interlaced NTSC cannot be converted to 24 fps for transfer
to film, the 24P film-motion option will also not work, and also
because the slower shutter speeds will blur motion much more than
a movie camera would. With DVFilm Maker and standard, interlaced video, you get both film-like video
suitable for digital projection and (with your unprocessed video) compatibility with transfer to
- What about fast shutter speeds like 1/250th sec? We do not recommend these either. Processed footage will look
best and most film-like at 1/60th sec shutter speed. If you need
more information on why to use certain shutter speeds and how
that interacts with transfer to film or with DVFilm Maker, we recommend the book SHOOTING DIGITAL.
- Do I get free updates when you make performance improvements to
the software or release a new version? Bug fixes are emailed free. Updates on CDROM are available by
mail to registered users, for a small upgrade fee ($35). Go to
the DVFilm Update Center