Sony's "MOVIE SHAKER" software

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I was wondering if anyone out there has working knowledge of this software. I am a semi-proad owner of a Vaio DS series desktop, which was purchased right before sony started marketing this software. It seems to have some nice features, and was wondering if anyone would be willing to trade for a copy. Let me know...

Thanks Scot Virnoche biomedical engineer GE Medical Systems

-- scot virnoche (scot.virnoche@med.ge.com), September 12, 2000

Answers

I have the same situation since I bought a VAIO slimtop L620 before this software came out. Keep me in mind if you get an answer

-- Michael Reina (mikelangel@home.com), November 14, 2000.

Just a beginning user of Movie Shaker. The one feature I don't care for is that you can't save a partial work, and then open it again to complete it, or add to it. In other words, you have to complete a project in one sitting, because once you close it, it's done.

-- Planet Earth (imagine@industrial-ideas.com), January 07, 2001.

I HAVE THE SONY L-640 AND THOUGH I DON'T USE THE MOVIESHAKER SOFTWARE MUCH (I'M ALWAYS USING ADOBE 5.1). HOWEVER, I THINK IT IS EXELLENT FOR ANYONE WHO DOESN'T WANT TO SPEND A LOT OF TIME LEARNING HOW TO USE THE COMPLICATED EDITING PROGRAMS. IT DOES TRANSITIONS, TITLES, AND SPECIAL EFFECTS. YOU SIMPLY CHOOSE THE VIDEO CLIPS OR STILLS THAT YOU WANT. THEN YOU SELECT THE "STYLE" OF VIDEO YOU WANT. THEN YOU HIT THE SHAKE BUTTON, AND THE VIDEO IS ASSEMBLED ALL BY ITSELF. TRULY AMAZING! YET, YOU CAN ONLY EDIT VIDEOS UP TO 9 MINUTES. NOTE: I'M NOT 100 PERCENT SURE ABOUT THAT LAST COMMENT OF "9 MIN." BUT I'M PRETTY SURE I SAW THAT ONCE IN THE USER'S MANUEL. I'D BE HAPPY TO SEND YOU GUYS THE SOFTWARE. JUST E-MAIL ME. IF WE CAN TRADE, FINE. IF YOU HAVE NOTHING I NEED, IT'S STILL YOURS FOR THE ASKING.

-- JOHNNYRAY GASCA (SBDVD@HOTMAIL.COM), January 08, 2001.

Quote start: Just a beginning user of Movie Shaker. The one feature I don't care for is that you can't save a partial work, and then open it again to complete it, or add to it. In other words, you have to complete a project in one sitting, because once you close it, it's done. End quote!

A way around this problem is, to burn your partial work on a CD-RW and save the settings on your HD. Later you can add on your HD the second part, burn that again on de CD-RW, repeat this process as many times as needed. Once you are completely done you could burn the final result on a CD-R, provided your player accepts CD-R's.

Friendly greetings, Eppo R. Kooi.

-- Eppo R. Kooi (E.R.Kooi@XS4all.NL), January 08, 2001.


MovieShaker came with my new VAIO Digital Studio computer. This is my first attempt at video editing, so needless to say, I'm confused. My problem is with the sound. I captured approximately 9 minutes of video, but I don't know how to edit out the original sound. MovieShaker makes it easy to add new sound, but the original sound plays also. What do I do? Does anyone have an answer? I've made several 30-second clips using the Shaker. It's easy, fun, and looks great. According to the Help guide, 2 GB is the maximum size for exporting from Movie Shaker. I assembled 2 clips that were each slightly longer than 4 minutes, and both were approximately 1 GB.

-- Merry Ibsen (merry-ibsen@uiowa.edu), January 09, 2001.


I hope you already got your answers but if not here they are.

1.) You can extend the time of a movie but you need to save your work as a .mov file. (quick time). 2.) to remove the original sound, select the clip you want to edit and then on the top right, next to the main picture, is a speaker icon. Click on it and move the slide bar to the mute setting.

-- Werner Howald (Wernerhowald@yahoo.com), May 15, 2001.


I've been working with a VAIO desktop since last November, and would like to add my two cents as well... The VAIO is wonderful for speed and hardware integrity... we got a midsize system... however, I have to say the Sony software included with the package, smacked of being a "beginners only" kit... and dedicated software seems so much more capable... Movie Shaker, for example, has a fine live video capture utility, which I still use, but the frame rates in which video is loaded, are kind of non-standard, which might be nice for adding a home movie clip to an Email or something, but leaves something to be desired if you're attempting to do an art piece for SVCD or the net... a quick & dirty workaround is to add the (freeware) Tsunami software, otherwise known as TMPGEnc... but a better way to go, as it looks now, is Sonic Foundry's Vegas Video: MEGA video AND audio tracks can be used in a single project, and it's a fine audio production center as well... although I'm also considering the Adobe 6... mostly, because out of all the bundled software, Adobe Photoshop Elements has given me really great results with my graphics projects, and there was, like... ZERO learning curve! That one's a keeper! Hope This Helps, G.

-- Gearhead (mmoczulewski@wi.rr.com), February 17, 2002.

Well, I don't know about that not being able to save a partial project thing. I've been able to stop right dab in the middle, save it, then pick it right back up and begin editing again, all with no problems. My only complaint, there are not enough transitions, effects, etc. It would be nice to be able to edit the ones they have there, but I recognize that as someone else put it, this is a, "Beginners package."

With Photoshop, SoundForge, and some other software though, you can make a really nice video presentation in less than an hour. I dare you to try the same thing with other software out there.

-- A.D.B. (adrab@hotmail.com), March 07, 2002.


Hi. Anyone know where I can download plug-ins (if at all) for the movie shaker, like extra effects and transitions? Thanks alot!

-- Naji Makarem (najimakarem@yahoo.com), November 14, 2002.

I have a question: does anyone know of additional BMG (back ground music) associated with the icons that Sony may have made available? The four existing sound tracks are nice, but it gets tiring having to listen to the same ones over and over.

THoughts?

-- David Aferiat (daferiat@yours.com), November 26, 2002.



My question relates to poor video quality when creating a video using Movie Shaker. When using Movie Shaker, to display the video on my JVC Digital Video Camera the picture quality is good. The movie clips I create however (when using the capture on/off feature) are of much lower quality. I have taken all steps recommended in the Movie Shaker manual to increase the quality of the video clips, namely:

1) Ensure the DMA feature is enabled on my laptop; 2) Defragment the hard drive 3) Terminate all other running programs; 4) Increase the amount of page-memory to 1024. 5) Create video clips using each of the Movie Shakerís video resolution settings (i.e. low, medium, high).

Unfortunately, none of these steps has resolved my problem. The picture quality of the video clips are still of significantly lower quality than the video I see when using Movie Shaker to view the original tape. Because I can see a clear video on my laptop when reviewing the tape, I assume that the laptop is receiving all the data over the FireWire cable. The problem appears to be with Movie Shakerís ability to keep up with the stream of video data coming from the camera when I am capturing video.

Given the fact that a VAIO laptop (my model is PCG 995L , purchased in January 2002) is marketed as a multi-media computer, I assume the disk drive should not be the bottleneck. Has anyone run into a similar problem? I can go out and purchase another software package, but Iíd first like to understand the problem a bit better.

Any help is greatly appreciated.

-- Patrick Moan (pcmcdm@earthlink.net), November 29, 2002.


can anyone tell me how to add pictures in at all 1 sec play time without having to go through them all and change them manually? if so please email me..BEEZLEBORG@aol.com thnx

-- Dr Crawford (BEEZLEBORG@aol.com), December 03, 2002.

wow you guys are really clueless about Movie-shaker. First off, you can save partial work anywhere you want to.(dumbass)(sry but I thought that was a really idiotic statement.) I have made more then 100 vids for both personal and company and I have saved partials everytime I have done it because they just can't all be done in one sitting. Next point, if you want to change the back ground music either import a mp3 to the clip tray or, record your voice over a mic on the computer save it as a wave or midi and import that. I personally use mp3s as the quality of the sound is better. THird point, when you import a jpg it automatically makes it seven or so seconds in the over all time line. AS long as you dont make the pic extremly small it should work. now I didn't read all of your questions but I am fairly experinced with the software and its uses. IF you have further questions or want to shot ideas about possible projects and what you can do to improve them my e-mail is there just make sure to state in the subject of the email you are talking about movie shaker because otherwise I may never see it. Sorry for being rude earlier but people who dont know what they are talking about irk me sometimes. have a good day bye ^-^ Paladin

-- Paladin (DarkAngelfire@att.net), January 27, 2003.

I bought a DCR IP7E sony and I got the movie shaker 3.1 software with it. With this software you can do very few things which is a big problem for me. I try to capture my video clips by using adobe premiere 6.5 but it does not work with this camera. Can anyone help me?

-- (smayench@terra.es), May 01, 2003.

I'd appreciate if anyone - yes anyone can tell me where i can buy a copy of movie shaker as I I can't find it anywhere....

Many Thanks for any help

Chris

-- Chris Weston (chris.weston@nccglobal.com), August 13, 2003.



my sony dcr ip220e micro mv is not recognized from pinnacle studio 7, is not recognized from premier what shall i do !! Anyone for help

-- dimi stavros (idnis@mail.gr), October 08, 2003.

Hey Dimi, I found this posting while looking for an update to my Movie Shaker software that came with my MicroMV IP7. I generally use Pinnacle Systems Studio 8 DV. I think the DV is important because it supports Digital Video (DV). I think that is for reading and writing. I donít have any problems getting the software to read from my IP7, but it doesnít support some of the features that Movie Shaker does such as finding the stop points between the shots on the tape. My complaint with Studio 8 is that it tries to find these stops points, but gets hung up if it runs into digital artifacts (caused my weak batteries or dirt). I was hoping that the Movie Shaker would do a better job then Studio 8 and ignore these. My suggestion is to look into Studio 8 DV and see if that works better for you.

rh

-- Rod (rhalvers@comcast.net), October 11, 2003.


Dimi, I've been looking around many times until now to find the later possible version of Movie Shaker, but there is no result. Alternative programs you may look for supporting MicroMV input, are the above mentioned Pinnacle Studio 8 and Ulead VideoStudio version 7. If you have any news about Movie Shaker or any other programs, please send email. Also, I read above about changing DMA settings and Page Memory. How can I do them on my Windows XP Home edition? Note that I TRY to work on a laptop computer. Thanx!

-- Manos (manos@iname.com), December 06, 2003.

Can anyone help me on this? I dont have problem downloading the Video/Audio from my cam the problem comes when Im exporting the movie, the output audio is jerky using Movie shaker 3.1.

-- Balds (freestyle1sg@yahoo.com), December 10, 2003.

My bigest problem seems to be in not knowing how to use Movie Shaker to get the effects I'm looking for. I just don't have days on end to sit and play with the software to figure out if it will infact overlay a fade-out to the next image on the same frame. Also I can not find anywhere to upgrade the 3.3 Version that came with my computer. Since I have purchased both Sony camera and camcorder that work great with my VAIO computer I would like to learn to use the software without all the sweat and tears over it. Some of you that have a later version does it do more than the earlier ones? Some of you that use Movie Shaker and have figured it out would you be so kind as to mintor me? Feel free to write to me. Thanks for the space to speak up. Phyllis

-- Phyllis Cantrell (Ctymouse@aol.com), January 13, 2004.

i've purchase an IP7E but the movie shaker 3.1 doesn't seems to recognized my camcorder when I click on the capture. the only thing it reads is memory stick. i'm using Win98SE. please help.

thanks, sonny

-- Sonny (marven_valeros@yahoo.com), February 15, 2004.


I find MovieShaker more limited than other video editing software. One useful software is mmv2mpg. It converts the mmv files created by MovieShaker to a format which can be read and used by most other video programs. From there on, everything should be easier.

-- Denis (ddmlux@hotmail.com), April 04, 2004.

I have bought a sony camcorder "DCRIP220E"; i'm using "movie shaker 3.1" for movie editor and in final export, from "MMV to MPEG or AVI or any format of file, when i check my film with "windows media player" (for example) i can't hear the sound; precisely i hear a click sound intermittent!!! what is this? what is happen? someone can help me?

-- vincent (vilerr@tin.it), May 03, 2004.

very simple - if your sound doesn't work after you export with movie shaker - UNINSTALL your new version of quicktime and install the one that comes on the CD ... that's all

it's a big inconvenience - but then it will work

-- Boris (yboris@hotmail.com), May 07, 2004.


Can enyone help me MOVIE SHAKER. My CD, with the program is not working. And i need the softwere to transfer my movies.

Thanks in advance. jaime@trecdesign.com

-- jaime (jaime@trecdesign.com), May 18, 2004.


I like Movie Shaker cause it's fast and easy but it gets very old with the same effects and transitions. CAN ANYONE tell me what where can I get the latest version upgrade???

-- Olivia (viktor@prexar.com), June 03, 2004.

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