Made a LIttle Video with the Sony A77 Yesterday

I was ambitious, and I thought that I would start experimenting with shooting video with my Sony A77. I hit a few hurtles, but managed to get around them, mainly with file formats, but I scrapped out a little three minute video with all of the footage I took regardless of the setbacks. I do not own a blu-ray writer, and Sony shoots in MTS blu-ray format, but getting the Codecs (compression, decompression algorithm) to work, and properly edited, was a huge challenge. Here is the video up on YouTube, with YouTube music along side it.

The Sony A77 is awesome for shooting video. The files are great, and the quality is super clear. I had done much research before buying the camera, reading about how great the video quality was, and the wonderful files were, but it was not until I got my hands on it that I really believed it. The video quality is stunning, but you need the right equipment to work with these files or you work is just plain old DVD quality. Yes, the camera shoots in 1080p at 60 prams per second format like there was no tomorrow.

Do you think I could find someone with a Blu-Ray writer? Nope, not one of my friends owned one. At my work, everyone had the BLu-Ray readers for ripping movies, but it seems that the Blue-Ray writer just really did not take off from within the Geek community, or my circle of freinds.

The up hill struggle quickly came to an end when I found that I could edit in this super high format from within Linux, and do it very well. Actually, Linux worked awesome for editing these videos. I was surprised for not finding any usable documentation on the topic. I believe having the right hardware is the key to working with these large files. My P.C. is very (gaming computing) fast with a fairly hefty graphics card. I could take any software and use it, no matter witch O.S. architect it came from–I can run Window$ software on my machine without Running the O.S.

Enjoy the video. It is scenes of my patio deck, and back yard. Remember that YouTube compresses the video quality to a mere fraction of what the original video looks like, and still calls it High Definition (HD). But still, I think it looks stunning, even on YouTube.

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