?

Log in

No account? Create an account

BloodSpell Development Updates

Canopus ProCoder - Just Say No.

BloodSpell Development Updates

Canopus ProCoder - Just Say No.

Previous Entry Share Next Entry
I must echo Ross's comments on one thing last week - Canopus ProCoder is a total and utter dog of a program. Seriously, I'd be unimpressed by its level of unexplained bugginess in a shareware package, never mind something costing 300 - yes, 300 - pounds.

Let's see.

We bought it to automate our release process by running off Quicktime, Windows Media and Divx versions of our vids automatically. It can't do that - it doesn't play nice with Quicktime 7, and crashes with unexpected errors whenever you ask it to encode an H.264 video. It also sometimes mysteriously crashes when running out WMVs.

We also wanted it to convert our AVI files to Quicktime for Final Cut Pro. It can do that - most of the time. I reckon it crashes about 1 time in 4. However, it can't handle input files with different aspect ratios - it just automatically puts black letterboxes around the edge of some of the videos. It does this, by the way, automatically, and there's no way to turn it off, according to Canopus Tech Support.

(Virtualdub, which is FREE, handles the problem without incident. Oh, how I wish there was a version of VDub that would handle Quicktime.)

And, just now, it won't convert 2 files with inpoints and outpoints into Quicktime. No wierd aspect ratios, no odd codecs- we're using PNG, for heaven's sake - it just crashed out every time with a "QT Writer Error". Eventually I did it in Premiere instead. Because it was easier.

So, if you're reading this and looking for a decent video conversion package, for the love of whatever deity you choose, buy Cleaner XL. (We would, but we can't afford another three-figure purchase right now). Or code your own. Or use Compressor. Just don't buy ProCoder. It's possibly the worst, most buggy commercial package I've ever used.
  • I agree

    (Anonymous)
    We have been using ProCoder here for a while too and found that it makes high luma levels and superblacks on mpeg2 files, rendering them unbroadcastable. Haven't used the quicktime support that much but have found it a bit buggy.

    Oh and as for the black bars yes they are annoying, but can be dealt with. You have to fool PC into thinking you dont need any aspect ratio change, so put the same aspect ratio setting in the source and target. (this normally takes 2 tries before the damn thing works how you want it)
Powered by LiveJournal.com