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Movie mode - technical discussions Still imaging is complicated enough but for most of us video and movie making is a whole new world to get to grips with - here is the place to request help and advice and to post it too.

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Jerky Video

Hiya all, I've just tried the video function on my EM5 mkll.
The video I've shot is jerky on playback, looks like a series of stills on slideshow. So can anyone with more experience suggest a set of settings for me to get acceptable movies please. It's not a function I will use very often but I would like to know what I did wrong. I have a couple of thoughts, could it be that I'm using 4/3 lenses via an adaptor or the cards I'm using are too slow and reducing the frame rate will rectify it, stabbing in the dark really without spending the time to check properly or experiment
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What software are you playing the video on?
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Re: Jerky Video

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Re: Jerky Video

Does the video play back OK on the camera?
If so then the lenses and the memory card can't be at fault.


I had a similar problem which I partially resolved by installing OV3 on the affected PC with the camera connected - that updated a video codec IIRC.
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Re: Jerky Video

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Videolan MJ
Have to say I am no expert....

But I do do a bit of videoing, and have found that not all playback software runs well. Maybe they don't like the .mov files.


Can only suggest that you use a different playback software. Windows Media Player has always worked well for me, otherwise convert the .mov files to another format. NHC software will do that for you, probably at a small cost!


The Oly cameras have always given me good files, so would doubt its the camera. Apparently if you pan to the right, you might get a bit of shutter lag, but you have to pan quite fast to get that....

Good luck..

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Re: Jerky Video

Are you using the video icon on the PASM dial or the red video record button? I am not a video expert but I believe that they function slightly differently with regard to the other camera settings they pick up. Go for the one with most automation to see if the video quality improves.
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Re: Jerky Video

As already suggested, verify that the video plays back smoothly in the camera.

If it does, the next likely possibility is that there is a mismatch between the refresh rate of the display and the frame rate of the video, in which case there isn't much of a cure.

You might need a TV with motion processing to see the video play back smoothly.

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Re: Jerky Video

Thanks for all the suggestions and tips. I've just downloaded a prog to enable me to change things about a bit on the recorded video, I always look for the worst case scenario when things don't go as expected (cup half empty lol).
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Re: Jerky Video

Well after playing around a bit, it's the VLC program that's not working as it should. Camera and Lenses working fine. VLC is supposed to be the bee knees too, play anything.
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Re: Jerky Video

Glad that you found the solution...:-)

I have just posted a short video on the video page, Em1 ii works very well. My only gripe is that its slow to focus. Must read up to see if there is a solution to that...
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Re: Jerky Video

Knowing your interests MJ. I watched "All is Lost" the other night with Robert Redford. I don't mean Robert was here lol, he was in it. Have you seen it?
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Re: Jerky Video

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Well after playing around a bit, it's the VLC program that's not working as it should. Camera and Lenses working fine. VLC is supposed to be the bee knees too, play anything.
Many thanks again to all who offered help/advice.
Cheers, Dave
Can I ask if you found an actual solution? Did something else work properly when VLC Player didn't or have you simply established that the video plays normally in the camera?

If the latter, it may not be that VLC Player is at fault, but the aforementioned problem of a mismatch between the display frequency of your monitor or TV and the video frame rate.

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Re: Jerky Video

Windows video player plays the videos without any problem Ian. It may be that I need to D/L VLC again in case it hasn't installed properly because it normally will show just about anything without problem. I did D/L a freeware prog called Handbrake which allows making adjustments to a video and after I converted a MKll video I shot, VLC played it. I've not looked too deeply into Handbrake though as video is a secondary thing that will get used very rarely.
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Re: Jerky Video

I have not come across Handbrake. Would you recommend it?
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Re: Jerky Video

I've not looked into it really regarding its capabilities OM. I don't know a great deal about video editing software so can't say whether its quick or not but it's free so try it and if you don't rate it, it hasn't cost anything
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