VoltaicHD is a video converter that allows you to edit footage from an AVCHD camera in Movie Maker. VoltaicHD converts your highly compressed AVCHD (.m2ts or .mts) files into the AVI format which Windows Media Player and Microsoft Movie Maker can handle. So what? Well, if you have just bought a new AVCHD camera and want to edit the footage, you are usually stuck with having to fork out for a new editing package.
All three of the Shedworx AVCHD apps have been updated with a few key fixes and Mountain Lion support.
We have updated our core AVCHD engine with a couple of key updates.
Over the past few months camera manufacturers have released new AVCHD variants in the 50p and 60p area.
50p (and 60p) are the highest level of HD recording available on consumer camcorders today. The 50p refers to the 50 full (progressive) frames per second that these cameras can record. The video from these cameras is the absolute best quality available today.
We have supported the initial 50p and 60p formats used by Panasonic since 2010 so this update covers all 50p and 60p recording formats from all AVCHD camera manufacturers.
LPCM audio support
LPCM is a pro-level audio format used in Pro video cameras.
Over the past year more and more Pro video cameras have moved to the AVCHD video format, away from vendor-specific video formats.
As they have moved into AVCHD, these Pro cameras have begun using LPCM audio, rather than the Dolby Digital 5.1 audio that consumer camcorders use.
LPCM has always been in the AVCHD spec, its just that nobody was using it.
This update to our AVCHD apps now supports LPCM audio in AVCHD videos.
We've also updated all the apps to be signed with the Shedworx Developer Certificate. This allows our apps to be installed and run on Mountain Lion under the default OSX security setting which prevents the execution of non-signed apps.
Voltaic, Revolver and Cosmos are now available for Download from shedworx.com or via Automatic Update from the applications themselves.
* Converts AVCHD video to an editable format on the Mac or PC.
* Converts clips on your computer with the camera unplugged!
* Speedy video clip transfer to your computer - frees up your camera for filming!
* Preview the first frame of your AVCHD video - before you convert it!
* Does not require the entire AVCHD file structure - works on standalone AVCHD files.
* Support for all AVCHD cameras (including AVCHD Lite)
* Universal binary software - works on PowerPC and Intel Macs*.
* Can convert to any QuickTime supported video format - not just AIC**.
* Accepts the vast majority of QuickTime® supported video formats as conversion inputs - not just AVCHD**.
* Apple's AVCHD converter (in both iMovie'08 and Final Cut Pro) only supports Intel platforms.
** VoltaicHD® for Mac is not only a solid AVCHD converter, it is a fully functional video converter supporting almost all QuickTime video formats as inputs and/or outputs!
* Can export to WMV or AVI video format.
* Let's you edit HD videos with Microsoft® Movie Maker or other video editing suite on the PC (such as Adobe® Premiere Pro CS3 or Sony Vegas Pro (WMV only)).
* Enables you to edit your video on your current hardware and software - no need to buy expensive new gear.
Claims to convert MTS to AVI, but doesn't let you specify the codec to use for the AVI file as is possible in most tools that support AVI (Adobe Premiere, Virtual Dub), etc. Makes the tool kind of useless IMHO. Glad I did the free trial before paying.
It's certainly easy to use, but the 1440x1080 clip I threw at it was erroneously seen as 4:3 A/R and there's no method I could find to override and make it the correct 16:9. Voltaic promises a fix for this in their next version. Also uses the open source avcodec libraries. Output looked good, AVI was in MS Mpeg4 format suitable for Windows Movie Maker and similar apps.
Posted January 03, 2008 by Soopafresh.
Tool version 1.0.14
using OS WinXP
Ease of use 10
Value for money 7
Overall score 7
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