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Quicktime frame capture issue

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Quicktime won't let me copy frames from videos taken on my camera (Sony DSC-HX10V). It works with my iPhone 4s videos (1080p) but not with videos from my camera (also 1080p). Any ideas for why this is? I'm sure it's the camera because I had an older model pretty similar to this (Sony DSC-H70) which was 720p and it worked with the frame capturing in Quicktime. My HX10V's lowest quality video setting is regular 1080p and then you can also choose two higher qualites if you plan to put the videos on BluRay discs. I have only ever and always used it on the lowest 1080p. Thanks for any insight/help!

Quicktime, Mac OS X (10.7.5)
  • Jon Walker Level 6 Level 6 (17,520 points)
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    Jul 23, 2013 9:12 AM (in response to marisabodine)

    Quicktime won't let me copy frames from videos taken on my camera (Sony DSC-HX10V). It works with my iPhone 4s videos (1080p) but not with videos from my camera (also 1080p). Any ideas for why this is? I'm sure it's the camera because I had an older model pretty similar to this (Sony DSC-H70) which was 720p and it worked with the frame capturing in Quicktime. My HX10V's lowest quality video setting is regular 1080p and then you can also choose two higher qualites if you plan to put the videos on BluRay discs. I have only ever and always used it on the lowest 1080p.

    Your question, as posed, is too ambiguous to answer.

     

    1) What does "Quicktime won't let me copy frames from videos taken on my camera (Sony DSC-HX10V)" mean? Not sure if you are trying to make a PNG screen copy of the player image, copy an image to the system clipboard using the QT X or QT 7 Pro default compression format, are able to copy the image to the clipboard but not open it in Preview but can open it in an app like Photoshop, etc.

     

    2) Am still confused as to whether your source file is 1080i50/60 AVCHD/AC3 in MTS file container @ 24 or 17 Mbps, an anamorphic 1440 x 1080i50/60 (1920 x 1080i50/60) @ 9 Mbps or an anamorphic 1440 x 1080p50/60 (1920 x 1080p50/60) H.264/AAC in MP4 file container @ 12 Mbps. (I.e., none of the possible file formats exactly match your source file description.)

     

    3) If you are unable to properly describe your file characteristics in terms of encoded dimentsions, approximate audio and video data rates, frame rate, display mode, and file type, recommend you post a sample file so that these settings can be properly evaluated along with other characteristics such as the specific profile used, encode level, entropy mode, etc.

     

    At this point, based on the FX sample file I was able to locate on the internet and analyze on my Mountain Lion system, my best guess here is that your file is recorded in the HQ mode—anamorphic 1440 x 1080 (1920 x 1080) interlaced 50 or 60 fps AVCHD/AC3 MTS format and that your problem may be the fact that the file will not open in the QT X player. If true, then the problem may be that the extension needs to be changed from MTS to TS to allow the app to open and play the file normally. (I.e., this solution worked on the FX sample file I downloaded from the Internet.) With regard to iPhone files working while the Sony files do not, the iPhone files (depending on specific model) are normally encoded as 720p or 1080p H.264/AAC compressed files in an M4V file container. If you want your Sony files to work the same as your iPhone files, then switch the  digital camera to the MP4 mode. (I.e., use the anamorphic 1080p H.264/AAC file format that records using an average data rate of 12 Mbps and stores the data in the MP4 file container which is compatible with all QT-based apps.

     

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