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I'm having trouble watching 5K videos from my Inspire 1 on my laptop.  Is there some software I should use?


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5K? is this s typo?
I'm not aware X5 is shooting 5k.
Am I missing something here?
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DJI-Dave
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That inspire only goes to 4K
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If you are having trouble watching 4K videos. It is probably your laptop hardware cannot keep up. How old is your laptop??
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The 4K Inspire 1 videos in their original form can only be played by the fastest computers.  

Typically you should transcode before editing/watching them.

Software differs whether you are on Mac or PC but there is a free program that works on both and may be useful -

MPEG STREAMCLIP
http://www.squared5.com/


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in addition you need to have a 4K screen to see the real quality of the footage
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DJI-Dave Posted at 2015-10-15 23:08
If you are having trouble watching 4K videos. It is probably your laptop hardware cannot keep up. H ...

I have the same thought Dave.
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Hi, my bad typo, I meant 4K video.  My laptop is about 5 years old & probably cannot support this HD video.  I'll have to update my computer.  Thank you all.  Can I record video on my I1 in 1080i?
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jptrax Posted at 2015-10-19 07:45
Hi, my bad typo, I meant 4K video.  My laptop is about 5 years old & probably cannot support this HD ...

You're better off shooting at 4k and transcoding, as suggested in my post above.


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The 4K Inspire 1 videos in their original form can only be played by the fastest computers.  

Typically you should transcode before editing/watching them.

Software differs whether you are on Mac or PC but there is a free program that works on both and may be useful -

MPEG STREAMCLIP
http://www.squared5.com/

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jptrax Posted at 2015-10-18 13:45
Hi, my bad typo, I meant 4K video.  My laptop is about 5 years old & probably cannot support this HD ...

If you do not want to transcode as Jim has advised, then I would say yes you should be able to record video on your I1 in 1080 and then pay it back and edit it on your laptop.
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jimhare Posted at 2015-10-18 17:51
You're better off shooting at 4k and transcoding, as suggested in my post above.

So Jim, are you saying we should always be shooting in 4K and then transcoding? Can you explain for those of us that have less video experience, like me.
My older MacBook Pro can not handle 4K either just like the OP of this thread.


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DJI-Dave Posted at 2015-10-19 12:02
So Jim, are you saying we should always be shooting in 4K and then transcoding? Can you explain fo ...

Hey Dave, absolutely.   There are a few things at play here.

The first is that it's ALWAYS best to oversample and then downsize in post.  This tightens up the pixels and gives a better result than shooting natively at 1080P.

It also gives you the opportunity to "punch" into the 4k image to crop, straighten or refocus the image without zooming over 100%.

I like to think of Inspire footage as a film negative.  In other words something that gives you the most options but you don't use in its native form.

Of course this is all about squeezing every ounce of quality from your footage.   If you don't have high aspirations and just want to shoot and see your footage, then shooting in 1080P or even 720P is fine, you just won't have as many options to make your end product "pop!"   

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jimhare Posted at 2015-10-18 21:22
Hey Dave, absolutely.   There are a few things at play here.

The first is that it's ALWAYS best t ...

Hey Jim, I will definitely be using your advise, but let me ask you this:

Latest Dell XPS 15 Laptop w/ 6th Gen Skylake i7 Quad core CPU, 16 gigs of DDR4 ram, 512 GB PCIe SSD, and discrete Nvidia GTX 960 video card. I know you're a Mac guy, but just based on the specs do you think that this Laptop can handle I1's original 4k footage? I'm not interested in a laptop that can  "barely handle" the load but spit it out and ask for more performance. I'm about to pull the trigger. It's about the same price as the X5 w/ lens though. Decisions, decisions.
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jones5r Posted at 2015-10-19 15:57
Hey Jim, I will definitely be using your advise, but let me ask you this:

Latest Dell XPS 15 Lapt ...

Yeah, I would expect that to do a nice job of it!
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jimhare Posted at 2015-10-18 18:22
Hey Dave, absolutely.   There are a few things at play here.

The first is that it's ALWAYS best t ...

Thank you so much Jim! For what I shoot good enough is usually good enough, if you know what I mean.
Like you said about high aspirations or not...
But If I have something special I will try your method. I should try your method soon though, just so I know what it is like to do it that way.

Thanks again,
Dave
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DJI-Dave Posted at 2015-10-19 17:15
Thank you so much Jim! For what I shoot good enough is usually good enough, if you know what I mean ...

No problem Dave.  Of course the rest comes along with it, like shooting in LOG with reduced contrast and saturation, using the overexposure meter and histogram, correct shutter speed and so on.   
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jimhare Posted at 2015-10-19 00:27
No problem Dave.  Of course the rest comes along with it, like shooting in LOG with reduced contra ...

Yeah, no kidding. LOL
To that note...
I used to be a professional photographer. And so when I took my family on our family vacations I would lug around all my DSLR camera gear including tripod. Then spend a week in PhotoShop editing my pictures when we got home. Now I walk around with my iPhone 6+ edit in phone each night and I am happy as can be. LOL
The iPhone 6 takes much better pics than the 5 ever did, by the way... Not trying to defend my decision. LOL
PS. I still am a pro photog, I just don't work as much as I used too...
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