November 29, 2014 at 9:58PM

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Why Does My Footage Rip or Tear?

Hey everyone. Hope you're all well.

I'm editing some footage I shot last night and I've noticed this a few times through the footage. It's also happened on other projects and I'm curious as to what I can do to stop this.

http://puu.sh/daUOb/a18d1b6077.jpg

It only lasts for about 2 or 3 frames but I really hate how it looks.

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Usually this sort of "tearing" is caused by a low bit-rate when recording, as there isn't enough data to represent what's going on in the image.

If the "tearing" is in your original footage ( I am assuming it is ), what format and bit-rate are you recording in ?

November 29, 2014 at 11:12PM

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Guy McLoughlin
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Hi there, Guy.

I know very little (No really. Next to none) of the more technical aspects of camera settings and such, and I'm not sure where to find my bitrate settings on my Nikon D5100, However, when I go to the properties of my video, it states that my bitrate is 20011kbps. On my Panasonic, (the problem exists on both cameras) it says 21766kbps.

November 29, 2014 at 11:28PM

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Christopher Brazil
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Hey Christopher,
I don't want to be a trolling or whatever, but if the statement "I know very little (No really. Next to none) of the more technical aspects of camera settings and such," you really shouldn't be taking the self-proclaimed title Director of Photography. I mean, for f*ck's sake. What is it do you think a director of photography does anyways? Oh, I know next to nothing about the human body, but I'm a medical doctor. I know nothing about business, but I'm the CEO. I'm not trying to hate, just call yourself a videographer. Some day, when you have a lot more experience, you can call yourself a DP without cheapening what it means.

Derek Olson

February 12, 2015 at 5:50PM

If the problem exists on both cameras, then it sounds like this might not be a camera issue.

If you play your original footage using the free VLC media player or the free POT Media player, do you see the same tearing ?

December 2, 2014 at 2:41PM

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Guy McLoughlin
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Sometimes is a playback error in your system. A decompressor issue. You can try to uninstall the codes and install again.

January 21, 2015 at 10:13AM

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Ragüel Cremades
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