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Old 07-30-2007, 09:10 PM   #1  
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Question Computer freezes: AVCHD (.mts from Sony HDR-SR1)

So I think I'm having a unique problem here. My computer will freeze when I playback a raw .mts file from the camcorder ONLY when I stop or close the video playback (in windows media player).

I really just want to edit the videos in HD (or even just convert them to a manageable h.264 codec or something.

I tried the method from a page titled: "How to edit AVCHD M2TS files from Sony HDR-SR1 camcorders." You'll have to google it since I can't post URL's until my 5th post.

Anyways, when I load the file in virtualdubmod my computer freezes then.

I have tried a number of converters from elecard and tmpgenc and get the same result. Frozen.

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Opteron 146
MSI K8N neo4-f overclocked to 2.8ghz prime95 stable for over 24hrs.  (Yes, I tried it at stock 2.0ghz and get the exact same result.  At the moment I'm only trying at stock 2.0ghz until I figure it out.)
1gig Patriot 3200 2-3-2-5 single module. (memtest86+ passed good)
NV 7600GS pci-e
500w PSU
I don't know if anything else matters with my situation...

I'd like to know if you guys might have some insight into my dilemma. Have you ever seen this before?

Thanks in advance.
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Old 07-31-2007, 11:51 AM   #2  
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Get mplayer or vlc. Either one should play your files. You can try CoreAVC but I think they want some $s.
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Old 07-31-2007, 08:17 PM   #3  
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Let me apologize for not clarifying.

I have VLC (crashes then freezes), and mplayer (just crashes).
I also have MediaPlayerClassic (will play but not at full resolution).
Windows Media Player (Will play good but as soon as I close it or stop playback if freezes).
The only thing that doesn't freeze is GOMplayer but it plays in slow motion.

The solution I need is to get these .MTS's converted to something I can play with.
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Old 07-31-2007, 10:16 PM   #4  
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Those Opterons sure do overclock eh' . Can you post a file somewhere I can grab. I have a Linux box here and it usually will play anything.

I can also convert stuff with mencoder. Possibly if nothing else I can work out a command to convert that .mts to H264 or something. That's what they are actually.
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Those Opterons sure do overclock eh' . Can you post a file somewhere I can grab. I have a Linux box here and it usually will play anything.

I can also convert stuff with mencoder. Possibly if nothing else I can work out a command to convert that .mts to H264 or something. That's what they are actually.
Yeah, I've seen 3ghz but I don't like how hot it gets. Soon I'll be running something dual-core.

rapidshare com/files/46258436/00000.MTS.html
(edited because I can't post a URL until my 5th post )

I also dual-boot with ubuntu. I've been looking for a way to try converting from there but I have a hard time installing from source. I'm a linux noob somewhat still but I've learned a lot.

Hay, thanks for the fast reply and the help!
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Yeah, I've seen 3ghz but I don't like how hot it gets. Soon I'll be running something dual-core.

rapidshare com/files/46258436/00000.MTS.html
(edited because I can't post a URL until my 5th post )

I also dual-boot with ubuntu. I've been looking for a way to try converting from there but I have a hard time installing from source. I'm a linux noob somewhat still but I've learned a lot.

Hay, thanks for the fast reply and the help!
Could be your vid card. Is yours the 256mg or 128mg version?? And what apps do you have running in the background? Run your confuser as clean as possible - get rid of lumpy anti-virus crap and anything that polls. If your card is the 256 mg version and you are considering a serious delve into HD, me would consider bumping to a card with at least 512mg onboard.
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Old 08-01-2007, 10:47 AM   #7  
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Could be your vid card. Is yours the 256mg or 128mg version?? And what apps do you have running in the background? Run your confuser as clean as possible - get rid of lumpy anti-virus crap and anything that polls. If your card is the 256 mg version and you are considering a serious delve into HD, me would consider bumping to a card with at least 512mg onboard.
I have the 3dfuzion 256meg 7600gs. Could it really be the video card? I've been able to play HD videos in other formats just fine. It's not until I discovered sonys MTS files that I had this problem. I'm starting to wonder if it's possible that a codec conflict would cause it to freeze.

If I could just convert these files to h.264 or anything I would be fine so I can edit them.

I always run with minimal processes. My AV is avast which is really small. Nothing else runs in the background.

I dual-boot with linux (ubuntu). I'm currently trying to seek out a linux option for converting these files. The problem is I have a hard time installing apps from source code. (I'm sort of a linux noob).

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Old 08-02-2007, 02:20 AM   #8  
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Just a thought - Go here http://www.sonycreativesoftware.com/...ct.asp?pid=404

and see if this helps. It is Sony's Vegas sofware, free trial without limitations (me believes) for 30 days.
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Yeah, I've seen 3ghz but I don't like how hot it gets. Soon I'll be running something dual-core.

rapidshare com/files/46258436/00000.MTS.html
(edited because I can't post a URL until my 5th post )

I also dual-boot with ubuntu. I've been looking for a way to try converting from there but I have a hard time installing from source. I'm a linux noob somewhat still but I've learned a lot.

Hay, thanks for the fast reply and the help!
Oh boy that's a toughie. Got it beat but it's a linux solution.

Get the tarball:
http://www.olmosconsulting.com/m2ts.tar.gz

From my server they should work on a 64 bit linux if you have 32 bit let me know:
http://carnagepro.com/files/mts.tar.gz

copy the 3 files to /usr/local/bin

Untar the m2ts.tar.gz and go in the dir created and run ./test it will either start on it's samplevideo.m2ts or complain about missing stuff.

I'm pretty sure apt-get will fix the missing stuff. So something like:

apt-get install mplayer ffmpeg mencoder

will do the trick. When ./test builds it's samplevideo.avi it's working.

Then su to root and run ./installasroot

After that m2tstoavi thefile.mts will make you an H264 .avi in that dir.

Seems to work well, sorry I haven't found a simpler solution.

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Sounds great! Thanks for the reply. I have to go to work. I'll try it when I get home. I have 32-bit. Should I be running 64-bit OS since I do have the ability? I just never thought it was worth it.
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Okay, I'm doing this on my laptop from work but I get the same thing at home when I run the scripts from that other tarball.
/bin/csh: bad interpreter: Permission denied

It happens when I run any of the scripts: ./install, ./download, ./everything...

I noticed the first line of each script is "#!/bin/csh" Could that have something to do with it?
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Okay, I'm doing this on my laptop from work but I get the same thing at home when I run the scripts from that other tarball.
/bin/csh: bad interpreter: Permission denied

It happens when I run any of the scripts: ./install, ./download, ./everything...

I noticed the first line of each script is "#!/bin/csh" Could that have something to do with it?
I didn't notice I seem to have em' all in my Slackware install.

I'll build you some 32 bit binaries for the mts.tar.gz the 64 bit ones wont work. 64 bit is useful if you have big data sets but it's not much faster otherwise.

Try

apt-get install csh

to get that shell installed and I'll get the 32 bit stuff up in a couple of hours ... just redownload the mts.tar.gz later on.
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Okay... how do you like Slamd64? I think I might give it a go in the future at home once I get this sorted out. I've never used slackware.

Hay, keep the 64bit version available for me for later if you can please. But I will try the 32bit when I get home.

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Okay... how do you like Slamd64? I think I might give it a go in the future at home once I get this sorted out. I've never used slackware.

Hay, keep the 64bit version available for me for later if you can please. But I will try the 32bit when I get home.
Ubuntu is pretty friendly while Slackware is kinda user hostile in the grand old *nix tradition. Still if you like computers it is a gas.

The 32 bit binaries are up and in the same mts.tar.gz you downloaded before
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Old 08-02-2007, 07:40 PM   #15  
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Okay, so I just installed 64bit ubuntu, sorry about wasting your time getting 32bit codes but since I'm working with large HD video I understand it's better. I took the original copy of your mts.tar.gz I had on my laptop (the 64bit version).

I still can't get those scripts to work. Must be a different bash? I keep getting syntax errors in each script. I have to run them like this: "sh ./scriptname" but still get various syntax errors.

Anyways. I followed the test in the readme and got it to convert the samplevideo. I feel a little better now...

Here I go to try to convert one of my own videos... Wish me luck.

No dice... This is what I get:
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[email protected]:~$ sudo xporthdmv -nh 00000.MTS 1 1 1
Unsupported Option: n
Cannot open bitstream file <00000.MTS>

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