Author Archives: Gavin Gration

About Gavin Gration

Director at Manchester Video Limited

Speed up H.264 encoding with a budget GPU

In this article we will explain how a graphics card can help to reduce the amount of time required to compress video files into a web and gadget friendly format. If you’re already familiar with basics of video compression and … Continue reading

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Facebook Live not working? Try a different browser

Facebook Live is a video streaming service introduced in spring 2016. You can stream from a computer to a Facebook Page but there are some limitations and in our case a problem with Chrome browser on either Windows or Mac. … Continue reading

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Trial of Video Downloads

We’re now providing video downloads for video to MP4 conversions. We have several different options depending on the file size and preview requirements. By default we will only upload encrypted files but you can ask for unencrypted files which then … Continue reading

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Sony MicroMV & Sony Betamax

Pictured left is a MicroMV cassette – the world’s smallest digital video tape. On the right is a Betamax cassette – the analogue video tape format which lost out to VHS. MicroMV explained and why it failed MircoMV used MPEG2 … Continue reading

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Video Transfer Christmas 2015 Deadlines

We always try to fulfil as many pre-Christmas orders as possible. However, we do have to manage orders during December to ensure that we can deliver completed jobs in time. Our cut off date for pre-Christmas orders this year is … Continue reading

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F.A.Q. What video file format do Smart TVs use?

Smart TVs have some great features including Internet browsing, catch-up TV and entertainment such as NetFlix and YouTube. You may not know it but Smart TVs can also play your own videos – usually from a USB stick but sometimes … Continue reading

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Audio Tape to CD – Voices Bring Back Memories

It’s quite remarkable how distinct the human voice can be from person to person. Even after a long period of time we can often recognise somebody just by hearing them speak. We’ve been copying audio and video tapes to disc … Continue reading

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Video Production News Update May 2015

Here’s a round-up of some of the more interesting jobs we’ve done in the last few months. We’ve been webcasting live events, downgrading footage, experimenting with iPads and doing a same day shoot and edit corporate video! Webcasting student presentations … Continue reading

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Sony MiniDisc to CD and MP3 Service

Sony launched their MiniDisc audio recording format in late 1992. It continued to be produced and sold until being phased out in 2013. Players and recorders were made as portable ‘Walkman’ type units, HiFi separates and commercial studio and field … Continue reading

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Timecode copies for online video previews

When we make a video we often need to send review versions for our clients to check the content, make notes and send us details of any amendments or comments during the production process. Timecode is used throughout video production … Continue reading

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