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RioVista HDV and SD Footage Products:

RioVista HDV and SD Footage Products:

1. Do you have any means of letting customers test out or try before they buy your footage products?
Yes, demo samplers are available by direct request. Call us at 760-712-6455 or email at info@riovista-media.com and we'll send you a demo packet right away. This DVD includes free clips in 1080/60i. 1080/50i, NTSC, and PAL formats.
2. The previews of your video clips don't play on my system?
All of our preview-clips are in Flash video format. You simply need to get the free Flash player from Adobe. We provide a convenient link to Adobe from our Links page.
3.What version of QuickTime do I need for your different clips?
Quicktime version 7 (or greater) is required to play our clips. QuickTime is a free download from the Apple website and we provide a convenient link to it from our Links page.
4. Is there any reason to purchase both the High-Definition and Standard-Definition versions of the same clips?
No, as you can easily create SD or multimedia format video from our HDV source clips. Aside from your NLE, here are some transcoding apps that should work well: TMPGEnc for Windows and QuickTime Pro for Apple or Windows.
5. I'm still learning about HD, HDV, SD, NTSC/PAL and other broadcast standards. Do you provide information that might help customers make better 'informed' purchase decisions, in this regard?
Digital video is a very complex subject that we cannot fully address here. However, we do our best to include clear and detailed technical information about our products... how they work, and what you should expect. Important to note is that our HDV and SD products are well-tested and designed to meet professional NLE standards. You should have no problems using them in broadcast or film projects with NLE's such as as Avid, Adobe Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro, Grass Valley Edius, Sony Vegas, and others. For any questions, please feel free to contact us directly via phone or email (see the "Contact Us" page).
6. Can I use your SD footage in High-Definition projects?
Yes. Most professional NLE systems (Non-Linear Editors) such as Avid, Final Cut, and Premiere Pro should seamlessly mix Standard-Definition format clips with High-Definition content. The specifics on how to do it will vary from one application to another, but, all pro-grade NLEs support it.
7. Do you offer SD (NTSC/PAL) versions of your High-Definition collections?
Yes. For a variety of purposes, many use SD footage. We therefore can provide widescreen SD versions of out 108i-HDV conent.
8. Can I use your 1080i High-Definition clips in 1280x720 HD projects?
Yes. A number of methods can be used and most should be relatively simple. We provide a general guideline entitled 'Using 1080i in 24p' (in PDF) you can download right here. This document covers basic compatibility questions for using our products in 720-HD projects at interlaced frame rates of 29.97 and 23.98, as well as with progressive scan 24p.
9. Can I use your 1080i High-Definition clips in 24P (progressive-frame) non-interlaced projects?
Yes. Please refer to the answer given in #8, above.
10. Why do you offer High-Definition footage in 1080i format? What abour 1080p?
HDV-based cameras and NLE systems were an industry standard during the time period that our libraries were produced. It is still a common standard (c. 2015). Good content holds up well and stands the test of time. We feel the inherent quality of our footage stands as well. Regarding a move to 1080p, we no longer actively produce nature libraries so this is not an option. And of course, you can certainly use our 1080i clips in your 1080p projects.
11. Why don't you offer downloadable video clips, as many others do?
Originally, we did sell downloadable clips directly from this website. Our business model has since changed and we now offer video clips only through certain distribution channels or direct contact (i.e., call us at 760-712-6455 and we’ll be happy to make a sale).
12. It seems your video footage libraries are made up of a number of 25-clip collections but you don't appear to offer these individual collections for purchase. Why not?
While our libraries are organized into various “collections,” we now accommodate just three purchase options via direct sales (phone or email). Please check our "Pricing" page (from the main menu-bar) for details on current optins.
13. Regarding the QuickTime Movie Product Clips: How close to the actual or 'true' quality and color (of the clips) are the QuickTime movies?
Providing footage products as QuickTime movies is an industry standard for delivery digital video files (in HD/HDV and SD formats). Also very important is the codec used (i.e., the type or compression). In this regard, we have found the "Photo-JPEG" codec to be among the very best in image quality. However, 'true' quality and color will be shown only with the appropriate display equipment.
14. Regarding the Flash Preview Clips: How close to the actual or 'true' quality and color (of the clips) are the Previews on your website?
All of our nature clip previews are in a Flash video format that is very easy to load, play, and (we hope) enjoy. However, they are intended only as a quick and very basic preview of each clip's content and composition. That’s all. The actual quality of each product clip will be much, much better in every way!
15. Do your video clips include any audio?
Our video clips do not contain audio; however, we do provide a set of free nature audio sound clips that are available from our "Free Nature Audio" page. Each of these mp3 files was recorded in the wild and provide the sounds that are typically associated with our nature videos.
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