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Jonathan H Pienaar

South Africa

Professional Final Cut Pro HD editor, with some experience in DVD Studio Pro, Motion and Shake. Currently working mainly for South Africa's version of "60 Minutes" - "Carte Blanche". I have not yet made the transition to FCP X -- I'm waiting for the dust to settle on that, so in the meantime a good resource is Larry Jordan ( Please don't post questions about hooking up PVRs, DVDs and hi-fis - there must be an Expert in the Home Entertainment section who can help you better than I can.

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20 years as a professional editor: worked in feature films, commercials, music videos and actuality.


High school, 2 years of university degree.

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Recent Answers from Jonathan H Pienaar

2016-07-03 Handbrake:

Avidemux is reputable open source software. No adware or anything like that. I have used it for years on Linux and Mac without a problem. MPEG Streamclip is not open source, but the company that produces

2016-07-03 Handbrake:

I'm not sure what you mean by "recorded in mpeg-4". Do you mean create an mpeg-4 file for the DVD authoring software? Or the other way round?    If you /convert/ a DVD to MPEG-4, or author an MPEG-4 onto

2016-07-03 Video saving.:

Hi    I am shooting in the dark here, as my experience is in the Mac equivalent (i-DVD/DVD Studio Pro). All DVDs need to be in MPEG-2 format -- that's hardcoded into the hardware of a standard DVD player

2016-07-02 Video saving.:

Hi    MPEG-4 is not exclusive to Handbrake. It's just a very common and popular container for web video (streaming and youtube). For a bit more on containers and codecs please look at the link I posted

2016-06-26 Video saving.:

Hi James    Sorry for the late reply - for some reason I didn't see the request in my mailbox.    This is quite a complex issue, and there is a good site to read up on all the ins and outs: https://ericolon


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