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Macroplant Adapter is a conversion and video transcoding software

What?

Macroplant Adapter is a conversion and video transcoding software that is also capable of converting images and sound files to a variety of common formats for publishing.

You can use Adapter as a simple transcoding software for video files in prepartion for uploading them to DeakinAir.

The following guide will help you through the simple steps to transcode your file/s to a suitable upload format for DeakinAir. Should you need something more complex it is suggested that you use Adobe Media Encoder software, which can also be found on the Deakin Self Service Software Catalogue.

Importing your original video file

When you first open Adapter you will be presented with a space to either drag-and-drop files into, or a Browse button. By using the Browse button you can navigate to the original file you would like converted and click Open.

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You will now see your file loaded into the main Adapter pane. It has analysed the file when importing and you will now also see the specifications of the original file. You will now be able to work with it in a number of ways. Adapter also has a status indicator that will show you progress while changing settings or processing. This pane is very useful, so make sure you note the original settings from to your master file. Also make note of the change to the file size when you change settings.

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Now click on the Settings small gear wheel in the bottom left corner. You will see a concertina-style settings menu open up on the right side. You will now have access to a variety of settings and be able to make appropriate changes to the new file you are about to create.

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Choosing the right media type

Before using the settings menu, use the series of drop-down media menus at the bottom of the screen to select Video > General > Custom MP4 (*.mp4). This will allow you to come back to the setting later. You will not be able to create a named, saved version, however Adapter will store your settings internally. Should you need the setting later, you will see it appear in the Recently Used section of the first drop-down menu.

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Working with the settings menus

You are now ready to start working with the Settings menu.

Firstly, you will need to select a location for the file you are about to create. Open the Directory menu and check the Use custom file name checkbox to begin with, as you will now rename the file you are creating. It is best to add the reference ‘_720p’ to the end of a file so that you will recognise it when it has been created. As an example, we are about to name our new file as MVI_0822_720p.

Once you have typed in the new name, click on the Custom tab, then click the Browse button. You will be prompted to designate the new file location. Choose the location, then click Open. You will now see the new location in the Directory string below the Custom tab button.

Also ensure that you click the Increment tab in the output path section to ensure that you create a new file rather and overwriting the old one, should you choose the same location as your original file.

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Beneath the Directory menu you will find the Video menu. In the menus, set the Encoder to mpeg4, the Frame Rate to 25 fps. You will also set the Bit Rate to 5000 kbps (5Mb/s). DeakinAir replays at 5Mb/s, so it is best to stay at or above that bit rate so that you will do be eroding the quality of the video. The Play Speed is also to be set to (Normal) 1.00x unless you particularly wish to change to playback speed for any reason.

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Now in the Resolution menu, click the Preset button and in the menu that opens, choose 1280×720. This is the aspect ratio of DeakinAir, hence using this setting. Then also set Quality to Very High.

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Note: make sure that, as you make these changes, you watch how the size of the file changes as you apply differences to the new settings. You can see this happening over in the left pane of Adapter, as described earlier.

 

You will now need to make changes to your sound settings. Ensure that the Sample Rate is at 48000Hz (48kHz), the Bit Rate at 256 kbps, 2 Channels, aac Encoder and ensure that the Quality is set to Very High.

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Adapter also has a helpful head and tail trimming function which can be useful for basic editing of in and out points for your video clip. Try some experimentation when you have time. It can be a useful tool.

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At this point you are ready to begin processing your clip. Click the green Convert button. It will become a red Cancel button, as shown here. You will also now see the Ready indicator become a gauge with which you can see progress. The indicator is shown as a percentage of the whole file.

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When your file has finished processing you will see the indicator change from blue to a green Complete icon.

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Your newly transcoded file is now complete and you can use it to upload to DeakinAir. You will find it the location you designated earlier.

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