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Table of Contents

Introduction
Installation
Activation
Setting Preferences
Getting Started


Introduction

Welcome to the VoltaicHD for PC User Guide. This should tell you everything you need to know about how best to use Voltaic on Windows.

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Installation

You install Voltaic by double-clicking the setup.exe installer that you can download from this site.

VoltaicHD has been built using the latest Microsoft development framework, .Net 4.0. You will need the .Net 4.0 framework installed on your PC in order to run VoltaicHD.

Every PC comes with a the .Net framework pre-installed. You will probably need to upgrade your .Net framework to version 4.0. You can do that by visiting the Microsoft .Net site here. Click the Download button to get started.

Also if you are running Windows XP you will need Windows Media Player v11 installed. You can download it from Microsoft by clicking
here.

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Activation

You activate Voltaic by purchasing an activation key. Once you have completed payment via PayPal, the key is emailed to your supplied email address immediately.

If you do not receive your email key within 5 minutes, it is probably in your SPAM folder.

Once you receive your key, start Voltaic. Paste the Activation Key into the space provided and Voltaic will communicate with our activation server to activate your product.

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Setting Preferences

VoltaicHD allows you to set a number of preferences. You should set up your preferences before using Voltaic for the first time.

Preferences can be reviewed at any time from the Tools->Preferences... menu option, or via the toolbar button.

Temp Directory

This allows you to specify where the temporary files are placed during each conversion. If you are converting large files from an external storage location, and want to preserve disk space on the machine running the conversions, you should set this location to be on the external storage device.

Output Directory

This allows you to specify where the converted files are placed.

Audio

This allows you to have the audio track from your movie extracted during the conversion process. The audio will be made available in WAV format.

Video Quality

This allows you to control the combination of settings that affect overall video quality. The Low setting is ideal for playback of converted movies on a low-powered computer. High quality is for video editing where the full quality of the original recording is required.

Output Resolution

The recommended option for output resolution is 'Same as Source'. If you want to downgrade your videos, we offer 720p and 540p options.

Output Format

WMV format is the recommended format for your converted clips. AVI is also supported for those editing packages that work better with AVI. We are trialling Quicktime support, but that is experimental for now.

Deinterlacing

We have added some deinterlacing options for power users. Fast deinterlacing will drop every second interlaced frame, effectively decreasing the resolution of the final clip. Motion detection will detect movement between frames and deinterlace as required.

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Export as 24p

Export and 24p is also known as Inverse Telecine and 24p Pulldown. This option constructs the original 24p video stream from the encoded 60i signal. Note that when exporting in 24p mode, Deinterlacing is not supported as it is redundant.

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Getting Started

Once you have either a demo or activated version of Voltaic installed on your system, with Preferences set up you are ready to start converting clips.

We have a few suggestions for converting your AVCHD clips:

  1. Always copy your clips onto a hard drive before converting. It is technically possible to convert the clips from your camera, but this may lead to other problems.
  2. Keep a VoltaicHD shortcut on your Desktop. This makes it easier to use (we think)
  3. Make sure you close down most other programs whilst VoltaicHD is converting your HD clips. Due to it being quite CPU intensive, it needs more power for the conversion process.

Now all you need to do is add some AVCHD files to the file list and press Start. Converted files are placed back in the same directory as the source files by default, or wherever you like by setting your Preferences.

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