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Use VirtualDub's filters in Studio

Use VirtualDub's filters in Studio By saby - Last updated on Sunday, March 18, 2012
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Category: Studio 1-15 Tutorials / Edition  -  Previous tutorials
Published on Monday, October 12, 2009
Created on Saturday, August 8, 2009 5:27 AM
 
Preamble

VirtualDub is a very famous open source software in the world of digital video. One of its characteristics is that it allows the use of powerful video filters.

In addition to the original filters provided a very active international community has developed a series of filters which you can find an almost exhaustive list here.

Imagine that, thanks to Harold Linke and its plugin for Studio, Vdub2RTFx, filters for VirtualDub are available in Studio. The purpose of this little tutorial is to explain how.

Step 1 : Download and installation for Studio 9

Go to the Harold Linke's webpage dedicated to VirtualDub for Studio 9.

Download the file vdub_for_studio9_setup.exe. Run this file.

In C:\Program Files\Pinnacle\Studio 9\Plugins\RTFx a vdub folder was created. You can now copy/paste in this folder VirtualDub's filters that you want to use. These are simple .vdf files in most cases.

If all went well, a new category called HL's VD-Filter should have appeared in the list of video effects in Studio :

New category 1

Warning :

Only filters installed automatically by vdub_for_studio9_setup.exe are certainly functional. For others, nothing is certain !

Step 1 bis : Download and installation for Studio 10 and further versions

Go to the Harold Linke's webpage dedicated to VirtualDub for Studio 10 and further versions.

Download the file Vdub2RTFx.fex.

In C:\Program Files\Pinnacle\Studio X\Plugins\RTFx (where X is the number of your version of Studio) create a new folder called virtualdubFX and copy/paste in it Vdub2RTFx.fex.

If all went well, a new category called VirtualDub FX should have appeared in the list of video effects in Studio :

New category 2

In this category, only one effect available : VDUBControl. We will return later on it.

You can now copy/paste in the virtualdubFX folder VirtualDub's filters that you want to use. These are simple .vdf files in most cases.

Reopen Studio and the list of effects has increased :

Complete list

It is hoped ! If this is not the case you will have to work even a little.

For Studio 10 :

  1. Close Pinnacle Studio.
  2. Depending of your Studio 10 version and Operating System:
    • For Studio 10.7 and below:
      Delete the file EffectCache.xxxxxx et EditorCache.xxxxx (xxxxx = a hex number) in the folder
      ..Program Files\Pinnacle\Studio 10\Plugins\RTFx
      Don't worry, this file is also re-created next time you start Pinnacle Studio.
    • For Studio 10.8 and Windows XP:
      Delete the file EffectCache.xxxxxx et EditorCache.xxxxx (xxxxx = a hex number) in the folder
      ..Documents and Settings\all users\Documents\Pinnacle\Program Files\Pinnacle\Studio 10\Programs\Plugins\RTFx
      Don't worry, this file is also re-created next time you start Pinnacle Studio.
    • For Studio 10.8 and Windows Vista:
      Delete the file EffectCache.xxxxxx et EditorCache.xxxxx (xxxxx = a hex number) in the folder
      ..Users\Public\Documents\Pinnacle\Program Files\Pinnacle\Studio 10\programs\Plugins\RTFx
      Don't worry, this file is also re-created next time you start Pinnacle Studio.

For Studio 11, 12, 14 and 15 :

  1. Close Pinnacle Studio.
  2. Depending of your operating system:
    • For Windows Vista, delete the file EffectCache.xxxxxx et EditorCache.xxxxx (xxxxx = a hex number) in the folder
      ..Users\Public\Documents\Pinnacle\Program Files\Pinnacle\Studio 11 (or 12/14/15)\programs\Plugins\RTFx
      Don't worry, this file is also re-created next time you start Pinnacle Studio.
    • For Windows XP, delete the file EffectCache.xxxxxx et EditorCache.xxxxx (xxxxx = a hex number) in the folder
      ..Documents and Settings\all users\Documents\Pinnacle\Program Files\Pinnacle\Studio 11 (or 12/14/15)\Programs\Plugins\RTFx
      Don't worry, this file is also re-created next time you start Pinnacle Studio.
    • For Windows 7, delete the file EffectCache.xxxxxx et EditorCache.xxxxx (xxxxx = a hex number) in the folder
      ...\Users\Public\Documents\Pinnacle\Program Files (x86)\Pinnacle\Studio 11 (or 12/14/15)\Programs\PlugIns\RTFx
      Don't worry, this file is also re-created next time you start Pinnacle Studio.

That's it. It only remains for you to apply filters to your video like any video effect in Studio.

Step 2 : In case of troubles

Although most VirtuaDub's filters are functional within Studio, it can happen that some do not work properly. This is most often linked to problems of preview.

Indeed, some VirtualDub filters have their own preview window. This can cause problems in Studio.

But fortunately for us, Harold Linke has thought of everything !

When a filter is malfunctioning or not working at all, remove it from the list. Apply to your video the pseudo-filter VDUBControl, we talked at the beginning of the tutorial, then the filter that malfunctioning :

Effects list

Edit the effect VDUBControl and the next window opens :

VDBUControl settings

From there, you'll fly solo. No specific rules. Try playing with different options of the two menus Compatibility and Preview Correction.

Each time, see if your setup allows the filter malfunctioning to function.

When it works, from the SaveXML menu of VDUBControl choose 1 (SaveXML).

You can delete on the timeline the VDUBControl effect. The next time you use the malfunctionig filter fails, this works immediately without having to re-use VDUBControl.

Demonstration :

Here is a short video in which I applied the latest version of the filter OldCinema MSU (Moscow State University) :

Yes, I know ! Such filters are already in Studio ! Except that there, it's free !

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Comments
Gert Reitner By # Gert Reitner @ Monday, October 12, 2009 8:30 AM
Another easy to follow TUTO ! Very nicely done ! Thanks !

Kesha By # Kesha @ Tuesday, October 13, 2009 6:38 AM
Hi!
This plug-in can work in Avid Liquid 7.2?
TIA

saby By # saby @ Tuesday, October 13, 2009 9:30 AM
The answer appears to be positive here.

gregglee By # gregglee @ Sunday, January 3, 2010 12:54 PM
Any luck on Studio 12 and windows 7-64? I tried the procedure for Vista including cache deletes. File structure is the same except "program files(x86)" replaces "program files".

Cache files are rewritten, but virtualdub does not appear in video effects.



Sanch By # Sanch @ Saturday, January 16, 2010 5:36 AM
I have the same problem with vista like greglee. The effects do not appear. Is there any solution out there?

gregglee By # gregglee @ Saturday, January 16, 2010 11:03 AM
I have it working now. I set s12 properties/compatability to run "as administrator".

Some Vdub tools may not work with the s12 interface. For example logoaway.vdf has two xml's, logoaway.xml and logoaway_ez.xml. Both show up in the Liquid library. The ez version creates a standard Liquid filter interface, rather than opening a separate window (like hfx or titledeko). But while both xml's are there in S12 rtfx files, the ez version does appear in S12 video tool list. Only the separate window version is available.

Sanch By # Sanch @ Saturday, January 16, 2010 12:36 PM
Hello Gregglee,
thank you a lot. It works!!! I was almost desperate. Now I just have to find out
the best parameters. The shaking is not much but very fast....

Peter By # Peter @ Sunday, October 23, 2011 5:34 PM
Pinnacle Studio 15:
1. copy the files into the RTF directory (as described above)
2. delete the xxxCachexxx files (as described above)
3. start Studio "as administrator" (this seems to be the most important trick)
4. the VirtualDub plugin should be visible in the effects list

After done that, Studio may be started further without admin rights, but the VirtualDub plugin is still visible :-)

 
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