Exporting video for use outside of OpenStage using the Video Viewer tool

This guide will walk you through the steps to get a video from OpenStage out into a standard AVI video file that you can edit and compress for sharing and playback in media players.

The first step is to download the OMV from the Vision Processor through BackStage by right clicking on the video in BackStage and selecting "download". There is a very detailed guide on downloading the video on our helpdesk here: How do I Download Compress and Store Videos. You can skip the compression steps in that guide since they are for archiving OMV files, not exporting them into a playable format.

Once you have downloaded the OMV you can open it in the Video Viewer tool. Video_Viewer.exe can be found in the same "bin" folder that the OpenStage Client installed to. The default path for version 2.6 would be: "C:\Program Files\Organic Motion\OpenStage Client\bin". Navigate to this folder using Windows Explorer and then run Video_Viewer.exe

Click "File -> Open Video..." and select the folder of the OMV that you downloaded from from the Vision Processor.

With the video open you can now select "File -> Export..." for a prompt with various options on how to save the video.

In this prompt you choose where to save your exported file(s) and what format to convert the video to. You can select whether to export only the video from one camera or all of the cameras. If you choose all cameras then you will end up with a video for each camera. If you select JPEG as your format Video Viewer will export a sequence of images for the camera(s) selected. Re-center video Principal Point will shift the image left to right and top to bottom to match the shift of the image sensor compared to the center point of the lens, which is useful if you plan to bring the jpeg frames into a 3D application to line them up with tracked motion.

Once you have a video file you can use a variety of free and for pay tools to convert the video to a smaller format such as H264 or MPEG.

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