Manipulating video files on DVD recorder and computer
Category: Computers > Software
Asked by: drydoc-ga
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22 Jul 2004 12:54 PDT
Expires: 21 Aug 2004 12:54 PDT
Question ID: 377752
A few queries on manipulation of computer files. I have bought an LG DR4810 DVD Recorder which can record DVD-Video or DVD VR mode onto either DVD-R or DVD-RW discs. You can edit DVD VR. On my Medion home computer which reads DVD +R / -R / +RW / -RW, I can playback these formats. It is a double drive and only the Pioneer DVD RW DVR-106D (not the Sony DVD ROM DDU1612) can read the VR files. Interestingly Explorer does not recognise these DVD-RW VR files and thinks there is only a blank CD there but Power DVD plays them fine. The DVD-Video files are called things like VTS_01_1.VOB. I don?t know anything about these files but they obviously contain audio as well as video so the audio folder is empty. When I try to manipulate the DVD Video files in Medion?s Power Director, it does not ?see? the audio and everything is silent. So I do not know how to edit these files on the computer. My option is to edit them in VR format on the DVD recorder but how can I then upload them to my hard drive (where explorer does not seem to see them) and them burn in DVD-Video on a DVD-R format so it can be read on my old laptop.
Re: Manipulating video files on DVD recorder and computer
Answered By: till-ga on 22 Jul 2004 13:50 PDT
You will have to convert the files recorded on the DVD disk to a video format that can be manipulated on your computer before you can edit them. The files will be written to your hard disk. Itīs not possible to edit the VOB video data files on the DVD. Thereīs an excellent freeware called DVDx that can be used to do the conversion job: "DVDx allows you to convert DVD to VCD2.0 or SCVD1.0 or DivX in one step (Including multiplexing, splitting). It produces good quality movies in MPEG1/2 format and you don't need to have 5GB or more free on your hard disk. DVDx has been designed especialy for unexperimented users, it is a simple and intuitive program." I use the software very often and must say itīs by far the best conversion tool I tested so far. One things you will need is patience and time: converting a 2 hour movie to the mpeg 1 or mpeg 2 format (the format depends on the quality you want to reach) may take as long as 6 -8 hours (depending on the power of your machine). After the conversion you can edit the video files with any video software that can edit mpeg formats and then re-author (this is the reverse procedure to the one described before) the new DVD. DVDx is available at: ( http://www.labdv.com/dvdx/ ) For the re-authoring of the DVD I strongly recommend TMPGDVD Author: ( http://www.tmpgenc.com/ ) Again, as with DVDx this one is an excellent soluion, especially when youīre new to video and DVD creation. I hope this helps to solve your problem. If anyting should still be unclear please post a clarification request. till-ga No search done, I got a lot of personal experience in editing video / DVD files on computers.
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