Editing video and burning to DVD

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  1. Steve Weeks

    Steve Weeks Stunt Coordinator

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    I have been using Beyond TV on my HTPC, and it has really changed the way I watch TV. Now I can watch on my own schedule, without Tivo's monthly expense.

    I recently installed a DVD burner in my system, and I am looking at using DVD"s to archive some programs, but I have some questions.

    What format is most compatable with standalone DVD players? I would like to be able to burn DVD's from my HTPC to watch on a DVD player hooked up to my bedroom TV.

    What software is best for editing out comercials so I only save what I want to watch? I am looking for something easy to use, simple and intuitive, also shareware would be ideal, or something with a free trial period.

    Any input or suggestions would be greatly welcome.
     
  2. Stephen Orr

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    I use Ulead Disc Creator exclusively for this. I also have Beyond TV in conjunction with my Haugpauge 250 PCI card. I still have Win TV 2000 on my computer to help with transferring VHS tapes to DVD, but I've configured things in such a way where there is no conflict.

    I can burn 2-two hour programs (w/commercials) to a blank DVD at 4x in about 20 minutes. If I take out the commercials, then it takes a little longer, because Ulead has to cut the commercials as it processes.
     
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    Not to hijack this thread, but how do I do what you guys are talking about?

    I have a ton of VHS tapes I want to edit and convert to DVD, what do I need program and hardware wise to do this, thanks!!
     
  4. Stephen Orr

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    Haugepauge PVR 250 PCI card will allow you to capture your VHS through RCA plugs directly onto your harddrive, through the included program WINTV 2000. That's what I use for VHS.
     
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    Adobe Premier to edit & Pinnacle Studio to master.

    DVD-R is more compatible with standalone DVDP's.
     
  6. Mike Williams

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    Studio Pinnacle would also suit for editing, as well as mastering, and you'd get it all in one program.
     
  7. Sami Kallio

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    Premier does a much better job at editing and Pinnacle crashes a lot with large files. That why I moved to Premier, I was using Pinnacle for both at first.
     
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    I'm from the Mac side, but I know that Avid has a free version of their software for PC—Avid Free DV 1.6.1. Might be worth looking at since it doesn't cost anything.
     
  9. Gary_E

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    Steve,

    I’m not familiar with Beyond TV but I’ll assume you are capturing in MPEG-2 format, which is DVD compliant.
    If so, give TMPGEnc MPEG Editor a try.
    http://www.pegasys-inc.com/en/product/tme.html

    It is the fastest and smoothest MPEG editor I’ve ever used. As long as you capture in a DVD compliant format (MPEG-2, 720X480 or 704X480 or 640X480) the process of removing unwanted segments from an hour long file takes less than 10 minutes, including re-encoding the finished file. (It really doesn’t re-encode anything since the starting file is in the proper DVD format.)

    VirtualDub, is a freeware .AVI file editor and is one of the smoothest, precise editors around. If you capture as an .AVI, editing with this program is a breeze. The drawback is the edited .AVI file must be converted to MPEG-2 which can take time.
    In the past, MPEG-2 editors were expensive and not user-friendly but TMPGEnc MPEG Editor, although not quite as slick as VirtualDub, is very close.

    After removing the unwanted segments, take the finished MPEG-2 file and use a burning program of your choice, such as Nero, to create the DVD.

    This is a good source for information about everything from capturing to burning:
    http://www.digitalfaq.com/understandsource.htm

    Good luck.

    Regards,
    -Gary
     
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    640x480 is not DVD-compliant. 352x480 is.
     

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