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#1 High Fidelity

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Posted 01 April 2006 - 01:48 PM

OK, so I can now get the stuff of my video camera on to the PC, and write it out to DVD.

But what I would really like to do is edit the video after I've got it on the PC, before I write it out to DVD.

Things like chop a bit out here, replace the sound in places with some music.

Does anybody out there do any video editing. What programs will do this for me without breaking the bank.
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Posted 01 April 2006 - 01:58 PM

I'm sorry I can't speak with any real authority, but what about the Windows Movie Maker that comes free with Windows XP?

That's assuming you've already got Windows XP on your machine.

One of my friends' wives put together an impressive holiday video using it, complete with backing track, and if she could do that then I guess anyone could.
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Posted 01 April 2006 - 02:06 PM

Pinnacle software is reasonably priced and quite easy to use. I had Studio DC10 but stopped using it after upgrading to Windows XP, with which is itsn't compatible. Later software is OK with XP.

Another method I have used, without the PC, is to edit to either S-VHS or D-VHS tape then dub back to DVD.

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Posted 01 April 2006 - 06:43 PM

QUOTE (spinner @ Apr 1 2006, 02:06 PM)
Another method I have used, without the PC, is to edit to either S-VHS or D-VHS tape then dub back to DVD.

Converting formats and back is not a good idea. Each conversion deteriorates the quality, just as it does with music formats.

As suggested, Pinnacle is good, and another firm favourite is ULEAD.
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Posted 01 April 2006 - 10:05 PM

QUOTE (analyst @ Apr 1 2006, 06:43 PM)

Converting formats and back is not a good idea. Each conversion deteriorates the quality, just as it does with music formats.


D-VHS is actually higher quality than DVD. There is no loss at all when using the format.

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Posted 01 April 2006 - 10:39 PM

Paul, Windows Movie Maker is more than acceptable and will already be installed if you have an XP PC. If you want to spend some money then what you want to spend will determine which product you are after.

Movie Maker is very intuitive - you'll master it in minutes!
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#7 High Fidelity

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Posted 02 April 2006 - 12:22 PM

Cheers for the replys folks.

Wanted to use movie maker but couldn't get it to see my TV card.

Have now sorted this (something to do with dll's not registered) and am busy playing with it.

As Richard says, it's very easy to use.

Might even start to offer clients a DVD of their event. rolleyes.gif
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Posted 02 April 2006 - 12:29 PM

make sure it's movie maker version 2 as this is much better. If it isnt, the upgrade can be downloaded from Microsoft free of charge.


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Posted 02 April 2006 - 01:43 PM

i use pinnacle studio 8
its a good bit of software but the transfer from pc to dvd takes for ever.
a 40 min digital video took 5 hours to render before it was burnt to dvd.
i think this transition is a long process whichever software you use.
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Posted 02 April 2006 - 06:29 PM

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Might even start to offer clients a DVD of their event


Be careful of copyright laws.
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#11 High Fidelity

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Posted 02 April 2006 - 09:05 PM

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Might even start to offer clients a DVD of their event


Be careful of copyright laws.

Interesting thought Andy.

I was thinking of videoing the evening (with the customers permission), and then transferring the video to DVD and giving them a copy of it.

NOTE: I said giving them a copy of it, not selling it to them.

I would have thought this was no different to the customer videoing it themselves, so no copyright problems would exist. 533.gif
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Posted 03 April 2006 - 05:09 PM

QUOTE (High Fidelity @ Apr 2 2006, 09:05 PM)
I would have thought this was no different to the customer videoing it themselves, so no copyright problems would exist. 533.gif

Not strictly true, as the law sees it.

Even giving it away, you are seen to be doing it by way of trade for profit i.e. it becomes part of an "inducement to buy" or use your service.

If McDonalds gave burgers away and you choked on a piece of foreign material, McDonalds would still be liable in law.
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Posted 05 April 2006 - 02:21 AM

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If McDonalds gave burgers away and you choked on a piece of foreign material, McDonalds would still be liable in law.


Maybe, but nobody's eating the DVD are they? biggrin.gif

Imagine all those private parties with 'the law' queuing outside ready to pounce

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Posted 05 April 2006 - 07:43 AM

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If McDonalds gave burgers away and you choked on a piece of foreign material, McDonalds would still be liable in law.


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Maybe, but nobody's eating the DVD are they?


I think he was talking metaph....metapohrically, metaporicaly, meta..oh sod it you know what I mean.

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