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Capturing Video From Dvd...save As What File Format?

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I am going through all our old home movies that are on DVD, and wanting to save them as a file on an external hard drive.

QUESTIONS: What file format should I save them at? and at what resolution is best?.

 

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Are those DVD all video DVDs, do the DVDs have the Video_TS folder structure? Do you want a single file of the video on the DVD?

Why not simply copy the DVD to a dedicated folder?

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Are those DVD all video DVDs, do the DVDs have the Video_TS folder structure? Do you want a single file of the video on the DVD?

Why not simply copy the DVD to a dedicated folder?

 

I'm new at this.

 

I am concerned that the DVDs will eventually start going bad & wanted to store them as files, and thought that saving each DVD as files would be the correct thing to do.

Yes some of my older DVDs that are transfers from VHS to DVD have that Video_TS folder.

 

I'm not sure what you are talking about "Copy the DVD to a dedicated folder" Are they still files? what type?

 

If this was you doing this, what are the steps to save these DVDs/files?

 

Thank you!

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What are the steps to copy the contents of a DVD (home videos) and save them as a file on my computer?

What resolution is best?

What type of file format should I save them as?

 

Thank you!

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If you just want to save the video files -----If it is a standard DVD, then the video files are in a VOB format. VOB is just another name for mpg2. Copy the vob files to your computer using Windows. Do not change the resolution or format. If you want, you can change the extension from VOB to mpg2. for later use and editing.

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If you just want to save the video files -----If it is a standard DVD, then the video files are in a VOB format. VOB is just another name for mpg2. Copy the vob files to your computer using Windows. Do not change the resolution or format. If you want, you can change the extension from VOB to mpg2. for later use and editing.

 

Thank you.

 

When I was saving them, I noticed that some were saved as:

  • Windows media audio-video file
  • Movie clip file
  • MP4

 

What is the differences between them?...which is the best choice of file to save it as?

I thought by using the Roxio software it would be easier.

 

What are the steps to save them? Is there a tutorial?

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If you have those, they are NOT standard DVDs. Did you save them from the DVD using Windows? or did you capture them?

 

What you are planning to do with them dictates what format. Spend some time with Google to learn about them.

 

Perhaps Windows has a tutorial since you really don't need the Roxio program.

 

Buddy, You are confusing me. Can you tell me how you got those formats?

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From your description, it seems that your DVDs are just data DVDs and not a video DVD. That means that you can just copy the files from the DVD to folders on a hard drive. There is no need to even use Roxio and you do not need (or even want to) convert any of the video files since you will lose quality.

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From your description, it seems that your DVDs are just data DVDs and not a video DVD. That means that you can just copy the files from the DVD to folders on a hard drive. There is no need to even use Roxio and you do not need (or even want to) convert any of the video files since you will lose quality.

Okay....Let me try explaining this again......

 

I have a bunch of DVD-Rs that are old home movies. I want to capture the video from each of them and save each of them as an individual video file on my computer (to store on an external HD)

 

HOW AM I ABLE TO DO THIS USING THE ROXIO SOFTWARE?

I was under the impression that this software will allow you to do this.

 

If so, what resolution should I save them at?

What type of file? (MP4, etc?)

 

Thank you.

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What extensions do the files on the DVD have?

 

Okay....Let me try explaining this again......

 

If the DVD does not have a Video_TS folder (containing a number of files with the extension ifo, bup and vob) then you do not have a video DVD but a simple data DVD that contains your video files as simple data files. In that case there is no capture possible and you simply use Windows Explorer to copy the files from the DVD to a folder on your hard drive. There is no Roxio required.

 

How did you get your old movies to the DVDs?

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Sorry I forgot to answer...

Directly from my Sony Handicam connected to my computer using Roxio.

 

These DVDs are viewable on any typical DVD player or my computer.

 

Sorry for the confusion. I'm kinda new to all this.

 

For others that have priceless home videos...where are you storing them? On DVDs? As video files? Etc.

 

I don't want to wait until it's too late and lose them.

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You only answered one of my questions.

Some do have the Video_TS folder. Some don't.

 

I am looking to save the video that is on these DVDs as a backup somewhere else in case the DVDs go bad.

What would you do if you were looking to do the same?

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All DVD Movies will have a VIDEO_TS folder... Otherwise they are not a DVD Movie ;)

 

For your discs that are not DVD Movies what are the files on those?

 

The simple question you are asking does not have a 'simple' answer... If they were mine, I would copy the VIDEO_TS folders to a HDD. However, I know how to create an Authored DVD Movie disc using them. Do you?

 

The other files you have are not in an Authored DVD Movie format so they are merely Data Discs that are playable on many (not all) Players. Again, I would be able to burn a DVD Movie with them using MyDVD -_-

 

We understand what you want but the answer depends on your knowledge of how these things work.

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From long ago !

 

Does that Sony Handicam finalize the discs or are they editable. If they are editable, then they must be closed on the camcorder.

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From long ago !

 

Does that Sony Handicam finalize the discs or are they editable. If they are editable, then they must be closed on the camcorder.

I plug the digital Sony Handicam into my computer via USB port, and using Roxio software, I upload the files, edit them, etc. & burn the DVD that can be played on any DVD player.

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Which is the best video file format to save as? Mp4, WMV, MPG2?, etc

And at what resolution?

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Let's say you are saving these files to possibly edt, burn to a DVD, later?

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The same format as the source format. Anything else will degrade the video quality

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Which is the best video file format to save as? Mp4, WMV, MPG2?, etc

And at what resolution?

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Let's say you are saving these files to possibly edt, burn to a DVD, later?

See your thread, here:

 

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EDIT: It looks like the threads were merged.

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Please take your time to read the replies you get. Read them on a computer and not a smart phone. It seems that there is a disconnect between Q and A. As you may know, we are users and not tech support so it is possible that we become frustrated and become surly or just won't respond.

 

Forget about format. It is a minor element. The best is uncompressed (large file size) AVI or more compressed like mp4 (smaller file size). You were given the answer long ago. Whatever the format that you get from your camcorder is the right format. Who knows what is going to be available 100 years from now.

 

What camcorder? Perhaps that will help us help you. Yes, that is important especially about finalizing the discs. What PROGRAM are you using to capture the videos from the discs.

 

Properly stored and best quality DVD should last for the for the foreseeable future (Read this). There are special ones that last longer but who knows. Use only the best quality blank DVD for storage. Store brands and Memorex are not the best quality. Have you thought about using thumb drives for long term storage?

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Forget I asked.

I found a way to do what I need & it does not involve Roxio.

 

 

Would you mind sharing how you are doing it?

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