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    EMC 9 Slideshow - Blurry Images prob

    Or if their player does DivX, might be able to use higher resolution & keep the fancy stuff? cheesearnie, mpg2 for DVDs is limited to the mpg2 frame size, and compression loses some data. And, adding a little blur is necessary for most CRT TVs because of interlace. Think sknis pointed to the best option for image quality, and DivX, being capable of HD resolutions, an alternative that will lose more data than jpeg.
  2. Totally FWIW... Using a mini DV camcorder in pass thru mode encodes analog video to DV format using the camera's electronics, and the output it transferred (copied) to your PC's hard drive usually via firewire. There can be a lot of problems/issues transferring DV over firewire, regardless pass-thru mode. I'd imagine the first step in getting pass-thru working would be to make sure DV transfer worked from a recorded mini DV tape in the camera. If not, there are several programs for transferring DV available to try, & that should tell you if the problem is hardware related (i.e. drivers etc.) or caused by the software. If everything works transferring DV from tape, that would point to a problem with how the camera handles pass-thru encoding I would think. And in that case, again there are other programs available that might or might not work for transferring the footage. Problems are common enough that there are loads of sites/forums with all sorts of info, and hopefully you'll find something specific to your camera make & model &/or firewire hardware in your PC. Using moviemaker etc. can work, but, ideally you only want to copy the digital data from one place to another -- not re-encode it, process it, or do anything that will reduce the quality of the original; almost everything you can do to video beside copying will degrade the quality. While the software for transferring DV is often referred to as capture, it really is just copying from point a to point b. There can be difficulties communicating with a camera, using different firewire hardware, and in added features like splitting the transferred video into separate clips. Sometimes there are problems related to the audio -- there are 2 types I believe. When doing pass-thru, there might also be problems with the original signal -- you can find posts about DV hardware encoding stopping if/when there's a break in the analog input signal. Transferring DV is usually also often considered a minor step in the process -- i.e. nobody buys PhotoShop because of the way it imports pictures from your scanner. If all else fails use the camera's software to transfer footage, then edit, encode etc all the way to DVD with EMC.
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    Batch encoding

    If it any help at all, you can check out videohelp.com for software to do the basic mpg2 encoding as batch jobs overnight, then import the results into videowave/mydvd. That would save you the encoding delay, but you'll lose out on stuff like fit to disc.
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    .DVD Extension

    Dn't have that folder, nor anything with .ses_V009 extension in either XP Pro or Vista Home Prem. RE: the mpg file, play it and see what it is.
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    Dazzle - no signal

    IF it helps at all with realtek stuff in Vista, this is how I resolved a problem that I never found mentioned anywhere... Had quite a few problems with Vista wanting to use the wrong driver set after installing a few updated driver versions, particularly since MS provided some realtek drivers thru auto-update. This was verified by going to Device Mgr in Control Panel, then double clicking the realtek device to bring up the properties window -- as in XP can check the driver file versions. The installation of realtek drivers puts the expanded files in the temp folder (windows\temp if I remember correctly), so that file versions and dates can be compared. The solution I found was a big hassle, but the only one I could get working -- simply updating the device driver in Device Mgr, pointing to the driver files I wanted wouldn't work for some reason. I found the directions for enabling the Super Administrator account by searching on-line. Once that's enabled you can delete files & folders in the Windows\System32\DriverStore\ folder... I wound up deleting the folders with Realtek drivers in them (note: they may not be labeled realtek), then running the latest driver install -- since Vista didn't have any alternatives, it installed the correct version and everything worked. Again in case it helps anyone: It's not the easiest to find now-days, but there's a small app called RegDrop.exe that's been around for years -- you can find the download by searching on-line. And it still works in Vista 32. Drag any .ax file on it and it will register that file in/with Windows. I've used it enough that I keep a copy on my desktop. Sometimes a setup routine will fail, and other times I've had one program register an older or incompatible version of a file that what I already had installed.
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    Saving video files to use later

    You posted that you record several shows per week to disc, Jase. You also wrote that you use vob2mpg on your recordings. Does that mean that you use a DVD Recorder to do your recording? If so, then you might find it easier to use Copy to get the recorded mpg2 files on your DVD on your hard drive as individual titles. You might be able to split the recorded DVDs into separate titles, one for each recorded show or episode by recording them separately, but to the same DVD. You might also be able to control the size of the mpg2 files by setting your DVD Recorder -- many have XP SP LP etc... The more (longer time) video you record to a disc, the smaller the individual mpg2 files will be. Once you have your separate titles on your hard drive, then you can bring them into MyDVD and create your DVDs as you like. Note: if you use a DVD Recorder you might find some titles are listed twice (or more) -- you just need to Copy one (not both) duplicate titles. If you aren't using a DVD Recorder, then please post how you are recording... If/when you use vob2mpg, I think you can also specify individual titles, and it just copies the mpg2 video out of the VOB files on a DVD -- please check the forums at videohelp.com to make sure -- I only Googled the program and have never used it. At any rate the video should be ready for DVD if it came from a DVD. It should only need re-encoding if/when you edit it to cut out something like commercials. If all you're doing is separating the episodes you should be able to avoid re-encoding entirely, either by recording episodes separately, one after the other, or using Copy. If you encode a file to DVD-spec mpg2 in Videowave, or have DVD-spec mpg2 already, it should not need or be re-encoded in MyDVD unless you choose to try and fit too much more video on your DVD... If you have roughly 4.2 gig of mpg2 that will mostly fill up a regular, single-sided DVD. If you want to add another gig or two worth of video, the video has to be compressed further in order to fit. In that situation to avoid that extra compression, either put less video on a DVD, or compress the video more when you first encode it to mpg2. As you've noticed, more compression makes the video look not as nice.
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    New DVC 90 driver

    In the last few days they've posted a new driver at the same link as the sticky. Installing it I've got audio from the DVC 90 in Vista for the 1st time, so wanted to let others who might have had the same prob. know.
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    Captured Video Incorrect Length

    Actually I think the 1st thing I'd try is several shorter captures -- if they worked, or didn't, that would go a long way towards figuring out if there's a problem, if it occurred only during longer captures, or if this was a (hopefully) one time error. Not arguing or disagreeing or anything, really , but he posted: "The problem I am having is that every program I open the .mpg file in gives the video a length of 8 minutes". I probably mis-understood. If it helps at all -- otherwise please forgive. I've seen this with playback with some mpg2 files, usually m2v (video only) in my case -- the wrong duration is shown in WMPlayer, but correctly in PowerDVD & some other programs. Wmplayer uses whatever DS filters to show mpg2 video -- which ones are determined by what's installed, what priority individual filters have etc. A lot of players do the same thing, while others try to be completely self contained, making other decoding software largely irrelevant. My thinking was/is that if a self-contained player worked, then maybe the file was OK and the problem wasn't the card, drivers, or the capture software, but some other software problem. And if that was the case, nothing done with the card or Roxio software would cure it. Of course maybe the file is bad, maybe it didn't finish getting written to hdd.(?) If it was determined that everything basically worked (by doing several short captures), don't know if it'd be faster to re-capture or try to fix the file. To try and save it, if it helps, I've had bad mpg2 files, and ones that are written in a way that some software mis-interprets, and it showed the wrong duration no matter where I tried it. Re-writing the file, but not re-encoding it, changing or correcting the headers sometimes has been a quick & relatively painless cure. With a tape, where you have access to the source any time you want, not sure if it would be worth it.
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    video file not loading

    If you use Copy you should be able to copy the audio & video to one mpg file on your hard drive -- use this in MyDVD to create a DVD, or edit in Videowave etc. A VOB file is separate audio and video files combined into a sort of container.
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    AV Capture/Output

    Not sure what software you're using to record, or what format it's in (inside the avi files), but if 11 files work and the 12th won't, could it be a problem with that 12th file? Have you tried it by itself or opening it in other software?
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    EMC9 not recognizing .mp2 file

    If it helps at all... I've seen a lot of various extensions for mpg2 video with/without audio, and, a lot of software has restrictions on what it'll import well. In some cases I've had luck muxing the video file in TMPGEnc's MPEG Tools, and not supplying an audio file to add with the video -- this alters the file structure enough that a video-only stream will work in a lot of programs (like wmplayer) where it wouldn't previously. I've also de-muxed the converted file I'd just gotten, again using the MPEG Tools, and gotten a m2v file that worked in other apps that refused mpg. There are other tools available at videohelp.com, but *usually* MPEG Tools seems the most trouble free out of any I've tried so far. FWIW, & again if it helps at all, it seems Roxio software likes *real* muxed mpg the best out of anything I've tried, but those are my results only. For DVDR video I usually use one of the programs from videohelp to de-mux or strip the separate audio & video files, do any cut editing/trimming, then mux for Roxio. If not editing/trimming (without re-encoding), EMC9's Copy works & skips some extra work -- just the apps I use for cutting/trimming only accept separate audio & video files. When not avoiding re-encoding mpg2, DGIndex/VFAPI might help in Pinnacle. Mpg2 files can vary a lot -- the spec only covers decoding it... There are a lot of utilities that can repair &/or re-write a mpg2 file so it often works in whatever software. I have not tried DVR files, say to a set top box with hdd, so don't know what or if any of that applies. I've read of several strategies for dealing with streams of video/audio -- there seems to be a lot of variance -- so it might not hurt to check out the DVB forums as well... DVB is sent in continuous streams, and recording them is popular -- that's where I've seen most of the tools and methods anyway that might help out a bit. RE: audio sync... Video & Audio clocks are different, and so are the units or the size of the chunks of data inside files. Recording is where a lot of sync problems happen -- usually the rate of either or both streams is changed a little bit to maintain sync. If the recorded audio is ac3, often there's padding added to the audio packets, which some software does not like at all. Cutting/trimming audio and video together creates a problem since it's like trying to find 2 marks that line up on both sides of a ruler showing inches and cm. This can get much worse when you're working with ac3. Converting audio to wav before editing usually helps, but can still leave slight gaps, usually at the end of a trimmed/cut clip. All you can do is be aware of it, and if you have a problem adjust the placement of an audio clip, &/or use a transition to blend clips where they join (the most common & professional). I have also read of sync problems where the cause was the info contained in the file. If a file lists 29.976 and a program rounds that to 29.98 for example, or vice versa, some people have experienced sync problems in some software. Sometimes it takes simply specifying the exact rate in the software, or the file headers can be changed without re-encoding with utilities.
  12. Welll.... I'm certainly not from Roxio, & I've never seen the boxed discs, so I've really no personal experience with what you're dealing with. With a lot of software install CDs/DVDs there's an autorun.inf file that starts a program when the disc's inserted... This program gives you the window with options to install and maybe browse the disc contents -- that sort of thing. And normally there are folders on the disc that contain the actual installation files, like the msi file you're looking for. I didn't want to imply that you'd missed them. If you don't have or don't see these installation folders, then running the setup as posted will let you see them in the temp folder, and copy them wherever you'd like, maybe burn them to CD. gi7omy's way is easier, but if you don't see the large set-up files to expand... Some software puts a copy of the installation files on your hard drive(s) to make change/repair easier, but it also clogs you drive with hundreds of meg (maybe gigs) of data you hopefully will never need. Other software (& Roxio isn't the only one) feels it's best not to clog your drive with install files. At any rate, you should have some installation files on your original discs I'd think. If the "autosetup" file you mention is very large, maybe it will expand onto your hard drive like gi7om suggested. If not, then maybe the msi file is somewhere else on the disc? And if not, then running the autosetup should expand the files into your temp folder where you can copy them anywhere you've got room.
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    mydvd studio premier

    Don't know what's causing the errors, sorry, but if it helps, the Roxio programs/services are started in the Registry with win XP. Services can be set in Control Panel -> Administrative Tools -> Services to be Automatically started or on Manual (basically to be started when needed -- which may/may not work always). The EMC9 install puts a few programs in the Run keys in the registry -- they can be manually removed or re-named, or there are several tools to enable/disable them; I like a free program called Autoruns from Microsoft. A pure guess, I'd look at what programs start with Windows on your PC versus your laptop. Maybe there's a conflict? It wouldn't be hard to find out by disabling some of these programs one at a time. And sometimes I've had luck starting one of these sorts of programs from the Start Menu's Startup folder -- it still starts with Windows, but at a different time, so maybe two programs don't run into each other starting and bump heads.
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    Getting rid of this thing

    My personal guess is that there's other problems with your PC &/or Windows install, but to answer your 1st question about removing Roxio... If you uninstall the different Roxio & possibly Sonic programs listed in Add/Remove Programs in Control Panel, that will remove the programs themselves from your PC's hard drive; whether or not they were causing a problem, they won't be there any longer. Most any software un-install will leave registry entries and maybe some folders behind, so no, your PC will not be 100% as it was before you installed the software. Normally this will not cause a problem, you can remove any *left-overs* without re-installing Windows, but fooling with the registry is not something anyone would suggest if you're not sure what you're doing, and is best done only after you've got a full backup image of your hard drive with your Windows install. To fix your problem [after backing up Windows etc.] you might try looking in Device Mgr and un-installing any virtual drives -- you might try un-installing any other related programs, like Daemon Tools or disc burning programs -- you might try un-installing Drag to Disc -- you might look for conflicts with EMC9's Media apps if you had/have other Cyberlink software installed and so on... You can also check out & post in forums like over at CDFreaks -- you might find a solution, and it might not involve Roxio software; focusing just on Roxio might cause you to overlook a potential cure.
  15. If you have the downloaded version, the 1st step of the set-up is to expand all the needed files into the Windows User Temp folder -- you can see & copy these files using Windows Explorer when/while the set-up dialog is waiting for your input on what to install. After copying them, the install can be canceled if those files are all you're after. IF you have problems and want to use the repair or change options in add/remove programs, it can work if you copy these files back to the temp folder you copied them from. I've only used this a couple of times when I was having problems getting everything set-up & working -- I'm not sure if it was worth the hassle actually, but it did work. in XP Pro the temp folder is at [Drive Letter]:\Documents and Settings\[user]\Local Settings\Temp\ -- I don't recall the folder name where the Roxio files are stored inside the Temp folder, but it's easy to spot by clicking on whatever folders are there to see what's inside.