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  1. I'm using Roxio EMC8 and just getting familiar with it. (By the way, it seems to crash a lot when I try to create a DVD with lots of pictures and video files, but I guess that's a separate post). Anyway, I'd like to create a few DVDs, and want to start by capturing some VHS tapes (and get rid of the bulky old tapes). Will then later capture some Digital-8 and other things and spin them to a DVD. So, after the VHS tape video is captured to an MPEG-2 file on PC, I wondered about the authoring. For VHS tapes, I really just want a good quality move from tape to disc, not an artistic production with lots of features...would seem to take lots of time to add all that. (Although maybe I'll add 2-3 title pages like "1999 in Alaska" then "2000 in Boston" then 2001 in DC", but that's it.) So, what do I do with CHAPTERS to keep it simple (and fast to create the DVD) but still have high quality? Sounds time-consuming to review loads of frames and go through and find a break point (especially in a movie with loads of scenes) to number each scene-change to call that a chapter. So, how can we do a simple version... Do I (or should I, or does the software) create and lead to a "one chapter" DVD? That is, after it's done, it would look like this... >Put DVD in living room Sony player >MENU with just one button [PLAY] appears >press Play >Video plays for about an hour, whole thing is "Chapter 1" >Video ends, goes back to MENU Anyway, you get the idea, wondered if this is the way others do a basic VHS-to-DVD copy. Just trying to keep it simple and not too time consuming for these first few basic VHS-to-DVD projects. Would appreciate any suggestions/insights Thanks, George
  2. I'm new to using Roxio EMC8. Have this on WindowsXP PC, with ATI Radeon All-in-wonder 2006 edition graphics card. Would greatly appreciate some basic steps (and patience with newbieness) on how to transfer a few old VHS tapes to DVD, so we have "uniform" media in living room... 1) Would the first step be to simply plug VCR output up to ATI card inputs, put VCR tape in (mostly home movies, some old retail movies) and capture it to a ___.avi file, or is there another format like mpeg2 that would not "loose" quality 2) Once have this file, is the application to start with "My DVD" 3) What happens with "Chapters"... does the application "know" where to put start/finish of chapter1, chapter2, chapter3, chapter39, chapter40, etc.?? How would it "know", when a VCR is just a straight-through tape? 4) Does it create a "Menu"? Is this "normal"? Shouldn't you just put the DVD in and let it "start" on its own, like a VCR tape does? 5) Is there a "guess" as to how much time this will take, start to finish? __ hours for a 1-hour VCR tape. Is most time in the capture, editing, buring, or something else? Thanks! George
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    What's "Media Manager" for? Just appeared

    In msconfig, it looks like Roxio has at least 4 things either running or ready-to-run MSCONFIG 1) RoxMediaDB Running 2) RoxUPnPRenderer Stopped 3) RoxUpnpServer Stopped 4) Roxio Hard Drive Watcher Running WIN TASK MGR (alt)(cntl)(del) a) RoxMediaDB.exe 28,356K Memory RoxWatch.exe 4,772K Memory c) RoxWatchTray.exe 9,736K Memory I was wondering which of these should be unchecked in MSCONFIG so that, upon startup, MediaManager won't appear and/or have liberty to change my filedates at will What if I uncheck all of them, would the still get started if I ever clicked on a program that needed them? So why not uncheck and save the memory, and speed up the PC? This Memory Manager has to go, it's really unacceptable for a rogue program from any manufacturer/developer to ever change entire batches of file information at will--or even single files--without knowledge or option of user. Thanks, George
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    Newbie questions on CD/DVD labeling...

    Thank you for suggestions, -Could you (or others) possibly mention which printer&model is around $50 or even up to maybe $70 or so, that would do the paint-on labels? Are the inks expensive? -If a paint-on label printer is used, does that mean I have to buy special CDs, like white ones. Or will the ubiquitous shiny silver ones work fine? Does it paint over the lasered-in manufacturer's logo and markings (I assume that's the way they get the sort of holographic-looking marking onto these CDs) -If I have to go to a marker, which is pretty much back to writing just a few words, then what about using a Dymo LetraTag...it has several tapes, including clear thin 'plastic' tape about 1/2 inch wide, and it can print bold black letters. So seems like that would look great and be minimal weight and adhesive disturbance to CD? Any comments appreciated. Thanks again, George
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    What to do with old ".ses" files and folders?

    Thanks, I went ahead and deleted all my folder/file pairs like this: 20030412VaRichmondFestivalMovie00028.ses (folder) 20030412VaRichmondFestivalMovie00028.ses (file) But I kept the original content like this: 20030412VaRichmondFestivalMovie00028.mpg These are 15-second videos and the presumably project "sesson" files didn't really have anything in them worthwhile in terms of a 'production' with video, pictures, sound, transitions, etc. Just some experiments. Anyway, to date, no consequences, will post again if I find I should've kept them, in case useful to others.
  6. I recently installed EMC8, and trying different settings for BackupMyPC. Testing these on small folders so they go fast. At least two problems... 1) When I route it to my CD/DVD burner... it produced a report that showed both backup and compare went fine, 27 files backed up. I put a new TDK CD-R in the drive, same as has been working well for a long time. But when I go to look at what's on the CD... a) the CD/DVD icon is changed to just "CD" it doesn't show the files, cursor seems to spring off of the CD, if you keep clicking... c) it eventually it says cannot read CD, might be CD is corrupt, never shows what's on it...no open folder...no files d) if I try to put the CD back in later...same as #c above ?????????? 2) When I first start BackupMyPC and click big BACKUP icon to try to set up a job... I then click More Options > when I get to clicking Exclude it pauses, waits a minute, then the whole BackupMyPC evaporates from the screen...back to desktop So... What's going on here? There is another backup program on the PC (maxtor one touch), it isn't running, but why would that interfere any more than the fact that Roxio itself has 2 backup programs in EMC8 I already did the update as far as I know, it says it is build# 805B56B All this seems really, really shakey, especially for something as important as a backup system. I've had BackupMyPC before (over many years), an it worked just fine in the past. Would appreciate suggestions Thanks, George
  7. I just installed EMC8, it comes with a simple labelmaker software, and I wondered if could get some opinions on the below... My understanding is that there are basically about three ways to label CDs, aside from handwriting, and the options are: a) paper adhesive labels, get a printer (around $100?) that prints on special print-ON CDs and DVDs, or c) use lightscribe combo drive (around $100) internal or external, along with lightscribe-ready CD's and DVDs Brief questions are... 1) Are these pretty much the options for now? Anything new on horizon? 2) Since paper is the easiest/fastest, can someone recommend some good all around brands/systems? Ideally, adhesive labels that are reasonably priced and reasonably 'available' from most local mainstream stores. 3) Can I get gloss labels? Do they look better and less "homemade"? Any drawbacks? Are there any quasi-plastic (non- pure pulp paper) labels that are thin and work very well? 4) I had seem some research that balked about using adhesive labels, said they pull on CDs/DVDs and warp/arch them. Sounded like it only takes a few months. Is this real, or only with certan types/brands of labels, or only after 10 years, or just hype from someone? Thanks, George
  8. I noticed at Costco a DVD player on sale and wondered if there's some new DVD standard out there... This player says it is an "upconverting DVD player with HDMI output". I wondered what this is and are there any implications with respect to buring DVD's with something like MyDVD. Or any benefits to using this HDMI output with Roxio. That is... To play DVDs or CDs, does this player require me to, in Roxio, burn a DVD or CD some certain way? To record something into Roxio capture, does the "HDMI" output do anything special/useful that my everyday combo DVD/CD player/burner wouldn't do... insofar as importing/capturing data off a DVD/CD goes? Thanks, George
  9. I just installed EMC8 (regular version. English), and am sorting through various movies. I'm assuming there's no QuickTime player since I double-clicked on some "*.mov" files and WinXP asked what to use to open the file. So, wondered if could ask for assistance with these... 1) Is there any issue with installing QuickTime (ver 7 is latest) from... http://www.apple.com/quicktime/player/win.html Seems like I had installed it on another PC once before, and it caused some problem or confliced with something, I don't recall. It should only "take over" opening "*.mov" files, right? Not "seize" lots of other formats and cause me to have to go through and re-point the "open with" for lots of other things, right? 2) On my PC, there are maybe a few dozen QuickTime movies, problem is…SOME seem to play and others don't. All have content (varying from let's say 1.5MB to 8MB). Right now, double-clicking launches (opens with) PLAY32, and I press play (>) and the progress bar slides across postcard-sized grey screen, but it's blank as progress bar goes across. OTHER movies, when I click on them, open up and play just fine. Any idea what's going on here? Is this "PLAY32" the same as QuickTime or is it some Microsoft application? If it's not QT, I wondered why it took over as opener of the "*.mov" files. 3) In Roxio EMC8, is there any application like VideoWave that would have capability to "Convert" the "*.mov" files to something else? Either way, what format (wmv?) do most people convert odd files to? Thanks, George
  10. Thank you, 1) Does this mean that I will have to "restore" backup files to get the unaltered-date image files back? 2) Any idea as to how much Media Manager did alter while doing this? ...Isn't it true a file's name gets a new date when it is "re-saved"? So, what else happened to each file before that re-save? 3) If I turn off Media Manager in msconfig, and then "manually" use Start > Programs > ... Media Manager... Will it do this all over again? 4) Is there any reason at all to keep Media Manager? Of course while using applications, I'd like to be able to go to and retrieve/insert pictures and things, so is that capability still in tact? Is there any reason NOT tot turn off Media Mangler? 5) Any idea as to what the software developer was thinking when this was put in? I can't see how anyone would think that users/customers wouldn't mind if filenames got re-dated or altered any other way. Sure there's meta-data and other ways to know a date sometimes, but I *do* use the file's date fairly often as a fallback when in doubt to figure out when a picture was (probably) taken. Thanks again, George
  11. I just installed Roxio EMC8 on 5/31/06. (Plain, not Deluxe. English). I tried out a few applications, especially video and DVD related. I recall starting something new, I think it was a movie project, and selecting something like "insert picture". I recall it started grabbing/displaying about every jpg I have on my PC, so I could pick whatever wanted. No big deal I thought, but... Today I was cleaning up some files and folders and to make a long story short... eventually discoverd that nearly *ALL* my jpg and other image files over the past 10-15 years now have a new date. You guessed it... 5/31/06. Which application in EMC8 likely did this? Was it "Media Manager"? Did it rip throught the PC's folders and files and "open and resave" every jpg, bmp, etc.? Why? Did it alter the files in ANY other way at all, especially any content/bits/bytes? This seems hard to believe...no one wants their files unknowingly altered (even a date change). Is there any way to REVERSE this, other than go to a backup tape/drive...which will be a lot of work since my pictures are stored in different folders by year and some other criteria. If anyone knows more, would appreciate hearing. Also posted this in General Discussion in case it's something other than Media Manager. Thanks, George
  12. I just installed Roxio EMC8 on 5/31/06. (Plain, not Deluxe. English). I tried out a few applications, especially video and DVD related. I recall starting something new, I think it was a movie project, and selecting something like "insert picture". I recall it started grabbing/displaying about every jpg I have on my PC, so I could pick whatever wanted. No big deal I thought, but... Today I was cleaning up some files and folders and to make a long story short... eventually discoverd that nearly *ALL* my jpg and other image files over the past 10-15 years now have a new date. You guessed it... 5/31/06. Which application in EMC8 likely did this? Was it "Media Manager"? Did it rip throught the PC's folders and files and "open and resave" every jpg, bmp, etc.? Why? Did it alter the files in ANY other way at all, especially any content/bits/bytes? This seems hard to believe...no one wants their files unknowingly altered (even a date change). Is there any way to REVERSE this, other than go to a backup tape/drive...which will be a lot of work since my pictures are stored in different folders by year and some other criteria. If anyone knows more, would appreciate hearing. Will also post this in the Roxio group that includes Media Manager. Thanks, George
  13. I'm just ramping up (pls excuse newbie questions) and want to basically get all my video (source code so to speak) onto a PC (and save it to media like a hard drive to keep in safe deposit box while I'm at it). Then, I'd like to put all this video onto a series of DVD discs, organizing it by subjects or times (like "1996 Olympics", "2001 Family Movies", etc.) so I can play them in a HOME DVD player (and also duplicate/burn/send/share with family). Still need to keep raw digital data (right?), because things change, "everything" might someday be ultra HDTV and wide screen in the future... so with good raw data on hard drive, I could go back and re-cut the DVDs with newer tools and playback formats, right? Ok, so wondered if someone might offer suggestions on the "capture" process to get going. Here's the hardware/software setup, then after that, the capture question(s), thanks HARDWARE/SOFTWARE SETUP. Most of the components are in place... Nothing "pro" grade or even brand new, but like most people, I accumulated stuff over the years.... Sony digital8 camcorder (3 yrs old), Sony DVD home player (~5 yrs old), Win XP PC with speakers and basic CD/DVD (+/-RW?) burner, FireWire card, spiffy ATI Radeon video card (even has RCA component video/audio [red/white/yellow inputs] and S-video, Roxio Easy Media Creator 8 Suite, MS Movie Maker (really like). Anything else I need? CAPTURE QUESTIONS. Is there a "uniform" file format I need to (or should do to) get everything into the PC as the best possible raw "source" files. I'd like to capture 100% of the digital data (not compress, or do anything that throws out data or drops resolutions, etc.). What I'm seeing in various capture software are a multitude of choices, like... 1) Medium. ATI VCR (assume file= .vcr) 480x480 NTSC, 4mb/sec 2) VGA Res. file= .avi 640x480 29.9 fps 3) Qtr VGA file= .avi 320x240 29.9 fps 4) AVI Recording, file =.avi, 80x30 ~29.9fps 5) VGA res. mpeg2 640x480 NTSC. 6mb/sec 6) Many others... Is there "one" file format I can (should) choose for capturing "everything", or do I choose different formats to "capture" for each of these sources?... a) VCR TAPES. Got a few dozen, basic home movies from real old video cameras... Capture format? ________ 8MM DIGITAL Hi8 VIDEOTAPE. The Sony camcorder records and plays these digital tapes, got maybe 7 tapes. Plus the Sony 'plays' the old 8mm-analog ones made with a prior camcorder, got about 4 of these analog tapes. The Sony should output both to Firewire, right? Capture Format (to get ALL bits/bytes)? ________ c) MPEG 15-SECOND MOVIES LOW RES. These aren't the driving factor, but got maybe 50 fun clips, about 15-seconds each (that's all my camcorder does), from the Sony digital camcorder. Why not zip them all onto a DVD for playback, right? Capture format?________ d) TV OUTPUT. This PC has a TV-card. Suppose I knew a relative was going to be on the news a few seconds one night. Is there a "format" to record that clip for max resolution? Capture format?_________ e) DIGITAL STILL CAMERA. Got a deal on one of these. It records 640x480 10fps movies, not exactly Hollywood grade, but these "___.avi" files might be useful if we forgot the camcorder that day. Do we copy to C:drive and keep "as is", or upload them in some other format? Capture format?_________ f) DVDs. Suppose Uncle Elmer gives me a DVD movie and I want to upload it onto video collection on my PC. (Normally I'd copy a file, but a DVD movie has lots of files and folders, so I'm unsure how to get it onto the PC) Capture format?_________ g) ANYTHING ELSE? Are there any other prevailing formats out there that we need to convert for any reason? h) ONE MORE...SOFTWARE. For capture, does it really matter if I use WinMovieMaker, Roxio Media Import (are there any more that will import in EMC8?), MyDvd (will this do capture?), etc. and change to something else later? I'm assuming that what WOULD matter would be if I EDIT a movie in one of these...them I'm stuck with that brand forever, right? That is, to change brands would mean I'd have to start over and re-edit with the new software, right? But capture is capture, right? I really like WinMovieMaker...can I CAPTURE with that, is it same quality as anything else? Anyway, thanks for patience, just getting going here, will try to ask smarter questions in future... George
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    How create simple, plain, non-cheezy menus?

    -I think I don't have either essentials (that's a separate product, right?) or standard (unsure what it is). I just installed EMC8, unless that includes or implies these things. -Did not install content disk. During installation, it didn't ask or have a checkbox. Later found info that said got to add/remove > EMC8 > find "Content" and check 3 of these or something like that to install. But I don't have term "Content" under EMC8. Also, before I installed "Content", I sent email to support asking if this is really content, or just a catalog of links and things for sale (not really Content) -Yes, can change background ok, and music. Agree, I'll try to work with this. Pls remember, newbie here. -Button style is the real negative. I really want to have (or be able to create) simple buttons: 1) click-on-text (it will do that I'm told, if I modify the 'wedding' style template), 2) squares for buttons (not there), 3) circles (not there), 4) text inside a box for a button (not doable). The picture-in-button concept is terrible (looks like very cheezy airbrushed license plates from a 1970's era beach). I'll try putting a color inside in place of picture, but I'm not sure how that'll look. -Thanks for suggestions and any additional, greatly appreciated. Overall, EMC8 seems pretty good. 1) Thanks! This layout is really close. And beyond call of duty in responding to my newbie post, so thank you. 2) Still unsure what "Essentials" means, is that something I have or not? (I just bought EMC8 from local retail store (English). I didn't see anything like this on Start menu. Do I need to install (in add/remove) or buy? 3) The 'play' from single button sounds ideal. After re-thinking, I think that may be answer. What I'd (now) like to do is just type VACATION 2005 and have one PLAY button at bottom... it would then start with Florida and keep going thru until end of Virginia. But, like playing a bought-movie, I could click >> or << on remote and it would skip to beginning of Florida, NC, Virginia. Is this right? 4) In above scenario... How does it know the three chapters...is that something I set up? 5) In above scenario, is this ONE movie I import (VacationFlNcVa.avi), or can I import three movies (Fl.avi, Nc.avi, Va.avi)? Any suggestions on best way? Thanks again, George
  15. I've got about 7 files that have ".ses" file extensions, like this: 20030412VaRichmondFestivalMovie00028.ses What's odd is each one is under (inside) a folder with the same name. I "think" these were generated while I was trying out either some SonicMyDVD or Roxio VideowaveCreatorSoftware or WindowsMovieMaker software. There is an identical corresponding ".mpg" file (like 20030412VaRichmondFestivalMovie00028.mpg) for each, and this was originally created with a Sony digital camcorder I recently deleted the old Sonic software and old videowave software, and installed Roxio EMC8. Now, double-clicking the ".ses" files doesn't auto-launch anything at all anymore. So... 1) Does anyone recognize what these are, where they came from? 2) Since I have (and plan to keep) the root ".mpg" files, would there be any reason to keep these ".ses" folders and files? Thanks, George
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