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Video Copy and Convert Problem

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I want to copy a web video (Youtube) but I can't get it. But I'm getting a video that I'm not playing.

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Tedcloak,

I'd like to help you.      Please explain further.  Your message is a little incoherent.  What does " but I can't get it. But I'm getting a video that I'm not playing. " mean?

Brendon

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Thanks for your incredibly quick response.  OK, I bring up the Roxio Copy and Convert Video app and punch the "Convert Video" and "Web Video" buttons.

A pop-up window appears over the lower right quadrant of the app window: "Launch your browser to start viewing the web video" etc. Well, I've got Chrome launched to type this reply to you, so what should I do now? I'll try clicking on the url for the Youtube video I want to work with. Well! Now the pop-up goes away and "my" video appears in the lower right quadrant and is loading. The picture I see is where I want to start copying. But now that other video clip I mentioned appears along side. I have no idea where that comes from. There's no sign of it in Task View. 

Much later: My video is still loading. It's enormous, complete proceedings of a six-hour conference. I'll just wait and see what happens. Oh, I've got the video paused in Chrome at the point where I want to start copying, It doesn't have to be running to load, does it? Thanks again, Brendon. I'll wait this out and let you know. Ted.

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Hello Tedcloak,

The 'Web Video' routine in Video Copy & Convert has not worked for me for years.  I would be very happy if anyone can tell me they have it going reliably, and explain how they do it.  Back in 2013 our late Gurus Jim Hardin and GrandpaBruce agreed in this thread that The last version, in which it actually worked "most of the time", was Creator 2010.   How did you get on with the download you were attempting?   You might have had to crash out of it to prevent a machine lockup.

I think your best idea may be to download your video some other way, and then see if you can trim it down with Video Copy & Convert.   I have found that JDownloader lets me easily download YouTube videos to MP4, but you can choose any download manager or method which works for you.

Once you have it down, you may run into big problems with its size - as you said a six-hour clip is enormous, and I don't know how big it will be or whether you'll be able to download it all or whether Video Copy & Convert will let you handle or edit such a big file.  You're certainly not going to get it onto a DVD without some extreme compression.

If you'll show me a YouTube link to the video I might be able to get an estimate of size, and we can perhaps see which way to go from there.

 

Brendon

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Hi, Brendon,

My intention is to carve out a half-hour segment in the middle of this guy. Actually, it's still showing "Loading" and my little blue hard-drive light is still flickering occasionally and the machine is still available to me for other activities. Do you suppose it loads from start to finish in its presentation time? I think I'll give it few more hours <g>.

Here's the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u8NQHA2WG4s. I don't know whether it will start from the beginning or from my starting point at 3:40:40 or thereabouts.

It's 6:00 p.m. on Monday here, so it must be 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday in Christchurch. Again, thanks for staying with me on this.

Oh, do you have any idea where the file might be loading to?

Ted

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Hello Ted,

YouTube indicates it's actually "only" 1.50 GB and the MP4 file is only 1.2GB.     I don't know where VC&C would download it to on your machine, since I've never been able to make it work on mine   :(  However I've got it almost downloaded using JDownloader, but our Internet backbone is very busy with the country in lockdown and mostly everyone at home.

Aah!  There it is.  1280*720 (16:9) @29.274 fps, 1.12 GB.   Seems to run well.   Would you know the actual start/finish times in mins&secs of the section you want?    I'll go see if  can trim it with something in Creator NXT.

 

Brendon

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I first checked it at 3:41:42. HTH. VC&C still loading.  I think I'll pull the plug.

Ted

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Hi Ted,

I hope you managed to stop the action and regain control of your machine without mishap.

Since you haven't told me your desired start and finish points, I wasn't able to do the editing for you.   However I have downloaded the video with Jdownloader, and I've trimmed it down to a half-hour segment in Creator NXT 7.    It seemed to work fairly simply.    Here's how, in broad detail:

-download the clip as an MP4 from Youtube.   Keep the MP4 and later delete the other files which came down with it

-run Videowave (Edit Video-Advanced), create a new production, and load the MP4

-down on the Timeline, right-click on the video and select 'Trim'.  Pull the start and end pointers to where you want them on the timeline, and click OK.   You can preview and adjust the selection, and when you're happy with it, go up to Output > Export As > Video clip.

-click on Create Video file.  The machine will take some time and will copy the segment you've selected to a fresh MP4 in your 'Videos' directory, leaving the original untouched.  The copied half hour took about ten minutes and 125 MB on my machine.

-If you run into any snags you can't fix with the help files, please feel free to come back and ask for a hand.

Brendon

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I have an MP4 of the video. It's in a folder in OneDrive. If I click on it in Explorer it starts right up and plays fine. BUT

In Videowave, I can find it, it shows up as a thumbnail or detail, but it won't load. If I try to preview it, Videowave hangs:

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In this picture, you see that the name of the video is highlighted but it doesn't appear down below after "File Name:", as it should.

I'd really like to get this thing working but, if I can't, my start point is 3:41:42 and finish point is 3:57:57, should you be willing to make a video for me.

Thanks again for all your help.

Ted

 

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I haven't tried that, yet. But somehow or other it's finally working. It's half way through rendering now. I worry about the sound, it was terrible in the window where you set the start and finish points. I'll keep you posted.

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The sound was rather garbage at the start, but I found it okay further along the video.    It's much better to have a local copy to work on - much faster.

Do keep us posted.   :)

 

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Well, it finished and it looks and sounds just fine. It still needs a little trimming and I'll probably put a leader and some titles on it.

From now on, though, I'll put my master file on a hard drive instead of in the cloud.

Best wishes and once more, great thanks.

Ted

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That's fine, Ted.     I'm just finishing rendering "Ted's Talk" here  :)     It's very fiddly, trying to set the start/end points accurately, isn't it.

I'll leave you with it.   Glad it worked for you.

Brendon

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