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Unable to capture Video w/ MyDVD v7

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I have a fairly new HP with Windows Media installed. It came with Sonic MyDVD Media Plus v7 installed. I would like to capture video from my analog camcorder. I have a video capture card and I can capture video with Windows Movie Maker so I should have it hooked up right. I would like to use MyDVD though and I get the error "macrovision detected, capture disabled". There is no way this is protected video, it is old home movies I would like to transfer to DVD for my grown kids.

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I know it has been a long time since you posted your problem, but I too am having a similar problem and I think I have found a workaround (the more I work with computer software, the more I use that word). Some of my home videos were too degraded to capture, even after trying all the suggestions - new driver for my new capture card, fast forward to the end of the video then rewind and try again, and turning off the viewer while I attempted to capture. I even purchased the newer version of MyDVD since the one I bought from Dell was version 6 and they are now up to version 9. But all to no avail, still can't use MyDVD to capture less than pristine home videos.

 

For the workaround, I found that Window's MovieMaker that came as part of my Windows XP Media Center version will capture the videos without problems. I think they may be lower resolution and they are not in the mpeg format. But I have checked on both MyDVD plus vs 6 and the newer MyDVD9 and they can be imported into both these versions for editing. (haven't tried burning them yet). My thought is that even if the video quality is less than that of MyDVD having a lower quality is better than having no video at all!

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I know it has been a long time since you posted your problem, but I too am having a similar problem and I think I have found a workaround (the more I work with computer software, the more I use that word). Some of my home videos were too degraded to capture, even after trying all the suggestions - new driver for my new capture card, fast forward to the end of the video then rewind and try again, and turning off the viewer while I attempted to capture. I even purchased the newer version of MyDVD since the one I bought from Dell was version 6 and they are now up to version 9. But all to no avail, still can't use MyDVD to capture less than pristine home videos.

 

For the workaround, I found that Window's MovieMaker that came as part of my Windows XP Media Center version will capture the videos without problems. I think they may be lower resolution and they are not in the mpeg format. But I have checked on both MyDVD plus vs 6 and the newer MyDVD9 and they can be imported into both these versions for editing. (haven't tried burning them yet). My thought is that even if the video quality is less than that of MyDVD having a lower quality is better than having no video at all!

Jeanna,

That's good info (altho I don't know if looney is going to see it, they haven't been back for almost 2 months).

I'm not sure what type of file you are saving, but if you want to get the best quality you can from the MM capture, save it as DV-AVI (make sure to use the correct format of NTSC or PAL). this should give you the best quality possible as it's an un-compressed format as opposed to a compressed type like wmv (the default I believe).

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