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Convert camcorder miniDVD (16:9) .VOB to individual video files by chapter

Bill S


First post to this forum... thanks in advance for your help.


Here's what I'm trying to do: Convert video from finalized miniDVD disk from Canon DC50 camcorder to separate video files for each chapter (scene). Want to save these files on hard drive in a format that will work well for viewing and later, editing. Basically, want to have numerous individual video clips stored in the same way that I have digital photo images (jpg, etc.) stored on hard drive.


Here are the details of what I've been trying:

Camera: Canon DC50 miniDVD camcorder (not HD)

Recording aspect ratio is 16:9 Widescreen

Once finalized by the camcorder, movies are stored on miniDVD as .VOB, etc. files. Within the .VOB file(s), each filmed scene is a separate chapter. The DVD menu titles each chapter by date and time like this: JUL. 2,2007 12:29 PM.


Am using Roxio Media Import 9 with the following settings to try to create .AVI files, one for each chapter. I'm open to creating MPEG or WMV files if that makes better sense. Thought mpeg might be best because that's what the .VOB files are (I think), but their aspect ratio is coming out even worse than the DivX (.AVI) files.


Video Capture

Capture Settings: DivX (DivX)

Audio Format: MP3 (default)

Use Two-Pass encoding (not checked)

Set encoding quality: Excellent

Set Framerate: NTSC (29.97 fps)

Output Resolution (based on 4:3 input video): Default (note that choices are: default, 128x96, 177x144, 320x240, 640x480, HD 720p (1280x720)) NOTE: There doesn't seem to be a way to indicate that the input video is 16:9 - is that right?)


Screen Adaptation: Letterbox (note that choices are: none, Letterbox, Stretch, Adaptive Scale) NOTE: I have not tried Stretch or Adaptive Scale - should I be?


Resulting .AVI file is 720x480 (which, if I do the math is equivalent to 16:10.67, not 16:9) so on playback (with RealPlayer, for example) the video is squished horizontally (or, put another way, stretched vertically)


And, a final question, documentation seems to indicate that if I select multiple chapters, each will be imported in turn automatically - that is not happening - only the first chapter is being imported.


Do you think I'm on the right track here, given my goal? And if so, any guidance on the 16:9 issue and the squished .AVI files?

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