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How to Zap Commercials from Recordings, and a way to create Chapter points

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The article below is a pinned post in the Tips and Tricks section of EMC 9 forum. Below, I added additional information that applies under EMC 10 as the last part of the original post does not hold true anymore for EMC 10.

 

****Original pinned post from the Tips & Tricks section of Easy Media Creator 9 forum******

 

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If you have a set-top DVD recorder, a networked TiVo, a Media Center PC, or another PC-based DVR, you've probably got lots of your favorite shows recorded—with lots of commercials too! VideoWave, the video editor included in the Creator 9 suite, makes it simple to snip out unwanted bits and burn the results to DVD. Here's how:

 

First, import your media files into a VideoWave project, and add chapter markers on the timeline at the beginning and end of the commercial sections by clicking on the + button at the top left. Then click between the two markers to join them and delete the joined video using the multi-trim button (just to the right of the + button).

 

A side benefit of this procedure is that you will now have chapter markers at the beginning of each segment following a commercial, neatly dividing up your show into the usual 6 or 7 segments per hour. When you are finishing editing in VideoWave, you can switch right to MyDVD, and the markers will represent the beginning of chapters on your finished DVD—with no commercials in sight! For EMC 10, refer to the update below.

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For EMC 10 user who is reading this Tip -- modification to the last sentence in the above post

For those reading this post who would like to apply the tips above using Easy Media Creator 10 (EMC10), please note that the markers in Videowave no longer automatically generate chapter markers in MyDVD, as indicated in the last sentence above which applies under EMC 9. Instead, under EMC 10, you have to right click the title, select Edit Movie and go to Timeline view. To make the marker the beginning of a chapter, right click the marker and select Convert to Chapter marker. Do this for all the markers that you would like to be chapter points.

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