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My Sony camcorder writes to mini DVD disks in wide screen format (16:9). Using Video Convert, I copy the DVD to WMV HD 1080. The WMV created by Roxio has compressed the image into 4:3 format with empty space on either side of the image. I do not see any options to set. What am I doing wrong? The DVD plays correctly in Windows Media Player as a wide screen video.

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What happens if you skip the un-necessary step (WMV) and just import to Roxio directly from the disc?

 

If you look at the disc in Windows Explorer what Folders and Files do you see?

 

Also list the model of the camcorder.

 

Jim, thanks for the response.

 

I am not sure I understand your first question, the Roxio "Copy & Convert" program only gives you two choices: Copy the DVD to another DVD or to convert to a media format (no import directly to Roxio). The video editing software does not accept VOBs as input (even after renaming to .mpeg) so the DVD needs to be converted before it can be edited.

The Copy & Convert is basically what I want, but it is changing the aspect ratio of the video, which is either a bug in the software or I am missing something.

 

The camcorder is a Sony DCR-DVD405.

 

Here is the directory of one of the DVDs:

 

E:\VIDEO_TS>dir

Volume in drive E is 2009_12_23_09H09M_PM

Volume Serial Number is 9290-95BE

 

Directory of E:\VIDEO_TS

 

12/23/2009 09:45 PM <DIR> .

12/23/2009 09:09 PM <DIR> ..

12/23/2009 09:45 PM 12,288 VIDEO_TS.BUP

12/23/2009 09:45 PM 12,288 VIDEO_TS.IFO

12/23/2009 09:45 PM 98,304 VIDEO_TS.VOB

12/23/2009 09:45 PM 24,576 VTS_01_0.BUP

12/23/2009 09:45 PM 24,576 VTS_01_0.IFO

12/23/2009 09:09 PM 1,073,709,056 VTS_01_1.VOB

12/23/2009 09:09 PM 37,421,056 VTS_01_2.VOB

 

Thanks,

Bill

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Jim, thanks for the response.

 

I am not sure I understand your first question, the Roxio "Copy & Convert" program only gives you two choices: Copy the DVD to another DVD or to convert to a media format (no import directly to Roxio). The video editing software does not accept VOBs as input (even after renaming to .mpeg) so the DVD needs to be converted before it can be edited.

The Copy & Convert is basically what I want, but it is changing the aspect ratio of the video, which is either a bug in the software or I am missing something.

 

The camcorder is a Sony DCR-DVD405.

 

Here is the directory of one of the DVDs:

 

E:\VIDEO_TS>dir

Volume in drive E is 2009_12_23_09H09M_PM

Volume Serial Number is 9290-95BE

 

Directory of E:\VIDEO_TS

 

12/23/2009 09:45 PM <DIR> .

12/23/2009 09:09 PM <DIR> ..

12/23/2009 09:45 PM 12,288 VIDEO_TS.BUP

12/23/2009 09:45 PM 12,288 VIDEO_TS.IFO

12/23/2009 09:45 PM 98,304 VIDEO_TS.VOB

12/23/2009 09:45 PM 24,576 VTS_01_0.BUP

12/23/2009 09:45 PM 24,576 VTS_01_0.IFO

12/23/2009 09:09 PM 1,073,709,056 VTS_01_1.VOB

12/23/2009 09:09 PM 37,421,056 VTS_01_2.VOB

 

Thanks,

Bill

 

Video Copy and Convert should copy your disc content to your hard drive as a image file and a Video_ts folder set..

 

The Video Editing Software (Videowave) does except vob files...

 

Explore your mini DVD in a drive on the PC, right click select all, click copy. Open a folder you make on the desktop then right click paste..

 

Does your DVD end up transfering to the folder on your hard drive?

 

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Video Copy and Convert should copy your disc content to your hard drive as a image file and a Video_ts folder set..

 

The Video Editing Software (Videowave) does except vob files...

 

Explore your mini DVD in a drive on the PC, right click select all, click copy. Open a folder you make on the desktop then right click paste..

 

Does your DVD end up transfering to the folder on your hard drive?

 

cd

I was able to successfully copy the DVD to my hard drive using the Copy & Convert by copying to a "DVD-Video Folder" but I cannot see any difference in doing this and copying the VIDEO_TS folder directly from the DVD. Is there an advantage in doing one or the other?

 

You are correct...with the video folder on my hard drive, I am now able to open the menu vob and see the entire video in the VideoWave editor. Furthermore, the aspect ratio has been maintained.

 

Thanks for getting me to this point. I will just need to burn some midnight oil to learn how to use the VideoWave program.

 

Thanks again.

 

Bill

 

 

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I was able to successfully copy the DVD to my hard drive using the Copy & Convert by copying to a "DVD-Video Folder" but I cannot see any difference in doing this and copying the VIDEO_TS folder directly from the DVD. Is there an advantage in doing one or the other?

 

You are correct...with the video folder on my hard drive, I am now able to open the menu vob and see the entire video in the VideoWave editor. Furthermore, the aspect ratio has been maintained.

Thanks for getting me to this point. I will just need to burn some midnight oil to learn how to use the VideoWave program.

 

Thanks again.

 

Bill

 

 

No, just get it to the hard drive to work with it..

 

That is good news...

 

You're welcome...

 

cd

 

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After a couple of weekends of trying to use the Video Wave software, I am finally giving up on it. I can only do a few simple edits before the application crashes.

 

I tryed going back to the Copy & Convert software and other than the Windows Media formats (both HD resolutions) all other formats crash the program. The WMV formats are not the original aspect ratio so they are useless to me. I can use Windows Movie Maker fine if I can get the video into the correct aspect ratio, but at this point I have run out of ideas...there does not seem to be anyway to get from the Sony DVD to a format I can use.

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After a couple of weekends of trying to use the Video Wave software, I am finally giving up on it. I can only do a few simple edits before the application crashes.

 

I tryed going back to the Copy & Convert software and other than the Windows Media formats (both HD resolutions) all other formats crash the program. The WMV formats are not the original aspect ratio so they are useless to me. I can use Windows Movie Maker fine if I can get the video into the correct aspect ratio, but at this point I have run out of ideas...there does not seem to be anyway to get from the Sony DVD to a format I can use.

 

First, leave the Copy and Convert alone for now. It isn't going to help you, until you want to burn a final DVD after editing.

 

Second, list your computer specs, similar to how I have mine listed in my signature. It sounds like your computer may not be up to the task of doing video editing.

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First, leave the Copy and Convert alone for now. It isn't going to help you, until you want to burn a final DVD after editing.

 

Second, list your computer specs, similar to how I have mine listed in my signature. It sounds like your computer may not be up to the task of doing video editing.

 

Here are my system specifications:

 

Processor: Intel® Core™ i7 - 920 Processor

OS: Windows 7 Ultimate 64 Bit edition

System Board: Intel DX58SO

System Memory: 6GB composed of 3- 2048MB DDR3/1333 DIMMS

Hard Drive: Seagate 1TB 7,200 RPM

DVD ±R/±RW Drive: 20x Dual Layer DVD±R/±RW Drive

Video: Radeon HD4850 PCI Express

Sound: Integrated 8 Channel HD Audio CODEC ALC889

LAN: Wireless LAN G/B PCI Card

LAN: Intel® Integrated Gigabit Ethernet

Firewire: TI TSB43AB22A IEEE Firewire 1394 Controller

 

Thanks,

Bill

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Here are my system specifications:

 

Processor: Intel® Core™ i7 - 920 Processor

OS: Windows 7 Ultimate 64 Bit edition

System Board: Intel DX58SO

System Memory: 6GB composed of 3- 2048MB DDR3/1333 DIMMS

Hard Drive: Seagate 1TB 7,200 RPM

DVD ±R/±RW Drive: 20x Dual Layer DVD±R/±RW Drive

Video: Radeon HD4850 PCI Express

Sound: Integrated 8 Channel HD Audio CODEC ALC889

LAN: Wireless LAN G/B PCI Card

LAN: Intel® Integrated Gigabit Ethernet

Firewire: TI TSB43AB22A IEEE Firewire 1394 Controller

 

Thanks,

Bill

 

It's most definitely up to the task of doing video work.

 

You say that you got the video, to your hard drive, using Copy and Convert. Did you try just copying the folders/files, from the miniDVD, to a folder on your hard drive, as cdanteek suggested? If so, are the .vob files, from your folder, the ones causing your program to crash?

 

Are you experiencing any heat issues? What ATI drivers are you running?

 

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It's most definitely up to the task of doing video work.

 

You say that you got the video, to your hard drive, using Copy and Convert. Did you try just copying the folders/files, from the miniDVD, to a folder on your hard drive, as cdanteek suggested? If so, are the .vob files, from your folder, the ones causing your program to crash?

 

Are you experiencing any heat issues? What ATI drivers are you running?

I am not having any heat issues and my ATI drivers are the latest from the AMD site.

 

I decided to log into the Sony site and see if there was any software from them that could help. They have several video editing packages, so I downloaded a 30 day free trial of "Vegas Movie Studio HD 9.0" which said it supports Windows 7. Their file menu has an import from camcorder DVD which brings the whole DVD in as separate chapters in MPEG2 format. The video editor works like a charm and after spending several hours with it, it does not crash (kind of a minimal requirement in my book ;). The best part is that if I decide to buy it, it only costs $39.95.

 

Thanks for all the help from those who offered.

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I am not having any heat issues and my ATI drivers are the latest from the AMD site.

 

I decided to log into the Sony site and see if there was any software from them that could help. They have several video editing packages, so I downloaded a 30 day free trial of "Vegas Movie Studio HD 9.0" which said it supports Windows 7. Their file menu has an import from camcorder DVD which brings the whole DVD in as separate chapters in MPEG2 format. The video editor works like a charm and after spending several hours with it, it does not crash (kind of a minimal requirement in my book ;). The best part is that if I decide to buy it, it only costs $39.95.

 

Thanks for all the help from those who offered.

 

W-7 X64 Pro with a ATI HD 4850 512MB GDDR3, I had trouble with this driver, 9-10_vista_win7_32-64_xcode.

 

W-7 X64 Pro, with a ATI HD 4850 512MB GDDR3, I haven't had a problem with this driver, 9-10_vista64_win7_64_dd_ccc_wdm_enu.

 

Running Roxio Creator 2010 Pro....

 

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