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Converting to wmv


mynameisbrett

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Hi guys, hope someone can help as this is doing my head in!

 

I'm trying to convert a dvd movie to wmv format using EasyDVDCopy2. Now, this worked just fine yesterday but doesn't seem to work anymore!! Here's what I'm doing;

 

1. Open Disc Copier program and select the 'video compilation' tab.

2. Click 'add movies' and select the desired.

3. Select 'wmv' from the format drop-box on the right hand side.

4. Change 'output' to 'file/folder'.

5. Click 'save as' and choose desired location on my desktop.

6. Screen opens up saying 'encoding to wmv', goes to 100% fairly quickly.

7. Nothing!! Check my entire computer and there's no new wmv file (or anything else).

 

PLEASE HELP!!! I only purchased this software yesterday and tried it straight away. It worked then, but doesn't do it now! I've tried the usual places (help files, online support etc) to no avail.

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Brett: Would like to know which record setting so offend Copier so we can keep that little tidbit in our bag of tricks.

 

 

Worked fine in SEP, but not in SLP. My recorder has about 10 options, but I've only tried 3 of them. The other is HQ (High Quality) and it worked fine with that. Then again, it could vary depending on the recorder brand/model.

 

Another problem I have is the quality of the converted file. When transferring from my DVD recorder to disc, the copy looks great played on my PC. However, when I convert it to wmv it loses quite a lot of quality. I'd expect to lose a bit, but this is a lot. EasyDVDCopy has loads of settings available for conversion, but all seem to produce the same low quality wmv file. The finished product is very 'blocky' and dark in places. Any ideas?

 

ps. you can see what I mean by looking at the quality of http://www.haloskillz.com/zanz1.wmv

or on the homepage - http://www.haloskillz.com

 

(it's a website I'm working on for my son, showing movies for one of the computer games he plays. As you can see, the movie is pretty bad quality - especially compared to the original DVD version which is bright and crystal clear. Maybes I'm just being stupid expecting decent quality? But I've seen other websites with pretty good quality wmv movie files and they use similar methods - but different software rather than Roxio?)

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Hi guys, hope someone can help as this is doing my head in!

 

I'm trying to convert a dvd movie to wmv format using EasyDVDCopy2. Now, this worked just fine yesterday but doesn't seem to work anymore!! Here's what I'm doing;

 

1. Open Disc Copier program and select the 'video compilation' tab.

2. Click 'add movies' and select the desired.

3. Select 'wmv' from the format drop-box on the right hand side.

4. Change 'output' to 'file/folder'.

5. Click 'save as' and choose desired location on my desktop.

6. Screen opens up saying 'encoding to wmv', goes to 100% fairly quickly.

7. Nothing!! Check my entire computer and there's no new wmv file (or anything else).

 

PLEASE HELP!!! I only purchased this software yesterday and tried it straight away. It worked then, but doesn't do it now! I've tried the usual places (help files, online support etc) to no avail.

Is the dvd movie copy protected? It won't convert copyrighted video.

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Never tried that but looking in Windows Movie Maker it shows these settings under Output to Web Page:

 

High – 320 X 240 30fps @ 256kbps

Med – 320 X 240 15fps @ 128kbps

 

Try matching these settings and see how it works.

 

Edit: I looked at the links you provided. One clip they have indicates 640 X 480 25fps @ 10kbps

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Well, I finally got my first successful file copy. Instead of selecting a complete copy, I selected a start point a few seconds into the movie and also selected a stop point (See log at 15:09:35 PM). This time, EMC didn't delete the file after it was done. I also noticed that the CANCEL pressed message didn't appear in the log; instead I got a "Graph stopped with EC_COMPLETE" (See log at 0:10:18 AM).

 

15:09:33 PM : **************Encoding module started*******************

15:09:33 PM : ********************************************************

15:09:33 PM : ********************************************************

15:09:33 PM : ********************************************************

15:09:33 PM : Start encode to WMV

 

15:09:33 PM :

15:09:33 PM :

15:09:33 PM : ********************************************************

15:09:33 PM : ******************Encoding to WMV***********************

15:09:33 PM : ********************************************************

15:09:33 PM :

15:09:33 PM :

15:09:33 PM : --------->>>Encoding Flags:

15:09:33 PM : --------->>>Start encoding

15:09:33 PM : ->Init Progress

15:09:33 PM : Targetfilename: (This contained my new filename).wmv

15:09:33 PM : ->Init Graph

15:09:34 PM : ->Load DVD Reader

15:09:34 PM : Complete Movie Length in Sec: 7350.5000

15:09:34 PM : Used Angle (1 is default): 1

15:09:34 PM : Used Title: 1

15:09:34 PM : No Subtitle selected

15:09:34 PM : Language:

15:09:34 PM : ->Load DVD Decoder

15:09:34 PM : ->Construct Graph

15:09:34 PM : ->Set Wmv Settings

15:09:34 PM : Estimated TargetSize in 4482 MB

15:09:34 PM : Estimated Safety Size in 89 MB

15:09:34 PM : VideoLength in 3906 Seconds

15:09:34 PM : Calculated Bitrate: 9274440 Bits/sec.

15:09:34 PM : Bitrate cut to: 1500000 Bits/sec.

15:09:34 PM : Recalculated Videosize : 698 MB.

15:09:34 PM : Recalculated Audiosize : 74 MB.

15:09:34 PM : ->Use Standard.prx for encoding

15:09:35 PM : Target Height: 480

15:09:35 PM : Target Width: 640

15:09:35 PM : Target AVR Time per Frame: 333667

15:09:35 PM : ->Run Graph

15:09:35 PM : Start Position : 15 sec

15:09:35 PM : End Position: 3921 sec

15:15:16 PM : encoding progress at 1 %

15:20:41 PM : encoding progress at 2 %

...

0:01:16 AM : encoding progress at 98 %

0:06:41 AM : encoding progress at 99 %

0:10:18 AM : Graph stopped with EC_COMPLETE

0:10:19 AM : encoding progress at 0 %

0:10:20 AM : ->Destroy Progress

0:10:20 AM : TerminateThread

0:10:21 AM : Stop Progress

0:10:21 AM : ->Destroy Graph

0:10:21 AM : -->Reset Video Window deleted

0:10:21 AM : -->VideoWindow deleted

0:10:21 AM : -->Menu Bitmap Filter deleted

0:10:21 AM : -->Encoder deleted

0:10:21 AM : -->Avi Muxer deleted

0:10:21 AM : -->Null Renderer deleted

0:10:21 AM : -->VideoDecoder deleted

0:10:21 AM : -->Video Splitter deleted

0:10:21 AM : -->Audio Splitter deleted

0:10:21 AM : -->Splitter deleted

0:10:21 AM : -->Mixer deleted

0:10:21 AM : -->MediaEventEx deleted

0:10:21 AM : -->MediaControl deleted

0:10:21 AM : -->MediaSeekingProgress deleted

0:10:21 AM : -->MediaSeekingAudio deleted

0:10:21 AM : -->MediaSeekingAudio deleted

0:10:21 AM : -->Graph deleted

0:10:24 AM : -->CaptureGraph deleted

0:10:24 AM : -->Video Reader deleted

0:10:24 AM : -->Audio Reader deleted

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it works if i do it to PSP or iPod versions, but that's not what i need. I've got no idea what you mean by "codec issue"??

 

A codec is what the file is passed through to write the code.

 

I have never seen EDC2 and have no idea how to check to see what it is doing. – it is an offshoot of Disc Copier but with greater flexibility in it.

 

Some others may have some ideas on how to check it. Still without you having applied any updates overnight it is unlikely it would stop working.

 

That leads us back to the source file as a suspect. Of course copywrited material will never work but it would issue a warning message not just sulk.

 

When you say other formats work, is that with the same clip you are trying to make into a wmv?

 

One other wild idea. Write it to psp and then use that file as the source.

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A codec is what the file is passed through to write the code.

 

I have never seen EDC2 and have no idea how to check to see what it is doing. – it is an offshoot of Disc Copier but with greater flexibility in it.

 

Some others may have some ideas on how to check it. Still without you having applied any updates overnight it is unlikely it would stop working.

 

That leads us back to the source file as a suspect. Of course copywrited material will never work but it would issue a warning message not just sulk.

 

When you say other formats work, is that with the same clip you are trying to make into a wmv?

 

One other wild idea. Write it to psp and then use that file as the source.

 

 

It's the same source file as I used yesterday, so definetly not protected or corrupt. I can use the same file and convert it to psp, but not to wmv. Will try converting to psp, then psp to wmv and see if that works (but not very hopeful, plus the loss of quality??).

 

Anyway, thanks for your help. If anyone else has any ideas let me know (please).

 

converting to psp then to wmv didn't work. it won't even attempt it. :)

 

Sorted!! :huh:

 

It was a stupid little setting on my DVD recorder. A 'recording setting' option of SLP and SEP makes the difference. Works fine if on SEP, but not on SLP (might be other way around? can't remember now!). No idea what they are, but problem solved anyway!

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Hi guys, hope someone can help as this is doing my head in!

 

I'm trying to convert a dvd movie to wmv format using EasyDVDCopy2. Now, this worked just fine yesterday but doesn't seem to work anymore!! Here's what I'm doing;

 

1. Open Disc Copier program and select the 'video compilation' tab.

2. Click 'add movies' and select the desired.

3. Select 'wmv' from the format drop-box on the right hand side.

4. Change 'output' to 'file/folder'.

5. Click 'save as' and choose desired location on my desktop.

6. Screen opens up saying 'encoding to wmv', goes to 100% fairly quickly.

7. Nothing!! Check my entire computer and there's no new wmv file (or anything else).

 

PLEASE HELP!!! I only purchased this software yesterday and tried it straight away. It worked then, but doesn't do it now! I've tried the usual places (help files, online support etc) to no avail.

I just installed EMC8 Friday & have the same problem. I am trying to convert 2 hours of home video in DVD format to WMV. I've noticed the following:

1. The video actually gets made (I monitored the destination folder & new *.WMV file)

2. If I make a copy of the in-progress file to a different folder, it will play ok with media player.

3. When the compliation completes (whether I made the copy on the fly or not), the new *.WMV file disappears from the folder. (No, I did not press CANCEL)

4. The log file says:

8:01:56 AM : Start encode to WMV

 

8:01:56 AM :

8:01:56 AM :

8:01:56 AM : ********************************************************

8:01:56 AM : ******************Encoding to WMV***********************

8:01:56 AM : ********************************************************

8:01:56 AM :

8:01:56 AM :

8:01:56 AM : --------->>>Encoding Flags:

8:01:56 AM : --------->>>Start encoding

8:01:56 AM : ->Init Progress

8:01:56 AM : Targetfilename: (This contained my new filename).wmv

8:01:56 AM : ->Init Graph

8:01:57 AM : ->Load DVD Reader

8:01:57 AM : Complete Movie Length in Sec: 7350.5000

8:01:57 AM : Used Angle (1 is default): 1

8:01:57 AM : Used Title: 1

8:01:57 AM : No Subtitle selected

8:01:57 AM : Language:

8:01:57 AM : ->Load DVD Decoder

8:01:57 AM : ->Construct Graph

8:01:58 AM : ->Set Wmv Settings

8:01:58 AM : Estimated TargetSize in 8147 MB

8:01:58 AM : Estimated Safety Size in 162 MB

8:01:58 AM : VideoLength in 7350 Seconds

8:01:58 AM : Calculated Bitrate: 8953243 Bits/sec.

8:01:58 AM : Bitrate cut to: 1500000 Bits/sec.

8:01:58 AM : Recalculated Videosize : 1314 MB.

8:01:58 AM : Recalculated Audiosize : 140 MB.

8:01:58 AM : ->Use Standard.prx for encoding

8:01:58 AM : Target Height: 480

8:01:58 AM : Target Width: 640

8:01:58 AM : Target AVR Time per Frame: 333667

8:01:58 AM : ->Run Graph

8:12:22 AM : encoding progress at 1 %

8:23:26 AM : encoding progress at 2 %

....

3:22:31 AM : encoding progress at 100 %

3:22:35 AM : Cancel Pressed!

3:22:39 AM : encoding progress at 0 %

3:22:39 AM : ->Destroy Progress

3:22:39 AM : TerminateThread

3:22:43 AM : Stop Progress

3:22:43 AM : ->Destroy Graph

3:22:43 AM : -->Reset Video Window deleted

3:22:43 AM : -->VideoWindow deleted

3:22:43 AM : -->Menu Bitmap Filter deleted

3:22:43 AM : -->Encoder deleted

3:22:43 AM : -->Avi Muxer deleted

3:22:43 AM : -->Null Renderer deleted

3:22:43 AM : -->VideoDecoder deleted

3:22:43 AM : -->Video Splitter deleted

3:22:43 AM : -->Audio Splitter deleted

3:22:43 AM : -->Splitter deleted

3:22:43 AM : -->Mixer deleted

3:22:43 AM : -->MediaEventEx deleted

3:22:43 AM : -->MediaControl deleted

3:22:43 AM : -->MediaSeekingProgress deleted

3:22:43 AM : -->MediaSeekingAudio deleted

3:22:43 AM : -->MediaSeekingAudio deleted

3:22:43 AM : -->Graph deleted

3:22:43 AM : -->CaptureGraph deleted

3:22:43 AM : -->Video Reader deleted

3:22:43 AM : -->Audio Reader deleted

3:22:43 AM : ->Object Successfully deleted

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It's the same source file as I used yesterday, so definetly not protected or corrupt. I can use the same file and convert it to psp, but not to wmv. Will try converting to psp, then psp to wmv and see if that works (but not very hopeful, plus the loss of quality??).

 

Anyway, thanks for your help. If anyone else has any ideas let me know (please).

 

converting to psp then to wmv didn't work. it won't even attempt it. :)

 

Sorted!! :huh:

 

It was a stupid little setting on my DVD recorder. A 'recording setting' option of SLP and SEP makes the difference. Works fine if on SEP, but not on SLP (might be other way around? can't remember now!). No idea what they are, but problem solved anyway!

The SEP and SLP refer to the recording speed, they are similar to the SP SLP, and SEP on analog video recorders.

SP-standard play

SEP-standard extended play

SLP-standard long play

 

There may be in fact be even more speeds available. Some video recorder have 8 or so recording speeds.

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