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I am trying to edit DVDs of old home movies that I have transferred from video tape to DVD. I am looking for a "simple" software that will allow me to edit these DVDs. I am just trying to remove the parts that we no longer want, such as the floor or ceiling or other such not needed parts and then burn the edited version onto a new DVD. The problem I am having is the 2011 version of Roxio is so complicted I am NOT able to achive this simple outcome. Does anyone out there know a "SIMPLE" software that will accomplish this task. I am not interested in "3D" or any other such complicated crap! Just an edited DVD without the unwanted sences. Thankyou

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'Video' & 'Simple' don't go in the same sentance...

 

You are going to have to be willing to LEARN how to use the software and to work with all of the nuances that go along with the rather massive project you are preposing...

 

It isn't hard, but it is not simply Click & Smile either...

 

The nuances I am refering to are the fact that a DVD Movie is an Authored disc is a specific format. They are not just some files slapped on a disc!

 

You will have to Import the disc contents into VideoWave (the Editor). Do your Edits and then transfer that Project into the Authoring (MyDVD) program and from there burn to a new disc.

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I am trying to edit DVDs of old home movies that I have transferred from video tape to DVD. I am looking for a "simple" software that will allow me to edit these DVDs. I am just trying to remove the parts that we no longer want, such as the floor or ceiling or other such not needed parts and then burn the edited version onto a new DVD. The problem I am having is the 2011 version of Roxio is so complicted I am NOT able to achive this simple outcome. Does anyone out there know a "SIMPLE" software that will accomplish this task. I am not interested in "3D" or any other such complicated crap! Just an edited DVD without the unwanted sences. Thankyou

 

I would recommend that you first do some simple projects before tackling the "big project"

 

Get a hold of some RW DVDs tp practice on.

Read the pinned posts un the various Usability forums that are available for the different versions. While some of the details might be different, the major ideas and processes are the same across the recent version

Watch the tutorials that are on the Roxio site.

 

Then once you have the basic idea, find a 10-15 minute video clip and practice with that. Since you basically just want to remove unwanted scenes, the process is pretty uncomplicated and you should be able to quickly make quick progress..

 

There is no "SIMPLE" software when it comes to video editing.

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I have some sympathy here. I am attempting a similar project which, on the face of it, one would expect Roxio to be able to perform elegantly, if not "simply". However I seem to be thwarted at every step, and I really don't think the Tutorials provide much help (unless I've missed the one I need!). So, if anyone can help to point out what I'm missing (apart from a better brain!), I would be very grateful.

 

1) Firstly I expected that I would be able to import a movie file and simply select start and end points of a section within it which I could then copy into the "story-line" - and continue to do so until I have my completed project. As far as I can see this cannot be done; the only way I found to achieve this was to use the "split" command to break up the movie and then delete the unwanted sections, then trim each wanted section to accurately define the start and end of each. Maybe this is correct, but seems to take a very long time - a lot of which is waiting for the program to split the file.

 

2) A number of the home videos I am trying to edit are on DV tape, so I thought that it would be best to use the DV import for these. The Tutorial on this subject indicates that the "smart" mode would probably not work since they were not recorded on blank tapes, did not necessarily have 5 second gaps between scenes, and did not necessarily have a minimum clip duration of 10 seconds. So, I decided to have a go using the "normal" mode and was delighted to see that as the tape was read, each scene (presumably as defined by a change in the date/time record) was correctly and accurately added to the "bin" as a new thumbnail. "Great" I thought, all I have to do when it's finished is to import all, or as many clips as I want, do any trimming of the ends, add my transitions and away I go!

 

How disappointed I was, then, when at the end of the tape, all my neatly defined scene thumbnails disappeared, to be replaced by a single thumbnail representing the entire tape content. No individual files of each scene as I was hoping for, just one big avi. Ok, I thought, perhaps it's done something magic in the .avi file so that when I load it into the editor all the scenes will be separated out - but no, my disappointment and frustration was complete.

 

Maybe it's an option that I've missed (I have looked!), but why on earth having taken all the trouble to split out the scenes does it not optionally save individual files for each scene?

 

So, in short...

 

1) Is my use of the "split" command the correct way to start editing a video file for the purpose of removing unwanted footage from a large (2 hour) video or is there another way?

 

2) Can the "normal" video import mode be persuaded to save the "scene" data that it has so carefully collected whilst reading the tape, either as a separate file for each scene, or embedded in the output file?

 

Phew!

 

Thanks, David.

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Video is complex!

 

If you have a “simple easy” editor, you got an Editor that can’t do Squat!

 

Before Roxio even had a video product, I bought one ($150) from another company. Pure frustrations!

 

I then bought their ($100+) tutorial VHS tapes to watch. Useless as a horn on a rat…

 

The Roxio Tutorals & Help files are very good, BUT

 

You have to have to pick up a little knowledge to use them… If you need to Split and Delete a portion, and try to look it up as “Cut” you will never find it!

 

It is there, but you will never find it using ‘Cut’…

 

Your particular problem is you just haven’t learned to use Scenes…

 

If you think Scenes is hard to do manually, how could you expect a Computer to do it?

 

Personally I do it the way you have described, Splits only I set my split to the exact Frame I want so I don’t have to ever bother with Trim…

 

 

Soooooo for your questions:

 

1. Yes Scenes but it may not be worth the trouble…

 

2. Maybe… depends on your tapes and I would bet it requires FireWire capture

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Hi Jim,

 

Thanks for the response which I fully take on board with reard to item (1). However your response on item (2) leaves much to be desired. I am indeed using a Firewire connection and, as I said, the software is perfectly correctly detecting the scenes during the import, so why does it then just throw that information out the window? Or does it? It certainly seems so from my (currently) limited experience.

 

David.

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I just tried it and I suspect you didn't do it right...

 

1. Select the Device:

post-39730-055574500 1295538178.jpg

 

2. Select Smart Scan:

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3. Followed by Scan Tape:

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4. Pick the scenes you want! (I picked only the 3 indicated):

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5. Resulting files:

post-39730-001936900 1295538188.jpg

 

I did try with USB and since it cannot control the tape, Smart Scan doesn’t even show up…

 

post-39730-098024000 1295538189.jpg

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Hi Jim,

 

Many thanks again for your extensive response and for your patience!

 

I did say in my original post that the Tutorial (PDF) on "Smart Scan" specifically states that the original must be recorded on a blank tape, with min 5 second gaps between scenes, and with scenes lasting at least 10 seconds - and that some or all of these were not true for my recordings.

 

Therefore I was using the "normal" import mode which was nicely and accurately breaking up the video into scenes (I think it even gave the thumbnials names of "scene_000001" etc) until it came to the end of the tape which is where it threw all that lovely information away and created the single AVI file with no scene information - but please prove me wrong!

 

Thanks again for you time. David.

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I am afraid I have no idea what "Normal Import" would be???

 

I think you missed my point about these things having Names.

 

If you can tell me the proper name or a step by step description, including the actual program, I am willing to have a look see :rolleyes:

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Navigate to the file and you should see a small down arrow on the bottom right. Click on that !.

 

Perhaps this will help. Your may have already been split into scenes so just look for that down arrow.

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Navigate to the file and you should see a small down arrow on the bottom right. Click on that !.

 

Perhaps this will help. Your may have already been split into scenes so just look for that down arrow.

 

Aha! Brilliant, thanks sknis, I was just about to post a reply to that effect!! I just spotted it a few moments ago, clicked on it and there were all my lovely scenes :rolleyes:

 

Jim - "Normal" import mode is the other one in the dropdown that you selected for "Smart Scan" mode (see your second screen-shot above), and is indeed the name used by Roxio. Thanks again for the help, I seem to be on the right track now.

 

Onward & Upward (for a while anyway!), David.

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So it is :o:lol:

 

But that does not do scenes, just captures...

 

Another thing to keep in mind with Scenes it that arrow Steve mentioned is only in Media View - THIS may be of some help.

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But that does not do scenes, just captures...

 

 

Nope, it captures scenes as it goes - then at the end you can click on the little down arrow and all the scenes pop up and can be dragged into the VideoWave storyline. That's the bit I was missing!

 

As your link indicates, you can also right click on the file in "Media View" and select "Scene Detection" and it opens "Media Import" with all those scenes extracted exactly as they were during capture. So the magic is there after all!

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So the magic is there after all!

 

"Some times the magic works . . . " [Chief Daniel George]

 

:)

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Nope, it captures scenes as it goes - then at the end you can click on the little down arrow and all the scenes pop up and can be dragged into the VideoWave storyline. That's the bit I was missing!

 

As your link indicates, you can also right click on the file in "Media View" and select "Scene Detection" and it opens "Media Import" with all those scenes extracted exactly as they were during capture. So the magic is there after all!

Yes you are right!

 

I just never use scenes, so I never noticed it… :(

 

And Steve pointed out how to use those Scenes in VideoWave.

 

So now that you are learning how to use the software you can see it isn’t really all that hard and packs quite a bit into a little package ;)

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Yes indeed! Nice to know you've learnt something on the ride though ;)

 

Thanks to all, David.

Happens to me all the time post-39730-041375700 1295636465.jpg :lol:

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I feel your pain. I've been working on a production for my Dad with some family pictures and clips out of old home movies. I had no idea how involved this would be. I started it the first of December and just finished it tonight. It has just been a lot of trial and error because the tutorials are very lacking in step by step info. I still have a lot of questions that are not addressed in the help section but got it finished in spite of the poor help section.

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