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I'm trying to get all of our unprotected VHS tapes converted to DVDs. It's been a while since I've done anything with Roxio, but gradually I'm getting the hang of it again. I got a DVD burned, but I also want a copy of the movie on an external drive so we can watch it on the computer. I have it saved in iso and as a folder file. I can get into the folder file to watch the movie, but I'm hoping there is a way to just have it play like a normal movie on the computer. I also spent hours encoding it, but although the movie played, there was no menu, so I deleted it. My questions:

1. Can it be saved like a movie with a menu for viewing on the computer?

2. If sometime in the future I don't have Roxio for some reason, will I still be able to burn a new DVD from the iso file?

3. How many ways should I save things so they'll be usable, but not go overboard?

Thanks for any ideas. Most people don't back-up...I tend to back-up too much, but I'm throwing the VHS tapes away after they're copied, so I want to make sure that I have the videos so they can be used

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I'm trying to get all of our unprotected VHS tapes converted to DVDs. It's been a while since I've done anything with Roxio, but gradually I'm getting the hang of it again. I got a DVD burned, but I also want a copy of the movie on an external drive so we can watch it on the computer. I have it saved in iso and as a folder file. I can get into the folder file to watch the movie, but I'm hoping there is a way to just have it play like a normal movie on the computer. I also spent hours encoding it, but although the movie played, there was no menu, so I deleted it. My questions:

1. Can it be saved like a movie with a menu for viewing on the computer?

2. If sometime in the future I don't have Roxio for some reason, will I still be able to burn a new DVD from the iso file?

3. How many ways should I save things so they'll be usable, but not go overboard?

Thanks for any ideas. Most people don't back-up...I tend to back-up too much, but I'm throwing the VHS tapes away after they're copied, so I want to make sure that I have the videos so they can be used

 

Did you first create the folder set (or iso file) and burn the DVD from that? That is the best way of doing it. While it does not really matter if you create a folder set or an iso file, most software players will play the folder set but not all will play an iso file (VLS is one player that does).

In the future (when you no longer have Roxio for some reason) both the folder set and the iso can be burned to a DVD

If you created the Video_TS folder set or the iso file correctly with full menu then it should also play on your computer using the menu.

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Did you first create the folder set (or iso file) and burn the DVD from that? That is the best way of doing it. While it does not really matter if you create a folder set or an iso file, most software players will play the folder set but not all will play an iso file (VLS is one player that does).

In the future (when you no longer have Roxio for some reason) both the folder set and the iso can be burned to a DVD

If you created the Video_TS folder set or the iso file correctly with full menu then it should also play on your computer using the menu.

 

OK, thanks for your quick reply. That helped me. Yes, I think I burned from the iso. I did so many things, that I'm not positive of the final step. This is the first dvd I've done on Creator 2010 Pro. I've never had a problem burning before, but maybe I'm just out of practice. Once I burn a DVD, if I keep the folder set, I can delete the iso file, right?

 

I can watch the movie by digging into the Video_TS folder and clicking on the icon that shows the menu, then it opens and plays fine. I was just hoping there was a way that it would show up with the movie title in my media list without having to dig through folders. I created a shortcut to the menu icon, plus I tried pasting the shortcut into C/Users/myname/MyVideo file, but Windows Media still doesn't list it with my other movies. I know where to find the movie, but I'm not sure anyone else (like my husband) would ever find it. Thanks again~

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OK, thanks for your quick reply. That helped me. Yes, I think I burned from the iso. I did so many things, that I'm not positive of the final step. This is the first dvd I've done on Creator 2010 Pro. I've never had a problem burning before, but maybe I'm just out of practice. Once I burn a DVD, if I keep the folder set, I can delete the iso file, right?

 

I can watch the movie by digging into the Video_TS folder and clicking on the icon that shows the menu, then it opens and plays fine. I was just hoping there was a way that it would show up with the movie title in my media list without having to dig through folders. I created a shortcut to the menu icon, plus I tried pasting the shortcut into C/Users/myname/MyVideo file, but Windows Media still doesn't list it with my other movies. I know where to find the movie, but I'm not sure anyone else (like my husband) would ever find it. Thanks again~

 

What software player are you using to play the folder set?

 

With Windows Media PLayer, navigate into the Video_TS folder, and double click on the Video_TS.ifo file. It should start palying at the main menu.

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What software player are you using to play the folder set?

 

With Windows Media PLayer, navigate into the Video_TS folder, and double click on the Video_TS.ifo file. It should start palying at the main menu.

 

Yes, that's what I've been doing, but I was hoping for something easier for other people...something that would look like a real movie that would show up in the Windows Media Player list of videos instead of having to navigate through folders. I can do it, but I don't know that anyone else can who might use my computer (grandkids, etc.) I'm thinking that what I want isn't going to happen. I'll just have other people use the DVD, but I try not to use them too much so they don't get scratched. I have my folder-set so I guess I can always burn another DVD if the one I burned gets scratched. Thanks for your help~

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That can be done…

 

You need to navigate to each VIDEO_TS folder and create a shortcut for each one of the VIDEO_TS.IFO files:

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If it doesn’t open (I moved the Shortcut to my desktop), select a program to open it:

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I picked Windows Media Player:

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And it works: :D

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Then you can gather the shortcuts into a folder, rename them so they make sense.

 

You can either leave the folder on your desktop or move it to the Start Menu… (make a copy of the shortcut folder before you try to move it ;) )

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That can be done…

 

You need to navigate to each VIDEO_TS folder and create a shortcut for each one of the VIDEO_TS.IFO files:

post-39730-094672800 1302344262.jpg

 

 

If it doesn’t open (I moved the Shortcut to my desktop), select a program to open it:

post-39730-001454000 1302344265.jpg

 

I picked Windows Media Player:

post-39730-005314500 1302344269.jpg

 

And it works: :D

post-39730-074812500 1302344271.jpg

 

Then you can gather the shortcuts into a folder, rename them so they make sense.

 

You can either leave the folder on your desktop or move it to the Start Menu… (make a copy of the shortcut folder before you try to move it ;) )

 

Thanks! It still doesn't show up in the Windows Media Player listings, but at least it's in a video folder that anyone can easily access and open with one click. I made shortcuts to all three iso files, but once they were on the desktop I found out I could delete two of them. I kept the one that opened up to the menu (the other two opened directly to chapters), renamed it, moved it to my video folder and it all works great. Thanks again~

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I know little about the workings of WMP but I do not think that it is possible with Shortcut Links…

 

For that, you would need a completely different approach! :mellow:

 

Movies show up in WMPs Library Listings…

 

So I created a Folder, WMP Video and Pic Test with subfolders of Movies and Pics.

 

I then copied that Folder to the Public Videos Library and poof They appear in the WMP list:

 

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Now if that is what you are after, I would suggest you rename each video with a more meaningful name. Lets face it, 00086.MTS just doesnt cut it :lol:

 

For a quick test, create a new folder and copy a couple of movies into it (keeps your originals safe!). Rename them something simple, like A, B, C. Keep in mind that WMP lists them in alpha/numerical order, numbers first then letters ;)

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