I have 146 .mpg clips from a Sony Handycam from our Honeymoon this last year. There 146 clips are just under 3 hours in total length and total 8.62 GB.
I'd like to take these clips, edit them together, cut out some of the crap (shaky camera, boring stuff, etc.) and turn it into a watchable DVD.
The problem is, I have no idea how to do this. All the clips are on my laptop which has a DVD burner, but that's all I got. Can you guys recommend some good software for me, or perhaps a web site that has some tutorials on this kind of thing? I'm pretty sure that more idiots like me have attempted to do this kind of thing.
Roxio Media Center 7. I have it and it is able to take a large mpeg (and add chapters) or paste together a bunch of titles (like you described) onto one DVD.
Be mindful that Mpeg size does not always correspond to space that it will occupy on a DVD--For example I burned a 1.3 G movie last week that was initially too big for the DVD (even though the DVD was 4.7 gigs).
Luckily, Roxio has advanced features that allow the program to reduce video or sound quality (or both) in order to fit everything on the DVD. I have not tried the 8 GIG DVDs. I would suggest burning two 4.7 DVDs.
vcdhelp.com is a good place to start learning about this sort of thing, you just have to be willing to spend the time fishing around the site trying to find the tutorial that you actually need.
Whichever program you end up using, make sure to keep all originals no matter what until you've gotten a chance to watch the finished product on tv. You never know how much quality you lose with some of these when you start shrinking them down. For all you know you could end up with one block marrying another block.
I'd also use two 4.7GB dvds instead of the (more expensive) 9.8GB ones. They'll be more compatable with different players, and I imagine that this is the kind of thing you'll be sharing with a lot of people, so the more that can play it the better.
Originally posted by Tribal Prophet> I'd also use two 4.7GB dvds instead of the (more expensive) 9.8GB ones. They'll be more compatable with different players, and I imagine that this is the kind of thing you'll be sharing with a lot of people, so the more that can play it the better.
I dunno. Honeymoon video is usually something you'd wanna keep to yourself.
Oh it's not really a problem, but even if someone had experience with it they likely did a google search and followed instructions they found there so it's likely you'll get a link you'd find if you searched yourself.