2. Try HANDBRAKE.,
3. All I use is stable. I find machines are unstable. There is no such thing as no crashes it seems so I can't answer this one. Here I have no crashes.
4. Time will be from hours to days. It's a combination of your skill, software titles and if your machine crashes or not. No one should answer "it will take 4 hours."
I have 90 minutes of old video that I converted to DVD (DVD+R, finalized) from old VCR tapes. I also have a second DVD+R copied from my camcorder that I want to add some scenes from for this project. I want to end up with about 20 minutes of video to show at a party. I have a number of questions about how to attempt this.
1) I have a basic computer - Compaq Presario CQ62 with 2 GB RAM (upgradable to 8 GB), 250 GB hard drive. AMD V120 processor 2.2Ghz, video: ATI Mobility Radeon HD4250, drive speed is 7200 RPM. Is this project doable with this basic computer? If so, should I add the RAM to get it to 8GB?
2) If answer to #1 is "go ahead", what do I have to do to get the DVD onto my hard drive?
3) What editing software is the easiest to use but is stable? I don't need any fancy features but want something that works and does not crash!
4) How much time should it take to do this editing? Are we talking one sitting for a couple of hours? days?
Thanks for any guidance!