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editing camcorder dvds

by pc2342 / October 8, 2005 10:44 PM PDT

I have a Sony Handycam which records on a mini dvd in a .vob format. The problem is finding an editing software that can safely pull in the video for editing. I've used Pinnacle Studio 9 but the audio/video get out of sync. I've tried to convert the source file from dvd to avi prior to importing into Pinnacle but it didn't help.

I recently purchased Sony's Movie Studio+DVD. It looks like I'm headed down the same path with them. I have unlock a key in order to import from a camcorder DVD just like Pinnacle.

I am running Windows XP on an 80 GB HD partitioned into multiple drives. The camcorder does not have a firewire nor does it support a firewire connection.

It seems the help I get from Pinnacle is cookie cutter and I'm just getting started with Sony.

Has anyone encountered this same issue? I really would love to get this working!

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Define "safely" pull in.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 9, 2005 12:06 AM PDT
In reply to: editing camcorder dvds

I don't understand that term in this context.

Did you try the demo from


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by pc2342 / October 22, 2005 9:33 AM PDT

''successfully'' would have been a better choice of words. The audio and video get out of sync on Pinnacle. I'm finding Sony has a much better application than Pinnacle.

At this point, I'm not sure what site I pulled the conversion software from. I've been in so many places.

I have not encountered the same issues with Sony.

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(NT) (NT) Your conversion is probably dropping frames.
by Kiddpeat / October 9, 2005 12:48 PM PDT
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.VOB format
by raffles88 / October 11, 2005 2:44 PM PDT
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I have a Hitachi DVD camcorder. I've had it for a few years. I've wanted to throw it away so many times because I became so frustrated with the editing. The only editing program that I found that would work with .vob is ULEAD Moviefactory. Overall it's okay because it's the only one I could find that would work. The end result on the DVD is not very good - could be better. I know more companies are selling DVD camcorders and heard that one is selling HD camcorder. I'm looking for a good but inexpensive mini dv camcorder. The editing overall is easier and better. It will take awhile before the DVD editing catches up. I have so many DVD videos that I have not edited because it's time consuming and very difficult. Good luck!

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.VOB to other formats.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 12, 2005 12:09 AM PDT
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If you google VOB2AVI or other VOB CONVERTORS or even DVD RIPPING you find out how to convert that DVD to content you can use in other editors.



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reply to dvd2avi conv
by pc2342 / October 22, 2005 9:37 AM PDT
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I've encountered issues converting my files with freeware -- at least as a trial method. Maybe because I'm rookie in the editing department there are elements I'm not aware of. Seems to me that those that advertise "simple click and go" should be pretty self explanatory.

I've had to ditch the pre-conversion mess and bought Sony Movie Studio + DVD. It seems to be much more capable than Pinnacle in the import arena; however, it is a much more complicated application. But it does the job.

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try this
by sektionschef / October 22, 2005 8:45 PM PDT
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If you want to cut out unwanted portions of your vob files and/or combine several vob files then no conversion to avi is required. The following procedure could be used:
-rename .vob to .mpg
-use pvastrumento(freeware) to demux the mpg into seperate audio(.ac3) and video(.mpv) files.
-use cuttermaran(freeware) to cut/combine the video
-use TMPGEnc DVD Author to reauthor a new 12cm DVD.
This procedure does not require the timeconsuming reencoding/rendering process as the footage always stays in mpeg2 format.

In case advanced editing is required then you need to convert to avi first:
-install a DV and AC3 codec(freeware, can be found on the internet) on your PC.
-use virtualdub(freeware) to load the vob file and save it as avi(by selecting the DV video compression).

Hope this helps

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look for my post on the thread editing MPEG2 video
by ar7499 / October 27, 2005 11:11 PM PDT
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I link to a good MPEG editor. VOB's are just MPEG2 files with a little extra info in them.


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