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Thread: How do I move on from AVI?

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    Default How do I move on from AVI?

    OK, so... after much trauma I have finally mastered capturing good DV-AVI from my VCR.

    I have half a dozen short (15 min each?) VHS videos that I would l like to put on a DVD. Now, I guess it is ambitious, but I would like to create a DVD that auto launches into a menu page, that will give the viewer a choice of which video to play, and whether they wish it to auto-repeat or not on their DVD player. So, although not by any means computer illiterate, being a video editing newbie you will see that you will be seeing more of me

    However, that is the end target.

    Re these AVI files, I thought that TMPGenc would convert them files to MPEG. But it seems to create M2V+wav files. I don't know what to do with that! I'm sure TMPGenc will create MPEGS, but how? Is there an Idiot's Guide to TMPGenc anywhere?

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    for a relative noob, your best bet would be to get your hands on a DVD authoring application. This will not only transcode to MPEG2, but also enable you to create your funky menus and burn to DVD.

    Check out the offerings from Ulead (they do free trials on their site).

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    Thanks Marc. I'm looking at uLead DVD Workshop. I've downloaded uLead DVD Movie Maker, and quick quickly found the limitations frustrating.

    My concern is that I have read (on uLead's own Forum and in on-line reviews) that the product can be unstable. One reviewer said that in his case he was unable to burn a CD at all. Others report of it crashing the system when under strain. Other reviews rate it as very good and very stable. What are your views? (or others).

    If you\'re not part of the solution, you\'re part of the precipitate

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    120GB Ultra DMA hard drive (Seagate Barracuda 7200rpm/2MB)
    ATI Radeon 9200 128Mb
    Internal Firewire
    Windows XP Home
    17\" CRT screen
    DataVideo DAC100 A to D convertor

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    Correction - read 'uLead DVD Movie Maker' as 'uLead DVD MovieFactory'

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    Internal Firewire
    Windows XP Home
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    DataVideo DAC100 A to D convertor

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    I had no problems with DVDworkshop, but the audio and video tended to go out of synch with MovieFactory.

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    I have had no problems with Movie Factory v2 on the piece of digital antiquity described below. Equally I have had no problems with DVD Workshop which is by far the better product.
    COMPAQ something or other with 500Gb Boot Disk, 1Tb external Firewire Disk, 4Gb Memory and a super duper sound card, 19" TFT Monitor etc etc etc
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