Basic good video editor?

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by trs80, Mar 25, 2007.

  1. trs80

    trs80 Guest

    Im converting VHS and 8mm home video to DVDs.

    Im recording the entire tapes and the resulting files are too large to burn
    onto DVD.

    Is there good software that will allow me to quickly view files content to
    determine where to cut and then easily cut a file into a couple of smaller
    files to then burn each to a DVD?
    Maybe some simple titles at the beginning?

    The software that came with the USB recorder, Ulead is very hard to
    understand how to use and even the english is not well stated and hard to
    understand so Im lookig for software that will make the task of burning 50
    or 60 DVDs a lot easier.

    thanks for any tips.
    trs80, Mar 25, 2007
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    Ken Maltby Guest

    Why put them on DVDs? You could be much better off keeping
    the files on hard drive(s), until you have edited them into something
    for distribution.

    Ken Maltby, Mar 25, 2007
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  3. Define "recording". How? Using what hardware? Sofware?
    Define "entire tapes". How long are these?
    Define "resulting files". What kind of files are they?
    Define "too large". How big are they?
    Define "burn onto DVD". Using what software? Process?

    Note that usually you don't write the captured files directly
    to DVD. You use a video NonLinear Editor to edit them,
    add titles, etc. And then the process of writing DVDs takes
    the original file types (undefined in your case) and converts
    them automatically to MPEG2 so that ~2 hours of video
    will fit comfortably onto a DVD disc.
    Why can't you view the original VHS or 8mm tapes to
    get the rough idea of what parts you want to keep. No
    need to capture something you aren't going to use.
    Doesn't Ulead do titles?
    Consider Adobe Premiere Elements.
    A few more facts to deal with would be very helpful.
    Richard Crowley, Mar 25, 2007
  4. trs80

    trs80 Guest

    thats what im doing. Im looking for software to edit the files on the
    trs80, Mar 25, 2007
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    trs80 Guest

    not worth the effort
    trs80, Mar 25, 2007
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    Mike Kujbida Guest

    Since you don't want to put the necessary time and effort into doing it
    properly (the way it's been described to you is the way most of us do it),
    buy yourself a standalone DVD recorder with a built-in hard drive.
    Capture to it, use the on-screen menu to do simple editing and burn the
    finised product.
    It doesn't get much simpler than this.

    Mike Kujbida, Mar 25, 2007
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    Ken Maltby Guest

    It would appear that this "trs80", is considerably less technically
    sophisticated and much less capable of a reasonable level of
    performance - than the TRS-80 in my attic.

    Ken Maltby, Mar 25, 2007
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    Mike Kujbida Guest

    Good one Ken!!
    Luck is what I wish him/her too :)

    Mike Kujbida, Mar 25, 2007
  9. You say it's not worth your effort to provide information for the
    people you are asking to help you?

    Do you think it will be worth their effort to continue with you?
    Gene E. Bloch, Mar 27, 2007
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    Ray S Guest

    Try the demo version of Sony Vegas Movie Studio. However, the entry
    level Ulead product is considered about the same level of complexity I
    Ray S, Mar 27, 2007
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