How To Use ULEAD VideoStudio 7 With Panasonic/Toshiba/Samsung DVD-RAM player/recorders

Discussion in 'Professional Video Production' started by Jerry Jones, Jul 22, 2003.

  1. Jerry Jones

    Jerry Jones Guest

    Tonight, I again confirmed what I had learned several months ago when
    I worked with a Panasonic DMR-E30:

    No re-encoding will occur when burning Panasonic player/recorder MPEG
    files - even with Ulead software that doesn't officially support AC-3
    audio.

    Ulead VideoStudio 7...

    http://www.ulead.com/vs/runme.htm

    ....doesn't officially support AC-3 encoding.

    Tonight, however, I visited my local Ultimate Electronics store.

    I brought a blank DVD-RAM disc with me and the salesman was more than
    happy to demonstrate the new Panasonic DMR-E50 player/recorder model.

    We recorded a few seconds of video.

    I then took the disc home and inserted it into my Panasonic computer
    drive - an SW-9571.

    These are the exact steps I took to extract the MPEG from the DVD-RAM
    disc and then create menus in Ulead VideoStudio 7's DVD authoring
    module and then burn the file to a DVD-RW disc WITHOUT RE-ENCODING:

    1. I opened Ulead VideoStudio 7.0;

    2. I inserted the DVD-RAM disc with the Panasonic DMR-E50 recording
    into my Panasonic computer drive - the SW-9571;

    3. In Ulead VideoStudio 7.0, I selected FILE > CHANGE CAPTURE PLUG-IN
    and I selected the ULEAD DVD-VR CAPTURE PLUG-IN;

    4. I then clicked Ulead VideoStudio 7.0's CAPTURE step button;

    5. I then clicked the OPTIONS icon and then clicked VIDEO PROPERTIES
    and browsed to the DVD_RTAV folder on my DVD-RAM disc;

    6. I then clicked the CAPTURE icon button and a pop-up screen appeared
    with a thumbnail representing the video that was recorded by the
    Panasonic DMR-E50;

    7. I clicked on the thumbnail and then clicked FINISH to 'capture' the
    file to the Ulead VideoStudio 7.0 timeline;

    8. I then observed the file's properties by right mouse clicking on
    it:

    VIDEO -
    FORMAT: 24 BITS, 704 x 480
    COMPRESSION: NTSC DVD, FIELD B, VBR, 9556 Maximum Bit Rate
    FRAME RATE: 29.97
    TOTAL FRAMES: 1201

    AUDIO -
    FORMAT: DOLBY DIGITAL AUDIO
    ATTRIBUTES: 48000HZ

    9. During Ulead VideoStudio 7's EDIT button step, I then clicked the
    EXPORT button;

    10. After clicking the EXPORT button, I clicked the Ulead DVD-VR
    Wizard;

    11. I did so because I wanted to observe the pop-up to see where the
    program was temporarily storing the extracted MPEG file;

    12. The pop-up revealed the file had been given a name -
    uvs030721-001.MPG and was stored here:

    D:\Temporary\uvs030721-001.MPG

    13. I then cancelled the Ulead DVD-VR Wizard;

    14. I then clicked the SHARE step button and then clicked CREATE DISC,
    causing the Ulead VideoStudio 7 DVD authoring module to appear;

    15. Having earlier made note of the location of the extracted MPEG
    file, I clicked the ADD VIDEO button and browsed to the file to import
    it;

    16. I received this three-line message:

    "[D:\Temporary\uvs030721-001.MPG] contains AC-3 audio tracks."

    "Ulead VideoStudio does not support this audio format."

    "Please convert the audio first to a compatible format."

    17. I ignored the message and clicked OK.

    18. I then clicked the button in the lower left hand corner of the
    authoring module interface and set my DISC TEMPLATE MANAGER AS
    FOLLOWS:

    MPEG files
    24 Bits, 720 x 480, 29.97 fps
    Field Order B
    (DVD-NTSC), 4:3
    Video data rate: Variable (Max. 9556 kbps)
    Audio data rate: 224 kbps
    MPEG audio layer 2, 48 KHz, Stereo

    19. I then clicked the other button - the one with the large CHECK -
    in the lower left hand corner of the interface to adjust my PROJECT
    SETTINGS as follows:

    MPEG files
    24 Bits, 704 x 480, 29.97 fps
    Field Order B
    (DVD-NTSC), 4:3
    Video data rate: Variable (Max. 9556 kbps)
    Audio data rate: 224 kbps
    MPEG audio layer 2, 48 KHz, Stereo

    20. I also checked the DO NOT CONVERT COMPLIANT FILES box;

    21. I then clicked the NEXT button and chose my menu;

    22. I then clicked the NEXT button and tested the menu on the software
    player;

    23. I then clicked the NEXT button and arrived at the final burn page;

    24. At this point, I ejected the DVD-RAM disc from my Panasonic drive
    and I inserted a clean DVD-RW disc;

    25. I then clicked the OUTPUT button to burn the disc;

    26. After the disc was finished, I checked to make sure the AC-3 audio
    had 'passed through' without re-encoding to either LPCM or MPEG Audio
    by closing the authoring module and then clicking the CAPTURE button
    step in Ulead VideoStudio;

    27. I again made certain the Ulead DVD-VR Capture Plug-In was selected
    and I browsed to the location of the Video_TS folder on the burned
    disc;

    28. I then clicked the CAPTURE button and the pop-up confirmed the
    file's properties as follows:

    Video :
    MPEG-2 Video
    4:3 Ratio
    704 x 480 Size
    1208 Frames
    9556 Kbits/sec

    Audio :
    Dolby AC-3 Audio
    stereo Mode
    48.00 kHz
    2 Channel(s)

    IT WORKED!

    So - as you can see - one *can* use Ulead VideoStudio 7 and Ulead DVD
    MovieFactory 2 to burn AC-3 MPEGs recorded in Panasonic
    player/recorders - and burn the material to disc with nice menus -
    WITHOUT RE-ENCODING!

    Good news for Panasonic player/recorder owners!

    Jerry Jones
    http://www.jonesgroup.net

    P.S. This method assumes you don't wish to *edit* the MPEGs.

    If you wish to edit the MPEGs, then you'll need to upgrade to either
    Ulead DVD Workshop AC-3...

    http://www.ulead.com/dws/ac3.htm

    ....or Ulead MediaStudio Pro 7.0...

    http://www.ulead.com/msp/runme.htm
     
    Jerry Jones, Jul 22, 2003
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    MD Vid Guest

    Wowwie. Incredible. And it all seems so simple. Why didn't I think of
    that?

     
    MD Vid, Jul 22, 2003
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