Inserting "Date Stamp" to edited video?

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by Gary Slater, Oct 7, 2004.

  1. Gary Slater

    Gary Slater Guest

    Is there a way to get Windows movie maker, Ulead Video studio 8 or
    Intervideo Windvd creator or something within a similar price range to
    automatically insert date stamp from DV camera input via firewire?

    I have searched the usenet and only found 3rd party software (However
    cheap!) that will insert a date stamp during a "rendering process" but I
    really only want to process the footage once, then author as a DVD and burn
    to allow the disc to be shared amongst family & friends via "Standalone" DVD

    I know I could capture from the dv camera by Analogue / svideo but seeing
    the date / time info exists in the DV stream I would imagine it would be
    easily inserted into an edited video. The ultimate would be to have control
    over position, and transparency of the stamp, like what can be done with
    text "title" inserts. I know I could also manually insert a title "Date" at
    each new storyboard but this would be vert time consuming, especially as
    many days of family movies are recorded across one dv tape.

    Lots of Usenet posts say the date stamp is a hindrance to quality but after
    transferring approx 24 hrs of VHS to mpeg via capture card the date stamp is
    a very useful reference for dating recordings especially footage of children
    growing up and dates of special family events.

    A friend has Vegas Video 4 and an option does not exist in this expensive
    software to allow date stamp to be inserted, other than manually as
    mentioned above.(Not that I could find anything like that in the complicated
    menu format of Vegas) so I guess this is not a feature of only the "High
    end" video editing packages.

    Maybe something like inserting the date / time information as a "caption"
    that shows up when captions are turned on via DVD remote?

    Any suggestions would be appreciated!..

    Thanks in advance!

    Gary Slater, Oct 7, 2004
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    Mike Kujbida Guest

    Have you tried DV Time Stamp from ?

    Mike Kujbida, Oct 8, 2004
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    Alan Guest

    This question is asked regularly on, and AFAIK, what you
    want is not possible. . . But ask in the forums there, if the answer
    is out there, one of the forum participants will know.
    Alan, Oct 8, 2004
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    John Guest

    I'd like it if that program could produce a new AVI that just has the
    timestamp on say a plain background that could then be added in the video
    editing program on another video line as an alpha matte title
    John, Oct 8, 2004
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    Judd Volino Guest

    Your last idea about adding the DV time/date information as a subtitle on
    the final DVD is possible, and I have done this very thing with my DV-source
    home video.

    See this page:

    on this site:

    for help getting started.

    Warning: It's definitely not too easy. Basically, what you do is generate
    a subtitle stream in text format and then you need to author your DVD using
    a program that can render that text as a subtitle stream. I had the best
    luck using dv_datecode to generate a .sub format file, then used
    DVDAuthorGUI (see to author my DVD. This means I also had to
    render the main movie using a separate MPEG-2 encoder.

    If you want some more details, email me.

    --Judd Volino
    Judd Volino, Oct 11, 2004
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