Menu at the start of a video

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by Carlos Charlie, May 30, 2013.

  1. How can I create a menu at the start of a video file so that I can selectively watch sections of the video? I have WMM but I would happily buy or preferably use free software that can do the job. I need software that will also Cut, Join, Adjust color, Adjust brigthness.

    Txs, Carlos
     
    Carlos Charlie, May 30, 2013
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  2. that I can selectively watch sections of the video? I have
    WMM but I would happily buy or preferably use free software
    that can do the job. I need software that will also Cut,
    Join, Adjust color, Adjust brigthness.
    Sony Vegas is likely the best cheap video editing software
    you can find, $40 here, including shipping --
    http://www.amazon.com/Sony-Vegas-St...=1369908948&sr=8-3&keywords=sony+vegas+studio
    This version (11) is fine, and some say it's more stable
    than the latest version (12) - and it is surprisingly
    similar to Vegas Pro, which is about $600. I prefer Vegas
    to other editing software that I've tried. Be sure to go
    to http://www.sonycreativesoftware.com/download/updates
    after you have a serial number and version number and see
    if there has been an update. Updates are free for
    downloading from that site, if so. The program includes
    step-by-step "how-to" guides within the program. Compared
    with the Pro version, there are fewer title options, fewer
    "esoteric" editing options, and fewer high data rate export
    options available, but these limitations are not often
    limiting. BTW, don't miss the amazing things that the
    "color curves" filter can do for correcting tonal-range
    and quality (often used in combination with other filters).
    Also, Vegas has very good audio editing features.
    --DR
     
    David Ruether, May 30, 2013
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  3. Carlos Charlie

    Brian Guest

    Your find help with using WMM at this site
    http://tag.wonderhowto.com/search/make-a-dvd-menu-with-windows-movie-maker/

    To create a menu you need a DVD authoring program.
    DVDStyler program claims to be free.

    http://www.dvdstyler.org/en/

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DVD_authoring
     
    Brian, May 30, 2013
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  4. Txs for the reply.

    Does this means that I have to vies the video using a DVD? Or can I use a DVD authoring program to insert the menues and still use video files each with a menu at the front? I want to produce several files of about 2 hrs eachall loaded on a USB stick that can be watched on a a TV with a USB port.

    Txs, Carlos
     
    Carlos Charlie, May 30, 2013
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  5. Carlos Charlie

    Brian Guest

    You don't need a menu if your plugging in an USB stick to watch videos on
    TV as each video file will have a filename so you need to select which
    video file you want to view. You could put a number in front of the files
    so that they appear in order and you might be able to create folders so you
    can have different categories for your video files.

    Some media players show a thumbnail for each of the video files so you have
    a picture to choose from. You are likely to have better control using a
    media player connected to the computer as you can have different folders
    for your files and be able to sort the files in various orders.

    Video menus normally apply to a DVD, Blu-ray disc or a computer program
    that controls videos files.
     
    Brian, May 31, 2013
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