3 HOT questions for you!

juan2004 wrote on 5/31/2006, 11:02 AM

Recently, I got 3 challenges at moment to edit and improve a MPG2 to burn in DVD. Here are the 3 hot questions, I hope u can help, thanks.

1. I need RE-CAPURE the VIDEO from a dvd player, WICH video out is BEST to capture to PC.. COMPOSITE VIDEO or S-VIDEO?

2. Is possible RE-CAPTURE the AUDIO from a dvd player taking only the analog out "L" and "R" TO GET ALL THE 6 CHANNELS IN ONLY 2 STEREO CHANNEL? or maybe I must take conections from digital out?? (dolby surround out).

3. I heard about a software wich able emulate the surround sound taking from the dvd inserted into the dvd rom. This software (i don't kwon the name) ables CONVERT all the 6 CHANNELS to 2 CHANNELS and copy in hard disk.... . is truth that??.

Thank for you time and oppinions!.



Chienworks wrote on 5/31/2006, 11:18 AM
1 - S-Video is just about always better than composite. Vastly better.

2 - No, you cannot preserve 6 channels in 2. However, some DVD players may have the ability to combine all 6 channels into a stereo 2 channel mix. Using the digital surround output would work, but you'd need a way to get this into the computer.

3 - Probably. I would assume most any DVD ripping software handles this in some fashion.
johnmeyer wrote on 5/31/2006, 11:40 AM
Don't recapture: waste of time and degradation in quality. Just copy the VOBs to your hard disk. You can edit those on the Vegas timeline, although Vegas will re-compress, thus losing some quality. Another option is to use an MPEG cutter like Womble (there is another one that I keep forgetting the name of). Just cut and you are done. I do this almost every day to create compilations from DVDs I have created in the past: Copy the VOBs; edit in Womble; bring the resulting MPEG and AC3 files into DVD Architect, and author. There is ZERO degradation or change to the original footage. Since my DVD drive can read at close to 10x, retrieving the VOBs goes VERY fast. In addition, if I only need a few minutes of footage, I'll simply drop the VOBs into Womble directly from the DVD. I then edit (which is a little slower when reading from the DVD) and copy the edited footage to the drive. This eliminates copying 4 GBytes of VOB files when I only need a few hundred KBytes.
TheHappyFriar wrote on 5/31/2006, 6:16 PM
TMPGenc can combine/cut mpeg-2's. It won't do AC3 audio though. DVDDecrypter will rip the video/audio to mpeg/wav I belive too (forget, haven't used it in a long while).
juan2004 wrote on 5/31/2006, 9:01 PM
OK, thanks!

Yes I see the best solution will be copy the VOB files and converter to MPG2 with "Mpeg Video Wizard" (from Womble) and edit it in Vegas.. and no more.

Thank to everyone!

johnmeyer wrote on 5/31/2006, 10:44 PM
If all you need is "cuts-only," DON'T edit in Vegas. Edit in Womble and then use that directly in your DVD prep program (e.g., DVD Architect). Only edit in Vegas if you need to actually add video fX, change levels, etc. Otherwise, you will be needlessly recompressing the video and losing quality. Also, it will take a LOT longer. Womble cutting is a matter of a few minutes, even for the entire DVD. Recompressing can take hours and hours.
ThomW wrote on 7/31/2006, 12:59 AM
I've spent 2 hours trying to figure out how to get content off of a DVD that I created on A3 some months ago (wish I hadn't deleted the files). Now that I took your advice by coping the VOBs to the hard drive I found that I have only video. Where's the audio portion of the clips. I don't have Womble.
Why can't Vegas just allows capturing from the disk drive like it does with my camera? It has no problem talking to my sony when to play and stop. Surely, it should be able to talk to the internal where I want the lazer to go. Then I could advance it forward and back til I find the footage that I'm looking for and save some disk space. Most imprtantly I need audio.
Steve Mann wrote on 7/31/2006, 9:26 PM
Upgrade to Vegas 6
ThomW wrote on 8/1/2006, 11:22 AM
I have V6
RexA wrote on 8/2/2006, 12:17 AM
>Another option is to use an MPEG cutter like Womble (there is another one that I keep forgetting the name of).

Maybe VideoReDo ? I haven't used it, but the specs on one of their pages mentions AC3 audio too.

I've been meaning to try it, but never found a situation where I really needed to edit mpegs yet.

ThomW wrote on 8/3/2006, 4:46 PM
I finally gave up with trying to import from the DVD disc directly to Vegas. I hooked my camera up to the DVD player and then turned it around and firewired it into capture mode. I only wished that I didn't have to dirty a tape. My Sony Dig8 wouldn't let me go directly into firewire output. Next time I think about getting a DV converter. Then again hopefully next time I'll figure out how to rip into Vegas.
rs170a wrote on 8/3/2006, 6:08 PM
I finally gave up with trying to import from the DVD disc directly to Vegas.

File > Import > DVD Camcorder Disc always works for me. It takes some time but it does work.

ThomW wrote on 8/10/2006, 11:59 AM
I'm not sure where you get the option "DVD Camcorder Disc". I clicked File>Import> and I had three options: Media, AAFand Broadcast wave. I have Vegas 6.
rs170a wrote on 8/10/2006, 12:15 PM
...and I had three options: Media, AAFand Broadcast wave.

Now I understand. You must be running 6.0a or b as this feature was added in 6.0c.
Vegas is now at 6.0d so an upgrade (it's free) is highly recommended.