Why cant I import video from 'My Recorded TV'?

noah2112 wrote on 1/14/2009, 5:45 PM
Hi, I am using Vegas Movie Studio 7 Premium and I cant import video from My Recorded TV . The Vegas Movie Studio wants to freeze and close when I try. I dont understand because if there were any protected content in them wouldn't it say so, and why would it let me burn video from this location and not use it in Movie Studio? Im running Windows XP Media Edition.

If anyone can shed some light on this conundrum please do. Thanks.


musicvid10 wrote on 1/14/2009, 9:18 PM
Uhh, no offense intended, but just what is 'My Recorded TV' and just why do you expect it to work with Vegas?

Assuming it is a program that records TV programs, what format and codec(s) does it record and save in?

Since this is a "conundrum" to you, providing such basic information "might" prompt someone to give a meaningful response. Just my guess . . .
noah2112 wrote on 1/14/2009, 10:01 PM
My Recorded TV is just what it youd think it is, my recorded TV. I expect it to work with Vegas because it doesn't have any protected content that wouldn't allow me to use or edit it in Vegas. It allows me to burn DVDs of what ever I record, so what wouldn't it let me import it into Vegas and why would it crash the program? It saves it to WMV format, I think, although it just say 'video' under type. The video codec it uses InterVideo Video Decoder.
ritsmer wrote on 1/15/2009, 1:11 AM
Vegas works well with WMV - and when "Vegas" hangs importing something is normally not Vegas that hangs - but the used codec.

But, as you wrote "It saves it to WMV format, I think, although it just say 'video' under type" - it is more than difficult to help when we do not even know what format the video is.
Normally WMV is "Windows Media Audio/Video file" under type :-)

Uncheck the field "Hide extensions for known file types" under Folder options to see what file type it actually is.

Try to use the program GSpot to find out what codec (four CC) you need - and maybe then update your codecs by installing i.e. the K-Lite codec pack.
noah2112 wrote on 1/15/2009, 10:24 AM
Okay I think Ive got what you asked for. Using GSpot Ive determined the codec to be: DVR. Under file type it says 'ASF (.WMA/.WMV)' I dont know what this means Ive never seen an ASF type file before. I hope this can help answer my question.
ritsmer wrote on 1/15/2009, 1:05 PM
There is a program called SUPER that can convert from/to many formats.
Probably you should convert the special asf files to something more edible for Vegas - i.e. mpeg2 -
see http://www.erightsoft.com/SUPER.html
aafuss wrote on 1/15/2009, 3:46 PM
Is the video a DVR-MS format file?
noah2112 wrote on 1/15/2009, 4:45 PM
Yes, I finally got it to show the type, it is dvr-ms.
musicvid10 wrote on 1/15/2009, 5:37 PM
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

"DVR-MS (Microsoft Digital Video Recording) is a proprietary video and audio file container format, developed by Microsoft. Audio and video are wrapped in an ASF container with the extension DVR-MS. Video is encoded using the MPEG-2 standard and audio using MPEG-1 Layer II or Dolby Digital AC-3 (ATSC A/52). The format extends these standards by including metadata about the content and digital rights management. "
noah2112 wrote on 1/15/2009, 6:07 PM
What does this mean? MPEG-2 should work in Vegas, shouldnt it? Its doesnt show that its protected in anyway. Im sory if Im just not getting it.
musicvid10 wrote on 1/15/2009, 6:47 PM
Although I know absolutely nothing about this format, I've added emphasis to a few key words in my previous quote that may just answer your question.

Also, protected ASF files will not open in Vegas. Again, I don't know if this has anything to do with your files.
Chienworks wrote on 1/15/2009, 7:30 PM
I seem to recall something about Microsoft making it contractually illegal to do anything with .asf other than play it.

Also, just because the content is MPEG2 doesn't mean that any particular software understands how to get to that content through the wrapper.
noah2112 wrote on 1/15/2009, 7:51 PM
Thanks for the help, sorry if I was a little slow on the take. I think I'll be looking into other software I can record TV with. Media Center is a little disappointing anyhow.
darkframe wrote on 1/16/2009, 1:00 AM

FYI: Vegas (at least the Pro version) does not import MPG files which contain AC3 audio. To be correct, Vegas does not import AC3 at all unless it is part of a VOB (DVD Video Object). The reason could be that AC3 audio is not part of the MPEG2 specifications but part of the DVD specifications (which in fact are nothing more than extended MPEG2 specs).