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Need Recommendation: Video Converter Software


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#1 EducatedGuess

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Posted 26 September 2011 - 10:01 AM

I am a computer idiot trying to make a video. Does anyone know of a video converter software company (I am running Windows, not Mac) that offers U.S.-Based phone support for its video conversion software? No offense, but I don't want to talk to India or the Philippines or anywhere else.

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Posted 26 September 2011 - 10:07 AM

Hi.. i use a simple but effective site http://www.youtubedownloadersite.com
it convers into many formats (and its free) hope it helps.. Paul.
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Posted 26 September 2011 - 10:20 AM

prcluett:

Thanks for responding so quickly. It's a little more complex than I stated. I am not using youtube clips, but mostly ripped commercial movies. You have to rip them first with a different software program (DVD Decrypter and DVD Shrink work best), THEN convert the files to AVI.

Does this make sense?

Do you know if the program you recommended will do this? From the name, I'm guessing no.

Thanks Much,
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Posted 28 September 2011 - 07:20 AM

Try an old version of Handbrake 0.9.3 will convert DVD to AVI.

http://www.videohelp.com/tools/HandBrake/old-versions#download

VirtualDub- MPEG2 will index the mpeg2 VOB files and convert to AVI. (not sure about the audio)

http://www.videohelp.com/tools/Virtualdub-MPEG2

Avidemux might also work.

http://www.videohelp.com/tools/AviDemux

As far as the Phone help, I can't help you.
I use Videohelp or Doom9 forums.
Way better in my opinion.



Going out on a limb here, but. I think you're doing this the hard way. I know in your other post you asked us not to recommend other software. But . . . I'm goin to anyways.

I do this all the time with VOB files with great results. (Win. XP or Vista. Not sure about Win. 7)

After ripping the DVD to my hard drive. (mostly TV shows recorded on my set top box DVD recorder, also works with my Sony Handycam videos)

First I either find the VOB files with the desired clips, by previewing the VOB with VLC, or Mplayer Classic with FFDshow. or I merge all the VOBs and demux (separate audio from video) with Pvastrumento. giving me 2 files. . . an M2V video file, and an AC3 audio file,

http://www.videohelp.com/tools/PVAStrumento

Then . . .I load the M2V, AC3 files in Mpeg2schnitt, (change the language from German to English)

http://www.videohelp.com/tools/Mpeg2Schnitt

I use Mpeg2schnitt to cut out unwanted footage, (add desired footage to the cutlist) and rebuild the video. (ac3 audio only) results will be an MPV video file, and an AC3 audio file. (you can add more than one M2V, AC3 to Mpg2schnitt. When you cut out unwanted footage and add desired footage to the cut list, it will merge, and correct the timecode to one MPV file, and one AC3 file)

I then load those MPV, AC3 files into Dvdauthorgui 1.015b or Muxman, set my chapters, and make a Video_TS folder.

http://www.videohelp.com/tools/DVDAuthorgui

Then burn VIDEO_TS folder to DVD with Imgburn.

http://www.videohelp.com/tools/ImgBurn

Fast, and easy. No loss in quality. (to my eyes)
Old school, yes. But works great.

Something to consider.

P.S. all software mentioned is free.

:)

Edited by 12x48y, 28 September 2011 - 07:23 AM.


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Posted 28 September 2011 - 07:31 AM

12x48y:

Thanks very much for taking the time to reply. I may have to go that route, if I can't get it working on this end. It's a lot more steps than I'm taking now, plus I am very slow learner when it comes to technology, so we'll see. It's worth considering.

Thanks very much.

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Posted 28 September 2011 - 07:38 AM

If you need me to walk you through it, I'll do my best.
It's much easier for me to actually do it, than it is to explain it.
But I'll try.

:)

Another approach is to use Mpeg2cut2 (free).

http://www.videohelp.com/tools/Mpg2Cut2

In the VIDEO_TS folder, open the VOB in mpeg2cut2, mark "in" to select the desired footage, then mark "out"
click "file" > "save this clip".

This will extract the video segments you want from the VOB, where you can join them later.

No conversions, so, no, or very little loss in quality. Less space needed on your hard drive.


******edit*******

Wait a minute, Just re-read your other posts. You WANT to use Windows Movie Maker.
I got it now. Sorry.

Use Pvastrumento, open the VOBs in Pvastrumento. Sort them in the correct order, or one at a time, your choice.
Click the "make PS" button. This will merge & convert the VOB to a Mpeg 2 Program stream. There will be some loss in quality.
Now drag and drop the VTS_01_1.mpg (or whatever) into Windows Movie Maker.

I can post screenshots if you need them.

Happy video editing.

Edited by 12x48y, 29 September 2011 - 07:17 AM.


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Posted 08 October 2011 - 02:24 PM

Forum Regular:

Sorry for getting back to you so slowly. I've been swamped at work.

This all sounds good, but leads me to another question:

Can you also recommend an easy-to-use freeware DVD ripper that would remove protection and also simultaneously rip an entire movie in one piece, rather than different pieces I have to join together? It seems both DVD SHRINK and DVD DECRYPTER will both do this effectively, although I keep ending up with A-V sync problems after conversion to WMV.

Is there a good freeware DVD ripper out there that would do this?

Thank you so much,
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Posted 08 October 2011 - 03:07 PM

Try ISOBUSTER..it's a freeware..

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