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Windows 7: wtv to mp4 my new workflow (freeware)

04 Mar 2014   #1

Windows 7 pro x64 SP1
wtv to mp4 my new workflow (freeware)

People often have difficulty converting + editing WMC wtv TV recordings - the main difficulty being finding a (free) editor that will load wtv. Here's my latest workflow using freeware to convert/edit wtv to mp4 (tested with UK terrestrial Freeview SD + HD)

software used - Handbrake, Avidemux
this method is kinda the opposite of most video editing workflows, in that I convert 1st and then edit 2nd

drop wtv into Handbrake + adjust settings -

my settings for UK Freeview HD source -

container - mp4

picture tab -
1920-1080 px, modulus 16, anamorph none, keep aspect ratio (crop black bars if req)

video tab -
h.264 codec, 25fps, av bitrate 5000kbps, 2-pass, turbo 1st pass

audio tab -
audio source 5.1ch (else get audio description), mixdown stereo

click start to encode

drop converted mp4 into Avidemux for editing -

video + audio output - copy, output format - mp4 muxer

navigation - up/down arrows jump to next I frame, L/R arrows prev/next frame
L/R bracket = in/out points for edit

to trim start of movie -
go to movie start using arrow keys, press R bracket to set 'out', hit del

to remove ad -
goto start of ad using arrow keys, press L bracket for start
goto end of ad using arrow keys, press R bracket for end
hit del

when done, click save video

because AviDemux is set to copy, there is no recode or loss of quality in the 2nd stage

in Handbrake - if cropping black bars, you can check a 30sec result before encode using preview
when cropping widescreen 2.35 AR movies, the TV station logo can fool auto cropping - use manual

HandBrake: Open Source Video Transcoder
Avidemux - Main Page

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