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Windows 7: How do I customise a widescreen setting?

22 Apr 2013   #11
Gary Merchant

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Ah, but this is not intended for watching on the laptop. It's so that I can transfer the finished project onto disc and view it on the tv. Does that make a difference to your suggestion?


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22 Apr 2013   #12
mitchell65

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Gary Merchant View Post
I may do more, depending on how this first one works out. Can you recommend a suitable video editor I could download?
Yes I would recommend Corel Video Studio. You can download a 30 day trial from here:
Video-editing software
It's good that others should join the thread to help but, crankypenguin, please read the thread form the beginning and you will see that what is required here is to crop the clips in the right place then go through each one and make sure the tops of head haven't been cut off then apply transitions and other effects, then create an mpeg2 compliant file and then Create the two DVD files namely VIDEO_TS and AUDIO_TS that can be burnt to a blank DVD to allow the Video to be played on a standard Video Player through a TV. VLC can't do that!
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23 Apr 2013   #13
Gary Merchant

Windows Home Premium 32bit
 
 

Right Mitchell, I'm back.

I decided not to go with the Corel video editing as I ideally wanted something I coudl download for free and not ona trial basis, so I went with NCH Video Pad and downloaded that onto the laptop last night. So far I'm getting the basics, but one or two things popped up on screen which I hope you can shed soem light on.

I was able to copy some sequences onto the application and adjust the settings to widescreen as I wanted. When it came to saving them as video files I hit the create button and a screen box appeared, saying 'An install-on-demand component could not be installed automatically. Please recall fro the url below then try again. NCH Software - Download Audio, Video, Business, Dictation Programs & more I clicked ok and another box appeared with the words 'Failed to creat your movie. Could not initialise video output.'. So the situation as it stands is that I can't view the video pad files on my usual videos screen, although the icon is there to click on to take me back to the video editing application. I get the initial feeling that I may not be able to use the Movie Maker in conjunction with this.

Finally, you asked about the file extension on the scenes I'd recorded from the DVD. I right clicked but nothign to indicate an extention was obvious. So all I can offer is the title given to one of the scenes recorded - vlc-record-04-23-01 h20mlls - dvd__D_-

Hope that all makes sense.
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24 Apr 2013   #14
Gary Merchant

Windows Home Premium 32bit
 
 

Another day in and I'm now getting the hang of the video editor software. Just wanted to say thanks for all the input and suggestions.
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24 Apr 2013   #15
mitchell65

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Sorry I missed your post #13 Didn't get a notification? strange. Anyway will read it through properly within the hour and get back to you!
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24 Apr 2013   #16
mitchell65

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Hi Gary
Have to say i found you post #13 a bit confusing. You speak of things like the "I can't view the video pad files on my usual videos screen". But video editing programs do not create their own files. They can only render the clips you inport to various formats. You have to tell the program which format to render to!
Lets go back to basics.
You have some video clips that you recorded in VLC and saved the resultant files. They must have a file extension. You must have been given a choice of saving them to a specific folder and in a certain format.
Navigate to one of the files that you recorded. Has it got a file extension, I would guess it might be .avi? If you cant see the files extension, go to Windows Explorer, click the Tools tab, then choose "Folder options" click the "View" tab then uncheck the entry "Hide extensions for known file types"
Then go cack to the file in question and the extension will now show.
We need that for the next stage.
BTW are you sure you have a free copy of the program as all i can find is one for about 20?
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24 Apr 2013   #17
Gary Merchant

Windows Home Premium 32bit
 
 

Hiya,

Right, with you now about the file extensions, and they are all avi. It's getting the hang of the language...

There is a free version of the programme for home users, which is the one I downloaded. I've now copied all recorded clips into the video editor and also added various audio files in the same way and have begun adding these to the program in the order I want

Now, to be clearer about my 'not being able to view the video pad files'. The format/file was saved onto my regular list of videos, as in Computer/music/video. Not sure if that was the correct thing to do, but when opening up the video editor, clicking on the saved file from that option opens the file in the video editor. It's obvious to me now that I could not open it to view as I would a normal video. But you learn these things as you go.

One thing - when previewing a clip, it appears jerky, and the picture on full screen is not pristine. Any thoughts on that, or is this part of the next stage you referred to?

Hope I've explained everything clearly.
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24 Apr 2013   #18
mitchell65

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Hi nGary
Have now found the free version, sorry about that!
When you say "clicking on the saved file from that option opens the file in the video editor" I guess that the avi file is associated with the editor so the file opens in the editor. If you right click on the avi file with the editor open and select "Open With" you should be able to choose a video viewer like Windows Media Player. When you import, or drag and drop a video file from your stored folder into the editor, you are in fact just importing aa copy of the file. The original will stay in your storage folder and no matter how much you cut out of the one in the editor the original will stay as is. So far as the Preview is concerned. The answer is in the qusetion, it is only a preview. You are trying to render the project "on the fly" and it will always be a bit jerky depending how powerful your PC is especially the graphics card. It's never going to be that good in an average laptop. It has no bearing on the finished product.
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24 Apr 2013   #19
Gary Merchant

Windows Home Premium 32bit
 
 

Thanks for clarifying all that. Sounds like I'm on the right road now, and I've printed off as much info from the NCH site to hopefully cover any uncertainties.

Thanks again for your help. Much appreciated.
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24 Apr 2013   #20
mitchell65

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Thats fine. Just one more thought for you. To save wasting DVD's buy a five pack of decent rewitable DVD's then when things go wrong,as they willfrom time to time, at the burning stage you can erase the disc and use it again. if you buy the same make as your DVD burner/player then you stand a better chance of not getting failures. If you can set the burner to it's slowest speed for best results, say 4 or 8x.
Good luck.
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