Help!! New to video editing

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  1. UKnjb macrumors 6502a

    UKnjb

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    Hello. I am very new to videos and especially videos on Macs. What I need to do is both of the following: transfer my video (VCR) collection to DVD and also, maybe more importantly, record programmes from TV (to my VCR?) and transfer them to DVD. I want, in the second instance, to remove the few minutes before and after the main feature and to remove the advertisements. That is, edit the video? Is there specific software that allows video editing? Can I miss out the VCR stage of recording and go straight to my Mac? Can I edit the video.ts files (whatever they are) from DVDs? Am I being very stupid with these questions? Whatever, anybody's help would be much appreciated. And I hope you all had a good Christmas.
     
  2. Lacero macrumors 604

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    Why, most definitely! :p

    Try [url="http://www.elgato.com/]Elgato EyeTV[/url]. It has much of what you're asking for in regards to recording off TV.

    You, of course, can use iMovie for editing, DVDxDVpro for conversion of DVD .ts or .vob files to DV and the use of a firewire DV bridge such as a Canopus DVC100.

    Here's to the Crazy Ones [​IMG]
     
  3. UKnjb thread starter macrumors 6502a

    UKnjb

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    Thanks for your advice; it is much appreciated. Not sure that I have understood it all (particularly the "use of a firewire DV bridge such as a Canopus DVC100" - seems I might really be stupid after all, oh dear). But the Elgato tip looks as though it will be the whole answer to the TV part.
    Whatever, I thank you for your time and I wish you a very Happy New Year - when it arrives.
     
  4. lucab1982 macrumors member

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    Combining clips

    I have just done one massive import from my camera into iMovie HD and have about 150 clips :confused:

    Is there any way of combining the clips together?
     
  5. mduser63 macrumors 68040

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    Obviously I can't give you a complete tutorial on iMovie in one forum post, but I will say that combining them is perhaps the most basic and fundamental thing that you can do with them in iMovie. Just drag the clips, in the order you like, into the timeline/clip area at the bottom of the iMovie window.
     
  6. UKnjb thread starter macrumors 6502a

    UKnjb

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    More problems with video editing - help, please!

    Hi
    So. So I have taken the advice that I was given and ---- um, I have met even more problems. Am I doing something really wrong?
    The start: - I recorded a programme from TV onto a VCR. A friend dropped the programme down onto a DVD. Because I had a margin of safety built in to the VCR recording, I have a DVD with about 3 minutes of rubbish either side of the main programme, 50 minutes long, which I want to edit out.
    The advice I was given was to get hold of DVDxDV and do it that way. Which is what I did (using the trial version), editing out the rubbish at both ends of the programme. And it took about 2 hours for DVDxDV to process the editing.
    I ended up with 12 QT movie files, each of which were about 1.6 GB big!!!! Way bigger than the original DVD .TS files. And then, when I went to stitch everything back together again, in iMovie, I was told that the project was too big!!!
    Somebody, please help! It has got to be easier than what i am doing (and doing wrong in the first place undoubtedly).
    Why is there not an app that snips off bits from .TS files in one go? Or is there?
    Thanks in advance.
     
  7. balamw Moderator

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    Normal. DVDxDV uncompressed the DVD video for you and recompressed it using the DV codec which is a lot less efficient, but is liked by iMovie and iDVD. Not sure why you got a message that it was too big from iMovie. You sure it wasn't iDVD that gave you that message?


    I think you mean the .VOB files that are within the VIDEO_TS folder.

    Maybe this would help? http://www.alfanet.it/squared5/mpegstreamclip.html

    B
     
  8. UKnjb thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Ummmm ----- I was so certain that it was iMovie, but with all of these problems, I am now not at all sure that it wasn't iDVD.

    Probably. VOB, TS ----- I did say that I was new to videos and editing!!! Sorry for being so ummm --- thick. But many thanks for putting me right.


    Now that has been a really class, sweet piece of advice. Downloaded it, ran through my programme and --- Bingo!!! Everything is now sweetness and light. And it is free!! I owe you a lot for taking the time to reply. Thank you. And a very Happy New Year.
     
  9. balamw Moderator

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    Glad it worked out for you!

    Just curious. Have you burned the trimmed clip to a disc yet? If so what did you do?

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