Digital Video Editing

Becoming the next Steven Spielberg is simple thanks to video editing on your PC.

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Dealing with DVD

As DVD home entertainment systems replace the humble VCR, DV camcorder's have been suitably equipped to allow users to put their movie creations onto DVD media.

Differing formats

Disc space capacity on a single-sided, single-layered DVD is up to 4.7GB compared to the maximum of 700MB for a CD-Rom. More space means more video, making DVDs the ideal storage device as they can store more than four hours of full screen, high quality video and surround sound onto a single disc.

Up until recently, authoring DVDs had been a frustrating and expensive procedure. First you had to encode the video material into MPEG-2, a process that is exceptionally time-consuming. Next, you needed to create the appropriate menus so your home DVD player could play your video and finally, you needed to ensure that your DVD media was compatible with various competing formats.

The arrival of inexpensive dual format DVD recorders has removed many of the format issues that have hampered the widespread use of DVD authoring. Now, many of the video editing packages have the relevant tools to create a DVD movie without having to buy a dedicated DVD authoring application.

The basic process for recording a DVD disc (DVD-R/DVD+R) is similar to recording a CD-R, with the choices available including: disc at once or incremental writing.

Disc at once is the safest way to write a disc without running the risk of creating a coaster as the drive is able to consistently provide data to the disc at a consistent rate. This helps avoid buffer under-run as the PC allocates all of its resources to writing the disc.

Incremental writing is similar to packet writing on a CD, where the DVD recordable disc is written to over time, with data added to the disc until the limit is reached. The disc must be finalised before it can be read in a DVD-ROM drive or used in a home DVD player.

The best way to overcome any issues with regards to DVD formats is to go with a Dual format (DVD +RW/-RW) drive, which are readily available for around $200. Be sure not to confuse Dual format with dual layer. Dual layer technology allows you to write up to around 8GB onto a dual layer disc.

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Cyberlink Power Director Express

Help! I have been using the Cyberlink Power Director Express software I got with my JVC Everio back in 2007, on Windows XP. As time has gone by, the program freezes almost faster than I can blink, and I keep getting an error message saying that "An error has occurred when opening this media file in the library ..." I haven't moved the files around in my HDD so I don't know why this has happened.
I have recently bought a new computer, with more RAM. Although Cyberlink Power Director Express works in a way, it still has the two problems that happened with XP. I rang JVC who recommended I buy an updated version for Vista. When I rang their technical department the guy answered my questions in a way that doesn't make me confident that the problems will be fixed with the new disk.
So, what I am looking for is advice re a program that has similiar features to Cyberlink but is better! I have used MS Movie Maker but don't like the edit feature. I want all the normal things, including
- to be able to see the first edit frame and the last edit frame as per cyberlink layout
- be able to mute an individual clip when it is on the timeline - or alter sound (Cyberlink only lets you mute all the clips on the timeline - at least my version does)
- be able to fast forward through a clip in preview screen (MS Movie Maker doesn't do this - at least mine doean't)
And any other useful features anyone can recommend. Thanks for your help



DV software

I have been using AVS software for a couple of months now and found it to be quite good. I paid about $90AUD for my subscription a couple of months ago but I see that there is a reduced price on their web site at the moment which entitles you to all their software. Their software covers audio and video editing (as well as some burning and utilities stuff) taken altogether it's like a complete package - just in separate programs.

The free downloads will give you an idea of what the programs can do, but they add stuff to the final product that makes it basically unusable unless you pay the subscription.



Cyberlink - HDV

Nice to hear of someone else in trouble with Cyberlink. I have been using this software for many years now, having done an extensive analysis of many of the available systems - many very good but none I found were so integrated and easy to use with all edit facilities - PIP's, voice-over, etc. included. But recently I updated to a Canon "Full-HD" camera using SD cards - again after an extensive search of what available and coming up - some nice stories to tell of conversations with manufacturers but not here!!!! However, while Adobe Premier Pro has no problems with the card format - and is a fantastic system if you want to do all the learning to be able to use it! - Cyberlink Power Director 7 Ultra - ansolutely the latesdt version - sold as able to handle blu-ray formats etc. - hangs up continuously with an error message "..failed to construct the media source as a graph"! After a dozen emails back and forwards - Customer Support getting mixed in with Technical Support - they still haven't decided that the software is clearly missing a re-code sub-routine! Up to date pricing on all the other systems available would be useful!!!!!!!!!!!



Cyberlink Power Director Express

I have used Movie maker and thought it was very basic. Then went out and got Ulead video studio 11... Not bad, I have no complaints, it hardly ever crashes, and if by chance it dose it will let you reopen your last work. It has lots of other good features. Try it mate, I think you will find it ok.

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