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Dv Video Capture With Time/date Code And Software?

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I have successfully received advice from SR members before on difficult topics, so I thought I would ask members who have worked with digital video (especially miniDV video):

I have successfully capture (mini)DV video from my Sony PC-120E miniDV-video camera to my PC via firewire. Also, I have successfully converted the video to MPEG2 and burned it to a DVD. HOWEVER, MY PROBLEMS ARE:

1) How can I transfer the date/time information from the DV video via firewire to my computer? Is there any way I could capture not only the video and audio, but ALSO the date/time information that my camera records AND ESPECIALLY I would like to create/import subtitles to my video (automatically?) using this time/date information. Is there any software available that would do this? For example MS Movie maker 2 apparently can read this date/time information and make titles/clips automatically using the information, but is there any way (using another program?) to add this information (automatically) to my video either preferably a) as subtitles or alternately B) pasted straight in the video like with old video cameras, which show the date/time on top of the video all the time. I have now worked around this problem by manually inserting the date/time information as text on top of the video, but with 10s of titles/clips in one video, this is VERY slow and also it does not make it possible to select whether I want to show (or not) the information during playback as with if the information would be as subtitles.

2) Is there any video editing software which is as easy to use as MS movie maker 2, but has more features such as support for an additional audio/music track (movie maker supports only one track, so it is EITHER music OR audio, but not both at the same time) and also support for subtitles? Also I would need the capture features to be as good and easy as with Movie maker2, because it automatically creates the titles using the DV date/time code. Of course it would be best if this date/time information could be automatically imported as subtitles to my video as I have explained above in part 1). Please give me suggestions for such software?

I am using Windows XP, and my machine is a 3.4GHz Prescott P4, 1GB RAM, and 330GB hard disk space, so I should have enough power for DV video editing.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR ANY TIPS/HELP/SUGGESTIONS!!

Best Regards,

ER

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I recently bought Ulead's Video Studio and haven't had time to fully explore all that it can do, but I'm fairly sure it allows multiple audio tracks. It does the usual capture, editing, and output. Considering how I am a complete newbie with it, I figured out how to capture some mini-DV, drag-and-drop the clips into the order I wanted, and create a VCD (only have a CD burner right now) with very little pain.

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Ulead Video Studio can support multiple audio tracks but I have no idea if it supports what you want to do with the time/date stamps.

You can download it and try it yourself for 30 days to see if it's what you want.

My only problem, and this is a big problem, is that I couldn't get it to burn a DVD for me, or to make an ISO. It became useless for me other than to use as capture and basic editing software.

Then I had to move the AVI file to another program (I used TMPGenc) to encode it and then used Nero Vision Express (which has capture, but I didn't use it as I didn't feel like going through that again) to make it into a DVD and burn it.

All three of these programs are available for download and have 30 free trials.

Video Studio 8

Nero Express

TMPGenc

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Thank you for your replies!

I have used Ulead software also, and they seem to be OK. However, I still prefer Movie maker for its easy use despite its lack of more advanced features. I don't need subtitle capabilities, unless I can import the date/time straight from my DV camera video.

The most important problem is still the one with the time/date code import for DV video. Does anyone handle DV video? Does anyone know about software capable of importing the date&time inside the video or as subtitles? HELP!

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I forgot to add: Are there any DV-video specific forums, where I could post this problem, if no one here knows any solutions?

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I use Pinnacle Studio ver 8.12 to d/l miniDV from a Sony DCR-TRV18, and the resultant avi files contain standard timecode which can be used in Studio to find, edit, segment, and in general manipulate chapters and scenes to the second. It's easy to use, has separate miniDV-audio, music, and microphone input audio tracks, and it can be defaulted to auto-detecting scene transitions for creating chapters and other uses. It creates humongous 14GB+ avi files, however, and AFAIL the manipulable timecode stays interleaved within the avi and does not transfer to mpeg-2 or other final output formats. Studio 8 also features nice DVD-menu templates, and it burns DVD5 movie disks up to 4X. Unfortunately, ver. 8 does not support automatic subtitling using in-band timecode in authoring DVD5 movies.

The latest Studio version is 9 but I've encountered bugs, like it wouldn't burn to my Sony DRU-500A 4X Burner, so I have little experience with it. There are some plug-ins which allow more sophisticated titling and transition effects called Title Deko and Hollywood FX.

Check http://www.pinnaclesys.com/Category.asp?Ca...D=1&Langue_ID=7

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I forgot to add: Are there any DV-video specific forums, where I could post this problem, if no one here knows any solutions?

Here are sites I've found useful, some have active communities:

http://www.doom9.org/

http://www.dvdsoft.net/

http://www.afterdawn.com/

http://www.mikeshaw.co.uk/newpage2.htm

http://www.dvdr-digest.com/

http://nickyguides.digital-digest.com/AVItoVCD.htm

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