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#1156321 - 08/01/2013 15:08 Software to process video files
Werner K Offline
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Hi,

I'm not sure if this has already been covered, but what's some good software to be able to process video files to be able to edit start & stop times of files (e.g. able to edit the bit when the camera fell off the dashboard etc), fade in/fade out, add titles and finally be able to convert it to a format so that I can play it on a dvd player. I think my Panasonic video camera uses MPEG2 files, but not 100% sure.

I have used Windows Live Moviemaker (or something like that), but couldn't get it to a format to be able to play it in a dvd player.

Thanks,

Werner

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#1156429 - 08/01/2013 18:31 Re: Software to process video files [Re: Werner K]
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Have a look at VirtualDub.
http://www.virtualdub.org
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#1193000 - 07/05/2013 14:10 Re: Software to process video files [Re: Werner K]
Werner K Offline
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As an update, I have recently purchased an AVS4u software package which although a bit cumbersome initially, has done the job adequately well.

I now have another question, what is the best medium to store photos and created movie files long term : External Hard Drive, DVD/CD discs, USB, other....?

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#1193011 - 07/05/2013 15:53 Re: Software to process video files [Re: Werner K]
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All media breaks down over time Werner K. (I'm an IT Tech so this is right up my alley so to speak.)

Typically CD/DVD stored in the dark with no UV will last about 5 years before they start to degrade due to temperature and humidity changes.
USB - I don't know as I have old 32Mb thumb drives that still work after 7 to 8 years.
External Hard drives could last longer with little use but again they will also degrade over time. (I have a draw full of 500Mb hard drives that still work but I can't find a use for them).
Solid state hard drives would be the better option but I recommend using multiple forms.
Online is also an option but I am loath to trust anything online no matter how secure they are supposed to be and besides unless you have deep pockets the uploads would cost a fortune.

As with any backup strategy I fall back on the old "On a scale of 1 to 10 how important is your data?" with 1 being the least and 5 the highest. Whatever number you pick is how many back ups you need.

The next bit is storage. Don't store them all in the same place. Pretty silly having 10 backs stored in a desk that gets burnt to the ground in a house fire or stolen in a robbery so a mix of onsite and off site storage is the answer.

My wife has control of all family photos. To anyone else they are pretty worthless but to us photos of great grandparents from the 1900's are irreplaceable) We use a number of external hard drives DVDs and thumb drives.

One set is in a fire proof attaché case style safe. (less than $150.00 and has a 4 hour fire rating), the next set is in a floor safe (again 4 hour + fire rating), a third is at my eldest sons home and a fourth and fifth are stored with rellies in Brisbane and in WA.

But you need to check them on a regular basis. Not so much DVD but the mechanical storage devices do need to be updated regularly.

A for instance. Recent trip to WA saw us accrue 24.8Gb of digital photos - daily backed up and stored on 2 external hard drives and 2 laptops all in separate bags/locations for the entire trip. We didn't lose anything.
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#1193054 - 07/05/2013 20:41 Re: Software to process video files [Re: Werner K]
Werner K Offline
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Hi SBT,

thanks for your input.

The movies I am currently making are from an 11 week trip to Europe in 2011, so I would rate them quite highly as far as personal value goes.

On the trip we had a portable external hard drive as well as a laptop for our combined estimate of ca 45000-50000 photos and we did run into some memory issues, but we didn't lose anything apart from a reduction in quality of some of the photos because we opted to reduce the file size. I have found that particular portable hard drive does play up sometimes when I go to retrieve some photos from it.

Online isn't an option because you can't trust anyone on the internet. Also, I believe that the UK recently came out with some legislation that transfers ownership of "Orphan" works to anyone, so that anyone could profit from your work if they chose to do so, not right in my opinion.

My Italy 2008 holiday photos are on 2 sets of discs, one here and one with my brother.

Anyway, I think I will put the 2011 trip onto a couple of different formats as you have suggested.

Thanks again for your input.

All the best,

Werner

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#1193162 - 08/05/2013 19:26 Re: Software to process video files [Re: Werner K]
SBT Offline
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Registered: 07/02/2007
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Happy to help.
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