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DVD Re-authoring Software

Discussion in 'Multimedia' started by sldwaa, Aug 1, 2006.

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  1. sldwaa

    sldwaa Thread Starter

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    With cost not being an issue, who has the best software to re-author movies taken with my camcorder and then burn to DVD? I have tried many, but would like other opinions before I invest in a new software package. I have the hardware I need to convert the mini-dv tapes onto my hard-drive, so I am really trying to focus on the re-authoring software. It would also be a bonus if the software had the capability to make DVDs of my digital photographs integrating sound and misc. effects... Finished quality is my first concern here, not necessarily ease of use. Thanks in advance for your comments...
     
  2. thecoalman

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    Not sure if you are mislabling it but there is no conversion when transferring footage from a DV cam. Hardware is minimal, you only need a firewire port. The transferred footage should be in DV-AVI format, this is an exact bit for bit duplicate of what is on the cam.


    Again I think you're mislabling... authoring refers to taking an edited video and converting it to finshed DVD. this is the step where you add chapters, menus. For that I use Ulead DVD Workshop. It will go from Capture to burn but has limited editing capabilities, enough if you just want to add transitions between clips and make some minor edits. It's focus is on creating menus and other things specifically for DVD's which it excels at. Most authoring applications stick you with templated menus, DVD Workshop gives you a blank canvas if you want. It has a very easy learning curve which is usually not the case for such a powerful program, Another program called DVD Lab Pro for example has about the same capabilities but you need to be rocket scientist to figure it out.

    Combine that with a good editor and you're in business...
     
  3. desertdragon

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    I agree with The Coalman. Ulead DVD Workshop is the best for authoring applications. When the movie from the Mini DV camera was transfered to your HD as AVI file, and opened it up in Ulead DVD Workshop, even if you are novice in DVD authoring, everything will be done by the application.
     
  4. sldwaa

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    Thanks for the input. I am not a novice at DVD authoring, so I prefer to have software with more detailed authoring options than simply "one click authoring". Any further advice?
     
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    So which apps are you familiar with and what shortcomings would you like addessed?
     
  6. thecoalman

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    DVD workshop is about the best you're going to get, it's a complete blank canvas. Anything better would require a significant investment as in $1000's.
     
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    Thanks - I will give MysticEyes recommendation a try - videosuite... I will post an update after I give it a try...
     
  9. thecoalman

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    That adds the video editor for composing your video. Lot's of features. They also have a larger package called quartet that adds photoimpact and Coll 3-D production. Photoimpact is a full fetured image editing application. 3-D allows you to create 3-d animations and text for a variety of purposes.

    They do have trials for all 4, I'd suggest going that route first as the video editor and Workshop are not cheap.
     
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