Originally Posted by scott967
I still use Free VideoDub to do visual positioning of cuts. I found version 2.03 works best (every newer version I have tried so far crashed for me). This is specifically on mkv files derived from Maggie DVD. Didn't need any plug-in for it, but it could be you need an mkv-splitter installed on your system (such as Haali or LAV splitter). Method that works best for me is to open an mkv file in videodub, then close the program. Restart videodub and the mkv is auto-loaded. Make your first edit, then "save" then make as many other edits as wanted and save again when done..
Give the gentleman a ceegar ...
Did an MKV edit on Free VideoDub. Hard part was finding v2.03 ... no longer available in the old versions section of VD's site. Cnet has a link to it, but that download comes up as v2.15 when you try to install it ... I did find 2.03 here if anyone's interested.Free VideoDub v2.03
Did a couple movies and video playback is excellent - no discernable degradation in quality - and the front and end trims were easy. I also just finished dicing up a basketball game to remove commercial cuts and that was interesting. The "find next scene" feature wasn't much help with the constant camera jumps, but I found that dragging the scroll bar around and then backing up one scene at the commercial break marked the start of the commercial break pretty close. ESPN's original editing wasn't all that great to begin with, so no complaints there. Set the end of the commercial break, hit the "X" for delete and go to the next one.
Once all the commercials were flagged, I was able to make the final cuts in one pass. Worked pretty slick and saved half an hour of disk space. Not sure why you mentioned having to do one commercial at a time. More accurate cuts? Haven't played back the edited file yet real time, so I'll give that a go. I should also do a "real" movie and see if there's any jumps doing it in one pass. And ... what I've done so far is from disks finalized off the old Pannie. Haven't even tried burning one from the Maggie yet - probably a good idea just to make sure the DVD writer works, huh?
Now I'm leaning back towards ... er ... I forget. Somebody get me some dramamine!
Anyway. This process would leave me ripping with MakeMKV, editing with Free VideoDub, and transferring the edited movie files to a WD Live, then streaming that direct to the TV via a hard wired LAN connection. I'd be doing this only with the DVDs I've already burned with the Pannie (1600 titles) and doing the external hard drive dock and paper catalog on the Maggie for "new" additions to the library. Seems like that would work pretty slick.
And just to make sure I'm perfectly clear on this ... there's no way to transfer titles back and forth to the Maggie other than the DVD drive ... Be nice to just be able to drop them to a thumb drive or virtual dvd for editing and conversion without burning and tossing a disk.
PS ... this is turning into a fun "oh crap winter's here and I'm stuck inside" kinda project. Edited by NOSTRADIMWIT - 11/30/12 at 4:58pm