Edit With PC/Mac
This thread is for providing info to people who want to use a computer to edit +VR files recorded on a Philips 3575/3576 or Magnavox 2080/2160/2160A/513/515/533/535/537.
I know several people have posted little "snippets" of info, but with the +VR's slightly different folder/file sructure, it probably needs a place for easy reference, like this thread.
See also Post #2 and those following for lots more detailed info.
PC Update 4/14/12, Good Source for DVD Fix, Copying & Burning SW
This site has some good info and links for all sorts of DVD work. Check web for latest versions of the recommended SW.
PC Update, 1/22/12, MPEG-2 Error Correction Tool
I know nothing about this, but it sounds as if a PC editor might be able to use this tool for its stated purposes: Error Detection, Error Repair and Improved Decoder Compatibility. Please report if you find it "inappropriate" for use on our DVDR files.
PC Update, 10/27/11, Transferring & Recovering Deleted DVD Titles
Ken.F posted on a way to view, copy-to-PC and recover deleted titles on a DVD, as described here.
PC Update, 6/26/11, MKV Files
Converting PhilMag files to MKV? See these two posts.
PC Update, 5/5/11, Ignore the VIDEO_RM Folder
One source of problems for PC-editing of Philips and Magnavox +VR format DVDs is the "unusual" Video_RM folder on +VR discs.
Afterdawn says this about Video_RM (note esp. last bolded para):
Folders found in a DVD file structure can often contain a legacy folder called VIDEO_RM. Essentially, this folder is rather useless to most set-top DVD players as it is a folder referenced on Philips brand DVD recorders as well as Philips clones. For reasons unknown, Philips decided not to abide by standards of DVD file structures and used this VIDEO_RM folder to hold information about the recording device a DVD was created on.
The folder, when viewed through several DVD re-authoring tools will show that it is useless much in the same way an AUDIO_TS folder is.
There have been cases where DVDs created with the VIDEO_RM folder have caused several other brands of set-top players, DVD re-authoring programs and other devices to not read the DVD information correctly. Often an error similar to "unrecognized file structure" will be given as whatever device is reading the disk does not understand what to do with the Video_RM folder. Simple fixes include loading the DVD in File mode on certain DVD re-authoring programs and deleting anything associated with the Video_RM folder, then compiling a new, clean ISO."
Tonypeter reinforces this advice to ignore the Video_RM folder, saying "After you’ve High Speed dubbed your recordings to a DVD +/-R, -RW and finalize them or +RW (no need to finalize) you’ll have a DVD video compliant disc with a VIDEO_TS folder on it. Any other folders there including VIDEO_RM are irrelevant for your purpose.
Bottom Line: IGNORE THE VIDEO_RM FOLDER ENTIRELY!
PC Update 2/10/10, VideoRedo & DVD-lab
Rustewey posted this in a review of the 2160A on the Walmart site:
"I record shows I want to keep. Extract them onto my computer, clean them up (commercials etc.) with VideoReDo, and author to DVD with DVD-lab.
In the past I have recorded most TV programs in EP mode. average programs come out about 42 min. without commercials. I have been able to put 6 shows on a double layer DVD with Menu.
I have used the 2160A to remove commercials from recordings on the recorder and it works quite well."
MAC Update, Toast Titanium
Jtbell posted this on a Mac editing tool:
"... in the Macintosh world, Toast Titanium (the most common third-party CD and DVD burning utility) has an option to burn a DVD from a VIDEO_TS folder on the computer's hard disk.
Edited by wajo - 10/15/12 at 8:07am