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Old September 15th, 2004, 02:02 PM   #1
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Dumb Question #766

I am trying to make a DVD and when I render my timeline footage as an MPEG-2 specifically for the Vegas DVD program, it wants me to render the video as MPEG-2 and the audio separate as AC-3.

How in hell to combine the audio and video when it comes time to
make a DVD movie?

HAAAAAAAAAALP!
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Old September 15th, 2004, 02:06 PM   #2
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As long as the two files have the same root name (myvideo.mpg and myvideo.ac3) and are in the same directory, DVDA will match them together when you bring in the video.

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Old September 15th, 2004, 02:50 PM   #3
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WOW!

Who's better than you? Thanks!
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Old September 16th, 2004, 02:54 AM   #4
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Or to give a bit more complete answer. You need to author your
DVD before it can be burned (most authoring applications can
burn as well). DVD Architect (DVDA) who you can buy with Vegas
is such a program and it will combine those two elementary
streams into one file etc. There are other authoring applications
as well, ofcourse.
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Old September 16th, 2004, 02:15 PM   #5
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Thank you. I am using Vegas + DVD Architect 2.0a. When I render my project from the Vegas timeline, I just render the audio and video separate, right? Then save them in the same folder?
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Old September 17th, 2004, 02:32 AM   #6
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That is correct.
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Old September 17th, 2004, 07:06 AM   #7
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After I save the two separate files (one as an MPEG-2 suitable for the DVD Architect and AC-3 for sound), do I just go through the machinations of making the DVD by only clicking the MPEG file? And according to what you say, the DVD will be made by automatically picking up the sound file as long as it's in the same folder? I don't have to "attach" or do any special join between the two?

I know I must sound like a dolt, but I've wasted about six DVD-R disks screwing this thing up.
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Old September 17th, 2004, 07:24 AM   #8
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If your MPEG-2 file has audio embeded, DVD Architect will not open the ac3 file automaticaly. You will then delete the original audio track (stereo) and add the ac3 file (drag-n-drpo under the video track)
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Old September 17th, 2004, 07:43 AM   #9
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I assume it is very clear in DVDA to see which track it choose and
you can always be safe by loading the AC3. I assume this is also
well covered in the manual.

If you don't want to waste any -R discs then simply get yourself
a -RW disc as well. That's why I do if I got to test something.
Most players do play it back (especially the +RW kind) and
otherwise use your computers DVD playing software to check.
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Old September 17th, 2004, 08:02 AM   #10
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Ohhhh... I do kinda remember a clip track in DVD Architect. So then I drag and drop the AC-3 file underneath, line up the left edges of the video and audio tracks and click MAKE DVD and I'm good to go?

Man, I try reading the manual and it's like reading the owner's guide to the space shuttle.

But then again, I'm not the brightest bulb in the chandelier.
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Old September 20th, 2004, 07:29 AM   #11
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"So then I drag and drop the AC-3 file underneath"
Again, if the original clip has an audio track embeded, you end up with two audio tracks. (you can choose in your player which one to listen). If you want, you can remove the original audio track (delete).

There's the "optimize DVD" where you can see the info on audio track. Maybe you can see it in other place also. I just don't know DVDA very well...
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Old September 20th, 2004, 07:56 AM   #12
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I did what you said. The sound and video imported itself on the timeline. Then I clicked "Make DVD" and it went through all the machinations except I didn;t see the picture render in the player and when the DVD finished, it would not play on any machine anywhere. What did I do wrong?
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