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Thomas Kendrick October 30th, 2004 01:27 PM

Newbie Passthrough Help
 
Here's the task:

Ultimately I want to edit personal actor demo material already recorded to DVD.

I have Movie Studio+DVD

Now...I've discovered the difficulty of getting that DVD footage into an editable form

Is it reasonable and or possible to:

Use my DVD player and my DV852D as a 'passthrough' device to save on my PC?

Any help with specific settings on teh 852 will be appreciated as I am a technical idiot.

If the above is posible, will the resulting video be of decent quality, once edited (adding some new demo material) and burned back to DVD?

I've looked and will continue to look through the archives for assistance, but, I think I need some guidance.

I thought I could use GordianKnot to convert the DVD to AVI but apparently the Sony software will not work with xvid files, right?

So is the passthrough method a reasonable thing to try?

Thanks for any suggestions.


Tommy

Thomas Kendrick October 30th, 2004 02:23 PM

Okay...I'm hooked up DVDPlayer -> DV852 -> PC

Movie Studio asks me if I want to capture video

However, it wants me to put a tape in the camera

Do I need a tape in the camera if I'm not wanting to record to tape before sending the video to the PC?

Sorry for the basic questions.

Tommy

Guy Bruner October 30th, 2004 05:05 PM

Tommy,
I don't know if the 852 has passthrough or not. However, if you go into Movie Studio options and turn off DV Device Controls, it won't prompt you to put a tape in the transport. You will have to start and stop your source video and capture manually.

However, why are you capturing this way? You can copy the VOB files to your hard drive and change the extension from VOB to MPG and put them on the VMS timeline. That way you'll retain the original quality. The only problem you might face is if the DVD was authored with AC3 audio.

Mr. Haupfear may want to move this to the Vegas forum...

Tommy Haupfear October 30th, 2004 05:26 PM

Thanks Guy, and the DV852 does offer pass-thru which can be explained on page 45 of the manual.

Edward Troxel October 30th, 2004 06:46 PM

The "key" is turning OFF "Enable Device Control". With this option turned off, it will not try to capture from a tape and, instead, capture the video being passed through the camera.

Thomas Kendrick October 30th, 2004 07:07 PM

<<<-- Originally posted by Guy Bruner : Tommy,
I don't know if the 852 has passthrough or not. However, if you go into Movie Studio options and turn off DV Device Controls, it won't prompt you to put a tape in the transport. You will have to start and stop your source video and capture manually.

However, why are you capturing this way? You can copy the VOB files to your hard drive and change the extension from VOB to MPG and put them on the VMS timeline. That way you'll retain the original quality. The only problem you might face is if the DVD was authored with AC3 audio.

Mr. Haupfear may want to move this to the Vegas forum... -->>>

Guy,

Thanks for the response.

I did copy the VOB of my existing demo into MovieStudio. The audio does seem to be AC3...at least when I open the dvd in DVDShrink it says the audio is AC3. I get no audio track.

Can I convert the audio separately into a wav and import that...and should it sync up with picture?

Also....it appears that my current demo has a different resolution from the new footage I have the. Current demo is 704 x 480 and the new footage is 720 x 480.

I was trying to use TMPGenc Author to put together a new DVD and it can't use the different clips because of the different resolutions. Does Movie Studio+ pose the same "problem"?

Hope you or someone eles might be able to answer.

Thanks again.

PS: I read page 45 of the manual...but wasn't having any luck as the capture prg. kept asking for a tape.

Edward Troxel October 30th, 2004 08:04 PM

Yes, if you go that route you will need another program to convert the AC-3 audio to WAV.

Thomas Kendrick October 30th, 2004 08:13 PM

<<<-- Originally posted by Edward Troxel : The "key" is turning OFF "Enable Device Control". With this option turned off, it will not try to capture from a tape and, instead, capture the video being passed through the camera. -->>>

Okay...I finally found the 'enable device controp' box and got it unchecked.

The video is getting captured okay...but no audio.

Any suggestions?

Thanks, guys.

Just copying the VOB and renaming isn't working. The video only is present and its not playing properly. Maybe because there is a montage in the beginning of the demo? The dvd was burned at a copy house from a BetaSP master....if that is any help.

Thanks for the help..

Tommy

Edward Troxel October 30th, 2004 08:45 PM

If everything is connected correctly, you should be getting audio on passthru.

Thomas Kendrick October 30th, 2004 09:12 PM

<<<-- Originally posted by Edward Troxel : If everything is connected correctly, you should be getting audio on passthru. -->>>

Edward,

I think I just had a "duh" moment. I've got the video into the dv852 via S-video. I don't have the audio plugged from the dvd player into the camera. Guess I need an adapter for the RCA? from the dvd sound into the dv852. I know this is basic stuff, but I repeat....I'm technostupid.

Tommy

Edward Troxel October 30th, 2004 09:37 PM

Yep. Also need RCA audio from the DVD player to the camera.

Thomas Kendrick October 30th, 2004 09:45 PM

<<<-- Originally posted by Edward Troxel : Yep. Also need RCA audio from the DVD player to the camera. -->>>

yeah...that's what I meant. do you know if it goes in the a/v in/out or in the mic input?

thanks for all the help. your're being patient. :)


tommy

Edward Troxel October 31st, 2004 06:41 AM

I would try the A/V in/out first.

Guy Bruner October 31st, 2004 06:48 AM

Connect your audio to the AV In/Out because the cam is in VCR mode. Make sure you push the miniplug fully into the jack. Don't connect the yellow composite cable to the DVD player since you are using S-video. Check everything on the cam (you should see video and hear audio) before you start capturing.

Thomas Kendrick October 31st, 2004 08:25 AM

<<<-- Originally posted by Guy Bruner : Connect your audio to the AV In/Out because the cam is in VCR mode. Make sure you push the miniplug fully into the jack. Don't connect the yellow composite cable to the DVD player since you are using S-video. Check everything on the cam (you should see video and hear audio) before you start capturing. -->>>

Thanks, guys. I should be in business, soon as I get the adapter. I did a video only capture last night to test and it went fine. Thanks for all the help.

Tommy


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