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July 9, 2010
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I have a 60 minute home movie from a camcorder.  It is subdivided in sections.  I want to extract a one minute section so I can e-mail just the one section.  I have numerous programs from GTD but not sure which to use or then how to do.  I am unfortunately not real computer savvy although still do a lot.  Would sincerely appreciate any advise or help.  Very important to me.  Thanks

July 9, 2010
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Your post brings two questions to mind.

What OS are you using? Windows Movie Maker may already be installed if you're on XP, or you may have to download it if you're on Windows 7.

What programs from GOTD do you have that you think might work for video editing? We can't offer an opinion without knowing that.

Windows Movie Maker is a fairly simple way to edit so you'll have just the piece you want, but it's possible that one of your GOTD programs will be easier.

Then there's other free converter programs that may do what you want to do too. So if you can, provide the info I asked for and I'm sure you'll get a few different answers that'll work.

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July 9, 2010
1:08 PM
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I have Windows XP home.  Yes I have Movie Maker.  Tried to do on Aimersoft video to dvd converter.  I was able to burn a dvd with the extracted one minute.  But it has a very small window you have to play and then eventualy you can see.  I cannot save to My Doc. so I can e mail the short version. Have tried at least 8 dnlds to find something to work.  Daniesoft, CDRWINS, infra burn, dvd flick, dvd fab, convert vid, format factory, ded decryptor, dvd shrink.  I had also purchased Nero to try and burn Karioke but all it did was goof up my system.  The grand kids keep scratching my wifes Karioke and cannot find a way to back them up before they are all ruined.

July 9, 2010
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One thing I really dislike about Win Movie Maker, is that the output of your video is in really resolution, making text quite unclear.

July 9, 2010
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Well.. I DL'd the free Cyberlink DvD suite and that has the ability to edit and crop the movies.. you can extract the 1 min part with this suite and also convert it to the format that you want.. and for sure copy it to your My Doc as well as burning back to cd/dvd as well.. plenty of features.

 

I believe that I got it free through raymond.cc site.. link on page on right and bottom.. i think you can still get it free.. i highly recommend the suite.. settled my needs of being able to merge videos and what not.. there was also a free converter program i got, not sure if was a gaotd or not, but from Aiseesoft called Total Video Converter, and this program allows you to trim/crop and merge stuff as well, and converts to all formats as well.. another good program that will do what you are wanting i believe.. you can do a search for it and see if can still find for free..

 

Hope helps,

zug

July 9, 2010
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Lascannon said:

One thing I really dislike about Win Movie Maker, is that the output of your video is in really resolution, making text quite unclear.


Srry, horrible grammar, correct one:

Is that the quality of the video after your'e done making it is very bad, making text really unclear.

July 9, 2010
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If you've got Windows Movie Maker, that's all you need. Don't be concerned about resolution either, it all depends on the method you use to save it to your computer. It's a simple setting choice.

All you do is open Movie Maker, then on the left side click on import video and select the file on your computer you want to edit.

Once it's loaded, drag it to the timeline. At this point I suggest expanding the timeline so you can make your cuts easier.

Click on the video in the timeline, that'll highlight the clip. Then put your cursor over the left side (beginning) of the clip. You'll see it change to a thing with arrows pointing right and left.

Click on the left end line and you'll be able to drag it to the right. Keep an eye on the preview window. What you're doing at that point is removing the stuff before your one minute clip.

When your beginning point is set, go to the end of your piece of video and do the same thing to set your end point.

If you want to, you can also click on transitions in the left menu and then add a fade in from black at the beginning or fade to black at the end. Or choose any of the other transitions you'd like. To apply them to your video, just drag and drop them onto your video in the timeline.

When you're happy with the look of your one minute video, click on “Save to my computer” in the left menu. When you get to the “Movie Setting” page select “Best quality for playback on my computer.” That will probably be selected by default.

If after saving with that setting you don't like the quality, then go thru the save process again but this time select “Other Settings” on the Movie Setting page. Then use the dropdown box and select any of those settings you'd like to try. I've used the “High quality video (large)” setting a lot and can tell you it'll give you a quality picture that'll make anybody happy. The downside is that it gives you a larger file than some of the other settings will. The “DV-AVI” setting gives you a quite large file too.

One more thing for you to be aware of, just in case. Video files are not small. Even a one minute video may be too large to send through an email. You can use Format Factory or any other video converter to change your file type to a smaller file type, but that isn't always small enough either.

But you'll never know if you don't try. And if you can't get it to send in an email there's plenty of options available that will get the video into the hands of the people you want it to. Just come back here and let us know, we'll be happy to help guide you through that process too.

Good luck, and have fun with your editing.

PS: The Cyberlink option that was mentioned above would allow you to edit your video too. But really, it's overkill for what it sounds like you want to do. I own it and use it as my main editing program. It's way more complicated than Movie Maker and takes longer to learn. But the end product is really good. I use that program for making videos that I edit for people as a side business. It's that good, if you know what you're doing.

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July 9, 2010
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Thank you Wheezer.  Will try again tomorrow.  I have been fooling with off and on all day.  When I tried Movie Maker before it said drag and drop below.  Could not find a below but will try again.  I really appreciate everyone's help.  Thanks again.

July 9, 2010
8:57 PM
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Charley: Check back here before you start tomorrow. I'll try to get a couple screenshots posted for you that may help.

My XP laptop is busy doing updates right now, but I'll do it once that's done.

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July 9, 2010
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Wheezer… just adding this to the list; http://store.v3.co.uk/?act=details&id=2393

It’s “MAGIX Movie Edit Pro 15 Silver”. It’s quite similar to Sony VEGAS. Charley, you might want to try this… it has way more features than Windows Movie Maker.

Of coarse… since it has “more features”, it might be a bit challenging to use.

And what the heck just happened here… why am I typing under html instead of the graphical interface. …and sadly, I can’t add smilies…

Ashraf is upgrading his site… again!

July 9, 2010
9:26 PM
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Im not upgrading anything right now =O

July 10, 2010
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Charley: Instead of messing around with screen shots and long explanations, I decided to make a video that will show you how to do what you want to do. I took a chunk of video and chopped a little off the begining and a little off the end.

Hopefully between the written instructions from earlier and this video, you'll be able to do what you're trying to do.

Good luck, and if you end up with more questions, just ask.

I'd suggest viewing the video on youtube where you can get a big enough picture that you can read the stuff I clicked on.

Unfortunately the video in the preview window of Movie Maker doesn't show. But you'll still get the idea and can see what I did after the video was saved to my computer.

It's at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v…..Gims763dsg

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July 10, 2010
5:20 AM
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Such good instructions, Wheezer. I’m going to have to bookmark this for future reference.

July 10, 2010
7:15 AM
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Thank you for instructional video.  Only took me 20 minutes max. to create and save.  As you noted, I have tried sending it but receive a failure notification.  It is 12 mb and the attach program says allows up to 25 mb.  The person I am sending it to is also not very computer literate so do not want to do something difficult for them to open.  It opens perfect on Windows Media Player which seems to be the standard for everyone. 

I appologize for being such a klutz but would appreciate any instructions on how to send the video.  Thanks again

July 10, 2010
7:41 AM
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Sorry but another issue.  I burned a dvd with just this clip on it.  It plays great on my computer but tried to play on tv and would not work.  Do I need to do another conversion with Format Factory.  It is a WMV file.  Burned on Ashampoo Burning Studio 2010.

July 10, 2010
8:40 AM
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Sending videos via email is almost always a problem, in my experience anyway.

My suggestion is to setup a Dropbox account, upload your video, and then send the link to the people you want to see the video.

There are articles all over dotTech and the internet about Dropbox. But to save you from having to do the search and read a lot, here's a short version of what to do.

First, dowload and install Dropbox on your computer. You can get it by going to the Dropbox website or you can use this link: https://www.dropbox.com/referrals/NTY4OTAxODk5  (If you use the link, you and I will both be given an additional 250MB of free space on Dropbox)

Once installed you set up your account. You can get a 2GB account for free (plus the additional 250MB if you used the link above) or you can choose between the two paid options they have available. The service is the same no matter which kind of account you choose. The only difference is the storage space.

When your account is set up, open your dropbox folder. Then you can drag and drop, or copy and paste your video into the “Public” folder.

Next step is to open the public folder, right click on the video, mouse-over “Dropbox,” and click on “Copy public link.”

Then paste the link into your email to the people you want to see the video. When they get the email all they have to do  is double click the link, and the video will open on thier computer. They can also save the video.

As for your question about burning a dvd, I think the issue is solved by a choice you make in the burning software before you start burning it. But I'm not positive because I use a totally different way of burning dvds that involves an external dvd burner. So I can't give you an answer I know will work. Hopefully somebody else will join in and be able to help with that part.

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July 10, 2010
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Ashraf said:

Im not upgrading anything right now =O


Everything is back to normal… probably when I was doing stuff that time there was a small glitch in the system…
July 10, 2010
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charley said:

Sorry but another issue.  I burned a dvd with just this clip on it.  It plays great on my computer but tried to play on tv and would not work.  Do I need to do another conversion with Format Factory.  It is a WMV file.  Burned on Ashampoo Burning Studio 2010.


 

Try burning it to a cd. I've never burned wmv files before, so I don't know whether you need to convert it or not.
Also, Format Factory can extract a section of video.

July 10, 2010
4:10 PM
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You can also try converting that file to a different format that is better used with DvD players.. somethin like a divx/xvid .avi or something with mpeg4 etc. a lot of the freebie giveaways like the winx converter has a dvd option to help with creating a dvd etc.. could just be the dvd player doesnt like the format maybe?

 

prolly what i would do.

 

Zug

July 10, 2010
5:09 PM
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I use a tool called “Sonic Record Now!”. It burns CDs and stuff. Very easy and useful tool. I'm not sure if they sell it anywhere now… it's kind of an old program.:/

 

The program came with my IBM Thinkpad btw…

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