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Preservation of Movies to a DVD

Preservation of Movies to a DVD By Le Papy - Last updated on Saturday, July 25, 2009
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Category: Studio 1-15 Tutorials / Capture  -  Previous tutorials
Published on Saturday, March 8, 2008
Created on Wednesday, December 5, 2007 6:23 AM
 

A number of you want to preserve old super 8 movies and/or old VHS tapes.
The first step is to get them on DVD or better, on a DVTape (*), either by you or someone else. After that is done you may want to go further by cutting some scenes, edit some lighting and even make a video montage. And why not add a menu. The Studio software is perfectly suited for this type of operation, as these DVD's are not protected.
So, if you are unfamiliar with the operation, this tutorial will help you.

(*) Thanks for Joe suggestion: " I'd like to make a suggestion to re-creating 8mm, super8 or 16mm film to DVD. If you have someone else transfer your films, have them create a mini DVTape version of the films. You'll need a digital camcorder and firewire connection to copy the films to your computer. The reason for this is the DVDs that you are going to copy to your computer are in a compressed format (mpeg2/divx etc.). Once you copy them to your computer, edit and render to another version, you are essentially compressing a compressed format. Which could reduce the quality of the final video on DVD. The mini DVTape, although it has its own compressed format, stores each image as an individual frame. The resulting process will have no degradation, and editing will be much cleaner".

Step 1 :


Insert your DVD while holding down the "Shift" key to prevent it from starting. Then, in the "File" menu, select Import DVD titles.

The "File" menu Studio / Import DVD Titles

Step 2 :
In the next window you will have 4 options.

The window "Import a DVD"

  • Check for your DVD
  • Select your destination folder
  • Give a name to your file
  • Check the video to be imported.
Step 3 :
Select the destination folder

The selection of destination file

You can accept the default folder suggested by Studio or you can pick your own. You can also create a new folder from this window.
Step 4 :
Create a file name and check "Title 01"

Import DVD titles

"Video from DVD" and "Title 1" will be used by Studio for the filename.

Take note that if you insert a DVD created with Studio, you will only see ONE title (maybe two titles if you have a sequence before the menu). These "titles" do not correspond to "chapter" created in your menu.

You will notice that as soon as "Title 01" was checked, the first frame of the film is visible in viewer.

Step 5 :
"Importing" title DVD

A progress bar shows the progress of the operation

(The word is in quotation marks import because it is not a true import). Click the Import button.

A progress bar shows the progress of the operation.

Step 6 :
End of "importing"

Your film is shown automatically in the album

I t's not exactly an importation but rather a conversion (VOB to MPEG).

Your film is shown automatically in the album. You will notice that it is called "Video on DVD.mpg" and it is in MPEG-2

Step 7 :

Bonus

the "configuration" choose "Capture Source" / Automatic based on video content
If you want chapters we can do that. In the "configuration" choose "Capture Source." Select the option that best suits you (I recommend the one found in brown).
Step 8 :

Detecting scenes from video file

Detecting scenes from video file

Now go back and double click on the thumbnail of the movie. The detection starts with the parameters of item 7.

A progress bar keeps you informed of the operation. It may takes a while, depending of the size of your title.

Step 9 :

Final Result

The chapters are displayed in the album

At the end of the detection, the chapters are displayed in the album, it only remains for you to do your thing.

Easy no ?

{Thanks to Loosecannon for the fine tuning}

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oldman1 By # oldman1 @ Sunday, March 9, 2008 6:58 AM
Thanks ! Have been waiting for a simple explanation . Am in the process of having some old 8MM movies converted to DVD, needed an explanation of how to import !

Ken By # Ken @ Wednesday, April 16, 2008 11:13 AM
This is Great info! I am working on a large project and needed a way to backup the finished video

joe By # joe @ Tuesday, July 22, 2008 11:28 AM
I'd like to make a suggestion to re-creating 8mm, super8 or 16mm film to DVD. If you have someone else transfer your films, have them create a mini DVTape version of the films. You'll need a digital camcorder and firewire connection to copy the films to your computer. The reason for this is the DVDs that you are going to copy to your computer are in a compressed format (mpeg2/divx etc.). Once you copy them to your computer, edit and render to another version, you are essentially compressing a compressed format. Which could reduce the quality of the final video on DVD. The mini DVTape, although it has its own compressed format, stores each image as an individual frame. The resulting process will have no degradation, and editing will be much cleaner.

Déclic Vidéo FX By # Déclic Vidéo FX @ Wednesday, July 23, 2008 12:19 PM
Excellent suggestion Joe !!!! I have added a note to the tutorial to integrate your comment. That's a good idea.
We will also add this information to the french tutorial as well. Have a nice day, and thanks again for taking the time to give everybody your idea !

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Ian Litchfield By # Ian Litchfield @ Tuesday, October 21, 2008 4:32 PM
Getting the cine films transferred to avi format or direct to DV tape is best done by using a telecine machine. You can see the machines we use at Time Less Moments
Be careful not to go for the cheap option which will almost certainly be someone using a variable speed projector and a camcorder, the results can be pretty awful and lets face it, these films are priceless. Once you have them on miniDV tape or even better, avi format on hard disk you can then work directly from the hard disk in Studio or your other preferred NLE.

Happy Editing

Coach Outlet By # Coach Outlet @ Thursday, February 24, 2011 2:59 AM
Such a nice post.waiting for more.

 
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