New way to make DVDs

Discussion in 'TiVo Home Media Features & TiVoToGo' started by Dan203, Sep 17, 2007.

  1. Dan203

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    FYI we just released a public beta of VideoReDo TVSuite which includes our new DVD authoring feature. This feature will allow you to make DVDs from TiVo files without any transcoding. You can edit, publish to DVD and burn all from with-in VideoReDo and all with the same speed you get from the multi-software solution previously referred to as the "Dan203 Method".

    Anyway just thought I'd give you guys a heads up so you could give it a try and see how it works for you. If you have any questions or problems it's best to post them over on the VRD forum but if you'd like to contact me directly via email or PM that's OK as well.

    Edit: One thing I forgot to mention is that the DVD authoring feature is currently only available to registered users of VideoReDo Plus. Once we make sure the software is sound then we will offer a pre-release upgrade to those same users, followed shortly by an official release for all users. Sorry for any confusion.

    Enjoy!
    Dan
     
  2. steve614

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    Allright! :up:

    I'll definately give it a try.
    I'm about ready to ditch Nero (story for another thread).
     
  3. greg_burns

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    Nice! :cool:
     
  4. jlb

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    Dan,

    For those that have purchased VideoRedo, is this a free upgrade, or do you guys consider this a major overhaul/alternative product which would require an additional fee?

    Either way, I'm off to download my beta!

    As always, thanks for all of your hard work!!!!!!!!!!
     
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    Hello, Where can we go to try the beta version?
    I would love to be able to the process in one step.
    thank you!
     
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    From the VRD forum:
    But after I installed the beta, it said they were testing the upgrade feature and let me register the beta with my VRD Plus key. Not sure how long that will last, but ...

    edit: oh, wait, that upgraded my VRD Plus to 3.0 and I lost the TVSuite stuff.
     
  8. David Platt

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    Dan,

    Any chance this new method is going to incorporate HD DVD buring for when Series 3 HD files are extractable via TTG?
     
  9. s2kdave

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    last I heard HD DVD burners were just announced at CES. And if they are out and you actually own one, you must have more money than Bill Gates himself. :rolleyes:

    I've been quite out of the loop on HD burners since I won't buy a player until the format war is over.

    David
     
  10. David Platt

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    HD DVD can be burned to a regular DVD and played on an HD DVD player, as long as the file is small enough to fit on a standard DVD. You can easily fit an hour long HD show onto a single DVD, as I just proved myself by doing it this morning.
     
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    But you asked about HD DVD burning. When you take an HD show and put it on a regular DVD, it's no longer an HD quality show. It is scaled down to fit into DVD resolution which is 720×480 for 16x9 ratio. That's 480i. Yes it plays on an HD DVD player the same as a regular DVD would, but that isn't "HD" at that point.

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  12. steve614

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    I went through that stuff as well and now I have both VRD Plus and VRD TVSuite on my system.

    If this thread is also for feedback, here's mine.

    Awhile back, using VRD Plus, I saved a week of Poker After Dark, edited, and then "joined" them to make a 3h 20m video saved as a Tivo file.
    Using VRD TVSuite, I created a DVD with no menu and it works fine in my DVD player.

    Next, I tried to make one with a menu and used files that were saved as mpeg.
    I got a runtime error near the end of the 'remuxing DVD' stage.
    Wondering whether or not using mpeg caused the error, I used VRD Plus and 'quick-fixed' the mpeg files over to Tivo files.
    I retried creating DVD using the newly created Tivo files and SUCCESS!

    So far... A :up: from me.

    Question: Once this is released, it replaces VRD Plus, correct?

    Comment: LOVE the "filmstrip" below the main screen.
     
  13. Dan203

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    Actually I believe that we'll be offering both, at least for a while, as TVSuite will have a slightly higher price to offset the licenses involved with DVD authoring.

    That's always been an option, I think we just recently decided to turn it on by default.

    Dan
     
  14. Dan203

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    We're looking into it, but there are some licenses involved with HD-DVD/Blu-Ray that are very expensive. Plus we'll also need to support MPEG4/H.264 video, which we don't yet do.

    Dan
     
  15. David Platt

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    You're not understanding what I'm saying: it is possible to burn an HD show to a regular DVD and retain the HD and play it on an HD DVD player. You take a 1080i show, author it as an HD DVD but make sure it is a small enough file to burn to a standard DVD, and then simply burn it to a regular DVD. It is still full 1080i (or 720p, depending on the original format of the show) and is identical to the original HD file. HD DVD players are capable of playing full HD from either HD DVDs or regular DVDs if they are authored properly.
     
  16. s2kdave

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    I stand corrected. I didn't know you could do that. I guess you learn something new every day.

    http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=705146
     
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    Any possibility of adding closed captioning data from TiVo files to the DVD's subtitles or closed captioning area?

    I know James Memmott found a way to extract the closed captioning data from TiVo files and then burn it to DVD. Maybe you could license his software (or whatever) and include it?
     
  18. Dan203

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    Unfortunately our current product does not allow subtitles of any kind. We are considering it for a future release and if that happens CC to subtitle support will definitely be one of the features we add as well.

    Dan
     
  19. jlb

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    Dan,

    This is a wonderful one-stop shop product.

    I didn't have a lot of time to play last night, so I took the approach of "I'm a first time user of any VRD product and let's see what I Can do in 10 minutes before Big Brother starts".

    I was able to end up at the DVD burning stage quite quickly.

    A couple of minor, not a big deal thoughts........

    - I loaded a single title and changed text and grabbed an image. I realized that I was in a 16x9 window. When I went back to select a different background for 4x3, I think I may have lost some of my selections. Not a big deal, as I will just make sure I select the proper background first when I begin the menu process. However, on that note, how difficult would it be to add another question on the setup wizard asking what ratio your TV is? I know there are not a ton of VRD users that still have 4x3 TVs like myself, but it would be neat if the default selected background was 4x3 for 4x3 owners.

    - Is there any way to have finer granularity in the "grab an image" window when creating e menu? I think I have better control with the basic option off of the File (?) menu. It seemed hard to scroll in the little window for short increments. In the main window, you have your buttons which you can set the time jumps. Again, no big deal as I will just grab an image upfront after setting my background.


    Dan, again, thanks for all of your hard work. VRD is the first software of its kind that I have purchased and it has been worth every penny!!!!
     
  20. steve614

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    What I was asking: When we get a released version of TV Suite, we'll no longer need VRD Plus because TV Suite will still do everything that VRD Plus does, correct?
     

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