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The Marvels of Modern Technology
Yesterday I spent a fair amount of time learning about DVDs. It's amazing what you can get free on the Internet - Avidemux for file converting, trimming, and identifying timing for DVD chapter points, which can be fed into GFD as you create the DVD structure, and finally Imgburn to burn the disc (as Windows XP only comes with software to write CDs; and I'm in no hurry to update to Vista).

As a result of all this, I now have Part 2 of the Last Night of the Proms on DVD, with the leading/trailing edges removed, and a basic menu with nice chapter points to jump around. uitlander has kindly kept her MythTV copy of Part 1, though we're having some issues getting a 5.5GB file from her PVR to my PC, and the copy we extracted a few months back (which is curiosly a little smaller) seems to be corrupted, at least in the eyes of Avidemux (though MPlayer seems quite happy with it).
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uitlander From: uitlander Date: December 16th, 2006 12:27 am (UTC) (Link)
I have poked some more. The copy we were playing with was a trimmed one we tried to get onto your DVD-RW (which I also still have now that I think of it), but 'twas still too large. I have retrieved the master copy from the PVR now, and am trimming it again before coming back over with it.
qatsi From: qatsi Date: December 16th, 2006 09:46 am (UTC) (Link)
Thank you. I guess the acid test is whether Avidemux will open the trimmed copy. I seem to recall that it complained when I tried to trim the files from my DVD-R that I was cutting at the wrong frame types (you must cut at 'I' frames, not 'B' or 'P') - maybe that's validation that has been added since our initial attempt.
uitlander From: uitlander Date: December 16th, 2006 10:19 am (UTC) (Link)
So far it won't. Its over a year ago since I tentatively poked it, so you've probably got a better idea of what the best settings/codecs are to use, etc. It does open the original file fine, so I'm afraid I'm just going to hand it over to you and learn from your experiences.
qatsi From: qatsi Date: December 16th, 2006 12:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
Fair enough - if you can give me the original, then I'll take it from there ... let me know when you'd like to pop over.
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