lyberty gydes: cutting commercials from MPEG recorded tv

As digital TV uses the same compression format as DVD, what is more logical than to put your TV recording on a DVD? The process involves cutting out the commercials, and then authoring a DVD.
Doom9 has written a nice guide on the subject.

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You'll need the following software for this guide

A DVB viewing and recording software
PVAStrumento or ProjectX
MPEG2Schnitt (that's German for MPEG2Cut)
DVDPatcher
IfoEdit
DVDFab

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Step 4: Cut out commercials

Don't you love it when your favorite movie is interrupted by commercials? Well, we're gonna get rid of them now. Start up MPEG2Schnitt.

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Alternative: Postprocessing video using VirtualDub [part of essential capture skills from doom9.org]

Alternative: Using Womble MPEG2VCR

thread quote "you could also download a trial copy of Womble's MPEG Video Wizard, a much more accurate and advanced version of MPEG-VCR.. . "

Possilbe Alternative: T-MPG-Enc

[ http://www.digitalfaq.com/edit/mpeg2vcr/mpeg2vcr.htm ]

 

 

post: Sat May 03, 2003 [ 1 year , 8 months ago]

Bob asked me what I thought about the new TMPGenc
authoring program, and as I have tried about 5 different
programs thought I would share my opinions of the programs.

I tried TMPGenc, its OK, but has a ways to go. For the
hard core TMPGenc user, its not bad, but I like Ulead
MovieStudio 2 better. All the low end programs have
limitted ability for menu layout, and none of thet anm support
AC3 audio. Thats just a fact of the price poind
target market.

Here are a few observations on the programs I have tried:

Sonic MyDVD 4.04:

Pros:

Reads DVR-MS files, and a very easy user interface. Burns
DVDs or writes out vobs. Projects are all self contained
and easy to delete. Does submenus. Somewhat slow. Can
pull in multipled sources at once.

Cons:

PCM Wav audio only. This is its biggest flaw. I'd be
pretty happy with it otherwise. One you get much over 2
hours of video you are starting to use more DVD storage
space for audio than video. Pretty lame.

Little control over re-encoding quality, but if you have
DVD compliant MPEG2s, it doesn't re-encode.

Can be buggy for some people, but it works for me. I just
use it to convert DVR-MS files to vobs so I can use other
programs to cut commercials and make mpegs (DVD2AVI and
TMPGenc).

TMPGenc DVD Authoring:

Pros:

Pretty simple, fast, oriented to the hard core TMPGenc
user. Easy to delete projects. Supports MPEG1 and PCM
audio (all the programs besides MyDVD does this, once
again its a big flaw in Sonic's offering). Nice ability
to edit the videos and split and so forth, not clear that
I could set a thumbnail for the menu image, but I may have
missed something.

Cons:

Very few layout templates. Very little control over the
layout (common for most low end programs). Only creates a
VIDEO_TS directory of vobs, must use a separate burning
program (and in many cases this is extra money).

Not clear that it does any re-encoding. Assumes you use
TMPGenc to make DVD compliant MPEGS. I would probably be
happy enough about it, but I don't play to spend the $68
when the trial expires, I am happy enough with other
programs.

DVD Complete

Pros: More control over layout than most other programs.
Does MPEG1 or PCM audio. Burns DVDs, writes Vobs.

Cons:

Somewhat buggy, many users have big ? buttons on menus,
and workarounds do not always work. Upgrades to not
always work. It leaves files splattered around in about 4
different directories. Have to bring in MPEG2 files one
at a time, and each file requires processing. It does
more processing than other programs, and this import,
wait, import, wait is a pain.

Pinnacle Expression

Pros:

Fairly easy to use. Re-encodes automatically to try to
fit as much as possible on the DVD. Cute user interface.

Cons:

Breaks Media Center codecs (NVDVD for sure, and WinDVD as
well based on a quick test I did). Can get around this by
unregistering and re-registering a filter, but its not
worth it.

Seemed to be "time based" rather than "storage size" based
in deciding how much could fit on a DVD. This was wierd.
I have 10 DVD compliant VBR MPEGS that added up to 4 gigs,
Pinnacle would not let me make a DVD with these files, all
the other programs would (except Sonic MyDVD, which
noticed when the MPEG1 audio got converted to PCM, the
files would not fit). Maybe I missed something here, as
the documentation says it does not re-encode compliant
files. But once I saw it broke MCE, I uninstalled it and
stopped using it. Later I read in the manual it re-
encodes video if you say to return to the main menu after
playing a clip -- HUH?????

Ulead MovieStudio 2

Pros

Very easy and intuitive. Lots of layouts, but no sub-
menus. Can do any or all of burning a DVD, saving the
vobs, making a .ISO file. Inexpensive, saw it for $39.95
at CompUSA last week (I downloaded it for $45). Very
fast. I took 2 MPEG files (each about 400 megs) and used
both TMPGenc DVD authoring and Ulead to grab the files,
make a simple menue and create the vob files for a DVD.
Took me 6 minutes with TMPGenc, and 5 with Ulead.
Customers seem pretty happy with this product based on
postings I have seen in forums.

Cons

On my setup, Ulead cannot burn a DVD+RW. It burns DVD+R
files just fine. I think I have all the updates.
Postings I have read indicate the DVD burning part is a
weak link in Ulead. But as Ulead has click boxes for
Burn, .iso, .vob directory its easy enough to use another
program (i.e. Nero) to burn the vobs. There are free
burning programs that can burn the .iso (DVDDecrypter).

So, in conclusion, I am at this point happy with Ulead.
I'd like a bit more control over menu layout, but there
are some customized layout options I haven't played with
yet. Its fast, clean, reliable (except for DVD+RW
authoring on my hardware), and very inexpensive. There
are other low end authoring programs that may be better,
this is just my summary based on what I have used.

Dave