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Topic # 112253 2-Dec-2012 16:03 Send private message

Hi there, I have a panasonic vdr-D100 DVD video camera.  Ive created disks (one for each year of my sons life) 5 so far as he turned 6 today.  Anyway each disks also contain clips of my son and his best friend (heath) joint birthday parties we have each year, as their birthday's are one day apart.  For a christmas present I wanted to give my friend Rachael (heath's mum) a compilation dvd of just the birthday party segments taken from each of the disks.

The format on four of the disks is .vro, and on the first disk its saved in vlc format so each clip is separate but as with vlc files there are no distict file reference for each clip just a whole heep of files audio/video and support files, so the whole lot needs to be merged somehow as an avi or some other editable format? I dont know Im not very technical unfortunately.

Ive tried a number of free software packages on the internet, and ended up with malware that I couldnt get rid off so had to reinstall my system using the recovery option..... so Im here asking for your help. Thank you

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  Reply # 725820 2-Dec-2012 17:34 Send private message

Have you tried using VLC (it's under media > convert/save) to convert to a format you can then edit in Windows Movie Maker? 

http://wiki.videolan.org/VLC_HowTo

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-NZ/windows-live/movie-maker-get-started



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  Reply # 725822 2-Dec-2012 17:44 Send private message

Have you tried installing and using the Panasonic software for your camera?

My personal choice would be AviSynth but that requires a learning curve that is altogether more than one might want to simply create a complilation DVD.

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  Reply # 726555 4-Dec-2012 01:00 Send private message

Hi Gerrygirl can't reply to your private message as your account setting is set to not receive pm's

What options for the file format does VLC give you when you go to convert save?

If you are on Vista or Windows 7 and have Windows Live Movie Maker have a look here (expand video files) for what formats Movie Maker can handle
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-NZ/windows-live/movie-maker-file-types-faq

If you're on XP and have the older Movie maker check here
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/308464

It sounded like you are on XP with the older Movie Maker?

Might be worth looking into the Panasonic software linked above by 1080p.

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  Reply # 726948 4-Dec-2012 16:36 Send private message

WinFF - Converts everything to everything else. And it's freeware (GPL).

Freemake is also very good, plus it's GPU accelerated and will let you build a basic DVD from output files.




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  Reply # 728182 6-Dec-2012 17:45 Send private message

You could try using Handbrake to convert the files to MP4.

I also recommend looking at iWisoft Free Video Converter--- it is the best thing ever. It converts to just about every video/sound media file available, and it is totally free. It truly is a hidden gem.



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  Reply # 728244 6-Dec-2012 20:14 Send private message

Hi there so far Ive tried most of the programmes suggested but they will not accept .vro files as a recognised format GRRRR lol this is so damn frustrating.  But thank you everyone so far for taking the time to reply, any more suggestions welcome

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  Reply # 728248 6-Dec-2012 20:25 Send private message

To use Handbrake you should be selecting the DVD as a source, not a VRO.

The VRO is not a video file it is just for DVD players (think of it like a shortcut or sign that points to the video file). You want to use the VOB file, that is the video content.



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  Reply # 728788 7-Dec-2012 22:25 Send private message

Hi there Loaf, I tried to download that programme and it came up  with three options, to change registry, cancel, or proceed.. Im very suspect of anything that will change registry as I dont have the disks to repair my system IF it does something wierd?

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  Reply # 728811 7-Dec-2012 23:42 Send private message

I'm not sure why, I can assure you any official links for Handbrake or iWisoft's converter are 100% legit. I'm also very careful of these things. 

http://handbrake.fr/downloads.php

Poop website with this one, but its a very good program:
http://www.iwisoft.com/videoconverter/download-video-converter.php

Which one are you having trouble with?



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  Reply # 729218 9-Dec-2012 11:43 Send private message

Hi Loaf

It was handbreak the problem site but iwisoft was fine and I tried to load files into it but it wouldnt accept .vro format

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  Reply # 729226 9-Dec-2012 11:52 Send private message

Loaf: The VRO is not a video file it is just for DVD players (think of it like a shortcut or sign that points to the video file). You want to use the VOB file, that is the video content.

You're mistaken. The VRO (Video Recording Object) file contains the MPEG-2 video. Usually you don't have any VOBs with DVD-VR and I suspect that you're confusing VRO with the IFO file that you find on DVD-Video discs.

It's possible to convert VRO to VOB (VRO is essentially a set of concatenated VOBs) but I don't know how to do this in Windows.

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  Reply # 729290 9-Dec-2012 14:39 Send private message

Ah okay, you're right.

Yeah the iWisoft converter won't accept VRO.

Please click here for advice on installing Handbrake correctly, apparently 7/Vista might need some special treatment:

http://www.winxdvd.com/resource/how-to-get-handbrake-working-on-windows-7-vista.htm

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  Reply # 729292 9-Dec-2012 14:55 Send private message

Handbrake should just be a simple install. Not sure what the problem is there.

@ the OP: Once you get Handbrake installed, if the VRO file doesn't show up in the "load video" prompt, you could try putting an asterisk (*) in the filename field and hitting enter. This should show up all file types, and if you select the VRO file, handbrake may just accept it and you may be able to convert it.

If you have no luck with Handbrake, you could give SUPER a go.
http://www.erightsoft.com/SUPER.html

It's definitely not the most user friendly program to use, but if you could stumble your way through the settings, it may just do what you need.

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  Reply # 729316 9-Dec-2012 16:25 Send private message

I'd recommend trying avidemux. It's a free tool and very easy to use. 

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