Instructions for Converting a DVD into WMV files to upload to the Web
Here's what to do if you have a DVD you want to upload to the web, and it's in the wrong format and is longer than two-minutes. You may find file names on your DVD such as VIDEO_TS\VIDEO_TS.IFO and VIDEO_TS\VIDEO_TS.VOB and VIDEO_TS\VTS_01_0.BUP.
Converting your video so you can upload it to the web, and dividing it into two-minute segements such as required for VideoEgg, is pretty easy if you have some version of Roxio Easy Media Creator. (Check www.pricegrabber.com for bargains.)
Once you’ve installed the suite, open the DiscCopier component. To find DiscCopier, click"start" and then click the Roxio name from your Programs list; then click "Copy" and then click "DiscCopier." Then click the "Video Compilation tab." From there, click "Add movies," and then use the pull down menu under “Destination” to change "DVD" to "WMV9" as the file format you want to output to. Then save the new movie to a file on your computer. .
To split your video, use the "VideoWave"
program in Roxio Easy Media Creator. You get to Video Wave by clicking
start, Programs, Roxio Easy Media Creator, "DVD and Video," and
VideoWave. After opening Video Wave, click to create a new production.
Then click to "add photos/video." Now browse to the video that you
converted in step one. Then use the split button to split the video into
two-minute segments. (There are at least two ways to accomplish
this. You can look in the "help" section under “trim,” for a different
icons over from a red x, you'll see two blue triangles next to a musical
note. If you click on the blue triangles, it will say "split selected
item." (You'll know you were successful if you see a square representing
the scene that you were ending on, next to a thin orange line. If you
make a mistake, click "CTRL Z" to undo. If you get an error message, be
sure you are clicking on the blue line before clicking the split
Now after splitting, you can delete the portion you don't want in this first two-minute segment by positioning your cursor in the blue area on the part you're lopping off; then click the delete button. Don’t worry that you’ll lose your original. You’ll be outputting this section as a copy without changing the original.
Now you click an icon that says "output as" when you hover over it. (It's round and is second from the right above the word “Contrast” and up near the top under "Preview.") Here's where you choose the format you want for the web. You can choose a WMV format that's suitable even for people with slow, dial-up modems.
Repeat these steps with the rest of
your video to break it into additional two-minute segments. If in doubt,
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