Chapter Marks Shortcut

neumannu47

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Here is the procedure that I am using to edit the commercials out of TV shows and burn them to DVD. Is it possible to eliminate a step? Obviously I don't understand what is being written to files and when. If I can understand this sequence, I can quit asking about them.

1. Start the Batch processor, select 7 TV shows, and output VPrj files.
2. Open each project file individually and edit commercials.
3. Press Ctrl-Shift-A to get rid of the unwanted chapter marks and keep the scene marks.
4. Save the mpg file.
5. Add the project to the DVD list.
6. Burn the DVD.

I'm not sure that I do 3 and 4 all the time. What is the least number of steps I can follow?

1. Start the Batch processor, select 7 TV shows, and output VPrj files.
2. Open each project file individually and edit commercials.
3. Press Ctrl-Shift-A to get rid of the unwanted chapter marks and keep the scene marks.
4. Add the project to the DVD list.
5. Burn the DVD.

What if the power flickers, say, after I add the fourth show to the DVD list? Doesn't the Chapters file need to be re-written after the commercials are removed? Does the VPrj file need to be re-saved? Do I need to be saving the mpg file somewhere?
 
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phd

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Are you perfomring 1 and 2 to autodetect commercials then manually clean up the cuts?

When you add a title to the DVD, you can save the title list with all the video edits by clicking on the menu: File>Save DVD Project
 

neumannu47

New member
Are you perfomring 1 and 2 to autodetect commercials then manually clean up the cuts?
Yes

When you add a title to the DVD, you can save the title list with all the video edits by clicking on the menu: File>Save DVD Project
Yes, I do that.

What I don't understand is after I edit a video, I save the now edited mpeg file. Is there a way to bypass having to save the edited file? I think not.
 

phd

Super Moderator
You don't have to save an edited MPEG file. You can add the title to the DVD.
 

neumannu47

New member
Something still does not seem right. Just now I edited the commercials out of a TV show. If I had cut the ads in the exact spots that Ad Detective put scene markers, part of the music that was trailing under the fade-to-black would have been clipped. (This is going to get confusing.) To avoid cutting the music trails, when I jump to the scene marker, I manually fine tune the edit point and then click on "Sel Start". Therefore, at this particular cut point, the cut marker (if that is the marker placed by Sel Start) is about two seconds after the scene marker.

Before I add the current project to the DVD list, I click Control-Shift-A to remove all of the scene markers and hopefully leaving the now correct cut marks. When the file is burned to DVD, hopefully the chapter marks are where the beginning of the edits are located.

The problem is, as I just learned the hard way, if I reopen the edited MPG file, the cut markers are now shown as scene markers. If I set the cursor at the beginning of the file and click on "Jump to the next scene marker...", on a couple of the edit points, there are two scene markers next to each other (the two second interval referred to above.) Why didn't "Clear All Scene Marks" remove the first of the two adjacent marks? The DVD has a chapter mark at the unwanted first scene mark, which should have been deleted.

If it makes any difference, "Minimum chapter interval secs" is set to 1. How can I solve this annoying problem without reopening the edited MPG file, jumping through the scene markers, and manually deleting the "orphaned" ones. It would be helpful to know whether anyone else is experiencing the problem. I'm using 564.

Edit: The problem may be pilot error. I'm going to be very careful editing the files to make sure that I have not made an error along the way. The problem is the same as if I forget to press Control-Shift-A before I save the file. So, you may want to disregard this post for now.
 
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