I've actually considered adding this feature but we don't get many people that really use the DVD stuff anymore. I'll put it on my list though and if I ever have some free time I'll try to throw it in. Adding stuff to batch is a lot easier now with v5, so it may not be that hard.
to Pat, and Dan
Pat, I tried your method - I can collect the files, BUT when starting to create the video, I get the VIDEO RING ERROR noted in another thread. Is there any way to have the video first go through a quickstream fix??
That's why I'm converting the DVD stuff to MPEG streams, so I can play it on other players, etc (I went through all the crap of CREATING the DVD's from MPEG MOVIES for the weddings, etc, and NOow I'm going backward again !!! - NUTS !
BUT, one of the problems in selecting the stuff for batch production is the endless loop of OPEN DVD, select the stream, go to quickstream, queue to batch, and back again . If I have 40 or so streams in that DVD, the biggest problem is then when it OPENS that list, it is always in the middle of the list, at #20 or so, and I have to scroll up, select #1, etc, etc, scroll up, select #2, etc, wtec -
it is over 200 to 300 mouse clicks to create the streams for those 40 video's.
If the JOIN mechanism can be made to work, (fixing the Video Ring Error), that would help solve the problem
The IFO dialog always selects the longest title, that's why it jumps to "#20 or so". It was designed originally for people who used DVD recorders for capturing TV. On those discs they would typically only have one video and the rest were all menus, so selecting the longest was a way to automatically select the real video.
I have added your request to my list, but unfortunately I don't think I'll have time to implement it before your project is done. Sorry.
I can understand that.
CAN you give me a workaround, for includihg the VOB files, to fix the VIDEO RING ERROR?
If I could just combine all the VOB files, I could keep that string of MPEG's, as one, and I'd be satisfied.
but that video ring error prevents me from using pat's solution
VOB files are not always continous, that's why we offer the Open DVD option. it parses the IFO file to determine which part of each VOB belongs fo each title.simply joining the VOBs doesn't always work.although if you run a QSF on each of the VOBs and save to .MPG, then run the joiner on the fixed files you might be able to eliminate the error. Although that might be just as many steps.
The thing with DVD VOB files is that they should not be joined, but combined.
As mentioned, VTS_01_XX.VOB would indicate all of the sequential files that make up the whole of VTS_01 are split. Same thing as when a very large file is split into smaller pieces and placed into RAR files.
Once all of the VTS_01_XX.VOB files are combined into a single file, then they would be joined with all of the files that make up VTS_02_XX.VOB. Once combined, the VRD QuickStream will still need to be run on the combined file.
You don't need VRD to combine the files. The M$ copy command can be used to do that. I do not know of a GUI to do that. I also do not remember the syntax, as I have cygwin on my XP boxes, so I use the Unix "cat" command to recombine split files.
Now comes the butt part of this posting. If you have files like VTS_01_01.VOB thru VTS_30_01.VOB, where there is no VTS_01_02.VOB (for example), IMHO, you are screwed. I'm not a VRD batch user, so I'm not sure why you can't create a batch file that will QuickStream Fix each of the VOB files into separate TS (Transport Steam) files. Remember, DVD VOB video is already MPEG-2, so the last thing you want to do is recode them.
Once you have those 30, or so, TS files, now you can select them all and join them into a single MPEG-2 file.