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Using WinDVD Creator 2 to Create and Edit Videos

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This document pertains to HP and Compaq PCs that came with InterVideo WinDVD Creator 2.
Use this document for basic help when using WinDVD Creator 2. For more detailed information, refer to InterVideo's Web site .
NOTE:HP supports the lawful use of technology and does not endorse or encourage the use of our products for purposes other than those permitted by copyright law.

Quick overview steps for creating a video

Following are the basic steps required to create your own video in WinDVD 2:
  1. Capture the video, image, and audio content to be used in the movie.
  2. Create a new project.
  3. Edit video by breaking up video clips into smaller sections (scenes), assembling the clips in the desired sequence in either the Story Board or Time Line, and adding special effects such as transitions or titles.
  4. Save your movie and record it to disc.

Capturing video

Capturing digital video
To capture digital video using WinDVD Creator 2:
  1. Connect your digital video source to the PC.
  2. Connect the video camera transfer cable into the camera, and then into an open USB or FireWire port on the computer. The port may be located in the front or back of the computer.
  3. Turn on the PC and the VCR/camcorder, or the digital camcorder.
  4. Open your recording video software.
    Click Start , All Programs , InterVideo WinDVD Creator 2 , and then InterVideo WinDVD Creator .
    Or
    Click Start , All Programs , InterVideo WinDVD , InterVideo WinDVD Creator and then InterVideo WinDVD Creator again.
  5. Select the Capture video into hard disk button.
  6. Make sure the output from the digital camcorder appears in the Preview window. If it does not, double-check your connections and make sure your camera is in playback mode.
  7. Click the Play button to preview your video file before you record it.
  8. Find the video starting point and click the Pause button.
  9. Click the Record button.
  10. Enter a file name, click Save , and recording begins.
  11. Click the Stop button to stop capturing your video file. Your video file is processed and automatically saved to the My Videos folder on your hard disk drive. The video clip appears in the Media Library portion of the screen.
Capturing analog video
To capture analog video using WinDVD Creator 2:
  1. Connect your analog video source to the PC. With the computer off, connect the VCR, television, or camcorder to the HP Media Center using a coaxial or S-video cable.
  2. Connect the cable using the TV-out connections on the VCR/camcorder and the TV-in connections on the back or front of the HP Media Center computer.
    NOTE:For some Media Center PCs with front and back video connectors, HP recommends that you connect your analog device to the Composite Video 2 or the S-Video 2 connector on the front of the PC.
  3. Connect the audio cables.
  4. Turn on the PC and the VCR/camcorder, or the digital camcorder.
  5. Open your recording video software.
    Click Start , All Programs , InterVideo WinDVD Creator 2 , and then InterVideo WinDVD Creator .
    Or
    Click Start , All Programs , InterVideo WinDVD , InterVideo WinDVD Creator and then InterVideo WinDVD Creator again.
  6. Click Capture video into hard disk .
  7. Click the Wrench icon,
    and then select the Device Control tab.
  8. Click the Video Source drop-down box, and then select either S-Video 2 or Composite Video 2 , depending on which front panel connector you are using.
  9. Click OK . Your video appears in the Preview window. To begin capturing the video, click the Record button.
  10. Enter a file name, and then click Save , and recording begins.
  11. Click the Stop button to stop capturing your video file. Your video file is processed and automatically saved to your hard disk drive.
  12. To play back your captured video, double-click the file.
  13. Make sure the output from your VCR, television, or other analog input device camcorder appears in the Preview window. If it does not, double-check your connections and make sure your camera is in playback mode.

Editing video

To edit a video using WinDVD Creator 2:
  1. Choose the media type that you want to edit:
    1. Click Start , All Programs , InterVideo WinDVD Creator2 , and then InterVideo WinDVD Creator .
    2. Click the Create New Project button.
      NOTE: If this is the first time using WinDVD Creator 2 software, the Startup Wizard opens automatically. The Startup Wizard guides you through your DVD creation settings.
    3. Click the Edit button at the top of the project window.
      The Edit pane allows you to work with video, still images, CD audio, and microphone audio files.
    4. Click the Video Library tab in the Media Library.
  2. To remove sections of the video, use these steps:
    1. Import files by clicking the Import button in the media library.
    2. Double-click the small image of a video to load that video into the Preview pane.
    3. Drag and drop the video you would like to include in your movie, into the Story Board or Time Line mode.
    4. Click the Play button to play the video until you get close to the beginning of an area you want to remove. Click the Pause button and use the Previous and Next frame buttons to locate the specific frame.
    5. Click the Split Clip button to mark the starting frame of the series of frames that you are going to remove.
    6. Click the Play button to play the video until you get close to the end of the area you want to remove. Click the Pause button and use the Previous and Next frame buttons to locate the specific frame.
    7. Click the Split Clip button again to remove the section.
      NOTE:When you trim a clip, only the copy in the Story Board or Time Line is affected. The original in the Media Library remains unchanged. This allows you to bring more than one copy of the same clip into your movie.
    8. To remove an entire clip, select the clip in Story Board or Time line mode, right-click the clip, and then select Delete .
  3. Add transition effects, like wipes and fades, to your movie as follows:
    1. Click the Transition Effects tab from the editing pane.
    2. Select a transition effect and drag the effect from the editing pane to the transition area between clips in Story Board or Time Line.
    3. Continue adding transitions until all the transitions you want are in Story Board or Time Line.
    4. Preview the transition, by selecting a video clip before the transition and clicking the Play button.
  4. Add titles as follows:
    1. Click the Titles Library tab.
    2. Select the Title format you would like to use as follows:
      • If you would like the Title to act as an overlay for a clip, drag and drop the Title onto that video clip.
      • If you would like the Title to play before a clip, drag and drop the title to a transition region between frames in the Time Line mode or on the Story Board.
    3. Once a title is dragged onto a clip or to a transition point between clips, the Video Manager window changes to allow you to edit the text. Edit the text as follows:
      1. To change the text, highlight the text box and type your own title.
      2. To edit the text font, click F , select a font, and click OK .
      3. To edit the text color, click A , and select a color from the color palette.
      4. Click the Play button to preview your new Title as it will appear in your video.
      5. Click the Close Video Manager button in the upper- right corner when done.
  5. To add audio to your movie (like a commentary track), follow these steps:
    1. Select the Audio Library icon in the Media Libraries.
    2. In Story Board mode, choose an Audio clip from the Library.
    3. Drag and drop the audio clip onto the video with which you would like it to play.
    4. Once Audio clips are selected and placed in the movie, select the Edit button at the top of the screen.
    5. Click the Play button to preview the edited video.
      NOTE:Preview mode does not represent the full quality of the final video. Play the video in Windows Media Player after the video is saved to see the full quality.

Burning a movie onto CD/DVD

To write a movie to a CD or DVD using the Intervideo WinDVD burning wizard:
NOTE:WinDVD Creator may not allow you to write a movie over 4.7 GB, depending on the type of DVD writer drive you have. Double-layer DVD drives are able to write up to 8.5 GB of data to a double-layer disc.
  1. Click Start , All Programs , InterVideo WinDVD Creator 2 , and then InterVideo WinDVD Creator .
    Or
    Click Start , All Programs , InterVideo WinDVD , InterVideo WinDVD Creator and then InterVideo WinDVD Creator again.
  2. Click the Create New Project button.
    NOTE: If this is the first time using the WinDVD Creator 2 software, the Startup wizard opens automatically. The Startup wizard guides you through your DVD creation settings.
  3. Click the Make Movie button. The burning wizard or format window opens.
  4. Select the format you want to use to save your movie from the Format area.
  5. Select the appropriate video format from the TV System area.
  6. Type a name for your movie in the "Volume Name of Disc" field.
  7. Click the Arrow button to continue.
  8. Click Burn to Disc and then click the Right Arrow button to continue.
  9. In the Select Device box, select your CD or DVD Writer drive.
  10. In the Burning Speed box, select the speed to write to the CD or DVD.
  11. Click the Start button.
    WinDVD Creator 2 displays status information while saving your work. You may stop the process at any time by clicking the Abort button.
  12. Click OK after the movie is copied when you receive a "Burning process complete! " notification.
    If you receive the message "The media is not ready " when you try to create a DVD, follow these instructions:
    Check if you have inserted the disc properly into the drive.
    Verify if your drive supports the media format. For example, if you have a writer that only supports -R or -RW, but you want to create a disc that is +R, the drive will be unable to identify the DVD disc. Consult your drive manual for selecting the proper disc type.
  13. When done, close the screen to exit. Your movie is now saved on the disc.

Saving a movie to hard drive

To save your movie to your hard drive, follow these steps:
  1. Click Start , All Programs , InterVideo WinDVD Creator 2 , and then InterVideo WinDVD Creator .
  2. Click the Create New Project button.
    NOTE:If this is the first time you have accessed the WinDVD Creator 2 software, the Startup wizard launches automatically. The Startup wizard guides you through your DVD creation settings.
  3. Click the Make Movie button.
    The Burning wizard or Format window opens.
  4. Select the format you want to use to save your movie from the Format area.
  5. Select the appropriate video format from the TV System area.
  6. Type a name for your movie in the "Volume Name of Disc" field.
  7. Click the Arrow button to continue.
  8. Select Write content to hard disk for later burning .
  9. Click Start .
  10. Click OK when you receive a Burning process complete! notification.
    NOTE:WinDVD Creator 2 uses the Volume Label as the folder name to save the movie. If you use the same Volume Label name to save another movie in the same location, it may overwrite the previous one.
  11. Close the screen to exit. Your DVD movie is now saved on your hard drive.

FAQs

Where can I upgrade WinDVD or find out more information?
Why does WinDVD Creator not recognize my capture device?
WinDVD Creator can recognize devices that use WDM compliance drivers. For most TV turner cards, there are four standard drivers: WDM audio capture, WDM video capture, WDM TV turner, and WDM Crossbar. You have to use the software that came with any non-WDM device to capture and save video to a file and then import that file into WinDVD Creator 2.
What do I do when the file that I recorded has no sound?
To ensure that you can receive sound, check that your audio cable is properly connected to the sound card, and that the line-in on your Windows volume control is not muted.
What is the difference between the 1 hour DVD and 2 hour DVD media?
1 hour DVD media is a single-layer single-sided DVD disc which can hold up to 4.7 GB of data. 2 hour DVD 2 media is a double-layer, single-sided DVD disc which can hold up to 8.5 GB of data.
I created a DVD but it does not play on my home DVD player.
Determine which media you used (DVD-RW/R or DVD+RW/R) and make sure that your home DVD player supports that type of media. Many new DVD players can support both formats, but some older players may not.
Why do I get the message The "Media is not ready" when I try to create a DVD?
Make sure that you have the disc properly seated inside the drive with the correct side up, and verify that the media format is supported by your drive.
Where is captured content saved?
WinDVD Creator 2 automatically adds the content it captures to one of the WinDVD Creator 2 media libraries, which represent the files you captured for your project. While making a movie, you work on the clips in the library instead of the original source files.
What are the video source requirements?
WinDVD Creator 2 can accept video from any of the following: PCI cards or USB devices that have a composite or S-video input, TV-tuner cards, and DV cameras.
What file formats can be imported into WinDVD Creator 2?
WinDVD Creator 2 can import video, audio, or image files in a wide variety of formats, including the following: MPEG1, MPEG2, DV Type I, DV Type II, AVI, BMP, JPEG, MP3, and WAV.
What file formats can WinDVD Creator 2 save movies in?
WinDVD Creator 2 can save finished movies in these formats: VCD, SVCD, DVD, and VR.
What is the WinDVD Creator 2 Disc Manager?
Disc Manager lets you place video and image content directly onto your DVD without having to create it on the hard drive.
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