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Old Jul 16, 2008, 3:08 PM   #11
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I tried what you said but this feature is not available in the trial version of Nero 8. It says that decoding of Mpeg4/H.246 files is only available in the full version. I would be very jubious about forking out for this software unless I got it to work first. Can you add transitions and edit the video too or is it just simply a tool for putting the files in a format that you can play on a DVD Player?
Oh, damn that sucks, didn't know that man. Sorry about that. I have the full version so wasn't aware of this. As for your question, yes it does allow editing with transitions and stuff. It's not a complex editor by any means but it does the standard editing most home users will do with transitions, fades, titles, etc.



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Old Jul 16, 2008, 4:55 PM   #12
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Hi Rev,

Thanks for that, do you think I should get it?

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Old Jul 16, 2008, 6:55 PM   #13
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I can't say Jools since I wouldn't want to take the chance of having you spend money to possibly not be satisfied. I will tell you this... Nero 8 Ultra does burn the MP4 videos to standard DVD fine, I've done it. However, it does take a long time to do the re-encode. But it works. The one thing in Nero 8 I have never got to work is the burning of HD content onto standard DVD. As you may be aware you can create a high definition disc in either Blu-Ray or HD DVD on a standard DVD disc. You will just have a lot less play time available. Well, I've been able to burn the discs but they play horribly stuttery on anything I put it in (ie. PS3 or XBox 360). I also haven't been able to get the AVCHD "mini-DVD" to work either. But, converting andburning to standard DVD & quality works.

Also, do you have a PS3 or XBOX 360? If you do, they will play back the files perfectly. As a matter of fact I've taken to just copying all my footage to my PS3's hard drive and I now store and play all my videos through there. Of course, I am eventually going to have to upgrade the hard drive to a larger size but it's a very simple task to do so.



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Old Jul 17, 2008, 2:57 AM   #14
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Best editing software for the xacti files so far is the sony vegas.
I use the pro 8 version and it works smooth even on a low speed notebook.

If you only want to burn the raw files from the cam (edited with the cam`s built in editor) on a dvd I can recommend this freeware solution:
Use the free mediacoder to convert the files into avi files (setting video: format mp4 -> container avi, 6mbps or higher).
For burning the avi`s on a dvd use the free dvd-flick software.

You can also try the free mpeg-streamclip for some simple mp4 cuts pp.

Have fun!
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Old Jul 17, 2008, 9:30 AM   #15
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Hi jools4merk,

In my earlier post http://forums.steves-digicams.com/forums/view_topic.php?id=587742&forum_id=27
I've provided the exact set of parameters which works for me just fine.

After I've found this software I decided to stay with my 4 years old PC until I get the new HD equipment.

Again, at my WinXP SP3 AMD-based PC with 1.5GB of RAM in it works excelent.

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