Replacing soundtrack with your own music?

Video editing is all new to me so forgive any dumb questions. My 83 mother had a bunch of 8mm home movies that we sent in and had converted to 7 dvds. They came with music as a soundtrack but nothing that great. Using VRD TVSuite Version 5 I decided to cut segments out of each dvd and put together a movie of my uncle's family... but I would like to use different music.

1. Can VRD replace an existing soundtrack with music of my own choice? If so is this something easy for a newbie to do?

2. I wanted each segment I cut out to be it's own chapter so I saved it, closed VRD, then re-opened VRD and did it again for each one. I'm thinking there must be an easier way to just mark Chapters than what I'm doing?

3. I don't see a setting in the "Create DVD' screen but it would be nice to have a setting that every time you click on your Menu button it would revert back to the previous spot/chapter.

4. How do I go back and combine several segments that I've already cut out into a single Chapter?
 
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jmc

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Video editing is all new to me so forgive any dumb questions. My 83 mother had a bunch of 8mm home movies that we sent in and had converted to 7 dvds. They came with music as a soundtrack but nothing that great. Using VRD TVSuite Version 5 I decided to cut segments out of each dvd and put together a movie of my uncle's family... but I would like to use different music.
1. Can VRD replace an existing soundtrack with music of my own choice? If so is this something easy for a newbie to do?

---------You would have to save the file as "Elementary Streams" ( a video file and an audio file).
Then put your new audio file back together with the original (ES)video file. Tools > "Elementary Stream Muxer".
The new audio file would have to be DVD compatible. (maybe VRD5 can convert it on the fly?)

2. I wanted each segment I cut out to be it's own chapter so I saved it, closed VRD, then re-opened VRD and did it again for each one. I'm thinking there must be an easier way to just mark Chapters than what I'm doing?

--------Don't think there is a need to close VRD. Mark what you want to keep and click on "Trim Unselected" , Save.
"Edit' > "Undo" (Ctrl + Z). Now mark your next segment and repeat.

4. How do I go back and combine several segments that I've already cut out into a single Chapter?

-------Now I don't know much on creating dvds in VRD. But I guess you would have to combine the segments
into a single file for each chapter (?).

If you drop a group of files on VRD you will get a pop up menu of
Combine
Join
Add to DVD

I'm thinking it would be best if your files have a numerical naming sequence.
Experiment,

Good luck,
jmc
 
Thanks jmc could you be a little more detailed in how I go about replacing the audio file with one of my choosing? I guess I don't quite get the procedure.
 

jmc

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Thanks jmc could you be a little more detailed in how I go about replacing the audio file with one of my choosing? I guess I don't quite get the procedure.
I am assuming your files are MPEG-2

Load the file > Save Button > "Save As" > "Save as type" > "MPEG-2 Elementary Streams (*.m2v)" .
You end up with a file.m2v (video only file) and an audio only file of .ac3 or .mpa (whatever was in your file)

To put the video and audio back together again you go...

"Tools" (drop down menu) > "Elementary Stream Muxer". Now you have a new separate window that says

"Elementary Stream Muxer"

There is a place to select the video(only) file that you separated out.
"Input Streams" > "Video", and "Audio"

And the new audio file you want. (if the video and audio file have the same name the audio will be
automatically selected when the video file is selected)

"Output File" (give it a name)
Select the "Profile" wanted)

Click on "Start Mux" and you should have the new audio/old video file that you want.

If I remember correctly, VRD will cut the video file off at the length of the audio file if
the audio file is shorter... experiment.

jmc
 
I am assuming your files are MPEG-2

Load the file > Save Button > "Save As" > "Save as type" > "MPEG-2 Elementary Streams (*.m2v)" .
You end up with a file.m2v (video only file) and an audio only file of .ac3 or .mpa (whatever was in your file)
Thanks but I guess I'm not even smart enough to figure out this first step. I load my DVD and try to save it but it makes me select a chapter before I can even save it. Then if I select all the chapters to save it only saves one. Guess I just don't get this.
 

phd

Super Moderator
When you are loading the DVD multiple files may be listed. You need to load edit and save them one by one.
 

jmc

Well-known member
Thanks but I guess I'm not even smart enough to figure out this first step. I load my DVD and try to save it but it makes me select a chapter before I can even save it. Then if I select all the chapters to save it only saves one. Guess I just don't get this.
Oh, I had no idea you were taking files from a dvd. Most times people have the files
and want to create a dvd with them.

Well, once you select the dvd file you want and it is loaded in VRD the steps are as listed
to create the Elementary Stream file you need to add the new audio to.

If you are wanting to put several file together then do as phd mentions here.
Once all the files are on the hard drive you can work with them as mentioned in this thread.

It can be rough if things are so new that one is not sure what to ask or how to ask it.
Important detail like file source and types of video and audio. But keep trying, you will get there.

Good Luck,
jmc
 
Thanks for all your help guys! Unfortunately my trial ran out before I was able to try any of your suggestions. I don't feel comfortable buying VRD without first being able to successfully edit a DVD.
 
Thanks for all your help guys! Unfortunately my trial ran out before I was able to try any of your suggestions. I'm still trying to decide if I feel comfortable enough to purchase it without having successfully created a video.

When I cut out the segments out of the original video and saved them I ended up with 10 chapters. I entered these back into VRD in order to put together a new DVD and create a menu. I then burned a DVD and saved it to my hard drive. This is my video_ts folder below:

Now I never got around to this before my trial ended but my step next was going to replace the audio track. You said I would need to enter the file as a Elementary Streams so would I enter the 3 VOB files that had my video on it?

Will my menu's stay intact that I created with VRD when replacing the audio?
 

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jmc

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Thanks for all your help guys! Unfortunately my trial ran out before I was able to try any of your suggestions. I'm still trying to decide if I feel comfortable enough to purchase it without having successfully created a video.

When I cut out the segments out of the original video and saved them I ended up with 10 chapters. I entered these back into VRD in order to put together a new DVD and create a menu. I then burned a DVD and saved it to my hard drive. This is my video_ts folder below:

Now I never got around to this before my trial ended but my step next was going to replace the audio track. You said I would need to enter the file as a Elementary Streams so would I enter the 3 VOB files that had my video on it?

Will my menu's stay intact that I created with VRD when replacing the audio?
You don't "enter" a file as a "Elementary Streams". You "SAVE" the .MPG("saved as" from dvd) file
as a "Elementary Stream" which will give you two files, one video only and one audio only file.

Creating a dvd is the LAST thing you do. The .VOB files are really only for a dvd disk or hard drive dvd folder.

If you want several chapters to make up one .MPG file that you will be replacing the audio on then you
will want to "combine" or "Join" the chapters as mentioned in this thread.

Then you take that ONE .mpg file and save the file as "Elementary Streams" as mentioned in this thread.
And add the new audio that you wanted as mentioned in thread.

Once you get everything changed on the .MPG files you created from old dvd you will have to
create a NEW dvd from the changed files. i don't know about creating a menu on a dvd with VRD.

It is best to use the "File" > "Open title from a dvd" option when getting file off a dvd.

jmc
 
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