Chapter 8: "To hell and back!"
Alright, so I gave "StreamBox VCR 1.0 Beta 3.1" a try, and it seemed to do a decent job of capturing the ASF stream. It's a rather dated program, though (circa 1999) because Real Networks threatened the company and they stopped supporting it. Thus, its codec was a little old and I ended up with a file about 800 megs, instead of 200 or so like before.
Anyway, of course VirtualDub still didn't like it. And it still didn't like it after ASFTools repaired it. And it still didn't like it after ASFTools re-encoded it. And it still didn't like it after ASFTools DIVX'ed it. On a side note, it also didn't like it after "ASF-AVI-RM-WMV Repair" repaired it.
So I thought I would try Winmpg out (hey, what on Earth do I have to lose, except maybe for my SANITY?) Winmpg, for those who don't already know this, has a ridiculous time limit of 5 minutes. Since the graduation ceremony is 100 minutes long, I didn't think this was a very feasible solution. Just to see what kind of luck I would have with it, I thought I would try it out. In case you're wondering, no, my luck hasn't changed: it would spit out a rather vague error message and stop very shortly after starting.
I tried using Winmpg w/ both versions of the captured video, and it would continue to report an error. I then tried repairing it over and over w/ ASFTools and that other tool, and again no luck. I also tried re-encoding it w/ ASFTools, but still no luck.
NOW what am I going to do? Well, since apparently I just don't seem to be able to get through my thick head that there is no way in hell I will ever be able to get a border around my ASF video (guess I'm a slow learner! :P) I've resorted back to having TMPGEnc re-encode the ASF file as an MPG file. My plan is to take that MPG file and give it to VirtualDub, and pray that maybe, just MAYBE, it won't freak out at me again. IF that works, then I'll finally be able to try adding a border around it. I'm a little worried about quality loss though, especially since the ASF video wasn't that great of quality to begin with.
Anyone have any additional thoughts?
Oh, on yet another side note: I noticed that, somewhere along the way, ASFTools spit out some nonsense about detecting 3 or 4 video objects in the movie, along w/ the one audio object. I've tried so much that for the life of me I don't remember when I saw this (it may have been after repairing it, or after re-encoding it, or even after DIVXing it). Anyway, I'm almost certain that somewhere in the tangled mess of error messages I have received from VirtualDub that it made mention of a multiple objects error, or something similar. I've just seen so many error messages in so few days that I can't keep the damned things straight!
Anyway, thanks for everything!