I’ve just been messing about with DVD-MovieAlbumSE v3 which came with
my old LF-D521 drive a couple of years ago. I had to put that drive on the computer
first, it won’t work with my LG 4163. It’s quite good software, similar in many
respects to what’s on the Panasonic Recorder. The About box lists Matshita
as Copyright owner.
As a test I started recording about 5 mins of a 30 min program on TV whilst
I set up the Recorder timer. I then recorded about 55 min with the timer.
I took the DVD to the computer, split the program at the end of the first
show and the start of the adverts. (Single frame step, shuttle search and
fast or slow playback are available). Split it again at the start of the 2nd
28 min program. Deleted the program that just consisted of adverts.
Merged the first 5 min piece with the rest of the first program. Leaving
me with just 2 programs of about 28 min each. I named each program so
that it show up in Navigator on the player. I did all this on the disk and
could also have added 3D Moving Titles, up to 999 markers, 99 chapters.
Or even added other programs from the hard-drive or Export the edited
progams as mpegs to the HD, fairly quickly if I didn’t want any conversions.
Obviously most of this can also be done also on the Recorder. It’s easier on
the computer and effects and 3D titles are available.
The program also allows Virtual Editing with which no information is written
to the DVD-RAM disk, it gets stored on the HD insread so if you later play that
disk back on the computer, it will play back the edited version. It can
identify each disk. Amazingly Virtual Editing works with a Panasonic DVD
ROM as well, so writer not needed.
It’s a pity that this software is not sold separately. I thinks it’s up
to v4+ now.