I have a large quantity of DVD recordings made off the television. Most of them are in a single two-hour recording block which contains four programs.
i.e. Track One, the only track: Program A, Program B, Program C, Program D.
What I'd like to do is capture Program A from several disks, remove the commercials, and then burn those several episodes of Program A onto one new, blank disk. Then move along to Program B, C, etc.
Everything I find online falls into two categories:
So generically basic it's useless. (e.g., You'll want to use an editor to separate those and then burn it using a burner.) Well, duh. I can figure THAT much out.
So horrifically technical I can't follow. (e.g., After defragmenting the abdr files, you'll need to hook up a Heisenberg Compensation -- don't use the k-series ones though as they tend to ghost -- in order to prevent Causality Violation.) Come on. This cannot be any more complicated than baking a cake or making chana masala.
There's also the side-category where someone is just trying to sell me something. (e.g., McCompany sells an excellent all-in-one tool, $499, that ought to do everything you want.) I've heard that several times before about several various products: cars, presidential candidates, etc. I don't mind having to buy something, but I don't need a product ad.
The biggest problem I'm having is with "video capture." I'm using Windows (god forgive me) Movie Maker. It keeps nagging me about a video capture device. I have a dvd drive right in the computer. What does it want? Why is this so difficult? I'm not trying to screw anyone over copyright. I don't have some sweatshop where I'm cranking out copies to sell on the streets of Cairo or anything. I just want to organize all these dvds I have lying around before I go crazy.
I don't want to put in special effects, I don't want star-wipes, fades, dissolves, or anything else like that. I just want to figure out how to edit the dvds I currently have, cut portions out, reconnect the sections, then burn it to a disk that I can watch. Will someone please, please, please, provide me with some usable instructions? Here's an example of what sort of thing I mean:
"Okay. First, you'll need Item A, Item B, and Item C. These will allow you to capture the dvd files you need, edit them on your computer, and then burn them to a blank disk. For Item A, a good choice is the Smith Company's DVD Editing Software. It's simple, it's free. You're going to have to buy Item C of course, and it'll cost about $X."
Thanks for any help.