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    Hi
    I am new to this forum and am looking for some help as a newbie in the world of creating DVDs from ISO files.

    I own a Sony DVD HandyCam which uses 30 minute DVD-RWs to record videos and pictures. Due to the limited number of discs that I have and the need to free some up for future recordings, I moved files from the discs to my PC (Windows XP Prof) and now have several folders containing ISO files.

    I now need to find out a way to combine some of these files into a movie (since each disc allows only 30 mins of recording, there are more that one file per function/event). I need help in choosing a piece of software that can help me combine multiple ISO files into a movie, add titles to it and allow me to burn it on a regular DVD to allow watching it on a home DVD player.

    The HandyCam did come with a piece of software called ImageMixer IMx but it is not recognising the ISO files. I did download DVD decrypter and trial version on MagicISO but honestly I am completely new at this and dont have a clue what these programs do and how to achieve what I want. I have attached an image showing what the files look like.

    I will really appreciate suggestion of software and some guidance on how I can achieve this.

    Looking forward to hearing from you.

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    Have you tried magiciso? You should be able to extract the content from the iso. Then if it's a standard dvd( a video_ts folder with vob,ifo,bup files) you should be able to import them in for example tmpgenc dvd author and edit and join.

    If it's not a dvd-video then tell us what the iso contains.
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    Hi
    How do I check if its a dvd-video? I have the trial version of magiciso but dont really know how to use it to extract the content from the iso. If I figure that out, will the extracted files show if its a dvd-video file?

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  4. To just write an ISO file to a DVD:
    DVD Decrypter: Mode -> ISO -> Write (W)
    Select ISO file, burn.

    To extract files from an ISO you can install Daemon tools, mount an ISO file, then use Windows Explorer, DVD Decrypter (in IFO mode to extact individual titles), or whatever.
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    Hi There
    I have downloaded Daemon Tools. Can you please provide afew more instructions on how I can mount and ISO file and then how I can do the rest - I am really sorry but I am a complete novice at this so will really appreciate some instructions.

    I have Daemon tools in my system tray (next to the clock in Windows start menu).

    Also to add, I dont simply want to extract the ISO files, I need to use a tool and combine multiple files together to create a movie.

    Thanks
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  6. You should take a look in your manual and the box.
    Sony should have provide you some software with your camcorder.
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  7. The mounting instructions:
    Right click the icon => Virtual DVD/CD-ROM =>Device 0 => Mount Image

    For the rest you have to provide more information on what is inside the ISO. Are they in DVD format? (Like Video_TS folder and VOB's)? or some other format? Using mediainfo might help

    Your PC "sees" the virutal image as if it has a DVD inserted. So you can access it from "my computer" from the windows desktop

    You might have to extract them all then use a tool depending on what they are.
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    Hi There
    I used the trial version on MagicISO and opened one of the files - all I did was double click on the file in the bottom right had window and the top window shows the files. Please see screenshot.

    Could you now advise how I should proceed to merge files and what steps I should take with which program to create the movie?

    Thanks.

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  9. Mount the ISO with Daemon Tools. The use DVD Decryptor in IFO mode to extract the main movie as one big file (disable file splitting). Then you'll have one big VOB that's easy to work with.

    In your file list VTS_02_1.VOB and VTS_02_2.VOB are likely the main movie.
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    vobmerge would be one than you could use vob2mpg to create mpg files.

    However many authoring programs like tmpgenc dvd author accept vob files directly so you wouldn't need to do anything to them.

    EDIT - this is for once the files are on the computer. I saw the poster before me and I did not realize your files are not on the computer yet.
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    Do programs like AutoGK and FairUse Wizard support converting directly from an ISO?
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    7-Zip will extract isos,just right click on the iso and choose 7-Zip extract to...
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  13. Originally Posted by Ai Haibara
    Do programs like AutoGK and FairUse Wizard support converting directly from an ISO?
    FairUse Wizard - Yes
    AutoGK - No

    HandBrake - Yes
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    Hi All
    Thank you for all your responses. Just to clarify and to ensure I am understanding this so far, the ISO file (in video terminology) is like a ZIP file - right? And what we need to do first is extract all the files within this compressed file and then use a software to create the flowing movie.

    So what you all are recommending is to use either MagicISO or 7-Zip and extract each of the ISO files and then use some other application to join/edit the individual files into a flowing movie and burn to DVD?

    One question, as you can see from the MagicISO screenshot above, there are lots of individual files contained in the ISO file - so should I extract them into a folder and then use something like tmpgenc dvd author to combine individual files?
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  15. From your screenshot it looks like you have a DVD structure in your ISO. If you look at the top left hand corner, read "What is DVD" for more information.

    If you extract the contents, you will have a Video_TS folder, and inside are VOB's, IFO, BUP - this is part of the normal DVD structure.

    Once you extract it, you can open the Video_TS folder with VLC and it will playback as if it was a DVD. I believe it's an entire DVD (maybe with scenes & chapters) but not individual movies - you have to check to make sure. (i.e. it's already a "flowing" movie)

    If you want you can burn it straight as is with IMGBURN - since it appears to be a compliant DVD structure. If you just want to watch them on PC, use VLC.

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  16. The ISO is a disk image file, it is not compressed, but composed of seperate files. This is designed for most burning programs to create a disk from.

    The VOB files are the actual movie, very similar to MPG files but slightly different. A limited number of programs will work with VOB files to merge them together and author.

    Conversion of VOB to MPG files is quite simple, a greater number of programs will work with MPG files to merge and edit them. These MPG files then need to be Authored, which converts them back to VOB files for burning. The conversion from VOB to MPG and vice versa is lossless.
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    Ok looks like 7-Zip did the trick and has extracted the ISO files. So now I have to do this for each DVD folder I have ISO files in. I have several individual folders containing the ISO files - some of these files belong to the same function/event that was recorded so what I want to do now is view the extracted files and decide which ones to group together.

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    Once I have decided which ones should be into on DVD, which is the best (possibly FREE) application to create a flowing movie and add titles?



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    Hi
    Didnt get a response for the above - Once I have "unzipped" or extracted the ISO files, any advise on which is the best and possibly free trial software to view these files and edit them into a flowing movie?
    Thanks
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  19. To view the folders: VLC, KMPlayer, MPC. They understand the VIDEO_TS structure so there's no need to edit/join the VOB files. Actually, those players can play the ISO files directly so there's no need to extract the VIDEO_TS folders in the first place.
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    Did you try to open your ISO's with DVDShrink? If able to open, use it's Re-author mode....
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