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FleetingEileenM



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PostPosted: Wed Nov 10, 2010 10:45 am    Post subject: Downloading YouTube clips Reply with quote

Does anyone have any experience in doing this please? I have saved so many that I look at occasionally, from Forsyth & Wisdom double act at the Palladium, Spike Milligan, jazz gigs with players I know etc.

I'd love to put them on a DVD - but how?
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 10, 2010 12:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The way I do it is to save the clips in MP4 format (or Mov if available), import into iMovie and build a DVD. But I think a good DVD burn programme like Toast can convert and burn directly if you import them.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 10, 2010 6:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Eileen - if you want to play your recordings on a regular DVD player (as opposed to storing them as data files) then they need to be MPEG-2 with PCM audio, and here in the UK they'll need to conform to PAL 720x576 pixels 25fps (50i) before a program like Toast will accept them. If it's widescreen, then you'll need to ensure that you've chosen a 16:9 widescreen format when downconverting.

When downloading clips from YouTube, always choose the highest quality clip there is - usually HD 720p - as this will downconvert to standard definition much better.

An application that I use on Windows and Mac is MPEG Streamclip, which is a great "Swiss Army Knife" encoder and format converter. It's free, too.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 10, 2010 7:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for those tips Ian and Colin. There are so many clips I would like to store permanently.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 11, 2010 11:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

ColinB wrote:
here in the UK they'll need to conform to PAL 720x576 pixels 25fps (50i) before a program like Toast will accept them. If it's widescreen, then you'll need to ensure that you've chosen a 16:9 widescreen format when downconverting.

I've not had that issue. Toast sorts it (as does iDVD).
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 11, 2010 11:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ian Robinson wrote:

I've not had that issue. Toast sorts it (as does iDVD).


It depends upon where the sequences come from. Most of the time Toast gets it right, but occasionally there will be confusion over pixel aspect ratio and you'll end up with 4:3 squished when it should be 16:9. For the last couple of days I've been writing a pile of digitised & re-edited VHS tapes to DVD for a client and have to be really carefully how the files come out of Final Cut Pro. In one instance, Toast didn't write properly.

In the main, however, it does a very good job. The point I was making above was that there's such a mish-mash of rubbish (technically speaking, let alone creative) on YouTube that you have to keep an eye on what you're handling to ensure that it turns out right.
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