Well, I shot more than 260 minutes of video footage on Saturday. All of it on a Sony DVD Handycam.
As I’ve been thinking about getting a video camera, I was glad to have the opportunity to try a DVD camera. Now I know that I’d never buy one! The theory they operate on is that you’re going to do all your editing in the camera, not on your computer. Because in order to use the DVD in your computer, you have to first “finalise” it. Which means that the information is encoded in such a way that you can’t just easily pull the files off and edit them on your PC.
Thankfully, I found a nifty and inexpensive bit of software called Xilisoft DVD Ripper that allows you to extract the files from the DVD and convert them into AVI files (and other file types) that you can edit on your computer.
What a slow, painful process. I added at least six hours to my overal editing processes because of this problem.
Anyhow, after getting over that obstacle I was able to edit two of the four segments that I’ll make. The first two are here:
Part 1 – Orient Thai flight from Don Muang to Suvarnabhumi Airport
Run time: 7:21
Part 2 – Domestic arrivals at Suvarnabhumi + Exterior terminal footage
Run time: 3:47