How Do I Text/Email A Clip From A Security Cam Video?

Dell / Inspiron one 2320
September 7, 2015 at 08:47:04
Specs: Windows 7 Home Premium, 3.3 GHz / 4001 MB
Greetings!

I have a video that I made using a security camera attached to my DVD recorder. The camera's cable has an RCA plug that I attached to the AV1 IN jack on my DVD recorder. I finalized the DVD and I can watch the video on my Win7 computer via Windows Media Player.

What I would like to do is snip a couple of 5 minute sections from an 8 hour video and create something that I can text/email/post on youtube/whatever.

2 raccoons have been using the cat door to get into the garage to feast on the cat food. I'd like to send a short video of the critters to my out-of-town kids.

This is all new to me, so I'm looking for some advice on how to clip the interesting sections, create a video that others can watch and then send it to them or store it someplace where they can access it.

Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

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#1
September 7, 2015 at 15:12:10
This program will do it:
http://www.freemake.com/free_video_...

However with all free program downloads these days keep your eyes skinned for pre-checked unwanted goodies. Use custom installs when available.

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#2
September 9, 2015 at 19:33:36
Derek,

Thank you for your suggestion, but I am unable to get the Freemake program to open the videos I am trying to work with. The program doesn't seem to like the long (7-8 hour) files that are on my DVD's.

On one of the DVD's I have contains 3 videos of the following lengths:

00:01:15
00:00:54
07:41:46

The Freemake program shows the files as follows:

00:01:15    Automatically checked in file selection dialog box
00:00:54    Automatically checked in file selection dialog box
-05:-34:-02 Greyed out in file selection dialog box, but manually selectable

On another DVD I have a single file, whose length is:

08:35:58 

The Freemake program shows the file as:

-04:-39:-54 Greyed out in file selection dialog box, but manually selectable

The short videos play fine within Freemake's video player, but the "negative time length" videos don't. While I can select them by manually checking the box in the file selection dialog box, the program doesn't play them. The progress bar jumps all the way to the end as soon as the file is opened in Freemake's video window.

Both of the "negative time length" files can be viewed with Windows Media Player, so I know they work.

I checked the support page (briefly) but didn't see anything directly related to my issue. I can keep looking unless you know what's going on. Any thoughts?


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#3
September 10, 2015 at 05:48:54
Did you copy the files onto hard disk first? Freemake will be unable to act on the DVD's directly, especially if finalised. It is not a DVD burner. Maybe I should have made that clear. I can see that copying over those long ones could be quite a task.

What it does is remove sections so that the remaining part is the clip you want. It's more geared to taking unwanted footage out of video files.

No idea about negative times - I've never run into them.

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#4
September 10, 2015 at 13:37:53
re: "Did you copy the files onto hard disk first? "

No, but I will try that tonight.

re: "Freemake will be unable to act on the DVD's directly, especially if finalised."

The DVD's were finalised. While I didn't try to edit the shorter videos, Freemake had no problem playing them directed from the DVD when I clicked the edit/play button. I kind of assumed that after I edited the files, I would be given the opportunity to save the edited version. (I didn't try to edit the shorter files because those are not the ones that I am interested in.)

In any case, I will play around a little more tonight and see what I can get the program to do.

Thanks again!

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#5
September 12, 2015 at 13:24:01
OK, I figured it out, sort of.

If I browse to the DVD via Windows Explorer, I find that the DVD stores the "long" videos as a series of shorter videos. For example, an 7:46:41 video might be stored as 5 separate files as follows:

VTS_01_1.VOB
VTS_01_2.VOB
VTS_01_3.VOB
VTS_01_4.VOB
VTS_01_5.VOB

Each file is approximately 809,600 KB, but here is where it gets weird...

If I view the video on my Samsung DVD player, it is 7:46:41. If I view it directly from the DVD on my computer in Windows Media Player it is 7:46:41, as expected. However, if I open each individual short file in Window Live Movie Maker, I see files that are the following lengths:

VTS_01_1.VOB 0:00:07.00
VTS_01_2.VOB 1:33:17.88
VTS_01_3.VOB 1:32:18.91
VTS_01_4.VOB 1:32:18.39
VTS_01_5.VOB 1:32:18.72

If you add those times up, you will see that it is about 1:32:00 short of the 7:46:41 that it should be. In addition, Windows Live Movie Maker claims the the first segment (0:00:07) is either corrupt or is a file format that Movie Maker doesn't recognize. This happen with all 4 DVD's that have long videos on them. The first segment is unreadable by Movie Maker and FreeMake, yet plays fine in Windows Media Player and on the DVD player itself. It appears to me that finalizing the DVD does something different with the first segment.

OK, with all that said, I was actually able to do what I wanted to do. The sections of the videos that I wanted were not in the first segment, so I was able to extract the parts
I needed. I was able to create an ~8 minute video of the nighttime raccoon activity.

The first 6:30 (6m:30s) of this video show the raccoons in my garage eating the cat food. The section starting at about 6:35 is the next night after I blocked the cat door so they couldn't get into the garage. As my daughter so rightly put it "So dedicated, yet so defeated". Check it out:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=npQ...

Thanks for your help!

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#6
September 12, 2015 at 16:45:32
General VOB structure is normal but I've never checked out the math.

Glad to hear you got it sorted anyhow. Video clip makes interesting viewing.

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#7
September 13, 2015 at 09:31:45
Hey Derby Dad & Derek

Speaking of racoons, you have to watch this and read this

Couldn't resist :-)

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#8
September 13, 2015 at 13:52:57
They sure are clever creatures.

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#9
September 15, 2015 at 08:54:38
Thanks for the videos. That sure is a tall raccoon in the garage video.

My current issue is that the raccoons keep coming back almost every night trying to get into the blocked cat door. I have to keep it blocked at night, which means my cat can't get to her food, water or bed. She's been spending some time inside, but she would much rather be outside/in the garage at night.

I've considered putting her food up on something that she can jump onto but that the raccoons can't climb (like a center legged table) but I'm concerned about what would happen if all 3 raccoons came in through the cat door while she was in the garage. That could get ugly.

In the meantime, she's pretty confused about what to do at night.

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#10
September 15, 2015 at 16:55:39
It seems the raccoons are gaining fame. Here's another video of the same theft banging on a glass door with a rock demanding more cat food

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...

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#11
September 15, 2015 at 17:16:26
Ahh I think this is the perfect solution but since you have cats it might not work - let's see if I could find other acceptable alternatives short of shooting the raccoons dead ...

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