|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:
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:
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:
Thanks for your help!
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