Thank you so much for your support. This was a lot of work. I’m literally swamped with DVDs! AHHH!!!
What I’ve done is not that difficult. Anyone can do Video Blogging or “Vlogging.”
This is what I have as far as software and hardware:
- I have a 2GB SDRAM Intel Duo Core Processor with 250 GB hard drive. (I bought a 500GB external hard drive to store old video files I no longer need to use). Most video editing software requires you have a dual core processor. It also helps to have a computer with Hyperthreading technology.
You need a DVD +/- RW Drive (to burn and rip).
A DVD Camcorder or other video device. Now, I made the mistake of buying a camcorder that does not have a USB port, so I have to take the mini-DVD’s and “rip” them, meaning I have to decode the DVD and import it into my computer.
Now, most new computers come with Microsoft Vista. I’ve tried most of the free download trials. Most won’t work with Vista yet. This has been the most frustrating part.
The easiest way is to do Video Blogging is simply get a webcam that will transfer files directly into your computer. You can edit it with Microsoft Moviemaker, which is built into Windows. Then you just upload to You Tube.
I always have to do things the hard way. LOL!
Nero 7 Ultra Enhanced Reloaded version works with Vista — well, mostly — the menu doesn’t work with Vista Aero, so if you like Aero, you have to pin individual shortcuts on your desktop or quickstart menu. Not a big deal. I’ve found Nero Vision, the video editing program, crashed a lot with only 1 GB Ram, so I added another stick of Ram and it runs smoothly. I’d recommend Nero. Easy to use.
I’ve found that the ripped video quality with AOA DVD Ripper is superior to the ripped video quality of Nero Recode.
Cyberlink PowerDirector 6 is also compatible with Vista, but it is quite complicated, and you can’t boost the audio volume with it, like you can with Nero Vision.
Point is: what I’ve done is really not that difficult once you learn the software. If anyone wishes to do this, too, just let me know an I can give you specific tips.