I have spent many hours trying to use Blender for editing footage shot with my DV-camcorder. The purpose was to create mpeg2 files for use with DVD Styler. I will share with you a few things I learned during the process. Maybe other will not do the same mistakes as I did.
For capturing from my DV-camcorder, I used a wonderful little program called WinDV. It does exactly what it promises. Here are the settings I used:
Important! Keep the size of the captured files below 1GB. My suggestion is to limit clips to 6000 frames. On my system, Blender or FFMPEG cannot handle larger files. Everything looks ok in the preview window, but when I try to render the video a strange error occurs. At the end of each video clip the video is repeating itself. I do not know why this happens, but it is very annoying to discover this after you have spent many hours rendering a video
Blender’s sequencer is a capable video editor. With Blender 2.44 you can load multiple clips at once, which is really a time saver if you have many video clips.
Settings. For video output I used PAL and ffmpeg with the DVD presets. For audio I chose multiplexing and MP2. You can see my settings here:
Important! Set the mixing frequency to 48.0 kHz to avoid surprises later on in the process.
For authoring a DVD with a menu I used DVD Styler. It is relative straight forward to use. DVD Styler only accepts mpeg files, and it is important that the audio sampling frequency is 48.0 kHz, otherwise you will end up with audio synchronization problems. You also have to ensure that the video clips has an mpg file extension. Blender’s default extension is dvd, so you have to change this manually.
So for summarizing it all:
- Avoid long input video clips. Clips with 6000 frames works fine.
- Set the sequencer’s mixing frequency to 48.0 kHzSystem information:
I did the editing using Blender 2.44 on Windows XP.