I have bought a SONY DVD Handycam - DVD-DCR205 It redords onto disc but when you finalize it it records onto q formart which is npot editable in normal pc vido editing apps. - Is tere a convertor available to change the file formqt while keepingthe quality
The camcorder DVD disk will be in the DVD video file format, i.e. .vob, etc. If your editing software supports this format pop the DVD into you dvd rom drive and copy the files from the disk.
If, as I suspect, your editing software doesn't support the .vob files then plug your camera directly into your pc's usb or firewire port and use windows movie maker to capture the footage in .avi format. Most if not all editing programs support the .avi format.
I think youwill find several of the normal editing programmes will edit. Ulead video studio .adobe premiere elements Magix movie maker Agreed Mpeg is not a good format to edit with I dont think widows movie maker supports VOB files if not download Virtualdub-Mpeg2 its a freebie and you can convert to avi with that
Video files from a DVD disc are split into chunks of 0.99 GB. This means that to edit it, it's best to have them in one VOB file (may as well leave it as VOB, it saves confusion and if you find your video editing app can't read it, change the extension from .vob to .mpg). Best thing to use is SmartRipper (click here) - this will copy the video content from the disc. To make sure it stays as one single file, go onto Settings and in the File Splitting section, press Max Filesize then set the Max Filesize to about 4000 MB or more if needed. This should then rip your film as one single VOB file which can be edited. I use NeroVision, but because it's just an MPEG2 video, most programs should read it. Try renaming the extension from .vob to .mpg if your video editing app won't read it.
I finalized my disc to copy onto my computer but then unfinalized it so that i could carry on recording. The problem here is that when i unfinalized it all the video must have been deleted somehow and i only noticed before finalizing again.
So i read the Manual and re-read it. But it shows that the video on the disc will only be removed if the disc is formatted.
so is there any way to recover the lost data? This is really important cause the video ive lost is really important
You can't unfinalise a disk, it's literally impossible. What you did when you "unfinalised" your disk is erase what was previously recorded (or the headers to the file if it was a quick erase to get technical), so the chances of you getting your data back are minimal, if not a complete waste of time considering the cost and likely outcome.)
Put it down to experience and next time don't erase that RW mini-dvd disk!