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    Multisession with ConvertXtoDVD

    Hi all. I hope this thread is in the correct section, if not, someone transfer it to where it should be. After countless months of groping in the dark I have just learned how to convert downloaded videos / films & burn them to DVD so they can be watched on TV. I understand that [unlike the largely defunct cassette tapes & old floppy discs] once data has been added to a CD, to add more later the "Multisession" option must initially be employed. I have never used this function so it is all an unknown quantity to me and now that I have moved into the burning of DVD's territory I would appreciate some guidance. In my experimenting with "ConvertXtoDVD" [seeing the conversion is performed in real time,] I decided to select one short video [30 mins] which, when it was converted, I was instructed to insert a blank DVD which meant that the media is only partially burnt to. Hence I have two brief questions. (1) When a rather short [say 30-40 mins] program has been converted, can it be stored somewhere rather than burnt straight to DVD? & (2) Is there a "Mulisession" option with ConvertX...... which allows one to add to a partially bunt to DVD? Seems a waste to use a DVD for just a short video when it is capable of recording one of say, 2 hours or two or three which add to that time duration.. Thanks in advance S Fox.
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    Re: Multisession with ConvertXtoDVD

    For the benefit of others: Silver Fox is probably using VSO ConvertXtoDVD.

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    Re: Multisession with ConvertXtoDVD

    Just to confirm Hans' assumption, yes I am using that version of VSO software and if anyone who uses it or the most recent version. " 3.1.3.40 " I'd be interested to know if the latter has any advantages over it's predecessor. However, seeing my use of the said prog. will most likely be limited to converting downloaded video / film so as to burn it to DVD for the purpose of playing them through a TV set, maybe the version I have is more than adequate. For making back up CDs / DVDs I use Nero which I understand is also capable of doing what the ConverX..... prog does but because I haven't got the hang of that yet, I use ConvertX... Shalom S Fox.
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    Re: Multisession with ConvertXtoDVD

    Hi Silver Fox,
    "Seems a waste to use a DVD for just a short video when it is capable of recording one of say, 2 hours or two or three which add to that time duration.."
    About the only way that I have found to do this is to use DVD+/- RW discs, and use your NERO to erase the 30 minute disc and re-record a longer movie onto the same disc. Multisession is mainly for adding files to a DVD but it's one drawback is that while it is in multisession mode it is not as compatible to other dvd players as when it is finalized. I am not familiar with ConvertXtoDVD but most of these programs allow you to save your data files to some directory on your hard drive - from there you should be able to re-compile your dvd.
    Hope this helps.

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    Re: Multisession with ConvertXtoDVD

    Hello Bob, great to make your acquaintance. Your comment about it being a bit of a waste to use a DVD for just a 30 minute program is partially what prompted me to submit the thread. As for using Nero to wipe it from the disc I think that is a no no because it is not a WR disc so I'll just put the minor loss down to experience. Incidentally, since submitting the question I have by chance come across some very helpful tutorials on You Tube one of which [for the benefit of anyone who is interested in what ConvertXtoDVD offers] can be viewed here :- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SoKhPGVz34E. Next thing to do is discover how to save a converted file to some directory where 5-6 half hour videos can be dragged over for burning thus making full use of the disc capacity. Thanks for your reply Bob . S Fox.
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    Re: Multisession with ConvertXtoDVD

    >Next thing to do is discover how to save a converted file to some directory where 5-6 half hour videos can be dragged over for burning thus making full use of the disc capacity

    Doesn't ConvertXtoDVD offer you an option to save a converted file to a folder on your HD ??? I would assume that it must, but I've been wrong before. If it does, you can simply save all your converted files there and then burn them from there when you've gotten a full DVD's worth.
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    Re: Multisession with ConvertXtoDVD

    Take a look at this tutorial and see if it provides any insight into creating a multi-file DVD. HTH <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>
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    Re: Multisession with ConvertXtoDVD

    Thanks Doc. I expect you ARE right regarding the ability of ConvertX...... to export a brief file to some folder along with others of similar duration from where they can be dragged as a compilation of say 2 1/2 or 3 hours to the burning frame, so will probe further. Chances are the tutorial on You Tube will cover it so will look there. By the way Doc, I seem to remember reading recently on some write up about ConvertX.... that clips adding to 3 hours can be burned to a 4.7 GB DVD yet the details on the ones I currently have - "Datawrite"- state 120 minutes, what is the general guideline for DVD duration and if I were to try to burn say [a 2 1/2 file] would the prog. warn me in advance that it was too big? Thanks for the comment. S Fox.
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    Re: Multisession with ConvertXtoDVD

    Did you read the tutorial I linked to ??? Take a look at Step 1.

    With the YouTube video, you have to keep stopping and starting and going back to review when you want to follow it. The tutorial I linked to can be printed and then you will have the copy right there next to you on the desk to refer to as you work. I've always found that easier tha using an online video tutorial.
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    Re: Multisession with ConvertXtoDVD

    Hello Doc. I suppose the link you pointed me to in <post#=724857>post 724857</post#> will answer most if not all my questions so I must spend some time perusing it. I agree that reverting to such tutorials as are found on You Tube is very much a stop & start juggling act so I will either print out the web pages as you suggest or simply split the screen and have both visible at the same time. Maybe I'm jumping the gun again and the answer is explained in the link you gave but in <post#=724856>post 724856</post#> you mentioned files of 4 to 5 hours could be dragged for burning to the same DVD. As I said previously, the data on the DVD's I use say 120 minutes duration..... so are you when mentioning 4 to 5 hours, referring to special DVD's? Regards Fox.
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    Re: Multisession with ConvertXtoDVD

    Thanks Doc. I answered your latest post but looking at the thread it does not appear there, I must have deleted it somehow so I will have another go. I have downloaded the said tutorial you mentioned in <post#=7248576>post 7248576</post#> as I agree with you that following such tutorials on the You Tube site can be frustrating but instead of printing it out , may be I will just split the screen and have both visibe simultaneously. You mentioned in <post#=724856>post 724856</post#> compilations of up to 5-6 hours can be dragged over for burning! but the data on the media I use say 120 minutes max so do I take it you are referring to DVD's with a greater capacity? Hope I' not getting all my wires crossed as I respond to more than one thread at the same time, if so, please bear with me. Regards SFox.
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    Re: Multisession with ConvertXtoDVD

    OOOPs sorry I have downloaded the said tutorial you mentioned in post 7248576 [this post should read 724857] SF
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    Re: Multisession with ConvertXtoDVD

    Not to worry. Both posts are still in the thread. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>

    I think you mis-read the times stated in the post. It doesn't say 4-5 hours can be dragged over to burn. What it says is 4-5 half hour clips.
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    Re: Multisession with ConvertXtoDVD

    That tutorial should make the process clear. I'd suggest read it through so that it is familiar to you before you begin to do any burning and then keep it at hand to refer back to during the process. HTH <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>
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    Re: Multisession with ConvertXtoDVD

    Sorry Doc.... I'd put it down to a senior moment of which I have far too many these days. That's another of the may things I like about this forum, as well as being very knowledgeable you guys are so understanding, patient & courteous especially when dealing with silver surfers like me. Don't know what I would have done if I had not stumbled on "The Lounge". One of the reasons I chose a Silver Fox for my avatar, cunning maybe but rather silver with age & past my sell by date. Will have a good read of the tutorial and see if I can crack this project that has been a challenge to me for so long. Trouble is among many other things, I can't get my head round all the jargon and technical terms which for experts is elementary. Many thanks again S Fox.
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