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    win10 home

    Try ---for help with dvd and camcorder.
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  2. Posts : 3,509
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit 21H1 (May 2021 build 19043.1083)

    What are you trying to do with your mini DVD-RAM discs? If your computer doesn't have a DVD-RW drive capable of also reading DVD-RAM discs you can add one or buy a USB one. To play the disks you need VLC or Media Player Classic (K-lite codec pack) or any other media player that can play DVD discs. There are also utilities to convert video from one format to another or to edit the video. For editing I use VirtualDub. I compress with the DivX codec or with x264vfw. I compress audio as MP3 or AC3 (Dolby Digital). To write data to a DVD-RAM disc, apart from the well-known Nero, you can use ImgBurn which is free, but not quite as featured as Nero.
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    I have a number of full size and Mini RAM (and other) discs, most of them due to be dumped --- but before I do that I want to check what is recorded on them to see if (1) there are recordings I want to keep / transfer and if (2) I can experiment with some apps to remove faults, especially camera shake and unwanted sound. I expect many will not be worth keeping, but a few may have recordings I might want to keep, especially the more recent Mini Rams. I have an external USB DVD drive but have found many discs will not play. It is probable with a large proportion of them this is due to age and corruption, in which case they have to be dumped. But a few are playing on my Camcorder (the Minis) and on my TV Recorder --- but if they wont play to my PC via the external USB Drive I wont be able to process / edit them on my TabletPC. Before I dump them I would like to be sure they are not worth keeping. Or is there something I can do which I have not tried?
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    Windows 10 Home x64 22H2

    For simple DVD's, I'm still burn/play some (mostly Maxell, Verbatim, TDK, and CD's). For personal purposes.
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  5. Posts : 3,509
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit 21H1 (May 2021 build 19043.1083)

    For those discs that won't play, try cleaning them with a lintless dampened cloth. Wipe in straight lines, avoid making circles. Also if they play on the camera (unlikely) you can connect the camera to the computer to copy the videos. I think it can be done, check the manual. You can play the files with VLC. If you want to edit any of them, I use VirtualDub, Nero Video, TMPGEnc in the past I also used Pinnacle Studio. You can even save a part of the video on another file and then use a utility such as Avidemux to extract the audio part to a separate file. You can then use Adobe Audition or other audio application (Cool Edit, Audacity etc) to normalize the sound, remove noise, change from one format to another (such as from MPEG 2 to MP3 or even Dolby Digital). Then use Avidemux to combine the original video with the modified audio file. Make sure you don't crop any parts of the audio, or you will get out of sync when combining with the original video. If you want to edit parts of the audio use Nero Video or similar, cut the parts you don't want and then save the final video to a file. Modify the audio of the final file without cropping to keep sync.

    TIP: Some old DVD authoring applications consider audio to be 48000Hz, 16-bit Stereo. Make sure you don't accidentally convert to 44100Hz or anything because it will not be checked and have audio sync problems.
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