In this guide I will show you how to use Womble MPEG Video Wizard DVD to re-edit a DVD movie and then burn it back without any video quality loss.
MPEG Video Wizard DVD is a frame accurate MPEG editor which comes with DVD authoring and full AC3 audio support. It can import the contents of an existing DVD as a new clip on the timeline and do some editing to the clip and then re-author and burn it to a new DVD.
First you need to transfer your DVD into your hard drive and insert a blank DVD disc into the DVD writer. If your DVD is encrypted, you will need to rip your DVD movie from the disc into your computer hard disk with a DVD ripper, since Womble MPEG Video Wizard DVD is only designed to work with non-encrypted commercial DVDs and home-made DVDs.
Step 1. Add DVD movie
Run MPEG Video Wizard DVD, Click the “Tools” button on the Toolbar and select “DVD Reader Tool” from the drop down menu. In the DVD Reader window, click the “Input” button to load your DVD movie into DVD reader, then you will see all the titles and chapters in DVD Reader window. Notice that the first title has the longest time in duration and this is the main movie we will edit here. Now select the main movie and click “Add to Timeline” button to add it onto timeline.
Then title 1 will be added onto the video track of the timeline as a new video clip, keeping the original chapter structure. You can see the 3 chapter markers which are displayed as red-colored marks along the top edge of the timeline.
Step 2. Edit DVD movie
Now you can edit the DVD movie as you like. You can:
a. Add other videos or images onto timeline to combine them with the existing video and make a new DVD.
To do this, right click on the video track and select “Input” from the context menu to add new videos or images.
b. Remove unwanted scenes from DVD movie
Drag the edit line to navigate through the video on the timeline and preview it in the Output window. When you find the beginning of the unwanted scenes, click the “Split” button on the Timeline Toolbox. Then locate the end of the unwanted scenes in the same way and split again(You can zoom in and use mouse wheel / arrow keys to step through the video frame by frame to find exact spot). Then click on the unwanted segment – now a separate clip – and press Shift+Delete key combination to delete it. Repeat the steps to remove all other unwanted scenes.
c. Apply special effects to your DVD(filters and/or transitions)
To add a filter to a video clip, select the “Filter” page under the “Effect” page in the Project Manager, and select a filter you want to use, then drag the selected filter to the video track and drop it onto a video clip. Once a filter is added onto a video clip, there will be an additional filter label displayed near the lower right corner of the clip. To add a transition between two clips, select the “2D/3D” page under the “Effect” page in the Project Manager and select a transition you want to use, then drag it to the video track and drop it between the two clips.
d. Create and edit chapter markers
A chapter is an invisible mark in the video that helps you navigate through the film as you are watching it. Instead of fast-forwarding to a specific point you can jump at intervals, these intervals are chapter markers that you can determine here.
You can edit the existing chapter markers or add new chapter marker to the DVD movie. To add a new chapter marker to the DVD movie, drag the edit line to navigate through the movie and preview it in the Output window. When you find the frame with which you want to start a chapter, click the “set/clear marker” button or press “M” key on the keyboard to set a chapter marker. To remove a chapter marker, find the chapter marker you want to delete with the help of the “Next marker” and the “Previous marker” buttons, then click the “set/clear marker” button or press “M” key on the keyboard to delete the chapter marker.
e. Substitute audio; add narration or voice over, and more…
Step 3. Add DVD menus
Click the “DVD” button on the right timeline toolbox, the whole project will be loaded into the DVD editor window. In the DVD editor window, we will add menus to the DVD. If you don’t need DVD menu, you can move to Step 5 now.
To create the menu, you can use one of the built-in menu templates, and then customize menu by changing background image/music/video, editing text and so on. Now right click on the “Menu” icon, and select “Template…”, then a window opens with a list of available menu templates. Select one preferred template, then click “OK” to apply the template.
MPEG Video Wizard DVD provides the maximum flexibility for us to customize the menu, you can edit all the items on the menu page where you can change the background to a personal photo, add an opening video before the menu displays, reset the menu button style and so on. I am not going to get into details here, but you can fool around on your own with the advanced settings. Just remember most of settings can only be accessed by righting clicking on that item.
Step 4. Preview
When you’re done with the menu, click “Preview” at the top buttons. The Preview window lets you do a final check on the menu design before starting an export job. If you don’t like what you see, you can go back to the “DVD” window to make changes, and then come back to check it again.
Step 5. Output DVD folder
Now we are back to “DVD” window and select a Output size. Output size is either a single layer or a dual layer disc – this option is useful when you want to reduce the size of the DVD movie to fit a DVD Disc. Please note MPEG Video Wizard DVD will either re-encode your video/audio to reduce the file size or it will do a “stream copy” which means the quality stays the same. You cannot “increase” quality by choosing the 7.92 GB option for a single layer project.
Now click on the “Export” button. In the Export window select a Output folder where you want your output DVD folder to be present – the “Video_TS” folder will be created under the path you specify here. If you check the box “Start DVD burning after export” here, the burning process will automatically start when finishing the exporting process.
Step 6. Burn DVD folder to DVD disc
In case you didn’t check the box “Start DVD burning after export” in last step, you can use the DVD Burning Tool included in MPEG Video Wizard DVD to burn the exported “Video_TS” folder to a DVD disc.
To open the DVD Burning tool, click the “Tools” button on the Toolbar and select “DVD Burning Tool” from the menu.
In the Burn window, change the folder path to where you outputted your DVD files (should be selected automatically for you), and then choose your DVD burner(You may also choose to output to an ISO file for later burning) and then click on the “Burn” button to start burning your DVD video to a DVD disc.