#1
I googled for a video editing forum but there only seem to be a couple small ones with slow responses and few threads... so the pit will have to do. I'm sure some of you are into this stuff.

Basically, what I want to do is either a) remove scenes from a movie or b) splice scenes into another movie. Which one is easier, and what tools do I need?

Movie in question is Donnie Darko. I like the extra scenes in the director's cut but HATE the "book" parts where it gives stuff away. I like it to be ambiguous and want to make my own "cut".
#2
Well, I'm no expert but there might be copyright issues involved if you're planning on sharing it.

If not, I think the more simplistic way of doing it would be to import the files you want to splice/cut into windows movie makes (I assume this is the video editing software you're going to be using given your question)

In timeline mode it'll show you the length of the clip. Then, you just need to move the marker to where you want to make the break, select "split at cursor", do this on either side of the section you want to remove, select the small clip you want out and hit delete.

If you want to add in, just split it the same way, the drag-and-drop the clip you want into the place where you made the break.

I hope that makes sense, it's been a while since I used Windows Movie Maker but that should do the trick for you since it doesn't sound like you want to do anything fancy.

Cheers.
#3
No copyright issues, it's purely for me. And I own both movies in question (original DD and director's cut DD) so I think I kinda have a right to do it as long as I don't start selling "my version"... I mean I have right to break it in half and throw it in the trash right?

And I'll look into Windows Movie Maker... I didn't know the names of any programs to do this kind of thing so I was kinda lost... I assume I'd have to convert the DVD into some other format? (I mean, I know you can't directly edit the DVD itself, and I wouldn't want to)
#4
Windows Movie Maker will do just fine, cutting/splicing clips is the most basic of all video editing functions. If you want to get way into video editing though you absolutely MUST get a Mac, as Final Cut is the industry standard software.
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#5
What format should I convert the DVDs into before I start messing with them to maintain MAXIMUM DVD quality?
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#7
Splicing single frames of pornography into family films...
A) Its been done.
B) I'm on to you -_-
#8
Quote by rgrockr
Windows Movie Maker will do just fine, cutting/splicing clips is the most basic of all video editing functions. If you want to get way into video editing though you absolutely MUST get a Mac, as Final Cut is the industry standard software.


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