Per my book, put the DVD in your computer's DVD drive and then use Premiere Elements' Add Media/From PC DVD or DVD Camcorder to rip the video files from the disc into the program. It should work great.
Unless I am overlooking something in SG's reply, you appear to be beyond the stage that he is suggesting.
What you are going to be ripping from your DVD-VIDEO on DVD disc are the video file(s) (VOB) in the VIDEO_TS Folder of the DVD-VIDEO structure. The video files and its associated audio files for the movie in that folder are represented by the VTS_01_1.VOB files series. You are not going to be ripping each video and audio file that were imported into that movie in the project that generated your DVD-VIDEO on DVD disc. What you will be ripping is the "composite" video audio that fits into one of these VOB before the structure generates another VOB for the carryover. It is my recollection that each of those VOBs will contained up to 1 GB of data.
So, as I see it, after the ripping, there will probably be a lot of trimming in the Preview Window or elsewhere - whatever needs to be done to achieve the new end product.
I am not sure of my blog post on Project Assets organization will be of help, but I will post the link to it just in case.
Please let us know if you need clarification on anything that I have written.
Steve, thanks for the reply. I have already done what you suggest, and I see no way to separate out the audio soundtrack (which I added when I made the DVD) from the video camera soundtrack. Do you know of a way to make the separation? Norman
Just add the video to your timeline, right-click on it and select either Unlink Audio and Video, Delete Audio or Delete Video.
Steve, I can do all the things you suggest, but it still does not separate the original video sound from the soundtrack that I added when I made the DVD. Norman
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When you write:
I see no way to separate out the audio soundtrack (which I added when I made the DVD) from the video camera soundtrack. Do you know of a way to make the separation?
Am I correct that what you have is a DVD, that contains both the Audio from the camera, plus an Audio Soundtrack that you added to the Timeline, in the original Project - the one that the DVD was produced from?
Then, you are looking for a way to go back, and separate the camera's Audio from that Audio Soundtrack, but only have the DVD to work from. Is that correct?
If so, the two Audio Streams, the camera Audio and the Audio Soundtrack have been mixed together, when you produced that DVD. Those mixed Audio Streams are then muxed (a Multiplexed file of both the Video Stream, and the mixed Audio Streams combined), and while you can separate that muxed Audio from the Video, you will still be left with the mixed Audio from the camera, and the Audio Soundtrack, all in one Audio file.
If I am missing what it is, that you wish to accomplish, please correct me.
Bill, you have it exactly. Thanks. Too bad I cannot separate the audio sources. Norman
I was afraid of that. Once the two original Audio Streams have been mixed-down, they become one - the camera's Audio + the Soundtrack Audio.
Now, about the closest that one can get, would be to use something like a Karaoke Effect, in an Audio editor. http://audacity.sourceforge.net/help/faq_i18n?s=editing&i=remove-vocals
This would remove some of the vocals, from the camera's Audio. Then one could shift the Phase of the Karaoke Audio Track, by 180 degrees, to try and mute the Soundtrack Audio, in the original file. This is a real touch-n-go operation, and might have but a small effect on that mixed Audio file, that you now have. With a bit of Gating, and Filtering, plus some extensive EQ work (available in many Audio editing programs, and with VST plug-ins), one might be able to get close to what you want. It will not be easy, and will require a lot of hand-work, plus critical listening.
It would probably be better to go to that original camera Audio, Import that, then cut it up to match the edits originally performed in the Project. Then, one would add a new Soundtrack Audio. Finally, the ripped, mixed Audio (with the original camera Audio and the original Soundtrack Audio) would be Muted, or Deleted from the new Project. One would have to do a lot of editing to that original camera Audio, and syncing could take some time, with trial and error, but the result would likely be better, than trying to separate the mixed-down camera Audio and Soundtrack Audio.
Good luck, and sorry for the bad news.
Bill, I wish I had kept the original camera audio; then I would not be in this position. Thank you so much for your efforts. Happy New Year. Norman
And a Happy New Year to you, as well.
Steve, I was able to do the import of the DVD file as you suggested but I was unable to separate the original video sound from the added soundtrack and I unfortunately did not keep the original video with its own sound. Thanks for your reply. Norman
ATM: thanks for your reply. It helps to know about what goes on when one clicks on a button. I looked at your linked information, but I could see nothing about separating the original sound of the video from the soundtrack that I added when I created the DVD. It looks like I am stuck with the combined audio file. Norman
The blog post
was mentioned in the early stages of your thread where I envisioned you trying to separate the basic individual video files in the VTS_01_1.VOB using trimming in the Preview Windows after VOB ripping.
The link was offered for consideration for how to organize those trims from the Preview Window trimming with the Preview Window's Set In and Set Out points. The files applicable after ripping and presence in Project Assets would be:
video with linked audio
video which had been unlinked and separated from it audio
audio which had been unlinked and separated from it video
video that came without audio
audio that came without video
None of that had anything to do with your audio goal as defined later in the thread, that goal being wanting to separate two different audio streams in a given basic audio file. In particular, you cannot do that with Premiere Elements.
Hope that clarifies where I was coming from with the blog post link.
Thanks for asking for clarification.
ATR: I thought I had made it clear from the start that I wanted to retrieve the original video, (which to me means including the original audio). If not, it was my lack of understanding of the terms and I apologize. Thanks for your help and I am disappointed that I cannot get back the original combo of audio & video that was recorded with the video camera. I should have saved it separately. I will know for future projects. Norman