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Full user review
"Great Quick Editor for WTV and other video"
- Very easy to use, works with Windows Media Center recoded TV
- All needed tools in one package, this is a major plus!
- Commercial Scanner lightening fast and accurate
- Very fast authoring edited show (Cuts only)
- Fast authoring if recode required.
- Very flexible DVD Menu Options
- Can remove ads in 30 min show in about 5 mins (all in)
- Does not recode if all you do are cuts
- A LOT of settings, thankfully the defaults seem to do fine (I am not sure this is really a con)
- The Help expects you to know the termonology and know how it applies. It is a little techie given how easy the user interface is for editing.
There are a lot of good things to say about VideoReDo TV SuiteV4 H.264 (VRD). I can't speak to the million settings, my goal was something to easily and quickly remove commercials from TV shows I record using Windows Media Center (WMC) and a Hauppauge Win-TV board. (.wtv files)
After intalling I was looking at the first show in seconds, it found my "Recorded TV", I figured if I needed a manual it was likely going to be too complicated, so I just went at it. The first show was a 30 minute TV show with 4 blocks of commercials.
The Auto Ad-Detect took 42 seconds to find and mark them for cutting, 2 spots it marked it did not mark for cutting, they were ads but I guess it was not sure so it marked start and end, so setting it to be cut was fast. Used a couple minutes here looking at what it marked and didn't. it did not miss any.
So now I picked Author & Burn DVD, after looking at a daunting number of options, just hoped all that other stuff was right and said go.
It took it only 30 seconds to author (cut the marked spots and prepare the files to burn to DVD, and 4 minutes to burn and verify the DVD. (Not that I would normally do this for one show)
The next thing I tried was putting a bunch of shows on one DVD, in fast mode it can fit 4 30 minute SD shows on one DVD, if you put say 6 (as I did for a test), I still ended with an average Bit Rate of 5Mbps (roughly SD TV quality). So you can cram as much on a DVD as you are willing to give up in quality.
I picked batch mode and went and let it find all the commercials in the 6 shows, that took 5 minutes, then it took a 14 minutes to process and write to DVD, all in all pretty good. That is half the time it took me to do it on my Panasonic DVR.
With the trial key you get a 100% functioning 15 day trial, all features the same as the paid version so you can really kick the tires before you shell out the 95 bucks this cost, an almost unheard of price in utility software these days. However compared to the time and effort of dealing with multiple tools to do this one thing, it is actually a very good price. You get Multi-Format Video Editor, Joiner, DVD Authoring Tool w/Burner, video format converter, native .wtv video support, cuts without recoding, smart automatic Ad detector.
It does a bunch of other stuff, converting formats and such, but if your goal is removing commercials, then this is a great product deserving of a 5 rating.
[For reference -- OS: Win7 Ult 64 / CPU: i7-990X 3.46GHz 6 Core/ 16GB RAM / 2 7200 3Gb/s SATA 2TB drives / GeForce GT-440 / WMC / VideoReDo TVSuite H.264 Ver. 188.8.131.529]
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