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How to convert .sdv video files to something Windows Movie Maker can read

Brian1 6,233 1,370 October 19, 2010 at 10:04 PM
I'm trying to use either Windows Movie Maker or Nero to edit a bunch of video files I have into a movie. The videos were shot on a Samsung camcorder a few years ago. The files are .sdv. Neither WMM nor Nero can read them. I've downloaded an all-in-one codec, but this hasn't helped.

How can I convert these .sdv video files into something either WMM or Nero can read?

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try to google for : "sdv to mpeg" or for "sdv to mpeg free"

http://www.fileguru.com/apps/sdv_...r/freeware
http://www.iorgsoft.com/Video-Converter/

and probably pinnacle http://www.pinnaclesys.com
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try to google for : "sdv to mpeg" or for "sdv to mpeg free"

http://www.fileguru.com/apps/sdv_...r/freeware
http://www.iorgsoft.com/Video-Converter/

and probably pinnacle http://www.pinnaclesys.com
Thanks for that. I came across that page in my search, but here's the problem: they're not audio files, they're video files. When I view them in the "Thumbnails" mode in My Documents, I can see a screenshot of each video, but when I click on the file, only the audio plays. Do you have any ideas on why this is?
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you may need to get a proper codec; i am going to check for you but you can try to use this converter: http://www.iorgsoft.com/Video-Converter/ it may have a buildin codec

you can use gspot to checkif you have a proper codec : http://www.headbands.com/gspot/

do you have any software disk for your camcorder?
do you have a firewire or usb port on your camcorder?
if you have usb or firewire you can try to capture video from camcorder on your pc; i have an older panasonic miniDV and I am usign firewire with pinnacle to capture video and record dvd


looks like you can play with QuickTime http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/QuickTime

i never worked sdv files myself
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you may need to get a proper codec; i am going to check for you but you can try to use this converter: http://www.iorgsoft.com/Video-Converter/ it may have a buildin codec

you can use gspot to checkif you have a proper codec : http://www.headbands.com/gspot/

do you have any software disk for your camcorder?
do you have a firewire or usb port on your camcorder?
if you have usb or firewire you can try to capture video from camcorder on your pc; i have an older panasonic miniDV and I am usign firewire with pinnacle to capture video and record dvd


looks like you can play with QuickTime http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/QuickTime

i never worked sdv files myself
I don't own the camcorder so I don't have the software or the camcorder. I shot the video for someone in another state using their camcorder. I copied the files and brought them home in hopes that I could edit the video and make them a nice DVD as a gift.

I used GSpot and found which codec I need, but it appears that editing the video might be challenging.

These two links are the most helpful I've found so far, but I don't understand everything on them in terms of how I can edit the video:

http://www.moviecodec.com/solutio...g-4-12191/
http://forum.videohelp.com/thread...dia-Player
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from the first link looks like you can use virtualdub and other software to convert this video or use it with Windows Movie Maker http://www.microsoft.com/windowsx...fault.mspx

it's probably easier to follow virtualdub tutorial http://www.teachers.ash.org.au/db...apture.htm to convert to another format and after that edit your video
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Thank you very much for your help. I skimmed through that link you posted on the VDub tutorial and my eyes started to glaze over. Maybe it's because it's late, or maybe it's because I won't understand it even tomorrow after I've had some sleep, or maybe it's both. I'll read it tomorrow and see if it makes more sense.

Thanks again for your help!
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have fun; they have some nice info in the first link :

* Someone requested more detailed steps. During installation of ffdshow-tryouts, make sure the boxes VFW interface and VirtualDub plugin are both checked. If you don't need anything else, turn off all the audio and video codecs when you get to the page to select them. When done with installation, go to your start menu and find the entry ffdshow -> VFW configuration. Go to the decoder tab. Under codecs, find the line "Other MPEG4". In the decoder column set it to libavcodec (preferred) or xvid. Remember to click apply. The SEDG or SMP4 file should be openable in VirtualDub now

try those steps and use another tutorial virtualdub http://www.videohelp.com/oldguides/avi2divx
looks like first tutorial (from previous post) about capturing with virtualdub or you need to select file -> open instead of capture avi; this one about conversion ; since you want to burn a dvd you need to convert to mpeg
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