I have a problem here. Please forgive me when i don't know all the specialities, i am a relative newbie to "video" and such stuff.
My boyfriend recently bought a rather dodgy VCD. This one does play in a standalone player, but it stutters a lot specially in the beginning. On the PC, using Windows Media Playuer as normally for VCD's, it says "can not play this CD, it might be dirty or damaged". By the way i use XP pro SP2.
When i try to copy the .dat file from the VCD on the harddisk, by using the DVD/SC drive, it comes with an error "can not copy avseq01.dat: cyclic redundancy check" and when i try to do the same, using my CD writer drive, it comes with "illegal MS Dos operation", short, it can not be copied onto HDD, not even from the command prompt (same error messages).
I managed to make a copy of that VCD, using "Deep Burner" and "Burn At Once", but the copy behaves exactly as the original, and when i copied the .dat file alone (using RAW mode -otherwise it wasn't possible) this .dat file is dodgy as well, as in "can not play it".
Now, since everything else seems to fail i wonder, why this very same CD on either drive plays almost perfectly in PowerDVD..?? It still stutters a bit but nowhere near as much as on the standalone player. Also on a "Smart Movie" converter (which converts video to be used on Symbian-powered cell phones) it plays nearly perfect, however when trying to actually convert it, the output file has perfect audio but the video is stuck on the very first frame.
Now i downloaded an application "Cam Studio" which promised to record "desktop activity" to an avi file. Well, it DOES that. But when i play that VCD in PowerDVD and try to "capture" the window with Cam Studio, the result is only a black screen (on the recorded file).
Is there a software (or even a trick in PowerDVD itself) to "record" a video that's playing in PowerDVD to have a mpg or avi file as output? If it records/captures without audio that wouldn't be a problem since the content on the VCD is needed for it's images.
By the way i did already try the "hardware acceleration" thing as needed for capturing frames. Didn't make a difference - still all black when "recording".
My VGA card is a TNT2-M64 which works absolutely perfect and which i don't want to change just to record a single video. The CPU is a slightly overclocked Duron 1000 (@1200) and i have 768 MB of RAM in the machine. The DVD drive is a Asus (therefor also my PowerDVD version is actually branded "AsusDVD" but the executable is PowerDVD.exe) and the writer is a Samsung SW208.
Any help would be greatly appreciated
With kind regards.....