Thanks folks but courtesy of Bert1 the video tape is now on DVD and plays great.
NOW the problem is how to edit the thing. All I want to do is chop off about 10 seconds at the beginning and at the end. All attempts so far = fail!
I have tried MS editor, Nero and Pinnacle.
The Web tells me that the .vob file on the DVD is really a. .mpg file in disguise and can simply be renamed. OK, I copy the .vob file from the DVD and put it on the hard drive and rename it as .mpg. When I double click on that sure enough the video opens and plays in Windows Media Player just like any other .mpg on my machine.
Right so it should be easy to import the .mpg into one of the editing programs
HAH ! No joy. It is obviously not a "real" .mpg even though Windows Media Player can cope. For Example if I try to import into MS Moviemaker than at random I get one of two error messages
a. A Codec is not installed on my machine - so how the ***** can the file play ok in Windows Media Player ????
b. “An interface has too many methods to fire events from”. A statement in bad English that is completely unintelligible to me
Any clever people out there can help?
5 Precepts of Buddhism seem appropriate. Refrain from taking life. Refrain from taking that which is not given. Refrain from misconduct. Refrain from lying. Refrain from intoxicants which lead to loss of mindfulness