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I own a Windows Media Center (Vista) which I use for recording tv shows and movies. I'd like to archive some of the material I record. I need a good solution which allows me to cut the recordings in order to have smaller files.

Which program or Media Center add-ons are there? It would be nice if there also was some option for re-encoding the recordings. Bonus for Media Center integrated solutions.


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I have used a combination of DVRMSToolbox and good old VirtuaDub to convert and edit the recordings. DVRMSToolbos has the option to auto-decode anything you record, using a drop folder. You can use VirtuaDub to edit the movie, and convert it to xvid. Both are free.

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Yeah, that's sound a viable solution. Thank you! – splattne Jul 23 '09 at 9:10

Videoredo is good.

Windows Movie Maker either came with Vista, or was a free download from Microsoft (it's been so long I've forgotten).

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I've used Movie Maker. It was functional, but not great, I was able to trim enough commercials to get a long TV show on a DVD. – jtimberman Jul 16 '09 at 3:46

If you don't mind switching software, MythTV has all that functionality (including automatic advert detection). It's primarily a Linux solution, but there is apparently now a working Windows version.

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Thanks for the tip, but I don't want to switch. Maybe I'll try that out on another computer. – splattne Jul 15 '09 at 11:31

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