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aardvark







PostPosted: May 20, 2004 7:08 AM 

can anyone recommend a program to write the HQ episodes onto dvd. I have intervideo dvd creator but that just gives an unknown error and doesn't work (i can't figure out why) so i need to use a different program.

cheers

Mario
Bob Sakamano

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PostPosted: May 20, 2004 10:52 AM 

You want to write them to watch on DVD player or just as data for the computer in DivX format ?

aardvark
Bob Sakamano

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PostPosted: May 20, 2004 12:38 PM 

write them so i can watch them as a dvd - i.e re-encode them to mpeg2

Marine Biologist
Bob Sakamano

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PostPosted: May 20, 2004 1:19 PM 

You basically just convert them to MPEG2 with a program like TMPGEnc, then create the video DVD layout with a DVD authoring program such as TMPGEnc DVD Author, Nerovision Express, or any of countless others. More info in this thread:
http://www.stanthecaddy.com/problem-burning-to-vcd-discuss.html

Stoven
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PostPosted: May 20, 2004 8:49 PM 

You could also buy the Philips DVP642 Divx player from amazon.com for $66 shipped... All you'll have to do is burn the .avi files to a disk and put it in the player, and it will play the videos on your TV like it was a DVD.

aardvark
Bob Sakamano

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PostPosted: May 21, 2004 7:05 AM 

its the converting to mpeg2 which is causing a problem - tmpgenc plus crashes for some reason - i'm going to try and find another convertor somewhere.

ernie316
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PostPosted: May 23, 2004 6:49 AM 

get NeroVison Express 2. No messing about with this application, really easy to use. I've used it and put all 180 episodes over 14 dvds. you can get 13 episodes per disc of the artvendelay encodes and 14 of the TC encodes. problem is it takes 7 hours to encode and burn each disk so just start it off before you go to bed/work and it will be done by the time you get back. (I would also recommend virtualdub, coz some episodes have errors that will need correcting or nerovision will shut down)

Jim
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PostPosted: May 28, 2004 1:00 PM 

I was trying to use EZ CD Creator DVD builder. It tells me that 4 episodes with menu picture and theme song is 13361MB in size. It took the .avi files without issue. this works fine as I made one yesterday with only two episodes. Any idea why this is telling me that 4 episodes, a bitmap and an mp3 is sooooo large?

Walter
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PostPosted: May 28, 2004 2:34 PM 

I recommend Ulead DVD workshop. You can make menu's and whatnot, and also change the quality of the video to put more videos onto a disc. I put 11 Lo-Q videos on a disc without really messing with anything. I'd say it can fix just about the same as the guy who said his can get 13-14.

Marine Biologist
Bob Sakamano

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PostPosted: May 28, 2004 3:10 PM 

Jim, there's no way the files should be that big. You may need to tweak the parameters on your DVD authoring program or try a different one. Most of my MPEG's are in the 400-500 Mbyte range; some under this range, and the TC versions, as someone pointed out, are a bit over this range. This is in the ballpark of about twice the size of the original DivX AVI which is about the correct ratio. I can put about 11 of the Vandelay encodes on a video DVD, at 720x480 DVD standard, 29.97fps and audio at 48kHz 320kbps.

Another thing I can think of is that some (actually, most) of the Vandelay AVI's have an inconsistency in the header that screws up some conversion programs -- there's some info about that in the link I posted earlier in this thread.

Jim
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PostPosted: May 28, 2004 3:43 PM 

The strange thing is EZ CR creator accepts the avi's in original format. They are 170mb each in size. When I created the first DVD with menu and two episodes it played perfectly. I can't figure out what is actually happening during the conversion to DVD that causes the files to blow up in size. I should be able to easily write 4 - 170mb episodes and bmp pic and sound file for intro on a 4.7gb 120 minute DVD.
I am a total newby to this though. Should I be converting the AVI's prior to making the DVD?

Jim
Germaphobe

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PostPosted: May 28, 2004 3:44 PM 

I am beginning to think it would be easier to buy the set already on DVD from someone, but I hear there are many scmas going...who to trust???

Marine Biologist
Bob Sakamano

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PostPosted: May 28, 2004 4:38 PM 

I wouldn't buy a homemade DVD set if I were you -- the quality won't be that great and as you mention there are lots of scams. They won't be better than the Vandelay AVI's here and they may be much worse.

It is pretty strange that your program accepts the AVI's as is and that it works (I assume you mean it works on a DVD player). It must do a real quick-and-dirty MPEG conversion and that is maybe why the files are so big.

It sounds like you would be better off converting the AVIs to MPEG first with a tool that you can control. I describe this process and some of the issues in the link that I mentioned.

Jim
Germaphobe

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PostPosted: May 28, 2004 5:26 PM 

thank you so much,
I'm off to buy a BIG salad



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