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best file format to convert to dvd

ECS KT600-A
July 24, 2006 at 07:06:46
Specs: Windows Xp, Athlon Xp 2000 1 gig ddr

I usually record shows in 30 minute segments from my tv card. What is the best format to use? Would it take less time to convert to dvd using an avi file format, because I don't think avi are compressed?

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#1
July 24, 2006 at 10:08:40

Avi is just an extention. There are probably 10 or so different codecs that are used in AVI. AVI can be compressed or uncompressed, it just depends what format you specify when creating the video.If you use uncompressed AVI, you will use an incredible amount of hard drive space for a 30 minute show. The best format to use would be MPEG2 since this is the format of a DVD, you wouldn't have to transcode for saving to DVD

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#2
July 24, 2006 at 11:26:40

Good advice from Kurt. But I have run into a problem with MPEG2. After I edited an MPEG2 file, the video and audio would be out of sync. The only fix I found was a time consuming trial and error procedure to try and match them up, which was frustrating. I don't have that problem with AVI or MPEG1.

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#3
July 24, 2006 at 12:23:25

So, No benifit really from file type for creating a DVD. I have about 170 gig of unused space on my hard drive.

This question I thought might of been the answer to my Nero hang up. I don't understand why an mpeg 1 or 2 would take 3 hours to encode even if i could get my nero to work.


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#4
July 24, 2006 at 12:31:56

I 'think' an MPEG2 file should convert pretty quick. Because like Kurt said, The DVD VOB files are really basicly MPEG2s.

Converting to the DVD format does take a LLLLOOONNNGGG time. I let them run overnight.

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#5
July 24, 2006 at 12:42:30

does your nero countdown timer continuously run or do you get hang ups. Maybe I should let it run overnight. Mine stops and i think it is not running or is it. Thats is my only other thought.

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#6
July 24, 2006 at 15:01:04

Sorry, I don't use Nero, so I don't know if it stops intermittently.

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#7
July 24, 2006 at 15:43:34

MPEG2 is definitely the format to record in, as DVD uses this format - though the VOB files do contain other elements - so it only takes a few minutes to "convert" from MPEG to VOB.

There does seem to be a problem with some video capture software that causes sync to skip when a file is edited on made into a DVD

I use Winfast, and have this problem, so I re-encode the file using TMPGenc before I do anything else - takes about 50% longer than the file length on my machine, so I run it overnight usually, after which I can edit and write to DVD with complete success.


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