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07-27-2004, 02:49 PM
Well, right now I have a computer at my sister's place recording programming I don't get here in West LA. It encodes the video in MPEG2 which results in some pretty large yet high-quality video files. I want to compress these down to size to ease downloading these files to my server here in LA. I still want to maintain good quality so I can play these files on my TV.
So, can anyone recommend a good codec and encoder? I want to keep these small enough so I can store these on HD or DVD-R's. But quality of encoding has to be at least on par with VCD or close to broadcast quality. Also has to be easy enough for me to use. It'd be nice if it was freeware.
Much thanks for any recommendations.
07-28-2004, 07:31 AM
you can convert the mpg to avi
go to www.vcdhelp.com to learn how and get the software
The two freeware programs I've used are RADvideo and Virtual Dub. Good luck.
P.S. Please note I have no opinion and no knowledge about the conversion quality, the type of codec, etc., so please don't embarrass me by asking.
SVCD uses MPEG2, as do DVDs, but SVCD has a lower resolution and different aspect ratio.
VCD uses MPEG1.
I'd suggest SVCD quality. I don't know of any free MPEG2 encoders, though. I recommend Nero for newbies... it is a CD/DVD-burning program and they have an SVCD plugin for sale, and will convert whatever format you've got it in to SVCD and burn it to disc.
07-29-2004, 02:21 PM
What you have: large mpeg2 files
mpeg2 are good for recording to DVD media.
what you want to do: download mpeg2 files from your sister's server to your computer.
i don't recommend converting MPEG2 video files to AVI. It's not compressed.
If video and audio quality is not a concern this is
what will work:
Use TMPGEnc to convert them to mpeg 1
I second the use of VirtualDub .
this url will help in use of TMPGEnc and VirutalDub.: http://www.doom9.org/index.html?/capture/encoding_authoring.html
08-08-2004, 05:22 PM
08-09-2004, 11:16 PM
If you want them to play on DVD players when your choices are limited.
But if you are going to play them on computers I suggest encoding them with xvid. It has surpassed divx in quality. I've never used xvid myself but I believe encoding can be done with VirtualDub.
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