Originally Posted by Grandmaster
I have another report via PM from Joe Linn of the video skipping during HD playback and he said he had the same thing before running videos through Womble. Does it run as smoothly as the standard def version for you?
I have no idea what Womble is supposed to do, but any kind of further processing will likely degrade picture quality so I'd rather tweak the original encoding profile.
I would foresee no problem adding DVD-ROM content.
With regards the standard DVD version, I did do that in a rush, so maybe I forgot to set the anamorphic flag on
Thanks for your testing.
I don't believe the video skipped, but since it's computer generated graphics, it's possible. I didn't notice any audio interruptions. There were spots where the action seemed to go into a slow-mo mode, but I thought that was deliberate. The audio never slowed at all - very smooth. And the slow-mo worked in the sections where I saw it. Ask Joe where he had difficulties.
My simple test is always this - if Movie Factory 5 accepts the video quickly when I open the file, and if it proceeds quickly to copying files to the HD DVD folder at the final stage, I don't have issues. If the file loads in slowly and it has to convert during the stage at which it creates the HD DVD folder, it never works well. I always use Womble to convert from transport stream to program stream. I had too many issues with VidoeRedo and HDTVtoMPEG2. (Now that I'm having such success with movies, though, I'll probably revisit all that.)
As to what Womble does, I'm not sure. When it works it seems to do nothing to the video. When I create an HD DVD from a .ts file, my successes seem almost like straight copies of the file, with a simple reformatting from MPEG program stream to EVO. The resulting video plays on the Toshiba A1 with the same smoothness that it plays from the MyHD card in the computer.
Honestly, if I could get my R5000 and MyHD captures to play smoothly as .ts files from the computer's DVD drive, this process wouldn't be as attractive for me personally. It's less work just to do a few simple edits and save the videos to DVD as .ts data files. Unfortunately, I can't get the DVDs to play back smoothly, consistently doing it that way. Also, having these movies as HD DVD ensures I'm a little more likely to be able to play them into the future (that is, if HD DVD survives - not a sure bet). I'm also backing them up as regular .ts files, in case I need the original files down the line.
Again, I didn't have any trouble playing the file. The HD DVD looked very much like the SD DVD, in terms of how it moved. I didn't notice any discrepancies in movement between the two. I used DVD Decryptor to burn the ISO. Ordinarily, I use Nero when burning my HD DVDs, since I don't have the ISO or Blu-ray options in my version of the software. I suspect I'll get the same results burning the ISO with Nero, but I'll do that if you'd like.
By the way, I enjoyed your video. It reminded me, though, that I had talks with Electronic Arts about a game I worked on years ago. I still remember getting a phone call from them at home about a game concept I was working on with a friend. Unfortunately, we didn't have the resources to finish it and the basic concept later showed up in other games from other companies we sent the project to. We learned a valuable lesson about dealing with gaming companies. (Not Electronic Arts - they were genuinely interested. We just couldn't deliver it to them when we needed to and lost a window of opportunity.)
If I can help in any other way, let me know.