Originally Posted by beergut99
...I don't care about video, just want to record music at the best sound quality, but also want the longest record time.
- What's your technical expertise level?
- What device do you plan to play back the audio files on?
- Do the original / source audio files come with video or are they audio only?
- What do you intent to play these audio files on? DVD or CD?
If you're over 30, you can't hear much, if any, over 20 khz so why record it? If the source is 'Audio Only', I'd consider using a PC and recording .WAV files through a sound card. Then, from the lossless .WAV files, you can try lossless FLAC (~50% reduction in size) or MP3 @ 256 or MP3 @ 192 (more than 50% the lower you go) and see how it sounds to you.
If the source is 'Audio/Video', I'd consider writing the files to finalized R/Ws, copy them to a PC, and DEMUX (separate the one A/V file, into 2 files - Video and Audio). Then I'd look at converting the audio (MP2?) into a format playable on CDs, MP3 players, DVD players, etc...
It's been YEARS since I was 'fluent' in this topic - back when I was ripping DVDs and burning SVCDs - late 1990's / early 2000s? I GOOGLE'D: "define:demux
" and here are three sample LINKs for you to read (IIRC, VCDHelp, Doom9 and AfterDawn were my favorite sites):
- Doom9: how to demux audio from mpeg2 file
- AfterDawn: Demux
- VCDHelp: GOOGLE Cache of VCDHelp results - couldn't get site to load
BTW, when I first bought my Sony SLV-676UC VCR (*BEFORE* I bought my Sony CDP-CX210 200 CD Changer), I remember recording SEVERAL CDs onto VHS tapes @ EP (6 hours) because the sound quality was SO good!