I am interested in transferring my home-movies from my DV camcorder to a dvd to watch on theatertek. Has anyone successfully done this? What is your setup? Would any dvd authoring software out there work with theatertek?
Bill I've got another question for you and one that may be of interest to Jason.
For one of my classes we had to video tape a production process. We used a Sony Hi8 tape and 1394'd it to my Vaio laptop. We are in the process of trying to edit the video from around 38 minutes down to about 15. I am wanting to maintain quality but also be able to put the finished video on CD for display in class.
Are there any codecs out there that let me do this? I tried compressing using the Cinepak codec that came with Adope Premiere 5.1LE but it took our 7:xx (min:sec) clip and compressed it from 1.42 GB down to 999MB, still too big!
I've gone to VCDhelp.com can I fit the final product, which will probably be close to 3 GB onto a single CD?
I've tried the encoders integrated into my DVD burner and have had better sucess with a dedicated encoder. You'll need to extract the DV from the camera in it's raw form. The files are very large so plan on having a big hard drive.
Then follow, the instructions on this page to encode to MPEG-2 for burning to a DVD or MPEG-1 for VCD.
Thanks ddwakeham, I've got the raw files, all 7 Gb of them. I haven't downloaded TMPENC yet, I was planning to do that today. I'm worried that when it is edited probably down to 3 Gb that it won't fit onto a single CD. I know the site talks about putting about 1 hour of "dvd quality" video on a single CD, but I suspect that the source file was already very well encoded(compressed). Should it fit? The final video will only be about 15 minutes long.
Do all of your editing in the DV format, this will give you the highest quality. OOnce you have a finished edit then you will be ready to "output" it to any number of final forms. TMPGENC should work well. I have made SVCD's(mpg2) that are of such good quality that they are close to DVD quality.
Once you have a final edit you will be able to experiment with different compressions to get what you need. 15minutes will easily fit in a CD.
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