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Basic Conversion question...

Discussion in 'DVDR' started by Plazz, Sep 3, 2004.

  1. Plazz

    Plazz Member

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    I'm new to this and have been reading up on conversions in general and to be honest it all is a bit confusing. To burn a DVD and to be able to view it on most standalones which format is best to use? (good media is a given and DVD + or - are about the same with - a bit more accepted in standalones as it is an older format) It seems the more I read the more confusing it gets. Xvid, DivX, SVCD, MPEG 1/2, M-JPEG, DVD-VCD, DVD-SVCD I've read about em all!

    So what conversion format is best to burn? I figure DVD - DVD is always best but what about all the ones listed above? There are many conversion guides available but I really don't know what I should be shooting for here? What is best type to have before I burn? Will all of these play on standalones?

    So far my luck hasn't been the greatest and figure my nic should be changed to coasterman.

    Thanks for any light u can shed on this!
     
  2. Navig8r

    Navig8r Regular member

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    Yo Plazz whats up and welcome

    My suggestion and it is only a suggestion,
    as to where I am also fairly new to all this
    (about 8 months of trail and error...LOL) I
    have tried all types of conversion programs
    (over 15) I finally use WinAvi for everything,
    it will convert anything (seriously)!! the
    easiest thing to do is use WinAvi and convert
    your files from what ever format xvid, avi,
    mpeg ect to DVD...very easy with WinAvi,
    then you can either use a DVD authoring program TMPEGEnc DVD author or DVDLab (my preference is DVDLab...i had lots of probs with TMPEGEnc
    due to the DVD compliancy issues, thats a
    whole other issue, i would really suggest DVDLab) anyway you can use these to create menus,
    chapters, and so forth and then just use
    nero 6 to burn to DVD. You could also skip
    the Authoring portion and burn straight to
    DVD with nero once you have converted your
    files to dvd with Win Avi.

    Let me know if you have any questions. I can also point you where to get guides on using DVDLab. Like i said i would avoid TMPGEnc main reason because of the file compliancy and you cant mix NTSC and PAL files either, once you use DVDLab once or twice you will have it down...
    Let me know if you have any other questions Im more than glad to help you out
     
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    Navig8r Regular member

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    did that help you out at all there Plazz?
     
  4. gilera

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    If you wait until next month WinAVI will have the chapter facility built in.
     
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    gilera

    Good info any word on whether it will be a free upgrade or not?
     
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    No but as i understand it, once paid all future updates are included, perhaps somebody will correct me if im wrong
     
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    I just went to their site and it does appear that it should be a free upgrade. Where did you here about the chapter features coming out in the next version?
     
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    Two sources, 1/ The excellent lady at WinAVI support and 2/ The Afonic guides forum, take a look at that forum for WinAVI
     
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    Gilera

    Hope this isnt a dumb question

    Afonic guides forum?? can you point me to that and i will gladly take a look...appreciate the help

    ahhhh isnt google great I found it, thanks again for the help
     
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    Hope this isnt a dumb question

    Afonic guides forum?? can you point me to that and i will gladly take a look...appreciate the help

    ahhhh isnt google great I found it, thanks
    again for the help....good lookin out yo

    sorry doulble post
     
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  11. Plazz

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    Thnx for the tip Nav!

    Well WinAvi/DVDlab are about the only programs I haven't messed with much. I am at work right now, but with a 3 day weekend coming I'll have plenty of time to burn more coasters (lol). Thanks for the tip and I'll let you know how it goes over the weekend.

    I hate to hear that about TMPEGEnc because I'm in the middle of authoring some southpark episodes (that I converting from .rm files to MPEG with EO Video). Oh well, it's not like I havne't burned a few before!
     
  12. Navig8r

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    No prob Plazz

    Anytime I can help.

    Also just FYI I'm not sure what media you are using but i found a great place to buy media and it's very cheap (i use ProMedia no coasters yet and burned over 50 so far) go to www.supermediastore.com and give it a look. Good luck this weekend. Let me know how it goes I'll check in on tuesday.
     

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