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Burn Windows Media Center TV to DVD

Discussion in 'Convert video to another format' started by AttilaTheHog, Jan 16, 2012.

  1. AttilaTheHog

    AttilaTheHog Member

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    I have been recording some football games with my Windows Media Center PC and playing them back. I have recorded them in very high quality and they look great.

    Here is my problem. My son wants a copy so I need to burn them to a DVD while retaining as much quality as possible. I have a dual layer burner so basically I am trying to put a 25GB WTV file on to an 8.5GB DVD.

    I have played with quite a few software packages but have not found one (or ones) that will provide me the simplest and best way to do this. I realize I will have some loss of quality but I am trying to keep the HiDef if at all possible.

    Any of you video gurus out there know the easiest way? If so, could you step me through it?

    Thanks,
     
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    scorpNZ Active member

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    I'm wondering why your bothering to burn them surely they are of no use once games are watched,so why not use an external hdd instead that way he can watch,delete then get you to put the next batch on,all comps & tv's these days can be connected without need for tv enabled graphic cards.

    you'll need to provide more info if my suggestion above is of no use,mediainfo is a free tiny utility that can or should show resolution size & bitrate & whether it's 1080p or not,this info will help others in determining the best way to proceed,install it & right click on the video.if it's 1080p you could attempt to drop the encode down to 720 or lower,in the end bitrate determines quality not resolution
     
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    I will download that program and then post the info. Thanks for the reply.

    Jim
     
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    scorpNZ Active member

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    once it's installed it will appear when you right click any audio or vid file,then left clik it's name & presto,you should be able to get it from software section here at AD
     
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    ScorpNZ,

    I installed the MediaInfo as you suggested and here is the information that I received. So if I want to get this 23.4GB file on to a Dual Layer DVD at the highest quality, any suggestions on how to do that?

    Thanks,


    General
    Complete name : F:\Recorded TV\Move Here to Convert\Cotton Bowl 2012 V1.wtv
    Format : MPEG Video
    Format version : Version 2
    File size : 23.4 GiB
    Overall bit rate mode : Variable

    Video
    Format : MPEG Video
    Format version : Version 2
    Format profile : Main@High
    Format settings, BVOP : Yes
    Format settings, Matrix : Default
    Bit rate mode : Variable
    Maximum bit rate : 20.0 Mbps
    Width : 1 280 pixels
    Height : 720 pixels
    Display aspect ratio : 16:9
    Active Format Description : Letterbox 16:9 image
    Frame rate : 59.940 fps
    Color space : YUV
    Chroma subsampling : 4:2:0
    Bit depth : 8 bits
    Compression mode : Lossy

    Text #1
    ID : 608-1
    Format : EIA-608
    Muxing mode : A/53 / DTVCC Transport
    Bit rate mode : Constant
    Stream size : 0.00 Byte (0%)

    Text #2
    ID : 1
    Format : EIA-708
    Muxing mode : A/53 / DTVCC Transport
    Bit rate mode : Constant
    Stream size : 0.00 Byte (0%)
     
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    Find member Attar send him a pm & link to this thread,he'd best know how to go about it,personally unless you have a quad core computer i'd split it over 3 discs,i can't imagine how long it would take to decode then re-encode that size file on a dual core
     
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    I have a quad-core i5 with 12GB of memory and a solid state hard drive. Plus I can get it started and let it go all day.

    But I will send a PM to Attar and see if he has any suggestions. Thanks!
     
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    For DVD Video, you have to settle for DVD quality.

    A program called MC-TVConverter can convert WMC .wtv files to DVD resolution mpeg files.

    The output can then be authored to DVD without encoding - but note that the default output (from the converter) is PAL resolution files.

    If you need NTSC (North America) resolution files, there is a minor edit to an .ini file that has to be done (else your DVD authoring program will have to re-encode the files)

    http://mctvconverter.vivolum.net/

    The converter has other settings for mp4 etc, which may be useful for playback to TV on a media player.

    Edited for clarity - I hope.
     
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    Thanks for the quick reply. When you say DVD quality, I watch movies that are HD quality and last for about two hours. Can I split a four hour game on to two dual layer DVDs and get HD quality?

    I am thinking that if I can specify the output size to say 16GB and then burn that over two DVDs, the quality should be pretty great. Is that possible?
     
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    If your son intends to play it on a standalone DVD player, then it can't be HD.
    Four hours running time when converted and authored to DVD format will fit on a dual layer disk.
     

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