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Differences in capture/production quality

Discussion in 'MPEG-1 and MPEG-2 encoding (AVI to DVD)' started by fazgood, Jan 8, 2003.

  1. fazgood

    fazgood Guest

    I have a Sony DCR-TRV340 and I am trying to capture movies and make them into SVCDs that can be played on my DVD player. So far I have just been using Ulead Video Studio 6 to capture the uncompressed AVI and produce the SVCD at 480 by 480. The results are pretty good but I have seen better. I am using the default settings for Ulead.

    A video was sent in to my company by a vendor that was made with the same camera on SVCD cd and it looked a lot better. The entire image was sharper and noticably higher resolution. There was about 30 minutes of video on the 80 minute CD.

    So... I guess my question is, how can I improve the quality of the SVCD to get a better output? I have acccess to Adobe Premiere at work if that would have a better output but I feel it may be some settings. I don't really care if I get less time per disk if that will help.



  2. jnihil

    jnihil Moderator Staff Member

    Dec 23, 2001
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    I've never created SVCDs using Ulead, but the choice of encoder can make quite a difference. I think most people here use tmpgenc of cinemacraft encoder. tmpgenc is good for mpeg-1, but I tend to think cce is better for mpeg-2.

    Another thing that greatly affects the SVCD quality is noise, due to the statistical nature of mpeg video streams. Use a noise reduction filter for your video. The encoder will then spend less of the available video bandwidth on reproducing the noise. A gentle amount of blur works rather nicely as well.

    Achieving quality on VCD/SVCD is an art. Try out your experiments using CD-RW and before long you'll have the perfect methodology.


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