*Emergency" MPEG2 to DV AVI (Once and For All!!)

Discussion in 'Professional Video Production' started by Juna Kuristag, Sep 8, 2003.

  1. Hi all,

    I'm in a MAD CRUNCH / hurry to finish a video project so I'll get to the
    point quickly:

    How can I convert MPEG2 files to Microsoft DV AVI format?

    I have captured a variety of footage using the Leadtek WinFast Capture card
    (great TV Decoder!) in MPEG2 format.

    I currently have Adobe Premiere 6.5, AVID DV Express installed on my
    computer and neither of them do native MPEG2 editing. Thus, my reasoning
    for converting the MPEG2 files to DV AVI. Premiere renders MPEG2 slower
    than most species evolve, its absolutely sad.

    Did extensive searching via Google, found no concrete answers but "thoughts"
    on how to convert MPEG2 to DV AVI.

    Have attempted doing the conversion in TMPEG, VDub. So far, the closest
    thing I have is an umcompressed AVI, which can also be rendered into DV via
    Premiere, but with the amount of footage I've got in MPEG2 format, it'll
    take a million years as well.

    Please help =(

    Juna Kuristag, Sep 8, 2003
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    Will Dormann Guest

    I don't have Premiere, so I don't know for certain if it will work, but
    have you looked into frameserving?

    You could open up the file in VirtualDub-MPEG2, frameserve it to
    Premiere (or whatever other app you want), and then save as a DV AVI.

    Will Dormann, Sep 8, 2003
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  3. Will,

    Thanks for replying. I have VDub P4 and downloaded VDub MPG2, but for some
    reason the bloody thing doesn't have all the files included in the RAR. It
    seems I'm missing ogg.dll. I downloaded another setup RAR and I got the
    same thing. I suppose there is a reasonable explanation for all of this but
    I'll keep digging.


    Juna Kuristag, Sep 8, 2003
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    Will Dormann Guest

    Rar? The official distro is a .ZIP, so I'm not sure what you're
    downloading. Try this:

    Will Dormann, Sep 8, 2003
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    Pat Guest

    Lots of ways. I like this one:

    (1) DVD2AVI. It essentially takes DVD files (really MPEG2) or raw your MPEG2
    file as input.

    (2) Spits out one of two formats of AVI:

    ........(a) A real AVI file, uncompressed. Beautifully converted.

    .........(b) A fake AVI file which is then used to feed into Virtual Dub,
    through a little intermediary file (see below).

    (3) If you go uncompressed, then there is no need read further, you're done.

    (4) If you're reading this, then you decided to skip creating an
    uncompressed AVI file.

    (5) You feed the MPEG2 file as input and follow the guide below. Then,
    within DVD2AVI, you do a SAVE PROJECT, Not Save File.

    (6) After DVD2AVI is done, it has build a tiny file that you feed as input
    to the next program, VFAPI 1.05. This program is extremely fast, maybe 30
    seconds and creates another file.

    (7) Last step. You load VirtualDub and feed the output of the VFAPI file
    above. Now you can go into VirtualDub and set your AVI compression as
    Huffyuv, for example. It has a host of compression options. Please note that
    the standard DV-NTSC codec is a moving target. It could be the Microsoft
    codec, or it could be Matrox, Canopus, Panasonic, Main Concept, or several
    others depeding on what was installed on your PC. I think it really makes a
    difference which Codecyou use, if you want to nit pick. And to make matters
    more arcane, there aren't many hard science facts, it involves alchemy!


    Pat, Sep 8, 2003
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    Ashley Guy Guest

    If you still have time you might want to get yourself a copy of Canopus
    ProCoder. It can convert from MPEG to AVI and back with excellent quality
    results. It will allow you to transcode between any codecs on your system.


    Ashley Guy
    Guy Graphics - DV Products and Support
    Toll-free: 1-800-307-4150
    Ashley Guy, Sep 9, 2003
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    Samuel Paik Guest


    FlaskMPEG or MPEG Mediator
    Video for Windows DV codec (e.g. MainConcept)

    FlaskMPEG and MPEG Mediator are MPEG/MPEG-2 to x transcoders. x includes
    any Video for Windows codec. You'd need a VfW DV codec to encode into DV.

    Samuel Paik, Sep 9, 2003
  8. Ashley,

    Your suggestion of Canopus ProCoder was GREAT ... saved my butt big time.
    I'm doing the second batch of MPEG2s now but have suddenly noticed what was
    once such a fast process has now become utterly slow. Converting from MPEG2
    to DV AVI (microsoft NTSC).

    I'll look more into this issue, but I appreciate the suggestion very much

    Juna Kuristag, Sep 9, 2003
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    Jerry Jones Guest

    Ulead's MediaStudio Pro 7.01...


    ....will do native MPEG-2 editing and the software will *Smart Render*
    MPEG as well (which means it will not re-render except where
    titles/transitions are inserted).

    I've opted for the Ulead StudioQuartet bundle...


    - MEDIASTUDIO PRO 7.01 (AC-3 enabled)

    - DVD MOVIEFACTORY 2 (LE version) (AC-3 enabled)



    - DVD WORKSHOP (AC-3 Enabled)


    I also have the latest version of BorisFX, which I use as my
    compositing application...


    All of the various ULEAD professional-level digital contect creation
    programs can be downloaded - FREE OF CHARGE - on a trial basis.

    - MediaStudio Pro 7.0:


    - DVD Workshop 1.2:


    - PhotoImpact 8.0:


    - Cool 3D Production Studio 1.0


    - DVD MovieFactory 2




    ***ALL*** of the above programs are included in the ULEAD
    StudioQuartet bundle for $795.

    Download the trials and compare them to the trial versions offered

    Jerry Jones
    Jerry Jones, Sep 9, 2003

  10. Is Media Studio Pro's video editor any more powerful that Video Studio
    7? I can't tell from their web site, it looks like Media Studio is just
    a collection of their apps on one CD.
    Chris Phillipo, Sep 9, 2003
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    Guy Guest

    Are you on commission?

    Guy, Sep 9, 2003
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    Proto Guest

    It's SPAM but it's OK if you kiss first.

    Proto, Sep 10, 2003
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