First steps in transferring analog videos to DVD

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by Richard Otter, Jul 10, 2004.

  1. Hi-
    I, like many others, want to transfer my analog home videos to DVD.

    I really don't have a lot of time to fool around with much editing right
    now; so, what I want to do, is simply capture the analog video and audio and
    compress to mpeg and put the hour long file on a DVD+R for archiving. (Once
    on DVD, I can finally make a backup copy.)

    I figure I can go back later and take this file and do the whole DVD
    authoring bit- edit it, make a DVD menu and put it on a DVD so that a
    standard home player will play it.

    I've done some video capture with the ATI software that came with my DVD+R
    drive (or was it the ATI TV card with vido imput that supplied it?), and it
    looks OK.

    My question concerns the compression step. I have heard that this can be
    done with varying degress of quality. What should I do to be able to get rid
    of the original tapes and know that I have good copies?

    Richard Otter, Jul 10, 2004
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  2. Richard Otter

    Tony Guest

    When you capture, it will probably be to mpg2, i.e.capture and compession on
    the fly
    When I did this, I captured via a passthrough on my DV camera, then I
    encoded at best bitrates ,i,e, 8000, my basis was I wanted best quality
    I can also captuyre on my GF4600 VIVO card, like yours, it captures to mpg2,
    so again, use the highest bitrate, that will still allow about 70 mins per
    DVD. As regards your question on compression, the abive is the best quality
    option, i.e. lowest compession

    Hope this helps a little, feel free to ask anything

    Tony, Jul 10, 2004
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    Grizz Guest

    If you want to do this fast & easy w/o editing them,
    why not buy one of the VCR/DVR combo machines that is availble
    now - I think there are in the ~$300 range now.

    Just put VHS in one side and a DVD blank in the other.
    Grizz, Jul 11, 2004
  4. Interesting idea.

    Do you think that such a unit would do a better job of mpeg compression
    thatn a software solution such as Pinnacle Studio 9 or TMPGEnc ?

    The quality of the compression is my main concern.

    Richard Otter, Jul 13, 2004

  5. If you go with Panasonic, I think it's fair to say that they're
    hardware codecs are at least comparable in quality to the ones you
    mentioned (can't really speak for any other brands, it may be that
    Panasonic licenses their hardware encoidng out to other vendors, just
    a guess..)

    Bay Way 41510, Jul 13, 2004
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