Making VCD's from Digital Camcorder

Discussion in 'Professional Video Production' started by Howard Purchase, Oct 20, 2003.

  1. Hi ...

    I am going to be buying a Digital Camcorder and one of the things I
    would like to do with it is make either DVD's or VCD's out of my home
    movies. I would also like to convert my existing home movies on VHS to
    Digital and put them on DVD or VCD also. I am thinking that the DVD or
    VCD will last longer than the tapes will.

    My biggest question is this....what will the video quality of the DVD or
    VCD be like? I have captured 320x240 from my VHS camcorder and made a
    VCD from that, and it wasn't very good at all. I am guessing it is
    because I captured at 320x240. Would 640x480 be a lot better? I am
    assuming I will be able to create the movie/DVD/VCD in 640x480.

    Thanks in advance,

    Howard Purchase
    Howard Purchase, Oct 20, 2003
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  2. Howard Purchase

    Dean Guest

    Yes, most likely the digital formats will last longer than the older
    analog formats...
    Not really. Standard VCD will have quality just slightly less than
    VHS if you use a quality encoder (such as tmpgenc on it's slowest
    mode). Do make sure you de interlace first, before encoding.

    The way to get better quality on a VCD, is to pump up the data rate to
    2600kbps. This makes it an XVCD, but will most likely play in most
    players. This will only give you about 35 minutes on a disk though.
    Nonstandard frame sizes won't look much better, it's mainly the
    limited bitrate that makes it look so terrible.

    If you want quality, I suggest you go straight to DVD. It will blow
    the pants off VCD or SVCD without breaking a sweat. For VHS source
    you could go around 3000kbits at 352x480 or 352x240 and it will look
    very good, and you can get 2 hours on a disk at least.

    Dean, Oct 20, 2003
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