problem with capturing video and converting it into VCD

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by Mukul Kumar, Dec 29, 2003.

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    Mukul Kumar Guest


    I have been trying to convert my video, recorded on a
    Sony digital camcorder, to a VCD.
    But I am getting very bad quality video on the VCD.

    I am wondering what the problem is. Following are
    some details:

    1. I have a Sony digital camcorder. I capture the video
    output from my camcorder using a USB 2.0 connection
    to my laptop, which runs a software called PIXELA ImageMixer.

    2. This software produces a AIV / MPEG-2 file as the output.

    3. I then use TMPGEnc software to process my AVI / MPEG-2

    4. I then use NERO software to burn the VCD

    What I have found out is that the AVI / MPEG itself is not
    of good quality. It is very jerky. It seems like it has
    frames missing. When I see anybody in motion, the motions
    seems like going in jerks. The output on the VCD player is
    also equally jerky. Also the video in the AVI / MPEG form
    somehow becomes darker than the original video.

    What I don't understand is why there is so much loss of
    video quality when transfering the diginal-video from my
    camcorder to the laptop (afterall both of them are "digital").

    Should I use the 1394 port and cable for data transfer,
    could that be the problem?

    Or is it a problem with my USB driver?

    Or is it a problem with the PIXELA software?

    Any pointers will be appreciated.

    Mukul Kumar, Dec 29, 2003
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    Aloke Prasad Guest


    USB is for transferring very low quality video (like a web-cam). Use the
    firewire port to transfer very high quality AVI to your laptop. This will
    require 13 GB/ hour from a mini-DV source.

    XP has a free software (Movie Maker 2) that will let you do all this. Most
    software like DVD/VCD creators form Nero, Roxio, Ulead, Pinnacle etc will
    allow you to capture DV-AVI from the firewire port.

    You'll still lose some quality when encoding these to plain VCD. sVCD or
    DVD-R will provide better video quality..
    Aloke Prasad, Dec 29, 2003
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