Whats the best format for recording to Hard Drive?

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by Whisper, Feb 19, 2005.

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    Whisper Guest


    I use mpeg2 - about 45mb/minute. Seems to be the best compromise. AVI
    is way too big & unnecessary for most purposes.
     
    Whisper, Feb 19, 2005
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    Essb Guest

    Sombody gave me a WinTV card so I can now record some tv shows. So far
    I have been recording in AVI. Can it be converted to another format for less
    space. Also how about DIVX? Is the a good record format?
     
    Essb, Feb 19, 2005
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  3. DivX is a fine format for recording TV.
    AVI is a container format, it can contain DivX, yuv, almost anything, so it is
    hard to tell what you have.
    You could install DivX codec from www.divx.com (it was free last time I looked),
    and select that as you codec in the menu that your (wintv) soft hopefully has.
     
    Jan Panteltje, Feb 20, 2005
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    John Guest

    I find DivX annoyingly "blocky"
     
    John, Feb 20, 2005
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    Dave Guest

    I think the free one puts a watermark into the video frame, IIRC.
     
    Dave, Feb 21, 2005
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    Paul Guest

    Use XVID instead... It's free.

    Note that you may have problems capturing in DIVX/XVID if your PC isn't
    fast enough.
     
    Paul, Feb 21, 2005
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    Brian Guest

    Out of interest whats the difference between DivX and XVid?

    Regards Brian
     
    Brian, Feb 21, 2005
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  8. I think it was discussed here that you can switch that off IIRC?
     
    Jan Panteltje, Feb 21, 2005
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    Paul Guest

    IIRC the original DIVX was based on a modified (hacked) version of a
    Microsoft MPEG 4 video codec. I believe later commercial versions were
    re-written.

    XVID is an open source implementation of MPEG 4 video.

    XVID works well here.
     
    Paul, Feb 21, 2005
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