What's the best video format for making DVDs?

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by spiritofsupergirl, Mar 16, 2006.

  1. Hi, I've got a question, and I'm hoping that somebody can help me.

    I know how to capture video, but, until recently, using a computer that
    I bought in 2001, I was only able to capture video in Real Video
    format. AVI would drop a lot of frames, due to my computer not being
    able to keep up, and the result was that the audio lagged behind the

    Last year, I got a new, faster computer with a DVD burner. I've got
    hundreds of video tapes, some dating back to the 1980s, and my mom
    wants me to get rid of most of them to clear up space in the house.

    I want to capture a lot of stuff to my computer and make my own DVDs.
    I've got a program that converts to DVD format, so that's not a
    problem. I just need to know which the best format is to record the
    initial files in. Which settings do I use?


    Mark Moore
    spiritofsupergirl, Mar 16, 2006
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  2. First off, what capture device do you have. If you want to edit before
    burning DVD's and your capture device can do analog to DV then DV-AVI is the
    best starting video file. If you want to skip editing then capture to MPEG-2
    at about 6mbps CBR is a good starting point. That is if your capture device
    supports MPEG-2 capture.
    Larry Johnson, Mar 16, 2006
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  3. spiritofsupergirl wrote ...
    What computer? CPU? RAM? OS? Speed?
    Using what hardware?
    Using what software?
    Those are two different problems. I have captured hundreds
    of hours of AVI on a 300MHz machine with zero dropped
    frames, so it is not necessarily the computer speed. Capturing
    video with Firewire (for example) requires almost no CPU
    What computer? CPU? RAM? OS? Speed?
    What software?
    What video capture hardware?
    Impossible to answer without any details.
    Generically, DVDs use MPEG2, but you are only giving
    us generic details and asking us specific questions. It
    doesn't work like that.
    Richard Crowley, Mar 16, 2006
  4. Unfortunately, the computer is in Florida, and I'm in Chicago at the
    moment, so I can't say for sure, but it had at most 128 megs of RAM and
    an 800 meg processor.

    I had bought the capture device separately. I believe it's called USB
    VideoBus II.
    VideoWave III.
    Again, I don't have access to the computer at the moment, but it's a
    Gateway with at least 256 megs of RAM, Windows ME, and at least a 3 gig
    I was thinking of just installing VideoWave III on the new computer and
    using that - unless you have a better recommendation.
    The same one.

    Mark Moore
    spiritofsupergirl, Mar 16, 2006
  5. spiritofsupergirl

    Ken Maltby Guest

    It's not effective for capture of material for making a DVD.

    "The Belkin USB VideoBus II provides 640x480 still motion
    picture capture, [email protected] 30fps motion video capture, and
    16 KHz/16 bit audio recording. It supports S-VIDEO, NTSC,
    PAL, SECAM, and is compatible with Windows 98 SE, 2000,
    ME; it also has a version that's compatible with Mac. It comes
    with MGI VideoWave III SE, and PhotoSuite III SE software."

    You could make a DVD using the one MPEG-1 format
    allowed, but you would be better advised to get a real
    capture card or use a DVD Recorder with RW disks.

    Check out www.snazzishop.com/vcp.asp for the "Snazzi* III
    DVD Creator" listed at $99 It will allow you to capture in
    real-time to DVD Compliant MPEG, so you will only need to
    author and burn your new DVD. (No lengthy encoding)

    Ken Maltby, Mar 17, 2006
  6. Mark,

    You'll have a lot easier time of it if you will use a DVD recorder
    rather than trying to capture to computer and author a DVD. Something
    like a Lite-On recorder is a one pass real time situation, and it
    doesn't matter what kind of computer you own!

    Gary Eickmeier
    Gary Eickmeier, Mar 18, 2006
  7. No, really...

    Gary Eickmeier
    Gary Eickmeier, Mar 20, 2006
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