Yet Another Newbie Question

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by Kirk, Dec 18, 2003.

  1. Kirk

    Kirk Guest

    Hello all, I have windows XP on a 1.4 ghz with 512 megs of ram and a
    40 gig HD pc with a NVDIA ti4200 128 meg card. I want to capture VHS
    Movies and concert videos to burn to DVDR. I tried to copy a concert
    video that was 115 mins. (using my video card and sound card as
    capture hardware) long using Virtualdub and huffyuv. I captured at
    720X480 and used huffyuv. I have 32 gigs of free HD space and after 1
    hr. the process was stopped because my drive was full. Am I doing
    anything wrong other than maybe capturing at too high of a resolution?
    What res. should I use without losing anything and should I use Mpeg
    instead of Huffyuv?

    Kirk, Dec 18, 2003
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  2. 1st, read here

    2nd, buy a BIG 2nd hard drive (I have a 20gig C drive for ONLY my
    software and a 100gig D drive for ONLY my video files)

    Since huffy is a "lossless" codec it creates very large files

    Most people use a variation of the DV codec, which creates files
    at about 13gig per hour

    If you do not plan to do any editing you could capture straight
    to mpeg, but since is designed as an OUTPUT format, you will find
    that many (most?) editing packages do not do a good job @ edits

    John Thomas Smith
    John Thomas Smith, Dec 19, 2003
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  3. Kirk

    Kirk Guest

    Thanks John, I don't really want to buy a new HD since I only have
    about ten tapes I want to copy. I have been reading dvdrhelp but there
    is so much info there it gets confusing after a while. I am not
    planning on editing my videos, I only want to have chapters on them.
    You are saying that I should capture straight to MPEG? Witch one would
    you suggest? Also what res. would you suggest?

    Thanks Again,
    Kirk, Dec 19, 2003
  4. Kirk

    Mike T Guest

    Your drive is not big enough. For VHS tapes, you can capture at 352X480
    which is called half-D1 and it is still DVD compatible and this might fit
    you space on the drive. The quality will be very close to the source VHS
    tape and will probably be better than trying to capture directly to mpeg2.
    Your computer might not be fast enough to capture directly to mpeg2. Give
    352X480 a try. The best would be to capture in DV format, but you need to
    have a DV codec and they are not usually free.

    You might try to use the Movie maker app that is included in WinXP, just
    make sure you download the latest version. It might give you more capture

    Mike T
    Mike T, Dec 19, 2003
  5. Kirk

    Kirk Guest

    Thanks Mike, I'm going to do some more reading and maybe give the
    lower res. a try.
    Kirk, Dec 20, 2003
  6. Kirk

    Bariloche Guest

    If you want to get the best quality, other than buying a bigger
    harddrive, you can capture as much as you can, encode it to mpeg, then
    capture the rest, encode the rest, then join both parts.
    Bariloche, Dec 20, 2003
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