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Klarinet Archive - Posting 001081.txt from 2003/06

From: "R. Williams" <>
Subj: [kl] Re: Off topic post: Burning DVD's
Date: Sat, 28 Jun 2003 07:43:01 -0400

Hi Fred:
I do DVD's for a living and it is a very complex process as far as
compression codecs go. The Movie maker, which I'm not experienced with is
as far as I know is just a USB analog video encoder used as an easy way to
archive video onto CD's In addition to one of the two types of available
DVD burners you will also need a DVD authoring program that supports DVD
writing and these tend to be DVD writer model specific. DVD's are written
to disks in chapters, consider these as bookmarks. They are not like video
CD's which is a continuous stream of Mpeg encoded video and audio.

Most of the DVD authoring programs are very finicky about what input
formats, both codec and encoded frame size they use so before you go
wasting time, you may want to check out the various DVD authoring software
packages available. Also, the capture size formats listed are typically
not the sizes used with DVD format and the audio formats are not CD audio
quality. This isn't to say you cannot find a DVD package that is
compatable, but check before buying.. Your best choice will probably be to
look at pioneer 's DVD writer bundled with DVD authoring software. This
will get you past the hardware/software compatibility issues. In that
case, I believe it will use Mpeg 1 as a source, but don't quote me on that
since we use Reel Producer for DVD's which is a $2000 + dollar program to
assemble the video segments. Your other choice would be to use uncompressed
video as the input, but the Movie Maker does not appear to
support. However there are some fairly cheap encoders that do.

If you interested I can provide a bit more detailed information on the
process and pitfalls off list or on if the rest of the folks are
interested. Just be aware that getting everything to work together can be
a chore. So be prepared to do a bit of research.


Rick Williams, MS, MBA
Multi-Media Design, Inc.
3D Animation/Video/Photography/Web Design-Consulting
Specialists in Educational Development
515 E. Jennings St. Newburgh, IN 47629-0397 USA
Ph: 812-858-0333 ext. 2

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