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How Big Will File Be For 2 Hour Videotape Capture?

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How big will file be for 2 hour videotape capture?

 

I am trying to gauge how much drive space I will need for a pile of 8mm video tapes. Will a 2 hour tape fit onto a single 4.7GB DVD? If it depends on quality, then is quality selection an option with the "Easy VHS to DVD 3 Plus" product, and what would be the minimum acceptable selection?

 

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A standard 4.7GB DVD can hold just a bit more then 60 minutes of video at best quality. Any longer than that and the video has to be more compressed with a resulting loss of quality. Trying to squeeze 2 hours on a 4.7GB DVD could make the DVD unwatchable.

 

VHS2DVD 3 has the option to span over several DVDs for video longer than 60 minutes. I have never tested this since I prefer to break up the video into 60 minute segments (at best quality) and burn that to a DVD

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I stumbled on this one my first try. Tried to put an 84 minute VHS on a 4.7GB DVD. Didn't work at high quality. I then recorded it to hard disk and from there burned it to DVD using the "fit to disc" checkbox. I don't know how that compared to just using the straight burn to disc option using the slider set for medium quality.

 

It would be nice if they had an option for burning to a double sided disc or better yet burn to blu-ray.

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Outputting to a File then using the file to output to a DVD gained absolutely nothing and my cost more in Quality!

 

Roxio has always used a fixed rate rendering process. That means if you want HQ discs it is up to you and me to make sure we do not exceed the 1 Hr/4.GB rule. It will do DL discs but they can be touchy in burning or during playback :(

 

EVD also has the option to Span Discs. In your 84 minute project you could have gone 60 & 14 or set the split point to a more sensible place and used 2, 4.6GB DVDs.

 

Just don't try to deviate from the 1 hr/disc rule ;)

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Guru's correct me if I'm wrong...

 

Have you considered switching to Blu-Ray?

Can you capture to a Video Folder with no limit, then use another product that supports burning to Blu-Ray?

 

Since your capturing from VHS, you won't increase resolution. But, you'll be able to burn way more than 1 to 1.5 hours without any degradation of the video. Blue-Ray 50 gig can store around 14+ hours of regular DVD lower res content. VHS captures would fall into that category.

 

After recently re installing Roxio Creator 2012 Pro, I've discovered that newer media just won't fit adequately on a standard DVD. Normal older TV recordings, VHS, and the older cameras & camcorders work okay. But, not for todays higher resolution. Even my Cell phone has higher resolution than DVD! lol

I'll be switching to Blu-Ray very soon.

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Hi Mike, glad you asked!

 

In re-reading this older Topic I just realized that I missed the original question that Cornbuzzer asked :huh:

 

He wanted to know big the Capture file would be and that is 3.5 GB per Hour. Nothing can change that, that is what it captures at -_-

 

About BD. The V2D & EVD products will not burn a BD Movie or even recognize a BD disc.

 

You could create a file under the Computer output and burn that to a BD Data disc... Using that scheme it should be able to fit about 6+ hours on a 25 GB BD or 13+ on a 50 GB BD disc. BUT you would want to run a test to make sure your Player would accept that format ;)

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I recently did exactly what Digital Guru suggested. Output to disk file and then used Power2Go to burn to a Bluray disc. Works fine on my BR player. There are a number of products out there that can burn to BR, I just happen to already have P2G. BTW, the video was only about 2 hrs, so a I could probably fit two more full length two hour movies on the same disc.

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I recently did exactly what Digital Guru suggested. Output to disk file and then used Power2Go to burn to a Bluray disc. Works fine on my BR player. There are a number of products out there that can burn to BR, I just happen to already have P2G. BTW, the video was only about 2 hrs, so a I could probably fit two more full length two hour movies on the same disc.

 

Windows will burn a BD right out of the box.

 

Depends on the Type of BD you are after and they come in 2 flavors.

 

There is a Data BD which Windows will burn but may not be playable in all BD Players. ~ honestly I haven't seen one player that didn't play a Data Disc with mpeg or mp4 files. But these will either play on insert or you have to fiddle with the remote to get them started.

 

Then there is a BD Movie which is Authored to be in a certain format that is internationally set by the Moving Picture Experts Group.

 

Roxio's NXT will do this as well so it is frowned on when you post a competing product -_-

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