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#1 richlear

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Posted 13 November 2008 - 07:58 AM

I have been using Roxio for a little over a year, not frequently enough to know this answer though.  I edit archival video for a foundation in VW and MyDVD.  However, I am not sure what the best file format is to output these when burning a DVD or when prepping to transfer to FLV for their website.  Often times I am asked to burn a DVD for someone.  It will play fine on my computer but not on theirs.

Does anyone have any suggestions?  

1: What file type should I ouput to get the best product, keeping in mind file size, for transfer to flv for the Internet?

2: What file type should I use to allow someone else to view the finished product on their computer or dvd player?

Thanks,

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Posted 13 November 2008 - 08:13 AM

QUOTE (richlear @ Nov 13 2008, 10:58 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I have been using Roxio for a little over a year, not frequently enough to know this answer though.  I edit archival video for a foundation in VW and MyDVD.  However, I am not sure what the best file format is to output these when burning a DVD or when prepping to transfer to FLV for their website.  Often times I am asked to burn a DVD for someone.  It will play fine on my computer but not on theirs.

Does anyone have any suggestions?  

1: What file type should I ouput to get the best product, keeping in mind file size, for transfer to flv for the Internet?

2: What file type should I use to allow someone else to view the finished product on their computer or dvd player?

Thanks,

Rich


If you need to output your video from Videowave for later use in myDVD to burn a DVD, I would output to DVD avi (keeps the best quality) or use Mpeg2 for DVD,best quality. myDVD converts all video to DVD compliant video no matter what file type your source files are. If the final DVD plays on some players and not others then there is a compatibility problem between the DVD media and the DVD player. It has nothing to do with file types used unless you are simply creating a data DVD from you video files and not a video DVD.

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Posted 13 November 2008 - 08:14 AM

Many formats can be converted to FLV, but I have found that MPEG 4 converted best in my tests.  

To create a disc that plays in most DVD players, you should be using MyDVD to create the menus and burn to disc.  The standard file format is MPEG 2.  You can't just burn an MPEG 2 to a data disc. Video DVD is a special format.
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Posted 13 November 2008 - 08:26 AM

QUOTE (ggrussell @ Nov 13 2008, 11:14 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Many formats can be converted to FLV, but I have found that MPEG 4 converted best in my tests.  

To create a disc that plays in most DVD players, you should be using MyDVD to create the menus and burn to disc.  The standard file format is MPEG 2.  You can't just burn an MPEG 2 to a data disc. Video DVD is a special format.


Thanks Guys!  I have been burning to DVD RW.  I was told the RW was the problem.  I have since purchased DVD R to see if it makes a difference.

I appreciate the input.

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Posted 13 November 2008 - 09:04 AM

RW media (CD-RW, DVD/RW) is fine for testing (if it works, you can burn to R media; if it doesn't you can erase and re-try), or for moving files when the original is safely on the originating computer, or other short-term uses.

However, for anything you want to KEEP, you're much safer with R media.j

Also, RW media isn't as reflective as R media, which causes a problem with some readers.

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Posted 13 November 2008 - 09:06 AM

QUOTE (lynn98109 @ Nov 13 2008, 12:04 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
RW media (CD-RW, DVD/RW) is fine for testing (if it works, you can burn to R media; if it doesn't you can erase and re-try), or for moving files when the original is safely on the originating computer, or other short-term uses.

However, for anything you want to KEEP, you're much safer with R media.j

Also, RW media isn't as reflective as R media, which causes a problem with some readers.

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Thanks Lynn.  That's a great idea.

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Posted 13 November 2008 - 10:39 AM

Okay...I tried saving as MPEG4 and I get audio, but no picture after putting it into a flash file.

Any suggestions?

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Posted 13 November 2008 - 10:47 AM

What software are you using to convert MP4 to FLV?
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Posted 13 November 2008 - 11:00 AM

I am using Adobe's Flash.  I have to put the video into an html file.  So after I download the file to my computer I convert it to AVI and then pull it up in Flash.  Flash then converts it to a file I can use in my html document.

The problem is the time.  An AVI file takes hours to create, and it is usually pretty large.  I was hoping for a faster way to create these files.

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Posted 13 November 2008 - 11:04 AM

See your PM.  I think you would have better luck with the SONY PSP MPEG4 output.
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Posted 13 November 2008 - 01:51 PM

I don't have a PM.  It's just me.  If I were just loading these onto youtube it would not be a problem.  However, I am putting them into html pages.  I hope Adobe has an answer.

Thanks for the help.

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Posted 13 November 2008 - 01:58 PM

QUOTE (richlear @ Nov 13 2008, 04:51 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I don't have a PM.  It's just me.  If I were just loading these onto youtube it would not be a problem.  However, I am putting them into html pages.  I hope Adobe has an answer.

Thanks for the help.

Rich


Of course you have a PM rolleyes.gif
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Posted 13 November 2008 - 02:02 PM

QUOTE (richlear @ Nov 13 2008, 03:51 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I don't have a PM.  It's just me.  If I were just loading these onto youtube it would not be a problem.  However, I am putting them into html pages.  I hope Adobe has an answer.

Thanks for the help.

Rich


Rich, p.m. is private message which you should be able to read by going to the top of the forums and selecting messages.

For a free converter try "Any Video Converter"  or FLV converter They work almost as well as the flash converter in Camtasia Studio.   I've used both nut for getting all the additional files for HTML, the flv converter is better.
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Posted 13 November 2008 - 04:19 PM

I tried a free FLV converter this afternoon and it didn't have a problem with Videowave's output to MP4.  Must be an issue with Adobe's converter.
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