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  1. OK the above post didn't help, but I was able to import all the videos in using the DVD from the DVD Recorder as a source, then I started making a DVD. I haven't burned my DVD yet so don't know if it will re-encode, will let you know how it goes when I get a chance. on an aside I'm having continued problems with my widescreen flag in that it wasn't set on the recording for some reason and I can't re-set it in Easy Media Creator. I am going to have to use 'videoredo' to change the widescreen flag.
  2. I'll give it a try, but this seems to refer to audio tracks as opposed to video. Will see if there's an option to import from DVD in the video section (at work at the moment making another DVD! hence the question)
  3. As the title really. I have Easy Media 9.0 and wondered if I can use it to 'tart up' some recordings I made on my work DVD recorder? Ideally I'd be able to rip them and reburn without re-encoding the video. Anyone?
  4. CROSSPOSTED AS I KIND OF ACCIDENTALLY HAVE TWO THREADS RUNNING (one mentions widescreen but this is probably the more recent one) OK, I may well have cracked it. I encoded my 4min test movie in sorenson in three ways. It seems that the previous problems were to do with having too many P frames, as when I returned to the 3 P frames setting (not as good quality as the 1 P frames setting as this doesn't use B frames) it worked. I also switched the audio in sorenson to PCM and in MyDVD took 'fittodisc' off and changed the audio to LPCM, not sure if this had an effect, but as this is the first time I've got the thing to work it'll be how I do it from now on! Also, there is a strange thing. MyDVD menus seem to be in 60HzPAL. Before anyone says PAL is 50Hz, there is a setting most TVs (in the UK at least) can deal with which is for watching NTSC videos on PAL equipment, most TVs therefore wouldn't reveal this, but when I put this through broadcast kit with a frame sync, it shows up that the video rolls. According to our format guru here at the BBC, this looks to be an NTSC menu which the domestic DVD player outputs as PAL at 60Hz... anyway, I think I can live with that as domestic TVs will handle it fine (on the most part!) phew. anyway, if I discover anything new I'll keep posting!
  5. OK, I may well have cracked it. I encoded my 4min test movie in sorenson in three ways. It seems that the previous problems were to do with having too many P frames, as when I returned to the 3 P frames setting (not as good quality as the 1 P frames setting as this doesn't use B frames) it worked. I also switched the audio in sorenson to PCM and in MyDVD took 'fittodisc' off and changed the audio to LPCM, not sure if this had an effect, but as this is the first time I've got the thing to work it'll be how I do it from now on! Also, there is a strange thing. MyDVD menus seem to be in 60HzPAL. Before anyone says PAL is 50Hz, there is a setting most TVs (in the UK at least) can deal with which is for watching NTSC videos on PAL equipment, most TVs therefore wouldn't reveal this, but when I put this through broadcast kit with a frame sync, it shows up that the video rolls. According to our format guru here at the BBC, this looks to be an NTSC menu which the domestic DVD player outputs as PAL at 60Hz... anyway, I think I can live with that as domestic TVs will handle it fine (on the most part!) phew. anyway, if I discover anything new I'll keep posting!
  6. Avid Xpress Pro 5.5, as mentioned in another thread Avid no longer support MPEG2 as an output file. They do support DV Stream, but long pieces are not encoded correctly when transcoded by MyDVD. Next I will try a different audio format and after that will try adjusting the settings of the P-frames in Sorenson. If I can't get anywhere I may have to abandon MyDVD and try other applications. This would be a shame as I actually bought MyDVD because it was one of the few applications that seemed compatible with Avid in the first place! (though that's out of the window as I've introduced sorenson into the mix) anyway, next test. maybe I'll create a short 20sec movie for my tests, it'd save a bit of my life!!!
  7. OK, have encoded in Sorenson to 'Program' rather than 'elementary' - quality is fine & produces an mpg file which is multiplexed rather than the separate files I was getting. When I bring it in to MyDVD it still seems to re-encode it (I'm assuming that's what happens as it appears in the preview window like it used to, I don't get a grey screen). I open it in Restream (free util for checking attributes) and it says the bitrate of the mp2 is 799600 (is that high enough?). All other attributes look OK. are there any other settings I may be able to change in Sorenson that MyDVD may be looking for? - number of P frames for example? Audio format? any help on this would be great as ever. Cheers in advance!
  8. sorry to be so prolific in one day, but I think I have found the answer (possibly!) I know not everyone will be using sorenson, but in case anyone else does, this post in their support may be useful (I haven't tried it yet) http://portal.knowledgebase.net/display/2/...amp;r=0.5587885 it says that you can get an MPG file instead of an MPV file by changing the settings from 'elementary' to 'program' - that hopefully will make all my problems disappear (here's hoping) once again cheers for the help ggrussell btw!
  9. Cheers, actually that's how I got it to take it in the first place (sorry, think I missed that bit out earlier), as I knew it was a standard MP2 - think that M2v is just a vision only Mpeg. p.s. I also changed the audio file to that name too, but as they had the same filename (pre-extension) I couldn't have them in the same place!
  10. OK, cool, will check the output options in Sorenson, otherwise might be adding another utility to the chain!! btw, FYI, theres a cool freeware app called restream (I'm not affiliated to them I just used it once) for anyone wanting to check an MPEG2's encoded aspect ratio info (and other things I don't understand) without re-encoding it, it can make a copy of your video and change the metadata. anyway, I digress... will check what formats sorenson does and keep this thread up to date after!! EDIT: ooh, and I may try making a silent DVD to see if it doesn't re-encode it
  11. interestingly, according to the online blurb, (http://kb.roxio.com/content/kb/Creator/000085CR) MPEG2 is a supported export format for audio but not import...
  12. Yeah, Mpeg out of the Avid would be the best solution, unfortunately Avid stopped supporting MPEG2 export after Xpress v4.5 and I have XpressPro v5.5! - The way you suggest works a treat at my work where we have Avid 3.5 - I've been doubly burned by upgrading my home kit!! And I get freezing and incorrect transcoding if I let MyDVD encode the DV stream to MPEG2, that's why I switched to Sorenson. To be clear, short videos are fine transcoded from DVstream to MPEG2 in MyDVD, but My epic (40mins) South Africa feature has sections which are montages of stills and MyDVD doesn't handle these well at all, the timing goes out (they're cut to a beat) and you get freezed partial mixes, flash frames and frozen video at the end of the stills sequence (when the live video is supposed to restart). Unfortunately I have found this out the hard way - each time I tried a new setting it'd take 2-3 hours to go through the transcoding process and burn a fresh DVD. Since these probs (and several days of my life wasted!) I'm happier keeping the processes separate. Nice as it would be to have an all-in-one solution it doesn't yet work!! (I'm fairly happy with Sorenson 4.5 so far) Am at work now and the probs are all with my home kit, but will run some more experiments when I get back there. -pref with short vids!!
  13. thanks for that swift response. I knew the code had changed between the versions, I just wondered why one reencoded and the other didn't. I'll double check the bitrate my MPEG2 is in, but its certainly DVD compliant. I'm pretty sure I used VBR 2pass so the bitrate will be variable, is that an issue? I had it set to highest quality, my 40minute movie taking up a couple of gig. Also, I think it may have considered the video to have been 'edited' as I had to add the sound separately. Possibly this was classed as editing... Is MyDVD able to bring in DVD Compliant MPEG 2 files of separate audio and video or does is expect them to be multiplexed together? - If it can handle it, what file extension can the two files have? (i.e. my m2v and m2a are the same file name with diff extensions and sonic for example automatically picks up the audio file and marries it to the video file) Cheers in advance (p.s. edited to sort out a couple of typos!)
  14. As the topic really. Am encoding my MPEG2 (as M2v and separate M2a file) when I bring in the files to MyDVD first it can't see the audio so I have to change the file extension on it so you can add it and then it re-encodes a perfectly good mp2 video file. I tried this in my older version of MyDVD (the one branded Sonic, can't remember the version num its on my other PC) and it burns the disc very quickly without re-encoding the Mpeg. anyone?? edit: changed a couple of typos above...
  15. No, having done extensive tests using different programmes, the MyDVD transcode seemed to be the error. (tried Avi with various, DV stream etc all worked OK formatwise before import into MyDVD) I have now started using Sorenson (4.5) to do the Mpeg conversion and this works OK, but MyDVD insists on transcoding the video again resulting in an extremely poor playback quality - if I use my older version of Sonic MyDVD it doesn't re-encode it and the quality is fab. The Problem is I paid money to upgrade to the new version of MyDVD to do the whizzy menus and chapter marks etc. So at present I have the choice of great menus and shoddy video, or great video and shoddy menus... Not great. Anyone any ideas or should I repost this??
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