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Vhs Tape To Dvd Quality


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Hello,

I have Roxio Creator 2009 SP3. Good package! I also have the USB device that was recommended on the web site. I have a number of VHS tapes that I want to convert to DVD. I capture them using the DV (AVI) option. As I undestand it, that is the highest quality. Can you confirm that please?

It produces about a 17GB file for a 1hr 20minute video.

Once the video is captured into and AVI file, I use MY DVD to make chapters, set thumbnails, change audio, etc. and it produces a nice output format. The problem is the quality. It's just not as good as if I were playing the tape directly. I'm wondering if there's anything I can do to enhance the quality either on the capture end (AVI vs ?) or on the DVD creation end (Progressive vs Interlaced maybe?)

FYI, my OS is Vista Home Premium, 4GB RAM and lots of disk space.

Thanks for all your help.

 

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Hello,

I have Roxio Creator 2009 SP3. Good package! I also have the USB device that was recommended on the web site. I have a number of VHS tapes that I want to convert to DVD. I capture them using the DV (AVI) option. As I undestand it, that is the highest quality. Can you confirm that please?

It produces about a 17GB file for a 1hr 20minute video.

Once the video is captured into and AVI file, I use MY DVD to make chapters, set thumbnails, change audio, etc. and it produces a nice output format. The problem is the quality. It's just not as good as if I were playing the tape directly. I'm wondering if there's anything I can do to enhance the quality either on the capture end (AVI vs ?) or on the DVD creation end (Progressive vs Interlaced maybe?)

FYI, my OS is Vista Home Premium, 4GB RAM and lots of disk space.

Thanks for all your help.

 

Capturing to avi will give the best quality. What does avi file quality look like when played with Windows Media Player?

A 4.7GB DVD will only hold 60 minutes of video at best quality. Since you have more then that, the video has to be compressed to fit on the DVD with the result that the quality suffers. myDVD has an option to set quality in a drop-down box near the bottom right of the screen. The default setting is Fit-to-Disc which unfortunately does not produce good quality video. To get better quality, select HQ for your output quality. Then when you are in the burn window, uncheck "burn to disc" and instead set the burn to image (iso) setting. This will create an iso file which is greater then what will fit on a DVD. To get around this restriction use the program Video Copy & COnvert, select the DVD copy tab and browse to where you have saved the iso file. Select the file and then hit burn. VCC wil transcode the video to fit on the DVD with much better quality then Fit-to-Disc.

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