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Hellooooooo,

 

My vids don't look so hot when i play back on TV. Choppy and jumpy. I burned a VCD, and my question is if I were to go buy a DVD burner, and burn a DVD rather than a VCD, will this help correct my problem? Or is it something to do with the way i capture my media?

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HE is a SHE :)

 

I do have a DV camcorder, so i think the quality of my original footage is okay. I guessed it was the VCD thing and wanted to make sure. thanks everybody for all of your help!!!!

 

Thanks for the advice. We do have a CompUSA and a Best Buy like next door to each other, so i'll check both.

What's up with Lightscribe? I was all excited about it. :huh:

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Hi Cara (SHE). Don't get to excited about the Lightscribe burner. I have two of them and so far the results as far as I'm concerned are terrible. I have expermented with about 6 or 8 of them so far and like I suggested, they are not good. The burner doesn't burn in color to start with and you need the very special Lightscribe type of media made for the burner. It also takes forever to burn the image on the disc. I did a very simple design (using HP's program) and it took around 26 minutes to complete. Another one I did (using Lightscribe's software) took almost 35 minutes but the design was a little more elaborate. HP has it's own program for making the lightscribe label and it's quite simple and doesn't allow for much design at all. However, you can download for free (From Lightscribes's web site) their program and it's much better. But to me no matter which program I use the disk image design comes up all washed out and hard to really see the image definition. It's a washed out, dull "burnt Umber" color. YUK !!!

 

The one I have came with my HP notebook which by the way is a P4 at 3.2 GHz. The other one I have is in a desktop that is also a 3.2 GHz and everything else in the system is way above average, so it's not the other hardware in my system that is taking it so long to burn. It's just the burner is slow !!

 

Just a few personal thoughts about Lightscribe, Cara.

 

Frank....

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My thoughts on LightScribe tend to go the other way…

 

Yes it does take a lot of time to burn, mine were 20 to 25 minutes. Not something for a production run.

 

It is less vivid than I preferred but overall it beats my magic marker results…

 

Keep in mind you can pre or post burn the label side. I did 3 pre-burns then added the video later.

 

As Frank pointed out, the media must be LightScribe media or nothing is going to happen. I was pleased with the price 30 each CDs & DVDs amounted to $0.17 each for CDs and $1.07 for the DVDs.

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That's what i thunk.

 

Now, what would you recommend as far as dvd burners go? does it matter if it's internal or external? What should i look for as far as write speed and stuff?

 

I was considering this one:

 

http://www.compusa.com/products/product_in...5188&pfp=BROWSE

 

or this one:

 

http://www.compusa.com/products/product_in...5179&pfp=BROWSE

I tried to add my comp specs to my signature... let me know if i'm missing something important.

If you don't mind mail order, may I suggest a visit to Newegg

 

This is a very popular burner:

($41.99 retail version)

or my personal favorite (I own the OEM version which means no cables, no software):

($53.99 retail version)

or any other decent brand (BenQ, Lite-On, Sony, etc). CompUSA seems expensive.

Lance

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Hi All!

 

I got a bran' spankin' new dvd burner and it did solve my problem. Much better quality when i played it on the tv. got a "hp super multi dvd writer with lightscribe and double layer". i dig the lightscribe in spite of the time it takes and the sepia look it produces.

Just wanted to say thanks for everyone's help and advice.

 

Happy-Roxio-Easy-Media-Creating!

Cara

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My thoughts on LightScribe tend to go the other way…

 

Yes it does take a lot of time to burn, mine were 20 to 25 minutes. Not something for a production run.

 

It is less vivid than I preferred but overall it beats my magic marker results…

 

Keep in mind you can pre or post burn the label side. I did 3 pre-burns then added the video later.

 

As Frank pointed out, the media must be LightScribe media or nothing is going to happen. I was pleased with the price 30 each CDs & DVDs amounted to $0.17 each for CDs and $1.07 for the DVDs.

Cara,

 

You may also want to consider an Epson printer that prints directly to disc (CD or DVD). I own an Epson Photo Stylus R300 which I got for $80 (sale price) a year ago. Printing on disc is really very good and creating label is easy using the included software. Of course, now you have to use inkjet printable CDs or DVDs if you decide to put labels on your disc plus the cost of the ink (it needs 6 cartridges of inks--different colors). With the declining prices of CD/DVD (as well as regular store sales days), I am happy with it.

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Pixelated and poor quality I can understand in a VCD but SHE described the picture as choppy and jumpy- A typical description of a PAL disc played on a NTSC player.

 

Also no one has mentioned that she can get somewhat better quality if she burned an SVCD on that CD burner.

 

Steve (the other one),

I think the main problem is he made a VCD. Most DVD players don't really like VCDs.

My experience has been that they are almost unviewable when you use videos in the storyline. It was worse with the VCDs I made from an analog source which had a very 'pixelated' picture.

He should be ok once he gets a DVD burner although the analog to digital video is not as good as one from a DV camcorder.

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Hellooooooo,

 

My vids don't look so hot when i play back on TV. Choppy and jumpy. I burned a VCD, and my question is if I were to go buy a DVD burner, and burn a DVD rather than a VCD, will this help correct my problem? Or is it something to do with the way i capture my media?

 

VCD is low quality. You will see a marked difference in quality if you get a DVD burner and burn to a DVD. In DVD Builder, you will have to change your Project Type to DVD. You do that by clicking on File/Change Project Type.

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Hellooooooo,

 

My vids don't look so hot when i play back on TV. Choppy and jumpy. I burned a VCD, and my question is if I were to go buy a DVD burner, and burn a DVD rather than a VCD, will this help correct my problem? Or is it something to do with the way i capture my media?

 

If your project looks good when you preview it in Videowave, there is probably nothing wrong with the way you captured the media. You may want to post the steps you took to do the capture so someone can confirm a good process.

 

A VCD is very low quality and you may indeed see the choppy/jumpy scenes. What device did you use to play it on a TV? Most DVD players (at least the ones I am familar with) will not play a VCD. Burning your project to a DVD will certaintly improve the quality as long as the source media is of good quality. I would highly recommend getting a DVD burner and burning DVDs rather than VCDs/SVCDs.

 

Hope some of that helps.

 

Edit: You always did type faster than me Bruce :)

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Are there NTSC and PAL in vcd?

 

If your project looks good when you preview it in Videowave, there is probably nothing wrong with the way you captured the media. You may want to post the steps you took to do the capture so someone can confirm a good process.

 

A VCD is very low quality and you may indeed see the choppy/jumpy scenes. What device did you use to play it on a TV? Most DVD players (at least the ones I am familar with) will not play a VCD. Burning your project to a DVD will certaintly improve the quality as long as the source media is of good quality. I would highly recommend getting a DVD burner and burning DVDs rather than VCDs/SVCDs.

 

Hope some of that helps.

 

Edit: You always did type faster than me Bruce :)

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Are there NTSC and PAL in vcd?

 

Good question Steve. I have never tried to burn a VCD, so I don't know for sure. But, DVDBuilder does give the option of NTSC or PAL for a VCD under project settings. Sooooo, I think this may be something else for the OP to check.

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VCD is low quality. You will see a marked difference in quality if you get a DVD burner and burn to a DVD. In DVD Builder, you will have to change your Project Type to DVD. You do that by clicking on File/Change Project Type.

 

 

That's what i thunk.

 

Now, what would you recommend as far as dvd burners go? does it matter if it's internal or external? What should i look for as far as write speed and stuff?

 

I was considering this one:

 

http://www.compusa.com/products/product_in...5188&pfp=BROWSE

 

or this one:

 

http://www.compusa.com/products/product_in...5179&pfp=BROWSE

 

 

I tried to add my comp specs to my signature... let me know if i'm missing something important.

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That question can get thousands of opinions. :huh:

 

I prefer an external DL burner but just buy an internal and put it in an 5 1/4 USB external adapter box. The box costs anywhere from $30 up. I just bought two AirLink 101 for that price to put a spare DVD burner and a hard drive (from old computer) into the enclosure.. It took about 10 minutes to put the drive in the enclosure (mostly trying to get the cables lined up right and to remember to change the jumpers to master. (It even lights up blue on the sides. :)

 

You do not have to have the faster burner on the market unless you are making an awful lot of CD/DVDs. For best results, most people burn at a rate lower than their Max.

 

I gather that you have a CompUSA near you so look for what is on sale. Also look at Best Buy. The HP is OK. I have a LG external DL with lightscribe. The lightscribe technology is currently disappointing so put that into your thinking.

 

You might want to go to cnet.com and read their reviews here or to pcmagazine and read their reviews here. pc magazine reviews are a little dated.

 

 

 

 

That's what i thunk. Now, what would you recommend as far as dvd burners go? does it matter if it's internal or external? What should i look for as far as write speed and stuff?

 

I was considering this one:

 

http://www.compusa.com/products/product_in...5188&pfp=BROWSE

 

or this one:

 

http://www.compusa.com/products/product_in...5179&pfp=BROWSE

 

 

I tried to add my comp specs to my signature... let me know if i'm missing something important.

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Try this. In DVD builder, select file and then project settings, click the advanced button. Look at the boxes. If you are in the US, a windows should read NTSC. If you are outside the US, you may have to change that to PAL. What was it set for? DVDs made with PAL settings in the US won't play right and will give you that type of appearance (jumpy).

 

 

Hellooooooo,

 

My vids don't look so hot when i play back on TV. Choppy and jumpy. I burned a VCD, and my question is if I were to go buy a DVD burner, and burn a DVD rather than a VCD, will this help correct my problem? Or is it something to do with the way i capture my media?

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Steve (the other one),

 

I think the main problem is he made a VCD. Most DVD players don't really like VCDs.

 

My experience has been that they are almost unviewable when you use videos in the storyline. It was worse with the VCDs I made from an analog source which had a very 'pixelated' picture.

 

He should be ok once he gets a DVD burner although the analog to digital video is not as good as one from a DV camcorder.

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