Converting Hi8 & VHS to DVD?

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  1. ToddJ

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    I am wondering what settings should I set the resoltuion? Should it be 320 x 480 or should it be 720 x 480? Is there any way to have it not take up sooooo much space on the hard drive?
     
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    320 x 480 will lose resolution relative to what a good TV can display. What you may want to do is to buy another hard disk.
     
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    Todd,

    I just finished my wedding video and used up about 60 gig out of my 80 gig hard drive. Of course after I'm finished burning everyone a DVD I'll delete the files and start the honeymoon. 2 gig per 9 minutes at 720 x 480 fills the hard drive fast.
     
  4. Ken Chan

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    320x480 is not a DVD-standard resolution. 352x480 is, and it's about as good as you will get with VHS anyway (Kell factor and such notwithstanding). So you can capture and encode at that resolution and take up half the space, and put twice as much content on a disc.

    Of course, try it out and see if you can notice any difference. You will also need an authoring program that can take these half-resolution MPEGs as-is (instead of blowing them up and reencoding).

    //Ken
     
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    Isn't that a standard for PAL? I apologize since I am new at this capture stuff.........
     
  6. Ken Chan

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    No, PAL has more vertical resolution, 576 or 288 instead of NTSC's 480 or 240. On the flip side, it has 25 instead of 30 (or 29.97) frames per second.
    Check out this item of the DVD FAQ -- about in the middle of item 3.4
    //Ken
     

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