Does anyone know where to download HQ trailers at?

Kevin Coleman

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I recently bought a DVD-R burner and I am burning some of my own DVD's with trailers on them. The problem I am running in to is that most trailers that look pretty good on the old computer monitor (19") don't look so hot when I blow them up to 92".
I guess what I am looking for is some trailers that are at least the resolution of DVD 720X480.
Thanks any help would be appreciated.
Kevin C.
 

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That site is great! I don't know how long I've been looking for a High-Quality Trailer B for the Fellowship of the Ring! Atlast it is mine! Thanks!
 

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What's the trailer format of choice if I want to burn hih quality trailers to VCD? If I go quicktime format how do I convert to MPEG, assuming that's what I have to convert to?
 

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I was just going to comment that ending the topic in the preposition "at" was absolutely unnecessary; "Does anyone know where to download HQ trailers?" works perfectly well. But then I don't want to be an obnoxious pedant

When "high quality" is applied to VCD, it is of course relative. I spent weeks (on and off) improving the quality of my VCDs, and got them looking pretty darn good. Then I got a DVD burner, and now it hardly seems like all that effort was worth it. Oh well, a hobby's a hobby.
Yes, you'll need to convert to MPEG to burn a VCD; more accurately, a very specific MPEG-1 profile. Most MPEG encoders work off AVIs. The new Nero 5.5 has a built-in encoder, so (supposedly -- I haven't used it) all you need to do is drag AVIs into the VCD layout and it will do it for you.
I'm pretty sure Premiere will convert from QuickTime MOV to AVI (or directly into MPEG with the appropriate plugin), and there are others programs that do the conversion. I don't know of any program that will convert a RealMedia .rm to AVI -- you'd have to use a screen-grabber.
So you do want QuickTime, in the largest size you can get. QuickTime is lossy (i.e. "smudgy") but if it's larger than the final frame size for VCD (352x240 for NTSC) it might turn out OK when you shrink it (use bilinear, not bicubic, resizing if possible). For NTSC, use the "VCD Film" framerate, 24fps -- you get 25% more bits than 30fps. Also, if the trailer is not 4:3, don't forget to letterbox. (352x240 is 4:3 -- the pixels aren't square.)
//Ken
 

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Actually, I've had some success with a little cheat on this one. Go find a free copy of TMPGEnc on the net (its shareware), and play with that. After a few trials, I've managed to get anamorphic VCDs - why waste that 33% on black bars? There is actually an option on the format settings for it, along with all the presets to give the proper formats for VCD.
 

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Damn, this seems complicated. Is there anyway to burn Trailers with a regular CD-R/W burner. How would I do it. I would love to put a bunch of trailers on a CD-R.
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Sure; it's just a file. Most CD burning software is pretty much drag&drop nowadays.
The benefit of making DVDs/VCDs is that you can easily play the trailers on your TV/projector in your living room, instead of having everyone huddle around your monitor. Of course, that's not a problem if you have a home theater PC.
//Ken
 

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