How to make a VCD?

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  1. JenaroM

    JenaroM Stunt Coordinator

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    I have these old Beta, VHS, and 8mm home video tapes that I want to preserve. My idea (if someone has a better one, please help) is to digitize them and put them onto VCDs that I can play in any (or most) DVD players.

    Which encoder should I use for TV viewing? MPEG2? And what must I include on the CD so that the DVD player can play it?

    I have a Sony Digital 8 Handycam, and connect it to the PC via Firewire and I have Adobe Premiere 6.
     
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    JasenP Screenwriter

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    Jenaro,
    I have found VCDHelp to be a tremendous help. There is a wealth of information and a great "how-to" section.
     
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    Adam Lenhardt Executive Producer

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    Digitizing is the hardest part... the cleaner the source, the better the final product. The final product will be 352x240, MPEG-1 (VCD) or 480x480, MPEG-2 (SVCD). VCD holds longer movies, but at lesser quality. SVCD holds less video, but at higher quality. I generally use VCD, but if you have a large screen setup, I'd seriously consider SVCD.
    Once you have your video on your PC, convert it to a standard compliant VCD MPG file using TMPGEnc. Select either VCD (NTSC) or SVCD (NTSC). Convert.
    Use the VCD templates in either EZ CD Creator or Nero to burn the disc.
     
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    Thanks for your help...I'll try these at home on the weekend.
     
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    I have acquired several screeners over the past few weeks, all in SVCD format. I have to say, the quality is near DVD... I was completely amazed at how good they looked.
     

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