Video -> VCD format How much Hard Drvie space required?

Gordon Moore

Second Unit
Nov 1, 2000
I want to start converting our 8mm tapes to VCD so that they are digitally preserved. I have a video-in on my graphics card, so I think that this can be done. My question is how much hard drive space do I have to reserve for this process? My guess is that you go first to AVI and then to VCD (MPEG1) right? 40Gigs? 80 Gigs?
I have no idea how much drive space is required. Also, each home movie tape is 2hrs. Am I going to need 2 CD's per video?
Also, I noticed that some programs let you create a menu for viewing events. Does this really chew into the time left for the home movie stuff?
This is sort of an experiment for me. We don't have a digital camera yet, and I want to archive those "precious moments".
Anyone done this?
Crimey. I can't spell...of course I meant Drive not Drvie...I'm not drunk, really, I'm not.
[Edited last by Gordon Moore on October 18, 2001 at 03:40 PM]

Darren Lewis

Supporting Actor
Jul 17, 2000
This is something that I've been meaning to do for a long time. I've got a DV camcorder but I haven't had chance to edit the footage and burn it to VideoCD (or maybe DVD in the future when prices come down and formats settle).
In the meantime here are a few of sites that I've got on my favourites that you may find useful.

I know that digital video eats harddrive space.
Let me know how you get on.
My HT My DVD Collection
[Edited last by Darren_L on October 18, 2001 at 05:00 PM]
[Edited last by Darren_L on October 18, 2001 at 05:01 PM]

Steve Kramzer

Stunt Coordinator
Sep 2, 2001
The hard drive space that you need will depend on how high of quality you cap to. Probably the best way is the first capture to almost loss less avi with a codec such as Huffy. I use an ati aiw with Virtual Dub as my capping program. Doing this results in a file of about 4 gigs per half hour, so for your 2 hour tape, you would need about 16 gigs free just for the capture. After this, you would convert the avi to a vcd quality mpeg1, for this I use the freeware program TMPG Encoder. Finally, burn the vcd with a program such as Nero Burning Rom which allows you to just load up the mpeg and it checks it to make sure it is VCD compatible. Doing 2 hours this way would result in more than one cd as the highest any cdr will do right now is 80 minutes. For more help,

Jeff Kleist

Senior HTF Member
Dec 4, 1999
DV eats 1 gig every 4.5 minutes, typical MJPEG capture from another card at VCD res (352x240) would be about 180MB/min
Either way, I suggest at LEAST a 40GB HD for the kind of sizes you're talking about. A VCD can hold 75min give or take of video, but usually you want to split it into about 2 45min chunks
Jeff Kleist

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