What's the best CD-R media for VCDs? I have a Panasonic DVD player

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  1. AnitaPeterson

    AnitaPeterson Stunt Coordinator

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    Hi,

    So the vcdhelp.com website is down again, and I actually don't even know if they have a good answer for this question.

    I am backing up my Laserdiscs on VCD (waiting for the moment when I'll have DVD-R), and I'm taking careful measures to ensure the best possible quality (i.e. taking 50 hours for TPMGEnc to encode a 2-hour movie).

    Before you accuse me of bootlegging, I must tell you that my LD player is dying on me (I can only watch one side of a disc every two days, since it can't "see" the media if it's been recently used).

    I've been using these Princo CD-Rs (pale blue-green), but my Panasonic RP56 pixelates at random during playback - although the phenomenon does not repeat at the same point after rewind. The computer plays the VCDs without many problems, but it's still occasionally doing the same pixel game.

    So I'm thinking it's the media. Should I go for something deep blue, like Verbatim, or something lighter in colour? Do Panasonic DVD players have CD-R "preferences"?
     
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    Patrick Sun Studio Mogul

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    I have the Panny RP91, and I've been using PNY 700MB/80 miniute CD-Rs (16x burned at 24X with my Liteon 24x10x40x CDRW burner) to make VCDs, and so far, no complaints from me.
     
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    Are you using TPMGEnc as well?

    My setup also has a LiteOn... a P3-900 with 380 RAM and 90 GB HD space.

    If I remember correctly, the PNY is pale in colour, paler than the Princo I used.

    Have you ever used Verbatim? I always rely on those for music, but I don't know if the DVD player will be happy with'em.
     
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    Rob Gillespie Producer

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    Anita - just curious - how are you capturing the LD signal? I presume you're connecting via composite output directly into the video card. What hardware are you using? How is the sound handled?

    This is something I'm very interested in doing but would like some more info on. Like you, my LD player is showing it's age and to repair it would cost, err.. rather a lot.
     
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    AnitaPeterson Stunt Coordinator

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    The capture part is simple:

    1. LD to Digital8 video via S-Video and regular stereo audio

    2. Digital 8 to computer via FireWire, using Ulead VideoStudio 5 (to trim and arrange clips)

    3. the resulting AVI file (about 50 min./15 GB each) to TMPGEnc, with Inverse Telecine, Ghost Reduction, Block Noise Softener and best quality settings... leave the computer on for a day and a half or so (only use it for light Internet browsing) and you get what's probably the best-looking VCD file possible, due to the limitations of the format. By comparison, Ulead is fast when encoding to VCD, but the results are mediocre to say the least.
     

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