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Disclaimer:
I am doing this page to be of help to others who would like to edit and process video. I will do my best to make sure the info I put on these pages are correct, but, I do not guarantee it. Some of this info may be my opinion and if you don't like my opinion, don't read any of this. I am by no means an expert, nor do I claim to be. I am having a ball with this stuff and I hope you do also. - Tim Taylor

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After you read this page CLICK HERE for my How-To pages. These pages will hopefully give you an easy step-by-step walk-thru on how to make DVDs, VCDs, and other types of videos that you can use to create home videos to share with family and friends and to backup your DVD/VHS videos for safe keeping. CLICK HERE for a CoDec FOURCC list and CLICK HERE for a list of CoDecs you can download.

Here is a list of other sites that I have found very useful in one way or another:

bullet The digital digest
bullet DVDr Help and VCD Help
bullet DivX.com
bullet MovieCodec.com
bullet Doom9.net
bullet MPEGX Multimedia
bullet CDR-Info - The Recording Authority
bullet DVD Writers
bullet DivX Movies
bullet DVDHelp.us

 

Video Formats:

There are many types of video formats, the four formats most use are avi, mpeg, mov, and ra. The mov files are QuickTime and the ra are RealAudio files, I personally don't use either of these files, I have found the mpeg and avi formats have a lot more utilities and program support out there and while ra files are ok for streaming web content, the quality is very lacking.

The Mpeg Format:

The mpeg format is used for VCD and DVD disk movies. There are different levels of mpeg files, the mpeg level for encoded VCDs is MPEG-1 and the mpeg level for DVDs is MPEG-2. I use the mpeg format when making files for VCD or DVD only, they are much larger than the avi files I make and while the quality is fine for TV screens, computer screens have a much higher resolution and the video does not look very good on them.

To re-encode your avi or mpeg video to mpeg VCD, SVCD, or DVD format, here is a list of some very good converters:

bullet XingMPEG Encoder (mpeg-1 only)
bullet TMPGEnc (mpeg-1 and mpeg-2)
bullet Honestech (mpeg-1 and mpeg-2)
bullet Hero Video Convert (mpeg-1 and mpeg-2)
bullet Panasonic MPEG1 Encoder (mpeg-1 only)

To re-encode your DVD video VOB files to mpeg VCD, SVCD, or DVD format, here is a list of some very good converters:

bullet FlaskMPEG (very good, lots of uses) (Download from my Yahoo Briefcase)
bullet VOB2Mpeg (very simple)

The AVI Format:

The avi format is probably the best format, it is definitely the most versatile format. The audio and video streams are encoded with what is called a CoDec. CoDec stands for coder/decoder or compression/decompression and they are an algorithm that shrinks the size of a file. As the name implies, CoDecs are used to encode and decode or compress and decompress various types of data. In particular those files that would otherwise use up inordinate amounts of disk space, such as sound and video files. Common CoDecs include those for converting analog video signals into compressed video files (such as DivX) or analog sound signals into into digitized sound (such as MP3). CoDecs can be used with either streaming video/audio or files like avi or wav files.

There are many different audio and video CoDecs, Below is a list of CoDecs I use and below that is a description of them and why I use them.

Video CoDecs:

bullet DivX
bullet Huffyuv (Download from my Yahoo Briefcase)
bullet Kristal Studio Codecs Pack 4.3.3 (Download from my Yahoo Briefcase)
bullet Angel Potion (Download from my Yahoo Briefcase)

Audio CoDecs:

bullet Fraunhofer IIS MPEG-3 - download here or (Download from my Yahoo Briefcase)
bullet Audio Codec: AC3 wave format (Download from my Yahoo Briefcase)

DivX is the brand name for the patent-pending, premium-quality, MPEG-4 video compression technology developed by DivXNetworks, Inc.. It allows you to create and watch videos with very high visual quality and relatively low file sizes. DivX makes it possible, for the first time, to effectively move high-quality video files over the Internet.

Huffyuv is a very fast, lossless Win32 video codec. "Lossless" means that the output from the decompressor is bit-for-bit identical with the original input to the compressor. "Fast" means a compression throughput of up to 38 megabytes per second on my 416 MHz Celeron. Huffyuv is intended to replace uncompressed YUV as a video capture format. It is fast enough to compress full-resolution CCIR 601 video (720 x 480 x 30fps) in real time as it&s captured on my machine. Huffyuv also supports lossless compression of RGB data, so it can be used for the output of programs like VirtualDub.

The Kristal Studio Codecs Pack 4.3.3 is a collection of good CoDecs and includes the following:

  1. Coder & decoder OpenDivX V4.0 Alpha 48 (Project Mayo).
  2. Coder & decoder DivX V3.2 (3.11Alpha + Scene detect patch) for playing old compressed movies.
  3. Coder & decoder DivX WMA Audio V4.2 (Standard).
  4. Coder & decoder MPEG-Layer 3 Audio V4.2 (Professional), With control panel icon.
  5. Decoder for AC3 Audio V2.2.
  6. Coder & decoder KS MPEG-4 VKI (For ASF/DivX Conversion).

The Angel Potion CoDecs is another port of MPEG-4 and may be of help in your video adventures.

The Fraunhofer IIS MPEG-3 audio Codec is for compressing audio into the popular MP3 format. At this time this is the best audio format for storing small avi movie files.

The AC3 wave format is another audio CoDec that will come in handy for your avi projects.

Must have programs:

This is a list of programs that I have found I can't live without. many of them do basically the same things that some of the others can, but, they all have there uses depending on exactly what you are doing.

bullet AVI_IO (Download from my Yahoo Briefcase)
bullet VirtualDub (Download from my Yahoo Briefcase)
bullet Adobe Premiere not really a must have, but, very nice.
bullet iFilmEdit 1.4
bullet SmartRipper (Download from my Yahoo Briefcase)
bullet DVD Decrypter (Download from my Yahoo Briefcase)
bullet Nero Burning Rom

 

 

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