Hello there dealeng!
There is probably no benefit to burning to any particular format. The
movies are already compressed, and in fact, have had a lot of
information stripped from them already. This technique is known as
"lossy compression". It relies on the fact that the human eye looks
more at some things than others: for instance, the eye will be more
drawn to lines and edges, than it will to textures. This means, for
example, you'll be more likely to notice the shape of someone's face,
rather than the texture of their hair. Similarly, you're eye will be
drawn first to a moving vehicle, rather than a parked one. So when the
DivX or xvid codecs compress the video, they throw away some
information judged less important, or they reduce the quality of an
area judged "boring" to the eye, in order to save space.
So if you convert them to any other format at all, other than the one
you downloaded them in, it's likely you're going to lose even more
information (unless you pick a lossLESS format, which would take
several DVDs to fit one movie on). If the choice must be between DVD
and VCD, then DVD usually loses less information than VCD, and I would
pick this format.
I hope this helps! If anything's unclear, then please use the "request
clarification" feature before rating this answer.
Clarification of Answer by
18 May 2003 03:20 PDT
Every movie file is compressed with something called a codec. DivX,
VCD (MPEG1), and DVD (MPEG2) are all different ways of doing this
So if you imagine a raw, uncompressed source - such as the original
reels of a film. If you compress from the reel to DivX, you lose
something. If you compress from the reel to VCD, you lose other
things. If you do the same to DVD, you lose another different set of
If you THEN convert from an already compressed source, to another
compressed source, you lose even more information.
So yes: converting from AVI to VCD will lose more quality (although
you may not be able to notice it), and converting from AVI to DVD will
also lose quality (though yet again, you may not be able to see this).
You're right about DVD being better quality - but don't forget, you
can never increase the quality of the original source: you can only
hope it stays the same, or doesn't degrade too much.
Hope this helps,