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Q: Digital Video Files ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   0 Comments )
Subject: Digital Video Files
Category: Computers > Software
Asked by: skip9801-ga
List Price: $5.00
Posted: 26 Nov 2003 10:04 PST
Expires: 26 Dec 2003 10:04 PST
Question ID: 280866
Is there an easy way to convert avi digital video files to a format
that will work on a standalone CD or DVD player for a TV?
Subject: Re: Digital Video Files
Answered By: till-ga on 26 Nov 2003 10:24 PST
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
The format conversion of the avi input file must output mpeg files.
This video format is used for (super) video-cds or dvds.

Thereīs an excellent, easy to handle shareware program that encodes
any avi input to the desired mpeg format (either mpegI or mpegII (for
Itīs called TMPGEnc 2.521 and is available at:
Tmpgenc official website
( )
The download is about 1.8 MB.
After the encoding (which may take several hours, depending on the
size of the input file) you can burn the generated mpeg files using
any cd ord dvd burning software that can write super-video cds or dvds
for your stand-alone player.

I hope this helps to solve the problems. If you need more help please
post a clarification request before rating my answer.


Search strategy: none, I often convert video formats and knew the software.

Request for Answer Clarification by skip9801-ga on 26 Nov 2003 19:42 PST

Thanks for responding to my question.  I downloaded the trial version
of TMP and, after searching their bulletin board, figured out that I
needed to increase the "direct show" setting to "2" in order to stop
getting the "can not open or unsupported" error message when I tried
to get it to use an avi file as an input video file.

I saw there are three major categories of files it can create - Video
CD, Super Video CD, and DVD, each with their own list of
subcategories.   I don't know the differences between them, and it may
not matter a lot, but here is a followup question.

I was able to successfully create an mpeg file that showed audio and
video, and the video was pretty good, i.e., pretty close to the
original.  But the audio was appreciably worse, most notably there was
a high-pitched tinny sound in the background.  WOuld you have any
advice on how I could prevent that?


Request for Answer Clarification by skip9801-ga on 26 Nov 2003 21:28 PST

You can skip my clarification posting about the audio.  I played
around with the settings and changed the "sample frequency convertor"
setting to "high quality" and that eliminated the high pitched
squealing I had heard.

Thanks again.

Clarification of Answer by till-ga on 26 Nov 2003 23:42 PST
Itīs fine that you found out how to solve the little problem yourself. 


Request for Answer Clarification by skip9801-ga on 27 Nov 2003 05:34 PST

Could I toss in one more question - what are all the aspect ratio settings?

Is 16:9 the same as 4:3?  Does it matter what settings are used if the
intent is to show the CD / DVD on a television?


Clarification of Answer by till-ga on 27 Nov 2003 06:30 PST
The aspect ratios 4:3 or 16:9 (sometimes called "wide-screen") are not the same.
Diaplaying a movie recorded in 16:9 ratio on a convertional 4:3 TV
will result in black bars over and under the picture. Those will
disappear on a wide-screen (16:9) TV.
Thereīs an article explaining this slightly complicatd stuff:
Home Video Systems Visual Resolution Comparison
( )
I doubt if I can explain this much better.

Usually, when you video source was recorded in the conventional 4:3
ratio itīs rather useless to convert it to 16:9.


Request for Answer Clarification by skip9801-ga on 28 Nov 2003 06:04 PST
Sorry - my math was off.  I do realize now that the ratios of 4:3 and
16:9 are not the same.

Thanks for the explanation.

Clarification of Answer by till-ga on 28 Nov 2003 09:40 PST
Allright and thank you for the rating.

skip9801-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars
I tried the program - it did exactly what i needed it to do!

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