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Q: Making an MPEG play on a DVD player ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   1 Comment )
Subject: Making an MPEG play on a DVD player
Category: Computers > Software
Asked by: andyprior-ga
List Price: $5.00
Posted: 29 Apr 2004 07:04 PDT
Expires: 29 May 2004 07:04 PDT
Question ID: 338191
I have lots of movies on my pc in MPEG format.  I would like to burn
these to CD and then watch them on my DVD player, which does support
VCD playback.  I do not have a DVD Writer.  I do have a CD Writer

Is there any easy, reliable way of doing this?

Please help
Subject: Re: Making an MPEG play on a DVD player
Answered By: till-ga on 29 Apr 2004 07:27 PDT
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Yes, this is possible and it is easy. 
You will have to convert the mpeg files to the mpeg-1 standard (325 x
240 at 29,9 frames per second) and then burn Video CDs or - to get a
better quality - mpeg-2 format (480 x 480) to make Super-Video-CDs.
A standard 650 MD CD-R takes about 50 minutes of video in
Super-Video-CD (SVCD) and about 70 minutes in Video-CD (VCD) format.

The best tool I know to convert the mpeg source files is TMPGENC, available at
( )

I answered another question about burning Videos, maybe this can be
helpful for you as well:
( )

Almost all modern burning software for CDs will support the production
of VCD or SVCD formats. The burning process and the compilation of the
mpegs (if you would like to put mor than one file on a VCD) is as easy
as burning music CDs.
Some older DVD players however may have some problems playing the SVCD
format. So you should look up the specifications of you DVD player
before you convert the mpegs. Modern ones shouldnīt make any problems.

I hope this helps to solve your problem. If anything should still be
unclear please post a clarification request.


Search strategy:
None, I have some personal experience in converting video formats.

Request for Answer Clarification by andyprior-ga on 30 Apr 2004 02:01 PDT
Hi, thanks for the great answer.  Just one thing I need cleared up...I
have downloaded the program you suggested for converting the mpegs.  I
have successfuly created an mpeg2.  What software would you suggest I
use to burn this file so that it will play as a vcd on DVD player. 
Its just that I have the original hp burning software at the moment
and it doesnt support vcd creation.

Thanks very much

Andy P

Clarification of Answer by till-ga on 30 Apr 2004 02:25 PDT
I usually use the Nero Burning software (Version at present).
This program is in my opinion one of the best solutions you can get.
I do not know all the features of the new version 6, but itīs
available at ebay at really low prices:
( )

I hope this finally solves your problem.

andyprior-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars
Thanks very much, just created my first working VCD........!!!!!

Subject: Re: Making an MPEG play on a DVD player
From: psi_man-ga on 29 Apr 2004 07:32 PDT
Tmpgenc is an excellent tool but needs a little knowlege to use. It
also doesn't burn onto cd - If you want an idiot-proof all in one
solution then buy Nero-Burning as it converts and burns in one process
and also has a nice wizard to guide you through the process (it will
also burn to 99 minute CDs which can be useful)
I don't have any connection to Ahead who make Nero, I just think that
it is a nice simple solution. Like till-ga says tmpgenc is the best
converter if you can get to grips with it.

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