AVI to MPEG-1 encoding

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I'm looking for a software only encoder for converting AVI files to MPEG-1 on Windows 2000. I have AVI's captured via Firewire connection to a Sony DV camera which I would like to encode for burn to CD-RW using Adaptec SW and display on my Sony VCD/DVD player.

Thanks in advance.

-- Gary Brandt (gbrandt@mediaone.net), October 16, 2000



Check out this site http://www.networkserve.co.jp/mpeg/purchase/purchase_e.html this may answer your question....

-- Todd (vanna_k@hotmail.com), October 17, 2000.

hey gary,

there is this really good mpeg encoder software called TMPGenc and the best thing is that it is offered by the author totally FREE!!



-- hitechjunkie (jconde@tidalwave.net), October 18, 2000.

Both todd and hitechjunkie recommend Panasonic and TMPGenc, respectively. Before you reach that point, though, be aware that the DV-AVI files on your HDD can assume type-1 or type-2 identities. Type- 1 is true interleaved wherein the audio and the video are in one envelope; supported by DirectShow, and certain specific NLEs. Microsoft is supporting type-1, and has stopped supporting type-2 DV- AVI, which conforms to Video for Windows specs (audio has a separate stream from the program stream, which in itself redundantly has the same audio) and is therefore acceptable to such NLEs like Premiere (which can't use type-1). NLEs and encoders supporting either or both type-1 and 2 or not at all is one bloody battle in this sphere and you are therefore best started with trying to find out whether Panasonic/TMPGenc accepts one or the other, including but not limited to all the quirkiness and frailties each will exhibit with the same. By default in most cases, the DV-AVI files on your HDD will be type-1 right after capture. There are several s/w DV codecs out there that will support one or the other. MS and TI codecs are type-1, for instance; one Main Concept codec is type-2, but they want you to fork $50 (!) for it.

-- Mehmet Tekdemir (turk690@yahoo.com), October 20, 2000.

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