Timing problems...

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I have this movie my friend sent me to over ICQ. I have had this avi on my computer for a while and although I don't have a VCD player, I plan on getting a DVD player soon and so I wanted to turn this avi into a VCD so I can watch it on my TV once I get the player. The avi is 279MB and about 95 1/2 minutes. I have TMPG, but I have heard that you have just as much time on a VCD as on an Audio CD.

I have 80 minute CDs, so I need 15 more minutes. I also heard that SVCDs can hold any amount, for a sacrifice of quality. The avi is very nice quality, so I don't mind a little sacrifice, but how do I fit on the last 15 minutes without starting a second CD? Or is possible at all? (BTW I plan on using the video CD part of NTI to record this)

Thanks for any help you can give me!

-- Saif Ahmed (Saif@home.com), January 20, 2001


There is ultimately no way for U but to use a second CD. What's so hard about using a second CD?? But if I were you, second CD or not, what I'd really worry about is how wretched that movie of yours is going to look like when you finally are able at all to encode it into MPEG. Having been sent over ICQ the quality it has is good enough for postage-stamp size video on your PC screen, but not for TV full- screen. The filesize is a dead give-away. 95mins on 279Mb?!? If successfully encoded to VCD MPEG, that 279Mb will balloon to, like, 900Mb! This will be one of those situations were one is shocked that the encoded MPEG filesize is much bigger than the source AVI.

-- Mehmet Tekdemir (turk690@yahoo.com), January 22, 2001.

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