Error message when try to burn VCD : LUSENET : Video CD : One Thread

I'm new to VCD and Mpgs. Recently my friend sent me some mpg files which i can view them in quicktime(Macintosh), but when I tried to burn as an VCD in Toast 5 Titanium, I've got an error message about the mpeg track. There are few questions I'd like to ask: 1. Is this caused by different layer of mpeg? 2. what kind of software i can use to verify mpeg-1 or mpeg-2? 3. do I need any kind of encoder/decoder to covert these mpg files?

I would very much appreciate if someone can help me thru this.

-- Fred Hill (, June 26, 2001


Go to and get the free Bitrate Viewer program. It can be used to identify whether your video is MPEG-1 or MPEG-2 and it will also tell you the bit rate of the video. VCD only supports MPEG-1 video at video bit rates under something like 1.115 Mbps. If you have MPEG-2 video or too high a bit rate, that might be causing you some problems. Also, often MPEG video is not correctly formatted for burning and must be demultiplexed (also known as "demuxed") and multiplexed using a VCD (or SVCD for MPEG-2) template before you can burn it. TMPGenc ( is free and can help with this. BBTools also can be used to demux and multiplex video. As you just discovered, the fact that a MPEG file can be played on a PC has no meaning as far as determining if it's VCD (or SVCD) compliant. If your video is within VCD or SVCD specs for bit rate, a simple demux/remux job should stop your problems. Good luck.

-- Jason (, June 29, 2001.

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