Quick Time Movie conversion to VCD

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I have downloaded some superb Quick Time Movies from BMW USA using their BMWPlayer program. The movies are standard Qtime .mov format.

I was wondering if these could be converted and shown on a VCD capable VDV player?

If this is possible, then what S/W would be needed?

Thanks in advance.


-- Gary (gn@spidercrab.com), November 06, 2001


Never done it myself, but www.vcdhelp.com has a web page on converting between formats. I think I read that if you buy the commercial version of Quick Time that it can convert. There might also be a free program that can do it. The web site I listed can help. Just a word of warning - Quick Time is not as good a quality video format as MPEG-1, so you may notice some quality loss after conversion. It is, however, better than Real Media, which is truly awful in terms of quality.

-- Jason (Jason.Shumate@equant.com), November 06, 2001.

QuickTime is neither good nor bad; it's been there for ages even before MPEG was cooked up and was and in many ways still is for example one codec/platform that Adobe Premiere professes undying love for. There is still broadcast h/w out there, SDI and all that uses mainly qt with 720x486 D1 resolution. Scalable resolutions is the key here: for less ambitious purposes there are 320x240 qt MOVs. Like any other codec, if you run VFAPIinstall.bat within TMPGenc folder, if a valid QuickTime installation is present in the system you can outright encode MOVs to MPEG-1. There are D1-resolution MOVs one can download for free from Adobe expert center/Premiere goodies and test and play with.

-- Mehmet Tekdemir (turk690@yahoo.com), November 06, 2001.

Thanks for the replies.

I followed the advice at http://www.vcdhelp.com/tmpgencsvcd.htm for converting MOV to MPEG and successfully converted a test MOV file into an SVCD compatible PAL MPEG file. It played full screen on my SCAN2000 DVD player without a hitch.

-- Gary (gn@spidercrab.com), November 07, 2001.

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