DV to MPEG2 conversion

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I have a Sony RX580 that came with Premier 6 LE, MovieShaker DVDit and DVGate. I haven't been able to figure out how to convert my captured DV video to MPEG2 to burn on DVDs. Any suggestions?


-- Dave Tanji (dtanji@msn.com), January 23, 2002


You can download a demo version of "DVD Exporter Premiere Plug-in" released by PixelTool from "http://www.pixeltools.com". With this demo and your Premiere 6, you can export your timeline or clip to MPEG1/MPEG2, and also DVDs for 25 seconds (750 frames).

-- Frederic (frederic@eltw.nec.com.tw), March 18, 2002.

Equipment: Sony TRV 330, PYRO 1394 firewire card, Pentium 3 500 mhz, 512 mb SDRAM, Western Digital 40 gb 5200 rpm hard drive for video. Windows XP and Windows 2000 on different partitions.

Dave I've been using Unlead media studio 5 se and 6 ve to convert my raw dv media to mpeg2 and SVCD formats. DVD quality mpeg2 is still quite large @ 33.8 mb per minute. The rendering dv to mpeg2 process is approx. 20 minutes for 5 minutes of raw dv footage (Windows XP). I recently found this site talking about a future DVD authoring application that will render dv to mpeg2 in realtime.

http://www.filmandvideomagazine.com/Htm/2000/9_00/news/mediostream.htm If anyone knows of anything that's available free or cheap, Being software or hardware please post the url.



-- Ted (hairball2000@rcn.com), April 05, 2002.


I have Sony TRV6e camcorded and uses a I.link (DV.GO from Dazzle) card to capture to my PC (Pentium III, 850 mhz, 128mb RAM and 40gb HD on Win 2K). I have Ulead Video Studio 6 to do the capture and editing (in AVI format) and the software can also create MPEG1 and MPEG2 files.

I know they have a add-on / plug-in to do DVD but I have no DVD drive and only write back to the DV. I am investigating VCD......


-- Wynand (wynand_de_wet@yahoo.com), May 03, 2002.

For what its worth here is the results I've found on this subject:

Im using a E Machine W 1500 with an AMD Athlion XP 1600+ chip, speed 1.39 Ghz and 368 mg of RAM. I have an internal DVD 2X burner (Sony ) and a 40 Gb (Samsung) hard drive. I will probably upgrade my hard drive soon.

I capture Video on a Hitachi DVD Camcorder (DZMV380A) using 30 minute, round disk holder type DVD-R.

When video is recorded to DVD-R, it usually is recorded as a .VOB file located in a Video_TS folder on the disc.

: When video is recorded to DVD-RAM, it usually is recorded as a .VRO file located in a DVD_RTAV folder on the disc. When finishing a disk it converts it to the .VOB file format.

: To extract the video/audio from either .VOB or .VRO, you need software with so-called "DVD-VR" capture capability.

Ulead's MediaStudio Pro 7 has this capability.

I recomend the Ulead DVD-VR Capture Plug-in. found in Ulead MedisStudio Pro 7, in the Data Capture 7 module. This is the best audio, video file capture of the four I tried. It automatically caught the various scenes, in the best quality.

( Pinnacle Studio could not be evaluated because the trial version is crippled to not being able to import MPEG2 files. Why ???)

The tutorial begins on the Web page at the following link:


What are CD-R, CD-RW, DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+R, DVD+RW and DVD-RAM? Basically there are four different types of media on the shelf today CD-Rewritable, DVD-Rewritable, DVD+Rewritable and DVD-RAM. CD-R has been on the market for a couple years. Three new comers have backward compatible to CD-Rewritable media but have trouble with each other in certain way. The incompatibility is improving now.

R RW CD CD-R CD-R DVD- DVD-R DVD-RW DVD+ DVD+R DVD+RW Characteristic Write once Multiple write DVD-RAM Multiple write

Mpeg-2: is the next highest quality to MJPEG But there are many problems with this format. Again it must be done by hardware compression because software compression is far too slow to produce any good quality. It is also a format that is very hard to edit. Quality of conversion varies widely.

I recomend Ulead DVD Movie Factory 2 (not version 3) for editing and burning. It is the only one that has worked fairly successfully. It has limits like: 99 scenes, and crashes occasionally (virtual memory paging file problems).Stick to recording no more than 2.5 GB on each 4.7 DVD-R.

Using Ulead Movie Factory you put import the video scenes. The Ulead DVD-VR Capture Plug-in has saved the scenes as MPEG 2 files. wherever you specified usually DataCapture folder.

The tutorial starts here:


Its easy to use and all together this would cost $100.00 US downloaded.

-- Allan Biggar (allanbiggar@hotmail.com), February 08, 2004.

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