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How can I make a Karaoke VCD that can play on my DVD/VCD/Karaoke player?

-- Donald Wong (, January 29, 2002



it is now a long time ago since I had the idea to use quicktime to do the conversion and I answered a lot of mails where I explained how to do this.

Here once again:

Quicktime is not able to convert the video and audio part at once: You have to convert them seperately. Convert the audio part to .aif or .wav (depends from the system you are using. WAV is better for PC, AIF better for MAC). Use the Quicktime Options to find the right font size! Import both parts into any video editor and align the audio to video (shouldn't be a problem, because Quicktime does a very good job...). Keep an eye on the right VCD size (352 x 288) for PAL. If the Quicktime Picture is too large, use the Scale function of your video editor. There is a little area around each PAL picture that cannot be used for video. So just do some experiments with the Scale function of your video editor (I prefer Adobe Premiere). Export the finished video to MPEG 1. Take care for the right options for VCD. If you have any questions regarding VCD go and look at I'm sure that there you will find, what you are looking for.

When I tried to make my first karaoke disks, I was looking for a program that can do the job and unable to find one that exports to VCD. There is one that can do CD+G disks but not VCD. I was working with Quicktime before and first thought of writing my own authoring software based on MACROMEDIA DIRECTOR. But then I had the idea to use Quicktime to convert .kar files. This saved me a lot of time since there is so much software floating around the net that can help authoring .kar files. Since I have a very good digital project studio it wasn't a problem for me to get the best sound possible. For me it was just the easiest way to achieve my goal. Because so many people where asking for this I decided to post my solution on the net. I did not think of so much response!!!!

So, I hope that you are happy with this solution. If you have any further questions, you can mail me. I will try to answer them as soon as possible.



----- Original Message ----- From: "Chris Oberth" To: Cc: ; Sent: Friday, February 01, 2002 8:49 PM Subject: Converting .KAR to VCD

> Hi Yall > I saw your usenet post about converting kar to vcd, I too am trying to do > this, convieniently. I have gotten quicktime to save a kar as avi or mpg, > but without the audio portion. What am I doing wrong? I have gotten the > resulting mpg file to a VCD disk, (using tmpgenc to recombine the audio) but > when I play it in my DVD player, the top line of text runs off the top of > the screen, Quicktime places the text too high. I know we are almost there. > If we can put our heads together we can do this, I'm sure! > Any ideas? > Chris Oberth > > > > > _________________________________________________________________ > Chat with friends online, try MSN Messenger: >

-- Markus Galla (, February 03, 2002.

TMPGenc has an option to center the video stream so your lyrics do not disappear at the upper portion of the TV screen. Select the "Clip Frame" option and then click on the "Arrange Setting" button, and finally select "Full Screen(keep aspect ratio)" from the drop down Arrange Method list. I've converted several kar files into a fully working VCD (which plays wonderfully on my DVD player) using the methods you guys have described.

-- Carby DR (, October 04, 2002.

This method works wonders guys, thanks.... But I seem to have a problem with the latest QuickTime 6. I can't output to WAV but instead it outputs to AIF. thus I have to use a Video Editor to combine the files first before using tmpgenc. Any suggestions where I can get a plug-in of sorts to fix QuickTime. Other than this I'm happy... thanks Neville

-- Neville Wagner (, April 02, 2003.

Use KarVid 2.0 You can get the software at will convert *.kar files directly into AVI with audio and the lyrics.......... Use NERO to burn the AVI into VCD.... Enjoy!!!

------------------sirJUNGOY of the Philippines

-- JUNGOY from Philippines (, August 08, 2003.

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