Exceeding 120min. and beyond

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* First off, I know it's possible that you can make a VCD Slideshow with audio using programs such as Nero and FlyVCD.

My question is, is it possible to encode a VCD that exceeds the usual 70+ minutes by cutting frames ?

I don't know if there is machine-code involved in making a slide-show, but a slide-show program with say 15fps should yield double time so you would have 140+min. available of real watch movie time instead of the usual 70+.

Can it be done or has it been done I would like to know ?

Sincerely, =David W= http://dw817.f2o.org (New home of Scenario RPGMaker!)

-- David W (dw817@yahoo.com), September 28, 2003


Actually, it's not possible to to make a VCD slide show with audio using Nero. Slide show - yes. With audio - no.

If you want to exceed the normal times for VCD, your best bet is to use 90 or 99 minute CD-Rs, assuming your CD burner can write to them. While it is possible to play with frame rates for movies to increase playing time, I don't recommend it. Such VCDs are non-standard and there are no guarantees they will play without problems. You should be aware that many DVD players will not play VCD slide shows unless they are 100% in compliance with the standards for making them. Nero does not make truly compliant slide shows and some DVD players, such s Pioneer, won't play them at all. I have found VCDeasy (http://www.vcdeasy.org) to be the best program for making slide shows because what it produces complies with the standards.

If you decide to burn to 90 or 99 minute CD-Rs, you will have to have a program like Nero that can overburn to write to these discs. I do not recommend burning at more than 4x speed when overburning. 90 minute discs offer you the greatest chance of success. Many burners will not burn the 99 minute discs.

-- Root (root@yahoo.moc), September 29, 2003.

Excellent answer, thank you, Root !

Now I know that FlyVCD does do both audio and video so there should be a way. Does the VCD use some type of machine-code and if so, where can I find information on writing my own player ?

I could easily encode a compliant 60-70 minute movie playing double speed, then write or hack a program to play it back at half speed so it appears normal.

Is that plausible ? The concept is so useful, someone SURELY has to have already done this.

Sincerely, =David W=

-- David W (dw817@yahoo.com), September 29, 2003.

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