Compressing mpeg to fit on DVD

nikki

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When I record films off my TV, I edit them in VideoReDo to remove the commercials. I would then like to burn them to DVD, but they are often too big to fit.
Can anyone recommend a good program to re-encode mpegs to fit a DVD?
I have tried Nero 7, but the procedure is tedious - you have to "burn" the full-size mpeg to a VIDEO_TS directory on your hard disk, then recode it from there.
 

Anole

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If you'll look around, there are a number of thread where we've discussed this very problem.
What is the source of your video?
How long a video do you want to record?
If your requirements are something absurd, there are always dual-layer DVDs.

If you are using a stand-alone encoder, try lowering the encoding rate to around 3 megabits per second, instead of 8..10mbs.

For all practical purposes, this is not a problem.
 

Lester Burnham

New member
nikki said:
When I record films off my TV, I edit them in VideoReDo to remove the commercials. I would then like to burn them to DVD, but they are often too big to fit.
Can anyone recommend a good program to re-encode mpegs to fit a DVD?
I have tried Nero 7, but the procedure is tedious - you have to "burn" the full-size mpeg to a VIDEO_TS directory on your hard disk, then recode it from there.
Restream will let you transcode mpeg.

Or if you've authored to a DVD folder structure, you can use DVD-Rebuilder (that will properly re-encode), DVDshrink (that will transcode) or rejig - which I've no real experience with - but I believe will do either.

If they are only just a bit oversize, then transcoding is probably very suitable (ie DVDshrink). If they need shrinking by a reasonable amount, then you are really better re-encoding - DVDrebuilder is an easy option, there.
 

rontop

Member
nikki said:
When I record films off my TV, I edit them in VideoReDo to remove the commercials. I would then like to burn them to DVD, but they are often too big to fit.
Can anyone recommend a good program to re-encode mpegs to fit a DVD?
I have tried Nero 7, but the procedure is tedious - you have to "burn" the full-size mpeg to a VIDEO_TS directory on your hard disk, then recode it from there.
Hi Nikki,

Nero should do what you want without being particularly tedious. If you edited the file with VideoReDo, it should already be on your hard disk. In Nero 6, I just start a project that Nero calls "Create your own DVD video" (something like that.) Just add your video to the project, and Nero should prompt you with a message like "Your project exceeds the size of a DVD, do you want to automatically change the settings so it will fit?" Just answer "Yes" and Nero will choose one of the preset bit-rates (you can change this manually if you don't like the bit-rate it chooses.) After setting up the menus, etc. Nero will re-encode your video to fit on a DVD. You can choose to write to the hard drive or directly to DVD (Nero will actually write to a temporary place on the hard drive first, but you don't need to worry about that.)

Ron
 
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