Help burning HD recording to DVD

RickN

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Hello,

I have a clear QAM recording of Apollo 13 that is 9.2 GB in size. I would like to split this mpeg-2 file in half and save as data files on two standard DVD disks. The file size is just slightly larger than what can fit onto two DVD's. Any suggestions on how to reduce size while still retaining HD format?

Thanks,

Rick
 

laserfan

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Since you're going to split it anyway, you could simply divvy it into 3 parts instead of 2 (single-layer DVDs being cheap as dirt).

The only "shrink" program I know of for HD is Super MPEG2 Transcoder. I used it once and liked what it did so much that I bought it. I think you can use it in free/trial mode for a couple weeks.

BTW I asked here if the VRD guys wouldn't consider including a "Super MPEG2 Transcoder" capability to VRD (it has the guts for sure) to no response. :(
 
I save mine in commercial to commercial blocks. (Your movie might not have that convenient option, however) That way I can get basically seamless playback of the segments if I wish. (by carefull file naming)

If you're looking for playback convenience, then trim off the credits and anything unnecessary at the beginning. Save those parts on another disk. (the extras might even fit on a CD-R)

Remember that 4Gb is the largest single file that you can write to a data disk, so you have to break it down to several smaller files anyway. I learned the hard way that you can't write a 4.3Gb file to a disk.

I save them because I'm hoping that DIY HD authoring will become possible. (and cheap) HD-DVD authoring was possible, but the format died. Simple Blu-Ray authoring might be possible, depending on the capabilities of the software Hauppauge will supply with it's coming HD-PVR.
 

laserfan

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Remember that 4Gb is the largest single file that you can write to a data disk, so you have to break it down to several smaller files anyway. I learned the hard way that you can't write a 4.3Gb file to a disk.
If you use UDF mode for your disc you can make the single file up to 4.5Gb for a DVD SL, or 8.5Gb for DL. Of course, not even a 8.5Gb DVD DL will hold the OP's Apollo 13 grab.
 

RickN

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Thanks Laserfan and Zaphod! I knew I could count on you guys! :D

Laser, I give the Super Mpeg2 Transcoder a try. Sounds like a nifty little application! I also agree, it would be a nice addition to the VRD toolbox with Suite... Course, if the HD PVR turns out to be as big a hit as discussed on AVSforum HTPC, then H264 editing will be in high demand and an excellent sales point for VRD, when they complete this portion... Can't wait!

Zaphod, I too am looking forward to a DIY HD authoring solution. Wise counsel as always! So Zaphod, are you testing the HD PVR for Hauppauge? Probably can't say...

Laser, what do you mean by "UDF mode for your disk"? Is my lack of careful reading showing again? I don't remember seeing a UDF mode with NERO.

All the best!

Rick
 

laserfan

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Laser, what do you mean by "UDF mode for your disk"? Is my lack of careful reading showing again? I don't remember seeing a UDF mode with NERO.
Rick, I haven't used Nero Burning ROM for years (now use ImgBurn) but I'm sure UDF mode for burning is there somewhere. I think it's UDF 1.02 you'd be looking for, as opposed to 9600/UDF which is used for VIDEO_TS (1Gb max) sets.
 
I've been hoping to get in on the HD-PVR but not yet. So far the only ones I heard of have been developers or support people. (GB-PVR, Sage, SHSPVR, etc)

Personally, I'm more interested in the software than the hardware. Initial rumors were that it could author HD mpeg as well as the h264 streams to BluRay compatible disks.
 
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