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Old 9 Apr 2002, 01:50 PM   #1
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Hello there!

I am trying to convert some of my old VHS tapes to DivX.
I do have TV Capture Card.

Have anyone done that before?
any tips would be highly appreciated

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Old 9 Apr 2002, 02:17 PM   #2
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If you have enough hard drive space and a reasonably fast CPU, I strongly suggest that you capture in Uncompressed .AVI video format (as high a resolution as possible, perhaps 704x480, without dropping frames) with Uncompressed PCM (WAV) audio format at 48,000Hz.

If your capture card's software permits, set it to create a new file every 2 Gigabytes.

For each file you've created:

Load it into VirtualDub and compress both the video (DivX) and audio (MP3 at 44,100Hz)

Let us know of your success ;>}
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thank you very much for your reply?

i have a PIII 800Mhz and about 10GB of disk space
is this enough for a 2 hour movie? and is my computer fast enough to handle capturing?

thank you very much

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Old 9 Apr 2002, 10:00 PM   #4
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yes it is!

use these settings and u will be ok:

NO RECOMPRESSION
YU12
320*240
Cd quality audio
25/30fps

You will be fine, make sure you have NTFS

10GB is not much, free up more hdd space as NO RECOMPRESSION makes better quality/the best quality but does not compress so a lot of hdd space is required.

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Old 9 Apr 2002, 10:02 PM   #5
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@ setarip:

sorry, but the larger frame/res, the more frames will drop.

320*240 is a GOOD RES, as you can convert it to DVD res if u wish to using TMPGENC, will NOT lose quality.

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Thanks for reply!

what is the optimal disk space that i should be trying to get?

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depending on how long the video/session is, about 15GB to be on the safe side.

Try to have, if possible, a 7200RPM HDD.



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Old 10 Apr 2002, 04:17 AM   #8
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actually, my calc says 78GB!!!!!!!

try using a light compressor if poss.

believe it or not, I know ur not suppose to do this but I did it for a test:

using the same settings I gave, I changed the codec to fast motion, 6000 bitrate and 7 smooth with MP3 audio and the quality was like near DVD without any block. The program I captured was 1 hour long, fitted on 1 700MB cd perfectly!

But it is not good idea to use DIVX codec for capturing.

try to find a light compressor, some people say (never tried it) use the MJPEG codec.

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