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Old 19 Feb 2006, 01:27 PM   #1
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I have some PAL .AVI videos and want them to be able to play in my NTSC DVD players. How can I help transfer these to NTSC and then encode using TMPGenc?

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See the guide in the Authoring & Editing forum - link in the "READ THIS FIRST" sticky.

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Thanks for the reference, but when I try to open the files in DGIndex, it looks for .vob and mpeg, and other such similar files. What I want to convert are a few .avi files. Should I just encode the files in TMPGEnc as if I were using them on a PAL platform, then run them through DGIndex, and then back through TMPGenc?

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I have some PAL .AVI videos and want them to be able to play in my NTSC DVD players. How can I help transfer these to NTSC and then encode using TMPGenc?

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frank, the procedure i use is slightly different from the guide. i don't use the wizard and enter the settings manually. i like to use a CBR as opposed to CQ. i use the wizard however as a shortcut bitrate calculator to find the right #. then set the resolution to 720x480, and "keep aspect ratio 2" for video arrange method. this is the guide, be sure to first click the top link for the encoding. it's very easy and no sync issues. so the steps are encode, framerate convert (dgpulldown), author.
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frank, the procedure i use is slightly different from the guide. i don't use the wizard and enter the settings manually. i like to use a CBR as opposed to CQ. i use the wizard however as a shortcut bitrate calculator to find the right #. then set the resolution to 720x480, and "keep aspect ratio 2" for video arrange method. this is the guide, be sure to first click the top link for the encoding. it's very easy and no sync issues. so the steps are encode, framerate convert (dgpulldown), author.
http://www.johnisme.com/avi1.shtml
Something strange, I don't even see the last sentence and the link, until I quoted you. Also, when trying to use the guide, it mentions .MCFs and a DVD(NTSC).MCF I don't see this anywhere, in the settings, prior to or after I load an AVI File. Also, you mentioned using the Wizard as a Shortcut Bitrate Calcultor, if I understood that correctly, I just loaded up the file, and what it came up as was 7999, does that sound like a reasonable number?

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when you hit the load button you should get this....



and 7999 is too high. tmpgenc just maxes out for the disc. use the slider to a desired % of disc space, then record the video bitrate number above in that screen. THIS is the value you will use for the actual encoding.
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and 7999 is too high. tmpgenc just maxes out for the disc. use the slider to a desired % of disc space, then record the video bitrate number above in that screen. THIS is the value you will use for the actual encoding.
Okay, I'm getting closer, just two more things, I believe:

I opened another TMPGEnc and went through to find a good bitrate, at 4995, and have put that into the settings menu. Also, I saw you can unlock the shaded portions, should I leave it at 720x576 since it came that way, or switch it over to 720x480?; lastly, I think I remember seeing the field order as Top field first, but this pops up as Bottom field first, does this matter? Something else I just noticed is that the Audio format is "AC3 ACM Codec", will I need to load the files up in virtual dub and creat .wav files?

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I went ahead and experimented by unlocking the pixel and setting it to 720x480, making the bitrate 4995, leaving it bottom field first, and then encoded it. The file came out about the size I wanted it, about 830mb, but no sound, I'm thinking that I may have to make a .wav file for each .avi file that I've got. Hopefully I'm on the way to making what I want.
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I went ahead and separated the .wav file with virtual dub, and going through the guide, it got a little confusing as I wound up having about 4 different files for one original .avi file. One being the original .avi that I plugged into virtual dub, then the new 240mb .wav file, then going through the steps, I end up with a few different videos, and I can't tell which video is PAL and which is NTSC. I check the info summary, but they all have blank fields. Also because of this, partially, I've forgotten which step I was on last.

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