Re: Burning DVD Videos

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On 05/20/2010 09:51 AM, Patrick O'Callaghan wrote:
> On Thu, 2010-05-20 at 13:33 +0800, Ed Greshko wrote:
>>> I've done it with devede. Not too difficult and it works pretty
>> well,
>>> but of course the resulting files are much larger than the .avi
>> sources.
>>> That's why he's out of luck if he wants to get a whole series onto
>> one
>>> DVD as he said.
>> I don't think he is necessarily out of luck.  While the resulting
>> files may be larger there are different techniques for reducing the
>> overall size.  I have taken movies, pressed on DL DVD's (9GB) and
>> transferred them SL DVD(4.5GB).  Yes, the quality slightly degraded
>> and I wouldn't watch it on a screen larger than 26"....but without
>> taking the time and effort I would not rule out success.
> Downsizing a commercial DVD from 9GB to 4GB is a common procedure,
> though a lot of the saving comes from removing extraneous elements such
> as subtitles and extras, which the paranoid in me believes are there in
> many cases in order to push the size over 4.5GB and hence make copying
> slightly more difficult.
> Besides, many .avi files are already highly compressed and have lower
> video and audio quality than the originals (while still being acceptable
> to the average viewer). Converting them to MPEG doesn't change the
> quality, just the size (so older player with weak cpus can decode them
> at viewing rate). Compressing them again will lose more quality, but of
> course the viewer may still find them acceptable.
> A typical 42-minute TV episode (1 hour less commercials) is around 350MB
> in .avi format, so you'll get a dozen or so on a single-layer DVD. The
> commercial boxed sets of series (at full broadcast quality) get 3 to 4
> episodes per *dual-layer* DVD.
> poc
I was going to divide the series on two DVD's , 5 on each, I'am just not 
sure how a TV DVD player would handle them.
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