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1. VCD Creator for OS/2?
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Are there any programs for OS/2 that will create a video compact disc (VCD)? I have a cdrw drive and use RSJ software.
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Date: 14 Nov, 2002 on 14:44
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The structur of a VideoCD disc is actually really simple and it's just a matter of creating the correct directories etc so the either software players or as well DVD consumer players can play the CDs. Most important thing is that you need to generate the proper mpeg1 video file to be copied out on the disc.. Usually you can count on that you will get in around 45 to 60 minutes of video per disc. If you need a better resolution I would suggest going up to Super VideoCD SVCD. But, you then only be able to record around 25 to 30 minutes of video. But, the quility is to be preferred. Let's say that you have a Digital Video Cammera this format would be of most interest. And usually you don't really need more than 30 minutes to record the X-Mas dinner

Looking at a VCD content, in this case "Coming to America" with Eddie Murphy, it would look something like this:

94-06-21 20.35 <DIR> 0 .
94-06-21 20.35 <DIR> 0 .
93-09-29 23.49 2 0 ABSTRACT.TXT
93-09-29 23.49 2 0 BIBLIO.TXT
94-06-21 20.35 <DIR> 0 CDI
93-09-29 23.49 2 0 COPYRIGH.TXT
94-06-21 20.35 <DIR> 0 MPEGAV
94-06-21 20.35 <DIR> 0 VCD
8 file(s) 6 bytes used
0 bytes free

including the files in the directory:

The volume label in drive F is COMING_TO_A.
The Volume Serial Number is CC06:0030.

Directory of F:\

94-06-21 20.35 <DIR> 0 .
94-06-21 20.35 <DIR> 0 .
93-09-29 23.49 2 0 ABSTRACT.TXT
93-09-29 23.49 2 0 BIBLIO.TXT
94-06-21 20.35 <DIR> 0 CDI
93-09-29 23.49 2 0 COPYRIGH.TXT
94-06-21 20.35 <DIR> 0 MPEGAV
94-06-21 20.35 <DIR> 0 VCD
8 file(s) 6 bytes used

Directory of F:\CDI

94-06-21 20.35 <DIR> 0 .
94-06-21 20.35 <DIR> 0 ..
94-04-13 15.47 1345536 0 CDI_ALL.RTF
94-05-17 20.39 1880064 0 CDI_BUM.DAT
94-04-13 15.47 7193 0 CDI_FONT.FNT
94-06-02 12.37 89382 0 CDI_VCD.APP
94-06-17 6.35 53 0 CDI_VCD.CFG
94-06-21 20.34 17155 0 MUSIC01.DAT
94-06-21 20.35 251904 0 NMENUS.RTF
94-06-21 20.35 294912 0 PMENUS.RTF
10 file(s) 3886199 bytes used

Directory of F:\MPEGAV

94-06-21 20.35 <DIR> 0 .
94-06-21 20.35 <DIR> 0 ..
94-06-21 20.35 498143232 0 MUSIC01.DAT
3 file(s) 498143232 bytes used

Directory of F:\VCD

94-06-21 20.35 <DIR> 0 .
94-06-21 20.35 <DIR> 0 ..
94-06-21 20.35 2048 0 ENTRIES.VCD
94-06-21 20.35 2048 0 INFO.VCD
4 file(s) 4096 bytes used
Total files listed:
25 file(s) 502033533 bytes used
0 bytes free

As you can see from the above listing the video it self is in the F:\MPEGAV and that is usually enought to keep this directory on the CD and giving the mpeg the name MUSIC01.DAT. This usually works out and is enought to create a VCD.

/Kim

Date: 14 Nov, 2002 on 17:01
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Thanks for the information. It is fascinating.

If one has a way to connect to a vhs player (vhs to pc), is there a program to convert ones home movies to a vcd format?


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Date: 15 Nov, 2002 on 14:45
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Well, using OS2 to convert VHS/S-VHS to VCD or any other digital format using OS2 might not be the easiest. OS2 as I know only supports TV-Card by giving support to view the picture on the WPS. Some of the available applications actually also support capturing video but the quality various. Even if you get in the data you then sometimes want to edit it and make some changes to the datastream. Well, to make a long story short is that there isn't really any good software available for OS2. There are a lot of opensource tools that might be of interest of porting to OS2 but this would take some time.

Using OS2 there are some small tools provided by Chris W. Check his home page at:

http://www.os2world.com/cdwriting/

Looking at Windows tools (sorry) CDR tools as Nero from Ahead supports creating both VCD and SVCD.

For more general info I would suggest more reading at http://www.vcdhelp.com - this is my main resource when checking for new releases and other news regarding video tools.

Looking at my own enviroment I'm using a Hauppauge PVR (Personal Video Recorder) board for getting in my material to the system (using Windows 2000 since you can't really use Win98 since it only support 2gb large files). Reason for picking the Hauppauge PVR board is really simple, it has an onboard mpeg2 chip to take care of the encoding when recording video. So either I just dump this out to CD using the correct resolution or I record it with a higher resolution to be able to do some editing. Since mpeg2 isn't actually the greatest source material to use for editing you have to record it a high datastream to be able to work with it in a proper way. Typicall quality good enought to work with would take around 500mb for 1 hour of recording.

Best format for editing material in is Apples QuickTime next after that I would say Windows AVI format. But, using both formats takes some storage. An example is that I converted some 105 minutes of DV material to AVI format and this took around 21gb disk.

As video editing tool I prefer Vegas Video from Sonic (working version can be downloaded from their home page).

If you need to convert video into other format I would suggest FlaskMpeg.

I hope this gives you some idea of what is needed and what to think about etc. As well how to get started.

/Kim

Date: 15 Nov, 2002 on 17:41
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