I’ve just treated myself to a Sony TRV33E digital video camera (lovely toy), one of the reasons being to use it to convert my 8mm. home videos to digital (it does analogue in - digital out, on-the-fly). However, I thought I’d try filming something on tape first, transfer to the PC via Firewire, edit and burn to cd.
I did this using Ulead MediastudioPro 7 to edit and create the MPEG2 file and used VCDeasy to burn it as SVCD. Problem is that VCDeasy tells me it needs to “autopad”. I ignored this, the resultant cd works ok, but what is “autopad”? I’ve found others on the 'net with the same problem, and no-one seems to have a definitive answer.
I was a little unhappy with the video quality (although I suspect I’m being too picky), so I borrowed a copy of Premiere 6.5 to try. Another vertical learning curve!
I used the MPEG encoder in Premiere and VCDeasy to burn, but this time it didn’t mention “autopadding required”. Picture quality appeared similar to MediastudioPro.
I then tried making a VCD with Premiere, same digital source, man, what a crap result - blocking, pixilation, artifacts - in general, yuk!
So, before I start consuming copious quantities of time converting my home movies, am I using the right proggies? Is there a better way to do it? Is a DVD burner the only way to get a better result than I already have?
Anyone care to offer their experiences using Ulead or Premiere?
And WHAT is autopadding??? (couldn’t find it on VCDeasy homepage).