So let's start from the top...Please bare with me... :flower:
But before we do let's get a couple things out of the way. First many will say 'why not just buy the DVD of the VHS tapes'? That is an option, but at over 200 VHS tapes it wouldn't be viable financially for movies we've already seen several times. Besides we also have personal home VHS tapes as well, so capture and convert is the best option for me personally and probably for others as well.
Secondly, lets talk of a movie that is extremely long, The Titanic, which I converted to DVD from two VHS tapes....Alright so far??
OK..I capture the analogue VHS tape to Mpeg2, whether it be standard Mpeg2 or in a DVD format Mpeg2 (VOB file extension but without the IFOs), unless you know of a capture software that captures the analogue straight to DVD compliant files (VOB, IFO, & BUPs)??.
That's one encoding..agreed?
Here is how this works! If you capture an analog file to mpeg2, you are using either hardware or software to ENCODE the video on the fly. This is true ENCODING. One could also capture the analog file as a LOSSLESS AVI file, which would not do any encoding whatsoever. You could then edit the file and ENCODE later. The only difference is that it is better to have a lossless avi file for editing (except for minor editing okay with mpeg2).
Second..Now this Mpeg2 capture, whether it be standard Mpeg or in a VOB file extension, needs to be, as you say, 're-authored' or 'authored' into DVD compliant titlesets...agreed? Maybe I'm wrong but I consider this encoding again, is not the Mpeg file encoded into another folder with the necessary IFOs & BUPs?? That's not considered encoding?? Re-authoring is not considered in any way encoding?
No, the above is NOT Encoding! It is more of a file conversion, unless you have your software set to RE-ENCODE the entire video. Even if you do RE-Encode, it isn't that bad. It isn't much different than people using two or three pass encoding. Any loss at this point would be so minute, that it would not be noticable.
And even if you say it's not encoding, then ScoobieDoobies' comment that I am encoding three times is already incorrect since I AM capturing in Mpeg2 format and, as you two are saying, just 're-authoring' the Mpeg capture into DVD compliant VOBs, IFOs, & BUPs....Am I missing something here??
If you do not understand the terminology for Encoding, Transcoding, and how all of this video stuff works, rather than arguing, perhaps you should do some reading, and learn about it before you piss people off to the point where they either don't want to help you anymore, or you become banned. We are here to help. Not to argue! I can understand your confusion, as you have not spent alot of time learning about this stuff. It can be difficult to grasp all of this, as there is so much involved. I could write 20 pages here and you still would not know all of it. Try going to www.videohelp.com, and read for about 6 hours in the various forums (Capture, Conversion, etc).
Lastly, according to ScoobieDoobie, I should be easily able to capture the entire Titanic VHS movie at a low bitrate and be able to fit in onto a single layer discs without any need to compress down with either DVDShrink or DVDRebuilder.
'That' would retain the video quality more so ??? than, as he stated, encoding three times as I'm doing, even though he and you also state that converting the Mpeg2 file into DVD compliant files is 'NOT' encoding.
You DO NOT want to capture at the lowest bitrate. If you are capturing to MPEG2, you want to capture at the highest quality, which is a higher bitrate (between 8000 - 9000 for standard MPEG2), and between 12000 and 15000 for HDTV MPEG2 (must have software that will handle HD conversion). If you want to fit more video to the dvd, you can convert to 1/2 D1, which is 352 x 480 for NTSC, and still have acceptable quality (but not as good as 720 x 480). All of this is also dependant upon the quality of your television and dvd player. With some setups you wouldn't see any difference between a bitrate of 6000 or 9000. On a good progress scan dvd player, and a large LCD tv, you would notice a difference.
BTW, so you're saying that when DVDShrink is 're-authoring' an already DVD Compliant DVD, it is 'NOT' considered encoding??? Since it is merely re-authoring??
If I am misunderstanding something, Please let me know what part of this, most needs to be re-taught to me.
It's quite possible that I have been mis-informed about what encoding is and what it really entails... :bigsmile: