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funkyfeet

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How can I (or can I) change the format of how files record so that I can easily burn it onto a DVD without having to decode it?
 

globaldonkey

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    I'll speak to DVB and PAL here as that is my experience.

    Firstly, it really depends on your choice of DVD authoring software and what it can accept as input. The best ones are those that can accept .ts transport streams, as this is what comes straight off the air from your TV card, and how MP records to disk by default. MP can also put the stream into an mpg container if that's what your authoring tools require, but there are some problems around using mpg as the recording format, and ts is recommended.

    Secondly, it depends on the characteristics of the source DVB stream. DVD is standard definition 720 x 576 MPEG 2. So if the channel you are recording is in that format (which most SD channels are), then no transcoding will be required if your authoring software can import the transport stream.

    However, HD channels (eg 1920 x 1080) or HD and SD channels broadcast using MPEG 4 instead of MPEG 2 will all require transcoding to DVD. Again, authoring software that can accept the transport stream should be able to do all this for you.

    VideoRedo TV can take the native MPEG-2 transport streams that MP produces (both SD and HD) and create a DVD out of it very easily. It also has the ability to edit the stream and remove commercials "automatically". I am not sure if it will transcode MPEG 4 streams though.

    The key point is that MP does not do any transcoding, and you need other software to do it if the stream is not already "DVD ready".
     

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