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Old Nov 21, 2002, 03:53 PM
EvoVII EvoVII is offline
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Angry MPEG2 to MPEG1

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Please boys and girls help me, I've got a load of VCD's burned in MPEG2 mode. And I've just bought a new DVD player claiming it can play VCD's. But in the small print the instructions say VCD's must be in MPEG1 format. Is there anyone out there who has had the same problem, and if so how did you sort it out?

Old Nov 21, 2002, 05:56 PM
xxxStealthxxx xxxStealthxxx is offline
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Mpeg2 is for SVCD and VCD is for mpeg1 !

Burn an SVCD with you're mpeg2 or convert it to mpeg1 and burn it to VCD
Old Nov 21, 2002, 06:01 PM
EvoVII EvoVII is offline
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Thanks M8, I've learnt something new tonight.
Old Nov 21, 2002, 06:09 PM
trinity_hayes trinity_hayes is offline
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you could always test your DVD player for the 'vcd header trick'

you don't need to lose quality by re encoding to vcd from svcd, you simply run it through tmpgenc's mpeg tools, simple multiplex should do it, and, after adding the mpeg2 file, where the box says 'type' change the header to vcd and run. It doesn't work on all DVD players but it is worth trying.

BTW change the name of your output file in case it doesn't work.
Old Nov 21, 2002, 08:03 PM
Darkman Darkman is offline
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I use the VCD header trick all the time for my Panasonic player and it works a treat. It only takes about 5 minutes to demux the MPEG2 and then re-mux it on the MPEG VCD setting.

Don't forget to burn the remuxed file as a VCD so it has the correct file structure for the DVD player to recognise.

As Trinity said, the quality is unchanged.
Old Nov 22, 2002, 04:36 PM
EvoVII EvoVII is offline
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I've solved the problem now, thanks mate.
I took the dvd player back and bought a decent one.

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