On Tue, 11 Mar 2003 20:11:08 GMT, "SimMike-" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
>I just got a DVD-R drive, which I love, but when I transfer DV video to MyDVD by
>Sonic, I notice definite degrading of the video. It isn't too bad unless you
>pause the video, when you really notice the artifacts.
>I am going to experiment with MSP 6.5 which has a higher quality MPEG-2 option.
>But one thing I really like about My DVD is the ability to simply add chapters
>during the capture process.
>Any comments or better software suggestions are appreciated. I am a little
>disappointed as I always thought when I got a DVD burner, I would not lose any
>quality at all.
I assumed that I would lose much more than I did (since
you are further compressing a compressed medium) using
the easy real-time MyDVD MPEG2 encoder. Using "best"
quality setting (there are VERY few options...;-), only
with considerable motion with scenes with a LOT of fine
detail (like flower gardens) did I see some obvious
degradation. Since the writable disks record only about
4.4 gigs (unlike the commercial disks, which record
twice that from much higher-quality original material),
I expected fairly noticeable lowering of quality, but
I'm satisfied (for the moment...;-). My complaint with
MyDVD: it uses the wrong field order for Canopus DV-AVI
files (I need either to render the material to MS DV-AVI
and then MPEG2-encode, or I need to real-time feed the
FireWire signal to MyDVD from the camcorder to MPEG2
encode - the last is MUCH faster, but on VERY detailed
scenes with motion, the encoding appears to show more
artifacts. We could not get TMPEGenc to work - it
kept giving a "cannot divide by 0" error message around