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RE: [dvd-discuss] DVD Wizard

I am in the processing of converting all of our home movies (8mm tape,
HI-8, and DV) to SVCD format because I am worried about the tape
degradation.  You can get about 40 minutes at the highest quality the
SVCD standard allows onto each 80 minute cd.  Most DVDs would require
2-3 SVCDs just to hold the movie without the additional bonus material.
Unless someone has one of the newest standalone DVD players, the
mini-DVD format will not play in it (it will play in quite a few
computer dvd players).  It has to recognize that format for the cd media
type.  Even though the format is the same for mini-DVD as the DVD, cds
require a different wavelength laser than DVDs.  Most players will
recognize the media type as cd-r or cd-rw and try to play either
cd-audio, mp3, vcd, or svcd.  It doesn't know to decode as DVD using the
cd-r/rw lasers.

Sorry. The above was probably more that anyone cared to know.

-----Original Message-----
From: Richard Hartman [mailto:hartman@onetouch.com]
Sent: Monday, November 12, 2001 12:12 PM
To: 'dvd-discuss@eon.law.harvard.edu'
Subject: RE: [dvd-discuss] DVD Wizard

My guess is that it is merely marketing hype.  They
probably produce SVCD format.  VCD format was MPEG1
SVCD is MPEG2 ... which, as I recall, is also the
image format/resolution of DVDs.  I believe that many
movies are already available on SVCD ... but whether
SVCD holds as much as a DVD (which I doubt) or whether
you have to split a movie across two SVCDs, I dunno.
(Maybe sticking to the movie itself w/o all of the
bonus material is enough to bring most movies down
to the size that can fit on a single SVCD?  ...)

-Richard M. Hartman

186,000 mi./sec ... not just a good idea, it's the LAW!

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Tom [mailto:tom@lemuria.org]
> Sent: Saturday, November 10, 2001 1:43 PM
> To: dvd-discuss@eon.law.harvard.edu
> Subject: Re: [dvd-discuss] DVD Wizard
> On Sat, Nov 10, 2001 at 02:28:23PM -0500, John Dempsey wrote:
> > I don't understand how they burn DVD's onto CD-R disks in a 
> CD burner.
> > These can then play on a DVD player.  Maybe I'm naive but I 
> thought the DVD
> > format was more dense and beyond the capability of a normal 
> CD burner to
> > create.
> they most probably turn them into VCDs. almost all DVD players can
> handle VCDs.
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