mpeg movie editors to fit onto VCD

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  1. continuum macrumors 6502

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    Is there a free editor out there that will let me cut down the size of a mpeg movie? I recently downloaded a video that i want to put onto VCD (as the source said it was ready to do) but it's 800mb and a CD-R can only hold 700mb. I want to use Toast to burn to VCD. Or, is there a way to compress the file to fit on one CD-R.

    If there are both options I would still be looking for an editor. I know Quicktime Pro can do it..still looking for a free editor. Thanks!
     
  2. live4ever macrumors 6502a

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    You should be able to fit 800mb on a CD in VCD format without cutting. It has to do with how the data is placed on a CD.

    read it here:
    http://www.videohelp.com/faq#740
     
  3. continuum thread starter macrumors 6502

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    thanks for the response...unfortunately doesn't help... i need some "average joe" help. the link doesn't say much for me..
     
  4. live4ever macrumors 6502a

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    If you can give anymore info about the mpeg file that'd be great (res,length,size etc.).

    Just drag it into Toast (Video tab) and it will author a VCD/SVCD.
    Or use VCD Builder.

    http://homepage.mac.com/johan/
     
  5. continuum thread starter macrumors 6502

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    draging into toast is not the problem.... it's the size of the file that prevents if from burning.
     
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  7. AdamR01 macrumors 6502

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    Are you sure you're using 700mb media and not 650mb? Because as live4ever said, it should fit if encoded to the vcd standard.

    Edit: I'm not trying to be rude, but ive found blank unlabled cds lying around before and then got confused as hell as to why i couldnt fit stuff on to a cd only to realize they were 650mb.
     
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    Yep, VCD video is 10 MB per minute, so an 800 MB file would be 80 minutes long, and would therefore fit on an 80 minute CD (VCD uses Mode 2 so it's the minutes, not the MB, that you need to look at). If Toast won't do it, that's odd, maybe the file is 81 minutes or something.
     
  9. continuum thread starter macrumors 6502

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    They are definitely 80 minute/700mb CD-Rs. The file is actually 803.8mb so that's probably the issue. I'll check out the software mentioned earlier and thanks for your help everyone!
     
  10. daveL macrumors 68020

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    You could trying recoding at a lower bitrate. ffmpegX (free) can do this. The site has some howto's.
     
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    No. VCD is very specific about the bitrate, reencoding it will break it. You'd either need to break it into two 40 minute discs or trim a few seconds from the start or end.
     
  12. continuum thread starter macrumors 6502

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    i tried the above software and it seems to work with video other than the mpeg file i am using....the 803.8mb one. it says unsupported file type. i took another mpeg video and it recognized that one, but not the one i want to edit. any thoughts or any suggestions on another app to try?
     
  13. AdamR01 macrumors 6502

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    Is there a way to enable overburn with Toast? I know I've done it on my PC with Nero, but I've never tried to on my iBook.
     
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    Hmm, open the 803 MB file in QuickTime Player and do a Get Info (Command-I), then report back here with the Format and the Data Rate. I have a suspicion that you have an MPEG-2 file, which goes onto a Super VCD, rather than a regular VCD.
     
  15. continuum thread starter macrumors 6502

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    here ya go... by the way...i used some program to split the file in half and was just going to burn two VCDs... now i can't open the original 803mb file so this is the info from one of the halves... the halves however, can't be burned in Toast for whatever reason...Toast gave a Mac OS error -2009.

    MPEG1 Muxed, 320x240
    169.5 k bytes/sec

    These stats are the same as file two of the original two disc VCD set that I downloaded which I can still open.

    I have already tried burning as SVCD and no luck...
     

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