Need help creating DVDs from Sony MPEG-2 video

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by jshearer42, Mar 2, 2010.

  1. jshearer42 macrumors newbie

    Mar 2, 2010
    I figured this issue had to be discussed somewhere in the forum, but searched and wasn't able to find an appropriate answer. In hindsight, I suppose I should have done a bit more research before buying an iMac a few weeks ago when I had over 100gb of family videos in .mpg format (from a Sony video camera) on my old PC. And unfortunately, I wasted $20 last night on the Quicktime MPEG-2 playback component only to find that (like some of the reviews on the Apple website warned and I read AFTER buying) I can play the videos in Quicktime now, but can't hear the audio. Obviously I'm not very computer savvy (especially when it comes to Macs), so am having a hard time figuring out what to do next.

    I downloaded VLC and can play all of the .mpg videos with that, but I'd like the ability to burn some of these videos to DVD via iMovie or iDVD. From what I've gathered, I can't do that (and transfer the audio to DVD) without using a program like MPEG Streamclip to convert the audio portion of the files. Is that correct? If so, is there an easier way to do it? Like maybe downloading a movie/DVD creation software that will work with .mpg files from my Sony video camera? QT Pro, Final Cut Express?

    I haven't uploaded any of the video that's currently on the hard drive of my video camera because I'm guessing I will have the same issues. I'm hoping I don't need to get a new video camera that records in a different format. There has to be a way to do this without converting files every time I transfer video from my camera or want to put video on a DVD. Please help. Thanks much.
  2. Cave Man macrumors 604

    Cave Man

    MPEG-2 is a container. It sounds like your video's codec is fine, but that the audio codec is something that QT cannot handle properly. Have you tried opening one of these files in Handbrake? If it opens it, you should be able to transcode it into a file that is compatible with iMovie/iDVD, such as an MPEG-4 container with AAC audio.
  3. jshearer42 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 2, 2010
    I can transcode the files using MPEG Streamclip, but I'm looking for an easier way to do it, like downloading an audio codec for QT or buying another video editing software, since I have hundreds of video files (and more to come since my Sony video camera only records in .mpg format) that would need to be converted.
  4. Cave Man macrumors 604

    Cave Man

    Can you identify the audio codec used by Sony? I really suspect that's your problem - it is likely something unusual.
  5. jshearer42 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 2, 2010
    I'll try to figure out what audio codec my VC uses, but yes, I'm sure you're right.

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