Help!! Compressing MPG Files.

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Rollin_Again

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I've transferred a bunch of shows from my Tivo to my PC and converted them to MPG format. I want to burn these MPG files onto DVD but the files are huge and I can only fit 2 one hour shows per DVD. How can I reduce the file size of each MPG so I can fit more per DVD. I don't care if I lose some picture quality and would like to use freeware if possible. The files must maintain their current format (.MPG)

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cwwozniak

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A standard single layer recordable DVD disc can only hold two hours of broadcast quality video. Does your DVD authoring software allow you to recode the video reduce the quality but increase the playing time. Most DVD authoring programs are not free but many DVD burners do come with some type of free DVD authoring package on a disc that came with the burner. Did your Tivo file -> MPG converion program give you any options for setting the quality of the video files to be generated?

There is free software available for shrinking the size of video files to fit onto a standard blank DVD. I don't think I can mention any names here because these types of programs can also be used in the process of copying copy protected commercial DVDs.
 

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The program I use to convert my Tivo files to MPG is called Direct Show Dump. I looked but was unable to find any place within the program to change the encoding settings to reduce the file size. Since my portable DVD player can play MPG files directly there is no need to use DVD authoring software. I am simple creating a data disk full of MPG files. I simply need to reduce the size of the MPG so more will fit per disk.

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