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Discussion in 'Multimedia' started by peck1234, Oct 15, 2008.

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  1. peck1234

    peck1234 Thread Starter

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    Created a DVD of a 350mb file with windows movie maker...

    Odd thing is once I put it on dvd the 350mb file grew to 3 gigs! how!
     
  2. MustBNuts

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    Usually what happens is that when you go to burn the DVD, the movie is re-rendered into a format compatible with DVD players.

    Usually one starts with an mpg or wmv file - what you probably created was a simple movie, in a single-file format like .mpg, but if you look at the contents of a DVD, it has more than just that one.

    Hope this helps.

    MBN
     
  3. peck1234

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    hmm.. yes, there is more than one, is there any way to have just the small file on the dvd? : )


    THanks....
     
  4. MustBNuts

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    Not that I know of.... DVDs need to have a certain format, and what you have is it.

    Now if there's a way to further compress, I'm sure there must be someone out there who knows a heck of a lot more than I do and may pipe in.

    MBN
     
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    If you have the option to set the bitrate you want to use, you can make the size smaller but DVDs are more dependent on length of the source video(s), not on size. The MPEG-2 codec is not as efficient at the quality/size ratio as other codecs are and you can put about 2 hours on a single layer DVD and not notice much degredation of the video. If you start cutting the bitrate down to the point where 4 hours will fit, your original 300MB file will be smaller than before but still larger than the original and it won't look as good on the DVD.

    All that is just because the DVD (MPEG-2) format is less efficient than other codecs...but the advantage is that it will play on any DVD player.
     
  6. peck1234

    peck1234 Thread Starter

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    Hmm interesting thanks.. I was using a mpeg 1 format...
     
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    In the case of an mpeg1 video its not so much the efficiency of the codec as the dimensions--a standard mpeg1 is usually just 320x240 so expanding that to DVD dimensions (720x480) alone would occupy 4.5 times the space if everything else were held constant.
     
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    ahhhh! I get it now! well said fairnooks....

    Thanks a bunch...
     
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