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SVCD2DVDMPG: Getting started

The trick to producing a successful DVDR containing multiple (S)VCDs is:

a) knowing your authoring software and,

b) know a little bit about basic DVD structure.

c) NEVER split, join or edit your source mpgs.

Visit doom9 and read the introduction to DVD structure. Then understand what your DVD authoring package accepts as movies assets and also what it produces its output. Three bits of info are required:

  1. Does your authoring software accept elementary streams (ES)  or program streams (PS) as movie assets? This governs SVCD2DVDMPG In/Out settings.
  2. Does your authoring software require any special file extensions for its movies asset sources? (SpruceUp for example does). This governs SVCD2DVDMPG File Suffixes settings.
  3. Does your authoring software produce single title sets or a title set per movie asset? This is very important and dictates any limits you may have in achieving certain results (see Guide). Also this governs SVCD2DVDMPG Horizontal Res patch value settings along with any restrictions on the resolution which your software deems DVD complaint.

Once we understand all the above we can crack on and start.

Step 1: Collate movies source assets.

SVCD2DVDMPG works on a single directory. It uses this directory for input and output. All sources need to be moved to a common working directory. Valid sources are .bin (S)VCD images or .mpg (S)VCD movies. In v1.0 you cannot mix .bins & .mpgs nor can you mix VCDs & SVCDs. (You can have VCDs & SVCDs on the same DVDR if your software allows - you just need to run SVCD2DVDMPG twice)

If you have (S)VCDs which are already burnt on to CD then you will need to rip them off (can't just copy). I recommend VCDEasy for this.

Step 2: Start, configure and run SVCD2DVDMPG

Start SVCD2DVDMPG by the start menu or by doing a right click>SVCD2DVDMPG on the folder name in windows explorer.

  • Browse to a working directory if necessary.
  • Decide whether to keep working files that are produced.
  • Set whether this is a SVCD or VCD task.
  • Choose a source to destination option that reflects your source files and the input requirements of your DVD authoring software.
  • SVCD ONLY: Choose 352 or 720 as the horizontal patch value to apply to the mpg sequence headers. This is the value with which we fool your DVD authoring software into thinking it is dealing with a DVD compliant source. Most accept 352 but you may know otherwise that 702 is required....
  • SVCD ONLY: Choose whether to patch the entire mpeg files or just the first header. Most DVD authoring applications will be fooled if we just patch the first header. If this is not the case then you may want to try patching the entire file. This will take considerably longer.
  • Choose file suffixes. You may want to change them if your DVD authoring software uses *.m2v for video for example....
  • Status bar gives summary of the settings.
  • That's it. Click start.
  • The log pane will now inform you of the steps progress . Depending on the configuration different external applications will be spawned with different parameters. Most will indicate their own progress. Most also require a lot of computational power so your CPU load will be very high.
  • Once SVCD2DVDMPG is complete you are ready to author your DVD. If you need a pointer here check out the guides. Please not if you need to do step 3 (see below) you will need to author to a VIDEO_TS folder. If not, as is the case with VCDs, you can optionally burn from your authoring software or tool of choice.

Step 3: Re-patch VOB sequence headers (SVCD ONLY).

This step is optional but I have always had to do it (must be my DVD player that requires it).

Because the mpgs were patched to fool the authoring software, we now need to re-patch them to the original value. SVCD2DVDMPG makes this step easy:

  • Start SVCD2DVDMPG & browse to your VIDEO_TS directory.
  • Select 480 as your horizontal patch value.
  • Choose whether to patch the entire mpeg files or just the first header. This is an important decision. if you only patched the first header before you authored AND your software produces multiple title sets then you only need to re-patch the first header here. If either are not true then you must re-patch the entire files. See guides for a more details explanation.
  • Now you are ready to burn your DVDR from your VIDEO_TS folder.