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Need specific guidelines for MPEG Streamclip settings

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Feb 20, 2013 8:02 PM

Looking for a couple of suggestions for the MPEG Streamclip settings in the Movie Exporter window.  I have researced this subject quite a bit in the Apple Support Community, but am not clear about the settings I should use for my project, as explained below.


Six years ago on my Power Mac G5 I created DVDs from iMovie and iDVD, with input data from many hours of Beta Max and VHS tapes.  I used a converter to input the tapes and convert them to digital within my Power Mac G5.  Obviously the quality of the images is OK / fair, as the original tapes were only "good", and some quality was lost in the trasfer to digital process.  We are not talking HD here!


Now I want to re-import these DVDs (approx 110 min each) into my iMac (OS 10.7.5 - I will soon upgrade to Mountain Lion).  I have iMovie '11 (9.0.8) and use iDVD.  The video files from six years ago were deleted, so all I have are the DVDs.  I want to import the DVDs to do better and more sophisticated editing within iMove (title pages, transitions, music, etc), which I did not do six years ago when I created these DVDs - the objective then was just to get the movies onto DVD.  Now the objective is to make the movies nice and fun on DVDs.  The new DVDs I create will be about 110 min each.


With the understanding that I have experienced a fair amount of image degradation up to now, and will likely experience a small amount more as I embak on this project, I need to know what are the recommended settings within the Movie Exporter window within MPEG Streamclip.


1.  When I drag my VTS_01_1.VOB file and drop it on the MPEG Streamclip box I get a window:

"Would you like to open all the files of the stream togeter?"  Options are:

- Open 1 file

- Open all files

Which of these two options do you suggest?


2.  Next I go to File, then Export to Quicktime. Then the Movie Exporter window opens.  What settings do you recommend for my next questions?


3. What compression do you suggest? (For my average grade family movies, as explained above)

- Apple Intermediate Codec?

- H.263

- Other?

Are there advantages or disadvantages of one over the other?


4. Should I leave the Quality Slider on the default 50%, or increase it toward 100%

- What happens to code / compression / quality if I move it toward 100?


5. For Frame Size which of the first three settings do you suggest for viewing on a standard, rectangular television screen and a standard rectangular computer monitor?

- 640 X 480 (4:3)

- 854 X 480 (19:9)

- 720 X 480 (unscaled)


6. Other

- All other boxes are left unchecked - should any be checked?

- The Frame Rate box is empty - should I input a number, and if so, what?

- Any other setting I should set / adjust, or boxes I should fill-in?


Thank you very much for your recommendations,


iMac, Mac OS X (10.7.5)
  • Karsten Schlüter Level 7 Level 7 (29,475 points)
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    Feb 20, 2013 10:46 PM (in response to HDP)

    1) do you need just a part of the disk, or the whole content? data is splitted into 2GB chunks on DVD, so for importing a longer movie you should select 'all'


    2+3) for iMovie AppleIntermediate


    4) has no effect for AIC, keep it untouched


    6) is your disks content wide-screen (16:9) or standard (4:3)?


    7) Streamclip cares … keep as is

  • Karsten Schlüter Level 7 Level 7 (29,475 points)
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    Feb 21, 2013 7:15 AM (in response to HDP)

    1) yepp

    3) yepp

    4) doesn't matter - 50%, 90%, 11.3%  = the slider has no effect for AppleIntermediateCodec,


    5) sorry for bothering you with tech details:

    a videoDVD is by standards always 720x480 ... (aside outside US, then 756x576);

    BUT …

    if the DVD offers 'real' widescreen = not letterboxed, but filling a 16:9 screen, the 720x480 are 'anamorph'; in conversion you should 'stretch' it to 854x480 (=16:9)


    6) other settings not needed


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