TMPGEnc VCD


Note!!!
To convert from DV video you may need to install the Panasonic DV Codec.
To convert from DivX/XviD video you have to install a DivX/XviD Codec, you may need both DivX 3.11 and the DivX 4 or 5.
To convert from QuickTime MOV videos you must download the QTReader.vfp and copy it to the TMPGEnc folder.
To convert from MPEG2/SVCD/DVD videos you may need the MPEG2 Plugin or a MPEG2 Codec/Player.
To convert from DivX/XviD with AC3 Audio install the AC3 ACM Decompressor.
To convert from MKV install the matroska / MKV Codec.
To convert from OGM install the OGG Vorbis DirectShow filter/ OGM Codec.

If you receive any errors or have problem opening files in TMPGEnc be sure to read the TMPGEnc Common Problems.




Guide

Tools required:
Latest TMPGEnc.

Install TMPGEnc by extracting all files in the zip file to a folder.
Now start TMPGEnc and open the Wizard(under File->Project Wizard if you have closed it).


Step 1 - Format

Here do we select what format to create. VCD, SVCD or DVD and PAL or NTSC(NTSC Film). NTSC is the format standard in USA and Japan and PAL in the rest of the world. But many DVD Players and TVs support both NTSC and PAL standards so you should be able to make both. If your DVD Player or TV does not support one standard, then choose your countries standard whatever the source video is (but it is always best to convert to the same standard as the source video or else you will get jerky playback, read more about NTSC to PAL or PAL to NTSC here)

Select Video-CD -
NTSC if the video source is 29,97 frames/sec (FPS)
NTSC Film if the video source is 23.976 frames/sec (FPS)
PAL if the video source is 25 frames/sec (FPS).
(Use virtualdub to check the source frames/sec, read here how to.)




Step 2 - Select source file
Here do we select the source video.

Open the video by clicking on Browse. The audio will be opened automatically(If you have a different audio source then choose it manually).


Note 1! If your source is DivX,XviD, ASF or SMR it is best to extract the audio separate to a wav with Virtualdub because TMPGEnc can not handle all audio sources that well(causes sync problems). But if you are converting from captured material such as DV,Huffyuv,MJPEG you can leave the audio same as the video.
Note 2! If you get an error when opening the video read here.
Note 3! If your video source is 23,976 fps then check so it says Film movie under Content of video, if not then go one step back and select NTSC Film(Use virtualdub to check the source fps, read here how to).





Step 3 - Filter setting
Here we can add filters and also both select source range and clip the video.

First select Source range



Source Range
If the movie is above 80 minutes as most are you must cut it.
Cut it in half by
1. Move the bar where the clip should start
2. and select start frame.
3. Move the bar where the clip should end
4. and select end frame.
Select first the first half and add some more seconds so you will get some overlapping between the CDs. When encoding next part select exact from half to the end. Note, you can max fit 80 min a CD so if the movie is above 160 minutes you must cut in three parts and so on.
Close the Source range



Select Other Settings
Click on Advanced
Change the Video arrange Method to Full screen (keep aspect ratio) if you wan't the movie to look exact the same as the video source.
If you have a widescreen movie and you want it to be fullscreen(no borders) select instead No margin(keep aspect ratio) and TMPGenc will cut it.




Step 4 - Bitrate setting
Here do we specify on what media you are going to store the video on, on a 74 min CD you can fit almost 74 min VCD video.

Select CD-R 74min or 80min depending on what media you are going to burn on. 80min means that you can fit near 80 min on a 80min CD and 74 min on a 74min CD. If it won´t fit go back and cut so it will fit.




Step 5 - Encode

Last Hit OK to start the first encoding.
(While encoding you can check if it looks okey, select File->Preview(it won't effect the encoding) and if it looks wrong(widescreen or fullscreen) you can stop the encoding and start over and change especially the Other Settings->Advanced->Video arange method.)
Repeat everything to encode the other part(s).




Now you are ready to burn it to VCD.



Problems and Tips:
Some common TMPGEnc problems:

No audio / Audio sync problems / Any audio problem
If TMPGEnc says that the video time / runtime is way too long
TMPGEnc keeps encoding after the end of video with only a black screen
If TMPGEnc says that the video wont fit
Convert the audio to WAV audio before converting and use the wav as audio source.
This problem usually occurs when the audio is MP3 VBR or AC3 audio.


If you get an error message when opening like file unsupported or can not open or is not supported
or you get an empty(black) video preview window

or the video look wierd in the video preview window like green or purple or pink
Try first to change the directshow codec reader priority settings in TMPGEnc under Option->Environmental settings->VFAPI plug-in and right click on the DirectShow Multimedia File Reader and increase the priority to 2 or to the top of the plugin-list and try reopen the video.
If that does not help be sure that you have installed DivX or XviD or MPG2 or DV Codecs, read here how to identify what codecs you need.
To convert from DV video you may need to install the Panasonic DV Codec.
To convert from DivX/XviD video you have to install a DivX/XviD Codec, you may need both DivX 3.11 and the DivX 4 or 5.
To convert from QuickTime MOV videos you must download the QTReader.vfp and copy it to the TMPGEnc folder.
To convert from MPEG2/SVCD/DVD videos you may need the MPEG2 Plugin or a MPEG2 Codec/Player.
To convert from DivX/XviD with AC3 Audio install the AC3 ACM Decompressor.
To convert from MKV install the matroska / MKV Codec.
To convert from OGM install the OGG Vorbis DirectShow filter/ OGM Codec.


If you get No audio or Audio sync problems or any Audio error
Try to convert the audio to WAV audio before converting and use the WAV as audio source. (TMPGEnc can't handle VBR MP3 and AC3 that well). Read the audio to WAV audio guide .


If TMPGEnc freezes or crashes when converting or you receive errors such as
Unexpected decimal point calculation

Illegal floating decimal point calculation order
Write error occured at address 77F83AED of module "ntdlll.dll"
Try first to change the directshow codec reader priority settings in TMPGEnc under Option->Environmental settings->VFAPI plug-in and right click on the DirectShow Multimedia File Reader and increase the priority to 2 or to the top of the plugin-list and try reopen the video.
If that doesn't help try repair/fix the video source, you find video repair/fix guides here (Downloaded video files could have bad/corrupt video frames that could cause crashes).


If TMPGEnc says Can't load P3Package.dll or P4Package.dll?
Be sure that you have exctracted all files in the tmpgenc download zip file to a folder then go to that folder and start tmpgenc.exe or make a shortcut to tmpgenc.exe and it should work. Or try copy the p3package.dll and p4package.dll to your windows\system32 folder and restart TMPGEnc.



If TMPGEnc says that the video time / runtime is way too long
TMPGEnc keeps encoding after the end of video with only a black screen
Try change the directshow reader priority, in TMPGEnc under Option->Environmental settings->VFAPI plug-in and right click on the DirectShow Multimedia File Reader and increase the priority to 2 or to the top of the plugin-list and reopen the video.
If that doesn't help try convert the audio to WAV audio before converting and use the wav as audio source.
And if all that didn't help you can always use the source range to select exact what to encode, under Settings->Advanced in TMPGEnc.


How do I encode several video files to one MPG video file?
Can I open several video files with TMPGenc?
How do I open an image sequence(DCP_0001.JPG, DCP_0002.JPG,DCP_0003.JPG ...)?
In TMPGenc under Option-> Environmental setting-> General, check the box for "Open sequence files as a movie". And then rename your movie source files like video1.avi, video2.avi, video3.avi (same name but with a number at the end) and all will be opened at once with TMPGEnc. Note that all files must have same video and audio settings.


How do I convert video with AC3 audio?
Install the AC3 ACM Compressor and you can convert AC3 audio. If you are making DVD you don't have to convert the AC3 audio at all, you can leave it as AC3 and only convert the video, read this guide.


I cannot change any settings
The settings are greyed out after I open a template
Load your VCD,SVCD or DVD template or use the wizard as usual, then load the unlock template that you find in the extra folder in the templates folders. Now you should be able to change every setting. You can also right click on the setting word and choose Unlock.


TMPGEnc takes away the widescreen
The video looks stretched
Be sure to select under Settings->Advanced under Video Arange Method: Full Screen(Keep aspect ratio).


If you have trouble open WMV files
Try and rename it to .asf and open it. If that doesn't help try to change the directshow codec reader priority settings in TMPGEnc under Option->Environmental settings->VFAPI plug-in and right click on the DirectShow Multimedia File Reader and increase the priority to 2 or to the top of the plugin-list and try open the video.


If you have problem open DV AVI files
First install a DV Codec and be sure that you can play DV AVI with Media Player.
Then try change the directshow reader priority, in TMPGEnc under Option->Environmental settings->VFAPI plug-in and right click on the DirectShow Multimedia File Reader and increase the priority to 2 or to the top of the plugin-list and reopen the video.
If that doesn't help you may need to convert the DV to Canopus reference DV (TMPGEnc do not support Microsoft DV AVI 1).


I want a fullscreen movie from a widescreen movie
If the source is in WideScreen and you want it to be in FullScreen you just select under Settings->Advanced under Video Arange Method: No margin(keep aspect ratio) and TMPGEnc will then cut left and right so it will fit FullScreen.


If you have trouble open MPG/MPEG2/SVCD/DVD files
Install the PowerDVD 4+ demo and use TMPGEnc 2.57+ and you should be able to open MPEG2
or install the MPEG2 plugin for TMPGEnc or use this DVD2AVI method (note DVD2AVI do not convert the MPEG2 to AVI it only frameserves it to TMPGEnc)


If you have problem converting MOV(Quicktime) Files
You find other MOV to converting tools here.


If you have problem open DV video, DC30+,MJPEG captured video or any AVI VFW

Then try to change the settings in TMPGEnc under Option->Environmental settings->VFAPI plug-in and right click on the AVI VFW and increase the priority to 2 and try reopen the video.


Improve the audio quality
You can use an external audio encoder because TMPGEncs own audio encoder is not the best. One of the best audio mpeg layer 2 encoders is tooLame, download and extract all files to a folder. In TMPGEnc under Options->Environmental Settings->External tools select Layer 2 and browse for the toolame.exe.





Other Info:

More info about each settings in TMPGEnc do you find in the TMPGEnc Explained guide by Shocan.

Making DVD? Then read Configuring TMPGEnc for high-quality, DVD-compliant MPEG-2
























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