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Best quality on TV

Postby Root139 on Wed Nov 08, 2006 11:33 am

Hi,

I'm new to this DVD thing. I captured videos from my camcorder to my PC. I used Nero and Ulead software, i can see all my videos on my TV now from the DVD player. BUt the problem is that i see too much pixels! So the video isnt very good on a TV. On my PC on Windows Media Player it looks nice because it's tiny. I used MPEG 4, i tried to put the best quality when i capture, but when i see it on my TV it's pretty ugly. Is there something that i do wrong?

Btw...sorry for my bad english.

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Postby Ian on Wed Nov 08, 2006 11:48 am

What resolution is the video? If its tiny on your computer it will get blown up to fit on your TV screen. This will cause the pixelation you're seeing. Bitrate is also a factor.
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Postby Root139 on Wed Nov 08, 2006 12:00 pm

It's like 325/480

Is there an application to make it bigger without loosing the quality?
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Postby CowboySlim on Wed Nov 08, 2006 12:11 pm

What hardware and software are you using for the TV capture, encode and store to hard drive?

I'd suggest capturing at 720 x 480 or 680 x 480.
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Postby Ian on Wed Nov 08, 2006 12:12 pm

Root139 wrote:Is there an application to make it bigger without loosing the quality?


Not really.
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Postby Justin42 on Wed Nov 08, 2006 5:39 pm

On a standard def TV, 325/480 isn't too bad for VHS-quality recordings.

I am wondering, when you said you captured in MPEG-4 mode, did you burn a standard video DVD or do you have a player capable of playing MPEG-4 video? As if you recorded in MPEG-4 but burned a standard DVD, it would've had to re-encode the video to MPEG-2, causing a huge quality drop (think of making a copy of a VHS tape, the quality drops every time you have to re-encode). Not to mention, when you watch on the PC you're more than likely seeing the MPEG-4 original and not the re-encoded copy.

Be sure to record in MPEG-2, 720/480, with like at least 4mbps bitrate, and see how that looks.
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Burned DVD looks pixelated on TV

Postby videoscenes on Tue Jun 05, 2007 9:43 am

I agree entirely with all of the previous posts. I have been editing and producing for a long time. There is no easy answer, no magic pill. You need to troubleshoot all of the previous posts and eliminate each possiblity one by one. The obvious inquiry is to be sure your final output is to TV standard. (720X480) Mpeg 2. That should look correct on your TV display. One incident I had was that I found Windows XP systems may come with video programs that conflict with other media development software. Causing pixelation on the final draft. After much investigating, I found the simple answer was to eliminate the Windows editing specific programs except for Movie maker. This cleaned up my problem immediately.
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