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John Slattery
converting vts files to mov
on Jan 18, 2013 at 7:25:09 pm

Hi:
I am creating video files on a hard rive from old archive dvd's.
When I rip the DVD I get the VTS files....

But then when I use TOAST to make the .mov files, I can choose
the aspect ratio I want for the new mov files.

There is a default file size (ratio) that TOAST offers... but
I can also choose another file size from the dropdown menu.

Some files come from old digibeta shoots (SD), some from higher-res shoots. But we don't have any info on the original file size.

What would people recommend for the pixel count for the new mov file?

Thanking you!
John


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Jeff Greenberg
Re: converting vts files to mov
on Jan 19, 2013 at 8:49:05 pm

John,

I'm not clear with what you're asking.

All video (in NTSC) on a DVD is 720x480.

If the '4x3' bit is flipped, QuickTime will auto correct to square pixels and it'll look correct.
If the '16x9' bit is flipped, QuickTime will auto correct to square pixels and it'll look correct

[John Slattery] "Some files come from old digibeta shoots (SD), some from higher-res shoots. But we don't have any info on the original file size.
"

It doesn't matter. Everything has been dumbed down to 720x480 on an SD NTSC DVD.

If you're asking what the 'square' pixel sizes, it's 640x480 for 4x3 and 640 x 360 for 16x9.

Technically there are a couple of other ways this can be handled.

Last, I'm hoping you're not going to edit further with any of this video. If you 'have to' because of a clients needs, then I suggest Adobe Premiere Pro which allows editorial from .VOB files.

Best,

Jeff I. Greenberg
Author/Master Instructor/Speaker/Consulting
My contact info and more


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John Slattery
Re: converting vts files to mov
on Jan 21, 2013 at 4:57:04 pm

thank you Jeff -
one follow up question:
when VTS files are converted to a QT file -
Mpeg-4 is a default for a lot of programs
- is it generally best to go with Mpeg-4 from VTS
or to DV/DVCPRO?


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Jeff Greenberg
Re: converting vts files to mov
on Jan 21, 2013 at 5:28:43 pm

[John Slattery] " is it generally best to go with Mpeg-4 from VTS
or to DV/DVCPRO?

"


It's all about what you're trying to do with it.

If you have a MPEG2 VTS (usual a VOB on a DVD) and you want to:
  • Edit with it? - pick an editorial tool than handles raw VOBs like Adobe Premiere Pro
  • Edit with something that doesn't handle VOBs? Transcode to ProRes (OSX), DNxHD or Cineform
  • Send it to youtube? an h.264 MPEG4 is excellent (at a large bitrate)


Each end use dictates what you should do.


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