I have a unique situation that I'm looking for some suggestions about.
I'm attempting to backup my entire VHS tape library to DVD.
I've purchased a Plextor ConvertX (DVR PX-TV402U-NA) to capture from VHS onto my Mac Pro. The Plextor ConvertX captures the files as .mpg (MPEG-1)
I also have MPEG Streamclip to convert the .mpg files to NTSC-DV for editing in Final Cut Pro.
The goal is to edit in FCP, use Compressor to create assets and author a DVD in DVD Studio Pro.
Most of the clips I'm looking to add to my DVD are 3 hours long. After using Compressor I'm getting a file of about 10GB for the 3 hour clip.
My settings are something like this:
Mode - 2Pass VBR Best
Motion Estimation Best
Average Bit Rate: 6.5
Max Bit Rate: 8.0
GOP Structure: IBP Size: 7
Audio: Dolby Digital
Any suggestions on Compression methods I can use to get this file around 7GB?
I authored the DVD with the 10GB file and attempted to knock it down to 8GB using DVD2OneX...however it said that my VIDEO_TS folder was invalid? Why would that be? Is there a file size limit for your VOB files? Can a VIDEO_TS folder not exceed a certain file size?
I have decided to get the Canopus ADVC110 so I can capture directly to DV-NTSC.
I appreciate your compression suggestions.
My 3-hour tapes are old Boxing Pay-Per-View events. I'd like to archive them...I'd also like to put chapter markers in specific spots and make menus for them. That's why I'm not going straight to a DVD-Recorder.
Forgive my ignorance...I see you stressed the GOP structure at 15 by putting never in all caps. Can you explain that to me? I'm not challenging your suggestion, rather I'm interested to know why that is.