E50 settings for TMPG dvd author

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  1. amancalledchip

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    Hi.

    Downloaded TMPG dvd author, and am having a bit of a problem reading the RAM disc.

    Get the error message

    "The program is of mixed video format
    The program is a mix of difrerent video formats

    The video compression format ( MPEG 1 and MPEG 2) resolution and aspect ratio ( 4.3 and 16.9) need to be the same."

    What settings do i need to change on my panasonic to stop this.
    ( as a test i tried copying the F1 hungarian GP from Ram to DVDR)

    Is it the settings on the E50 , or somthing else?

    steve
     
  2. amancalledchip

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    Stupid me.

    Opened the dvdram file, selected the .vro file and read it in, wrote it to a dvdr ,worked like a charm.



    :D

    This softwares the mutts nuts. thought the price was a bit steep, but now, i think its worth every penny.

    :D
     
  3. fozzybear

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    Yeah, it works very well with RAM and I don't mind paying this much when it actually works properly (unlike Movie Factory 2). Just need the menus to be more flexible, but I guess if I was really bothered about it I could import the dvd folders into another program and create new menus. Hopefully they'll do something about that in a later revision.
     
  4. sfc

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    You bought it?

    I am brand new here so I don't want to start annoying mods, but there is a very simple way of extending the 30 day trial.


    To go OT and ask a different question (apologies if it has been covered before) on the E50 if recording to ram to then transfer onto pc to author. For things shorter than 1h I would obviously use xp, but is sp good enough for authoring to dvd-r on the pc?

    With vhs transfers I can record in blocks of 1h and so get the whole thing at top quality, but for broadcast tv that choice is unavailable (unless I start swapping disks at ad breaks, but that is not something I would be doing for most things I would want transferred).

    Thanks for any help,

    Gordon. (a new E50 owner based on the good advice available on here)
     
  5. Rasczak

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    If recording from Sky digital TV you'll notice little difference between XP and SP (as the Sky digital picture is so crap!). That said you always want to use the highest bitrate possible. In such situations I would recommend using FR (available from Functions/Flexible Record) as this way you can maximise your bitrate. Of course if the recording is going to be exactly 2 hrs you may as well use SP.

    I know you said you don't want to swap disks but, for important things:

    Say the movie is 2hrs long but, due to the adverts, it is 2hrs 30mins long. If recording on one disk, once you've removed the adverts, your going to have 30 minutes wasted space on the disk. Now if record the first half of the movie on one disk in SP mode and then, at a suitable advert break around the half way mark, switch to the next disk using SP. You can now edit the adverts and, collectively, you'll have 2 hrs of movie and nothing else.

    You can easily 'combine' these in TMPG Author itself simply by clicking on the "Add DVD Video" on the right hand side of the Source Setup Screen. As long as you don't click on the "Add new track" on the left they will effectively be merged.
     
  6. fozzybear

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    Yes, I bought it. If a piece of software does a good job then I will pay for it. If we all used cracks to get software for free then who is going to write it? Would you work for no money?

    I'm not a goody-two-shoes by a long chalk, but I am prepared to put my hand in my pocket if it's worth it - and this software is worth my money. If you want to avoid paying for software then that's all well and good, just don't belittle the people who fund the development of the software you've ripped off.

    /:lesson:
     
  7. amancalledchip

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    I too do not buy EVERY piece of software i install, ( Crikey, you would need some SERIOUS income to be able to do that) only the ones i believe are excellent in the way they work, and how often i would use it.

    Remote selector, and clone are just 2 that in the past i have bought, this is another.

    It really is a stonking bit of software, and full credit to the people who developed it.Well worthy of my money.

    I understand what youre saying tho, just that for me, this program gets my money.
     
  8. Rasczak

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    Fozzybear - did you see my other post about the new version (which can be downloaded free by registered users)? It has a menu edit function which means you can now reposition buttons etc. Makes it alot more flexible IMHO.

    [EDIT] Just seen you've replied to my other post so you obviously have :)
     
  9. sfc

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    No need to get on your high horse. I would presume most on here are well versed in the various piracy issues, and preaching on about it would change my mind for me. And anyway who said I was belittling those who pay. I simply asked if someone had bough it since I was surprised as most people don't buy online software. Money doesn't grow on trees for all of us.

    Using cracks and keygens is a lot more serious, and is not what I was alluding too with TMPG.

    I would happily buy software if it was priced a lot more sensibly. Digiguide being the perfect example of something I will buy no problem - they don't price themselves out of the market.

    If TMPG was £5 or £10 - or even £15 or £20 - then I would have it no problem. But £45? It would even be fine if that was it, and reged. users at the moment - as Rasczak alluded to - can get free download updates.

    But I would wager when they bring out a fresh version (looks like no. 2) in a couple of months that people who have already bough it will be forced to shell out some if not all of the purchase price again to get it.

    Until the DVD authoring market matures a bit and software isn’t being released every month which is exponentially better than what has gone before, I will wait.

    A perfect example is the burning software market. I will be buying (shock horror) nero 6 in the next week or so since all the burner software I have is for cd's or the rubbish that came with the panny drive. The burning software market has matured to the point where nero are not going to release something in a couple of months which will put version 6 to shame because there is nothing else they can do to improve it albeit adding on useless fluff and gimmicks.

    I have been burnt (no pun intended!) by buying software online before that was in the ‘continual development’ phase and that is fine for the few updates that are free, but when they make major changes at a new version level then you have to pay or are left with an inferior product which you paid good money for. Once bitten, twice shy.


    Gordon.
     

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