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What is the fastest software to burn multiple VCD to DVD ?

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Dear Experts I have a lot of VCDs and like to burn these VCDs to DVD. I prefer a software that can squeeze many VCD to a DVD (like some DVDs we bought, inside contains 12 VCD movies). I have try Nero 8, it only can squeeze 5 movies into a DVD and it takes 2 and a half hour to complete the task. It is too long for me. Currently I use NeoDVD, it takes 1 and a half hour to burn 6 VCD to a DVD at most. Is there any software that can burn faster and more VCD to a DVD ? Thank you.
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by:fredshovel
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VCDs used the MPEG-1 compression codec, which is about VHS tape quality and the display resolution is  320 x 240 NTSC.  I've seen some long VCDs that had to fit onto 2 CDs. So the mathematics is simple: One VHS quality VCD movie is around 800MB -- 6 x 800 is 4.8GB.
A one sided DVD only holds 4.7GB. So you're really only going to get 4 - 6 VCDs on a single sided DVD.
Standard DVDs -- as Nero makes -- use the standard MPEG-2 codec, which takes up a lot of space.
So what you've probably seen are VCDs, which have then been re-encoded with something like Divx, which can have low compression rates, but you would have to sacrifice somea lot of quality to get 12 feature movies on one DVD encoded with Divx. And the problem with Divx encoded movies is that not all standard DVD players will replay them. So if you want to try this just get a Divx encoder and a DVD player that plays back Divx movies. LG have a range that play back Divx.
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by:johnlys
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Dear fredshovel: Thanks for the reply and explanation. Now I used Nero 7.5 it can burn up to 6 VCDs into one DVD. But it takes about 2 to 3 hours from encoding to finish burning. Is there any software can do it faster ? NeoDVD can do the job in 1.5 hrs but it can't convert direct from Dat to DVD (I have tried burn RM to DVD took 1.5 hrs.). Is there any software can do it faster ? I mean from Dat encoding to DVD, 6 Dat files into 1 DVD.

Thanks.
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For the VCD conversion you could try SUPER, which will 'rip' the DAT files from the MPEGAV folder.
You just select that you want to convert the file to a DVD compliant VOB file. Super can convert say a 36Mb file in a few minutes.
The bottom line is that any software has to convert the MPEG-1 file to MPEG-2 (represented as VOB files). Whilst software will play a part in the speed, so will the speed of your computer.
http://www.afterdawn.com/software/video_software/video_encoders/super.cfm
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