Hi. Does anyone know whether it's possible to prepare an MPEG-2 file for DVD nearly instantaneously -- without having to wait for a long encoding process?
Given that DVD contains MPEG-2 files (with .vob extensions), one would think that no lengthy encoding process is necessary. However, I've yet to find a software program that quickly prepares generic MPEG-2 for DVD. (Sony DVD Architect does do it nearly instantaneously, but the MPEG-2 files have to be specifically encoded for that program.)
I tried doing it manually -- changing a file extension from .mpg to .vob, inserting the file into a VIDEO_TS folder, and burning it onto a DVD. While the video worked, there was no audio.
Is it even possible to prepare an MPEG-2 file for DVD, i.e. create the DVD structure manually, by simply changing the file names and creating a VIDEO_TS folder? Or is a software program necessary in order to do so? (As .vob files can be no larger than 1GB, I suppose it would be impossible to manually set up an MPEG-2 file that larger than 1GB.) If the latter, does anyone know of any software programs that will structure a generic MPEG-2 file for DVD nearly instantaneously?
What I do is transfer videotapes to DVD. I'd like to eliminate as much rendering and encoding as possible in order to make the process quicker and more efficient. Currently I capture the video to AVI format, so I need to convert those AVIs to MPEG-2 for DVD. I know of hardware that enables capturing directly to MPEG-2, but I haven't invested in it because I'm not sure that MPEG-2 can be prepared for DVD quickly and seamlessly.
I would think the technology for that exists, given that set-top DVD recorders record via MPEG-2 directly to DVD instantaneously with no re-rendering. If DVD recorders can do it, one would think someone on a computer could too.