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Old 16 Nov 2008, 04:17 PM   #1
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In TMPGEnc Xpress 2.x, I got used to using the "KDVD-352x480-Half-D1-NTSC" template, because I found it worked really well to take something I had downloaded from the internet, like an flv file from Youtube, and encode it to quite a small file size with no loss of definition from the, admitedly low quality, flv file. Is there a way to achieve the same settings in v. 4.x? I'd really like to be using the new versions, especially since I would be able to go directly from a flv to mpg without having to make an avi first, but I really miss being able to put 7 hours of stuff on a single dvd.

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Hi Phredo,

Do you mean TMPGEnc Xpress can take a 5MB .flv file and convert it to even smaller AVI file and then to an MPG? How small can you get a 5MB flv to convert it to a format playable on a "Stand-alone" dvd player!?!?

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but I really miss being able to put 7 hours of stuff on a single dvd.
Just reduce the video bitrate while configuring the encoder.
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gonwk: I don't think it makes it smaller than the ftp file; it's usually somewhat larger. I've been using Total Video Decoder to first turn the flv into a divx avi file, then making the mpg with tmpgenc xpress. I'm away from my home computer right now, but I think the mpg is usually about the size of the avi. But the bottom line is that I can put about 7 hours of video onto a 4.3 GB dvd, and it will have no loss of quality from the flv. Probably more important -- using the kdvd template I mentioned, a typical avi file obtained thru bittorrent, for example, will also make into 7 hours per dvd with no noticeable loss of quality. In other words, it's not just poor flv quality that's preserved, but quality somewhat similar, in my inexpert opinion, to a videotape.

paglamon: I know I could fiddle around with the settings, but my hope is that I will be able to obtain either a template itself or find out from someone exactly what settings will duplicate the kddv "KDVD-352x480-Half-D1-NTSC" template that has served me so well.
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Here are some templates which may suit your purpose:http://www.otslabs.com/studio/tmpgenc-templates.html
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Thank you, paglamon.

I think I have made a mistake about TMPGEnc products. I looked more closely at what I have been using and realized that I've been using "TMPGEnc Plus" and not "TMPGEnc Xpress," and that the version I have of the former, 2.5, is more or less the latest version.

So thanks to those who read and perhaps puzzled over my query. If you want to know more about the kdvd templates I've been talking about, you can continue the thread here or check out http://www.weethet.nl/english/video_kvcd_intro.php for more information and download the templates there or directly from the author at http://kvcd.net/dvd-models.html.

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@phredo,

I have used both TMPGenc Plus and Express. And I am aware of the KDVD templates for Plus. But, since you asked for something similar for Express, I gave you the link for the Express templates.
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Well, thanks again. I downloaded and tried the otslabs templates, and it gave me a file fairly close in size to the kdvd, so I plan to start using T. Xpress with it with flv files, especially when size is not a critical consideration. Another plus with Xpress is that when I experimented with an avi file, I was able to get the audio without having to first extract a wav file, which is what I usually have to do with avi files with T. Plus.
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