I am busy with the massive task of converting all my VHS tapes.
I played the cassettes on a Super VHS machine, a JVC with TBC/DNR; captured with Virtualdub using the Lagarith lossless codec. The size is 720x576; the video bit rate is 50-60Mbps; 25 fps; PAL; and the color space is YUV. I then cut them in clips, using Virtualdub. I am now cleaning the clips with AviSynth, using different filters.
I am now at the stage where I want to encode to Mpeg2/DVD to compare the clips on my TV, therefore I need to drastically shrink the size of the clips and obviously try to get the best quality.
A number of encoders have been mentioned on the forum and in the sticky e.g. SUPER, Handbrake, etc. TMPGEnc Mastering Works 5 is also highly recommended.
Once I am happy with the clips, I want to merge them with a NLE (still in AVI) and then add titles,do the final editing and then encode the video to Mpeg2. I will save the original lossless AVI.
What are the suggestions for a good encoder to encode the AVI to Mpeg2 and what should the settings be? I believe that for DVD the target bitrates of 6000 to 6500 VBR
A last question: What NLE is recommended? I like one with a storyboard view, but Pinnacle does not support Lagarith.
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Thanks for your comment.
What do you use for editing?