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    I was having trouble with my Samsung HDD/DVD recorder which would only produce dvds that would play on Samsung dvd players. I therefore bought an external freeview card and managed to get tv on my pc. I even managed to record a 30 min program onto my hdd. From what I read, MPEG2 seemed to be the best dvd format so I used a video converter to trim the video and convert it to MPEG2. However, conversion went on for hours and hours. I sought advice and reset Preferences in my program, checked my video card was up to date and GPU enabled, etc but I have yet to convert this video. I have to give up after 14 hours so that I can go to bed!! At the same time I read of users of the same program bitterly complaining that it takes them 2 hours to convert! I've obviously got a problem. My PC was made for me by a local company. It has a Giga Byte GA-H61M-DS2 motherboard with an Intel Pentium CPU G2030@ 3.00GHz dual core processor. It has an Nvidia GeForce 9600 GT video card with GPU. It only has 2 Gb Ram but I think it can take as much as 16 on that motherboard. What should I spend money on to get to the giddy heights of 2 hour Video conversion? a more expensive video card? a four core processor? Or Lots of RAM? I would be very grateful for advice. Also, I have travelled around TV capture software and other video programs and I am completely baffled by all the initials. Is there a publication that could explain video based computing in simple language?
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    Go back to your dvd recorder and change the recording mode from 'Video Recording' to 'Video'.

    With the first mode, which applies to all dvd-recorders and not just Samsung, your disks only play on identical machines. With the second mode, this creates standard dvd-video disks which play in almost ALL machines (apart from some quite old ones that only play either -R or +R disks).

    That should be explained in the manual but it is a common mistake to make.

    And, no, no conversion should take that long. Even with a slow cpu and yours is not too slow, a 30 min recording should convert in 30 mins.
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  3. Something is wrong with the software. A 30 minute video shouldn't take more than a hour or so to encode as MPEG2 on a lowly dual core CPU. Try different software.

    Regarding the DVD recorder: record on DVD+R or DVD-R and finalize the discs (finalizing writes the master table of contents). They should then play on almost all DVD players.
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