Recently I've become very interested in KVCDs, KSVCDs, & KDVDs. Yes, I'm very late to that party. Many threads I've read deal with TMPGEnc and various templates which needs an AVI source, but I have a lot of MKVs and MP4s and don't want to reencode to AVI only to reencode yet again to MPEG 1.
I've been using DVDStyler to make custom DVDs and they come out great. I really like how it lets you create menus, chapters, buttons, backgrounds, subtitles, ect.... I was wondering if there is any program that is similar, but to author KVCDs, KSVCDs, & KDVDs?
Also, is there a program similar to handbrake that can take an MKV source and allows cropping out borders to be saved as a KVCD, KSVCD, and/or KDVD compatible file?
I hope someone can help me with this. Thanks a bunch.
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Well, what defines a so-called "K(wag) Video Disc" is just a low-bitrate/high-compression custom quantization matrix.
And you don't have to use only the "copyrighted" one.
As long as it's only for learning purposes, I think it's O.K. to play around with the K-discs in 2023.
I have read somewhere that HCenc produces better quality at low bitrates than TMPGenc, so give it a try and see the difference (if any) with your own eyes.
One problem in HCenc: its maximum GOP size is only 36 frames. TMPGenc, on the other hand, does not have such limitation.
Other MPEG-2 encoders which allow very-long GOPs are x262 and mpeg2enc (part of the MJPEGtools package).
Last edited by El Heggunte; 17th Mar 2023 at 20:13. Reason: ooops :-/"Programmers are human-shaped machines that transform alcohol into bugs."
You can use DVDPatcher to patch the first resolution header to a resolution allowed on DVD, to trick the authoring software.
Thanks a bunch.
Many thanks guys.
Whether you need this or not depends on how strict your authoring software is, and it only applies to authoring DVDs, not for (X)VCDs and (X)SVCDs. Also keep in mind this creates an off-standard disc which may not play correctly in every hardware player.
Although I would highly recommend you do go for DVD as a medium, not CDs. There is really no point in using CDs for video, too many restrictions.
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