I am trying to create an SVCD in Nero from an avi file I have on my HDD. I have got the MPEG-2 encoder plugin for Nero installed. Nero encodes the video into MPEG with the settings set to make the output file suitable for recording onto an 80minute CD. However, it is generating an MPEG file that is too big for the CD. Can anyone tell me how to get Nero to compress the file more?
If you change the bitrate, you'll end up creating a coaster unplayable in a standalone DVD playable. If your intention is to play the video in PCs only, why not consider using a more compressed codec such as DivX?
I have encoded things in DivX in the past, but the file I want to encode needs to be playable on standard DVD players. I'm not fully aware of the differences between VCD and SVCD (perhaps somebody could enlighten me?) so perhaps SVCD would be suitable for my needs. I'll experiment a bit more and post back with the results!
Gary if you are using Nero express, try switching over to the main Nero Burning programme and choose SVCD, then you have the option to 'Fit to disk size' or set the bitrate manually. Simply set 'to fit' disk of 80 mins and it should work fine (at least it does for me!)
I don't know the technical details but SVCD is certainly superior in quality to VCD