OK, here goes...
Bear in mind i'm a newbie to all this DVD Authoring etc. I understand some of it but i'm from the 'old school' of linear tape to tape editing, copying!
----THE ORIGINAL BROADCAST----
Bought my very first blank VHS tape (Panasonic) way back in Jan 83 specifically for the broadcast, 'The Tube' on Channel 4 in the UK.
As mentioned before, recorded on a Fergusson Video Star complete with 'piano keys'.
The programme lasted approx 80 mins complete with pre-concert fan & band interviews etc.
It's NEVER been shown in this length since on UK TV.
It's had numerous outings and I’ve treated it as 'my precious' ever since.
NEVER been out of the house, just stored away with the rest of my Queen vids.
Only time will tell how DVD-Rs fair in 21 years!
----FROM TAPE TO DVD----
The years have been pretty kind to it and the quality still looks good and the tape itself is immaculate (no kinks, dropouts etc).
It's just good old 'fuzzy VHS' quality.
There's the slightest of picture jumping near the beginning and very faint terrestrial ghosting but hardly noticeable.
Copied the tape from a JVC SVHS vcr to the HD of a Panasonic DMRE-100 DVD HDD/DVD RAM Recorder (bought only 3 days ago), in the highest recording mode XP.
Transferred via S-video din cable.
(Whether this makes a difference with VHS is debatable).
The HD version came out really well, looked identical to the VHS version and no digital artefacts either.
INFANITLEY better than how a VHS to VHS copy would turn out.
Anyone familiar with the Panasonic range of DVD recorders will know about the 'Partial erase' feature. This allowed me to remove all the talking by the presenters Paula Yates & Jools Holland at the beginning of the programme. So it now starts straight into the pre-concert build up
(Commercials were already paused out at time of broadcast).
OK now I transferred it from HD to DVD RAM on the Pan E100 using 'Flexible Recording' (FR) mode. Basically the recorder will calculate the best bit-rate to use based on the total time of the programme. 80 mins in this case, so somewhere in between XP and SP modes. As it was in real time then it re-encodes it unlike in High Speed mode (see below) which doesn't re-encode. So some slight degradation.
Note the Pan E100 has several recording modes all giving different levels of pic quality.
Max times For DVD RAM/DVD-R...
XP = 1hr (digital broadcast quality)
SP = 2hr (better than SVHS)
LP = 4hr (better than VHS ?)
EP = 6hr (LP VHS equivalent).
FR = Depends manual time input
The other option I had would be to use SP mode originally then I would be able to do a high-speed dub to RAM in SP mode (you can only high speed dub at the same modes and not in FR).
As there's no re-encoding, there would be no degradation whatsoever but I would be using 2hrs (SP) on the disk and thus wasting 40 mins worth of 'bit rate capacity' (This is where FR modes comes in handy).
Either way there's a trade-off but I think as it's VHS then I don't think it makes much difference.
Maybe I'll try it again in the future using SP High speed dub and compare the difference.
----AUTHORING ON THE PC----
Using an LG GSA 4040B DVD Writer which reads and writes ALL DVD formats.
Imported the VRO file into TMPGenc DVD Authoring software which converts it to an mpg file.
(Took around 25 mins and created a 4gig mpg file).
Now here's where I started having a few problems.
The software won't play AC3 (Dolby Digital) so I couldn't create any chapters for each song.
Managed to strip out the AC3 file from the mpg using 'AC3 Tools' and convert to a wav which took 20 mins!
But upon playing this after a few secs TMPGenc kept informing me that my CPU wasn't powerful enough (900mhz) and stopped!
Apparently a lot of DVD, Video software lack AC3 support due to the high cost of the Dolby license.
So I put it back in the PAN E-100 and created chapters there using the 'place Marker' feature.
OK, done t