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dvd recorder/player and mpeg4

by bachmannr / November 30, 2004 9:08 PM PST

I do not understand the relationship between a dvd recorder/player and the mpeg4 format for storing movies. Can all dvd recorder/players store and read mpeg4 format or only special ones? I would like to record old family movies and wanted to use mpeg4 format to preserve as much as possible. Please explain. Thanks...

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Re: dvd recorder/player and mpeg4
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 30, 2004 9:17 PM PST

Here's the skinny. ALL the DVD players you see at wallymart will play back "standard" MPEG 2 encoded DVDs. This answers the second part of your question.

However, some will re-encode video to MPEG4 or DivX and put these files on a DVD recordable media. This is about the same as putting MP3s on CD recordable media. 99.9% of car CD audio players will not play such.

In both cases, you get more content on each disk, but can only play on the Mac/PC/other machine that can play such.

Bob

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I would guess...
by Art / December 1, 2004 1:12 AM PST

Most of the player in the home will not play mpeg4/divx. Now if you have a recorder that will covert your tape/s to divx, then get a dvd player with divx capability. I bought one a while for about $70. It actually plays mpeg2 files but no sound. I don't know if this will play mpeg4 or not because I don't have any mpeg4 file to try. All my divx files come from conversion of mpeg2 or .vob files. As you might have heard, conversion of mpeg2 or .avi to dvd or divx is very time consuming process (software wise).

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