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Old 03-22-2005, 10:39 PM   #1
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Made a little guide to encode .TS (Transport Streams) to WMVHD.

The Software
You will need the following software:

HDTVtoMPEG
And

Windows Media Encoder

The Encoding Guide

1. You will have to convert your TS files to MPEG2, you can do this using HDTVtoMPEG.
2. Once you have your MPEG2 files, open up WM Encoder and select "Convert a file" and click "OK".
3. Now select your input file and the output file.
4. Choose your your video and audio compression.
5. Finally, hit "Start Encoding" and you're done! (well, you have to wait a bit for it to encode)

Please let me know if you have any tips, or if I missed anything.
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Old 03-23-2005, 09:05 AM   #2
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I have a TS file at home that I can't do anythign with, I'mma try this out and let you know how it goes.
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Old 03-23-2005, 03:48 PM   #3
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I have a simple question. Why would anyone want to do this? Encoding an uncompressed TS file to a very compressed WM9 file would only result in crappy looking movies. Why not keep the movies as TS files and watch them that way, to get the maximum picture quality? I'm your looking for compressed movies, you may as well go with low-resolution DVDs. I see no point in this.
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Old 03-23-2005, 04:51 PM   #4
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I have a simple question. Why would anyone want to do this?
Well this guide is for the people who want to make smaller, back-up coppies of their TS files.
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Encoding an uncompressed TS file to a very compressed WM9 file would only result in crappy looking movies. Why not keep the movies as TS files and watch them that way, to get the maximum picture quality? I'm your looking for compressed movies, you may as well go with low-resolution DVDs. I see no point in this.
Well lets face it DVD quality sucks, and @ the least wmvhd will look better than DVDs. This would be a good idea for laptop users who want to watch something with better quality than DVD. (+ you can still keep the original TS files after you encode them to WMVHD).
And if wmvhd is soo crappy, then why do people buy wmvhd dvds...

btw, a screencap from a wmvh encoded file

not too bad, and much better than DVD
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Old 03-23-2005, 05:40 PM   #5
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Canopus Procoder 2 is by far the best consumer available WMV encoder on the planet
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Old 03-23-2005, 07:17 PM   #6
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Canopus Procoder 2 is by far the best consumer available WMV encoder on the planet
Agree with you 100%

but... MSRP > $499.00...
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Old 04-10-2005, 05:34 AM   #7
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WMV (and DivX) is really blurry. You will lose all quality of HDTV. I have few movies in WMV - they looks like my DVDs (little better, but sometimes even worse than DVD).

Use On2 VP6 or Nero Digital (MPEG4 AVC, H.264). Or the best way - keep original MPEG2.
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Old 04-10-2005, 07:59 AM   #8
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I have a simple question. Why would anyone want to do this? Encoding an uncompressed TS file to a very compressed WM9 file would only result in crappy looking movies. Why not keep the movies as TS files and watch them that way, to get the maximum picture quality? I'm your looking for compressed movies, you may as well go with low-resolution DVDs. I see no point in this.
Total agree! Absolutly no point in this. You finally got beautilful picture and you will destroy it.... uuh, oooh.... Why?

"And if wmvhd is soo crappy, then why do people buy wmvhd dvds..."
Coz its only legal source of some HD material and some people for some reason need 1 movie on 1 medium or whatever. Now you can have anything on relatively cheap hard drives.
Or why not just burn several DVDs with your untouched .ts files?
But in some cases - Who needs where, help him there.
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I'm busy downloading a HD version of The Virgin Suicides, i've got several ts files already. But when i converted them to mpeg (or even when i don't convert) the quality seems equal or even less to DVD quality. How is this possible!?? I'm I doing something wrong or..
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I'm busy downloading a HD version of The Virgin Suicides, i've got several ts files already. But when i converted them to mpeg (or even when i don't convert) the quality seems equal or even less to DVD quality. How is this possible!?? I'm I doing something wrong or..
.ts files are already MPEG2.

Are you sure you downloading HD? HD .ts files are usually have 18-19 Mbps bitrates. It's about 2.3 Megabytes per second of HD video.
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Old 04-16-2005, 08:18 AM   #11
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Nice! This is a sweet tutorial! Thanks gollum for the information! I am going to download them in just a sec and try it out! Thanks!
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Old 04-16-2005, 08:22 AM   #12
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I am downloading WMEncoder right now....How many of you from this forum are doing this? It is going at like 9kbps! Oh well, a 20 minute wait.
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Old 04-16-2005, 08:24 AM   #13
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Quick question: what are .TS files and are they those files from DVDs? If so, how would I get them to rip the movie into MPEG 2? Thanks!
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You will loose all HDTV quality if you turn you HDTV .ts to WMV9 format. Use VP6 or Xvid video codecs.
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Old 04-16-2005, 03:37 PM   #15
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The only reason there are HDTV DVDs encoded in WMV9 is Microsofts money and monopoly behind it. And of course: You still have no (working) DigitalRightsManagement with other codecs... But I don't think anyone is prefering DRM with his self encoded private movies?!!

I strongly agree with Leha's second statement. If you have to compress your HDTV movie you definitely should not go for one of the inferior codecs out there! Use at least XviD (or a H.264 codec). Both have been proven to yield considerably better results then WMV9 in many tests!
However you can use the first part of gollum's guide and then switch do a alternative second part.

@Gollum: Your guide is very nice, thanks. But may I ask just why you chose the WMV9 codec?

P.S.: You really should stop thinking that a codec allone determins the quality of the video. Of course you can retain a very high quality with WMV9, too. But with the same file size e.g XviD would yield a superior and MPEG2 would yield a (heavily) inferior quality.
However, each recoding decreases the quality, no matter which codec or bitrate you use...

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