6 Replies Latest reply on Jan 21, 2013 2:07 PM by boxan_21

    Working with .mpg files

    boxan_21 Level 1

      I have about 10 files (.mpg converted from VHS to Digital). Each file is ~4 to 6GB in size. I'd like to pull them into Premiere Elements 8.0, edit and create menus. When I started I tested one project to burn I noticed that roughly 2 hrs of video will consume the entire BD disk (25GB).  Could this be an issue with the project settings and/or the output settings?

      I'm using  HDV 720p, frame size 1280 x 720, 48khz for project settings.

      Using H.264 440x1080i NSC Dobly for the preset to burn to BD.


      From reading some threads, it may have been better to have converted these VHS's to avi vs mpg.  Any advice at this point?   As always, feedback is greatly appreciated. 

        • 1. Re: Working with .mpg files
          Ann Bens Adobe Community Professional & MVP

          You vhs files are probably SD (standard definition) 720x480.

          Putting then in a HD project (720P) and exporting yet to different HD resolution will not work well.

          You can burn SD to a BD but you will have to leave it SD.

          Uprezzing SD to HD without the proper tools will not look good in Elements.

          • 2. Re: Working with .mpg files
            Steve Grisetti Adobe Community Professional

            As Ann says, we need to know more about those fils. MPEGs can be practically anything!


            Who converted this VHS video to MPEG? If you did it yourself, you're going to have problems, since you likely used a capture card or USB-connected device, which will not produce files that will give you a good quality edited video. Particularly if these are standard definition MPEGs, blowing them out to a BluRay disc is going to make them look truly awful.


            Open one of MPEGS in a program like G Spot or Media Info and list its resolution, frame rate and, above all, its codec.

            • 3. Re: Working with .mpg files
              boxan_21 Level 1


              This capture was done via Dazzle. The VHS tapes are SD (720x480).  I have about 15 Hi8 tapes after I finish the VHS tapes. Did some additional research and appears that I can still use Dazzle and abandon the Pinnacle Studio and use instead "VirtualDub"  to get an avi file that I believe is best to preserve quality and allow Premiere Elements to efficiently edit and create a digital file for burning. Will this work?  To be clear on my objective, I want to take many VHS tapes (~30), convert to digital format, edit and burn to BD disks. I'd like to maintain quality, but my hope was to ahve ~ 6 hrs of play per BD.   Thanks in advance of your reply on this topic........... still learning


              I'm running a Dell XPS 435MT, x64, i7 quad core, 6GB RAM, ATI Radeon HD 4800 Series, 750GB HardDrive, two 1TB external HD's


              here is the info on one of the files:


              Format                                   : MPEG-PS
              File size                                : 957 MiB
              Duration                                 : 18mn 18s
              Overall bit rate mode                    : Variable
              Overall bit rate                         : 7 306 Kbps

              ID                                       : 224 (0xE0)
              Format                                   : MPEG Video
              Format version                           : Version 2
              Format profile                           : Main@Main
              Format settings, BVOP                    : Yes
              Format settings, Matrix                  : Custom
              Format settings, GOP                     : M=3, N=15
              Duration                                 : 18mn 18s
              Bit rate mode                            : Variable
              Bit rate                                 : 6 937 Kbps
              Maximum bit rate                         : 8 000 Kbps
              Width                                    : 720 pixels
              Height                                   : 480 pixels
              Display aspect ratio                     : 4:3
              Frame rate                               : 29.970 fps
              Standard                                 : NTSC
              Color space                              : YUV
              Chroma subsampling                       : 4:2:0
              Bit depth                                : 8 bits
              Scan type                                : Interlaced
              Scan order                               : Top Field First
              Compression mode                         : Lossy
              Bits/(Pixel*Frame)                       : 0.670
              Stream size                              : 908 MiB (95%)
              Color primaries                          : BT.601 NTSC
              Transfer characteristics                 : BT.601
              Matrix coefficients                      : BT.601

              ID                                       : 192 (0xC0)
              Format                                   : MPEG Audio
              Format version                           : Version 1
              Format profile                           : Layer 2
              Mode                                     : Joint stereo
              Mode extension                           : Intensity Stereo + MS Stereo
              Duration                                 : 18mn 18s
              Bit rate mode                            : Constant
              Bit rate                                 : 224 Kbps
              Channel(s)                               : 2 channels
              Sampling rate                            : 48.0 KHz
              Compression mode                         : Lossy
              Stream size                              : 29.3 MiB (3%)

              • 4. Re: Working with .mpg files
                John T Smith Adobe Community Professional & MVP

                >capture was done via Dazzle


                I have not read much that was good about Dazzle


                The model 55 at http://www.grassvalley.com/products/converters will create the DV AVI you need for editing... as long as your computer has a Firewire port

                • 5. Re: Working with .mpg files
                  Steve Grisetti Adobe Community Professional

                  I agree. Dazzle is one of those USB-based devices that's designed to work pretty much exclusively with the software that comes with it.


                  For capturing analog video, your best best is a FireWire based DV bridge, as we recommend in this artcle:


                  • 6. Re: Working with .mpg files
                    boxan_21 Level 1

                    Thank. I'm putting in an order for a Canopus ADVC110.  Appears that the ADVC300 is no longer available (which includes a power supply).  Appreciate your feedback!