converting .vcr to .mpeg

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01-05-2005 10:31 PM

I would love to check it, but i can’t find any setting/options on the file library program.. am I looking in the wrong place?



01-12-2005 03:48 PM

Well, there’s a number of things you could be up against here. Not knowing your level of expertise, I may be telling you stuff you already know. If so, I apologize -- it’s not my intent.

In any event, under ATI TV | options | Personal Video Recorder, I know there’s a setting for FILESIZE LIMIT. One of the settings I think is 4 GB, and another is FILESYSTEM LIMIT. Seeing as your 1hr 30min recording is precisely 4 GB, something triggered it to end at this limit. Either you’re capping to 4 GB in the config, or you’re capping to the filesystem limit, and capturing to your C: drive (which, as a fat32 drive, is also 4 GB).

If you ARE capturing to C:, here’s your problem: the MPEG conversion will be SLIGHTLY larger than the VCR file... which means it’s slightly over 4 GB, which is not possible on a FAT32 drive.

So, if this is the case, then for the short term, move the VCR file to drive D:, re-sync your media library, and convert again (or, specify on the conversion that you want the result on drive D:)

Long term, find a way to capture to an NTFS drive always.

And if you’re already on the NTFS partition, then my apologies for useless advice, and I really can’t imagine what you’re up against. Good luck!


01-12-2005 04:41 PM

As to my earlier post, can someone please contact me regarding a good video editor app? I am looking to edit commercials out of recorded cable shows and create movies from camera/TV/DVDs. I’ve looked at Pinnacle’s Studio Plus v.9 & Adaptec’s EZ Media Creator v.7 and want some in-field feedback.


Don reply


01-16-2005 05:58 PM

i tried doing the “export to m-peg2” thing in the library and i saved the file in the local disk, but i can’t find it anywhere in my stupid computer. Is this a common problem or does this only occur beause my computer is having a brain fart? reply


01-17-2005 12:28 AM

ATI has it’s own converter within the ati multimedia software make sure you have the latest version last I check it was up to 9.3 then go into library and right click on your .vcr files to convert to MPEG 1,2,4 and all kinds of others..
Enjoy reply


01-23-2005 11:26 AM

Okay, I have friend who sent me some videos that are in .vcr format. What is the easiest way to convert these to anything playable on my machine? Please tell me where and how. Thanks. reply


01-29-2005 06:53 AM

The smaller vcr files are a directory system for the ATI VCR driver. The location of the files and a list of files required to play back the HDTV video is encoded in them. I haven’t tried this yet, but if you edit the small vcr file with Wordpad and change the location of the files to \, you may be able to play them in a root folder on another driver. reply


01-29-2005 07:15 PM

When converting, should the conversion be to MPEG-2 or MPEG-4?

I have some shows recorded that I would like to copy to DVD. One of them is a little over 4GB in VCR format. reply


02-01-2005 07:09 AM
recommend for don

Don, Virtual Dub is a good free video editing app. takes some time to figure out, the help file is awful. It works well for converting, fixing and editing. It’s available at This website has lots of good AV type info. reply


03-01-2005 12:35 PM

To esmiller:

Read the earlier posts on FAT32 limitations. Your software may be defaulting to the C: partition, which you list as FAT32. Move the output location to your D: (NTFS) partition and you should be OK.

-klezmorim reply


03-01-2005 12:44 PM

To EZ4U2CHere:

MPEG-4 is “DIVX”. If you want DVD format, pick MPEG-2

-klezmorim reply


03-03-2005 12:51 AM

Ok, here’s one for ya then. I cannot run the medial library. Says program filed to initialize. I have version 9.03 of MMC. I have uninstalled and reinstalled and still get the same error message. I have not tried uninstalling/retarting/reinstalling/restarting. That is my next attempt. I have cleared all temp files from my 'puter. I have done what others have by renaming the file to .mpg and it plays just fine. What I’m trying to do is put the recorded shows onto DVD but Nero pukes when it tries to read the files. Just says it cannot import the file.

Any suggestions on getting these to DVD? reply


03-03-2005 08:38 AM

I had the same problem with 9.0.3. 9.0.1 came with my HDTV Wonder card. I had to upgrade the codecs to get the DTV function to work, but ended up down-versioning back to 9.0.1 of the MMC to get everything working well.

-klezmorim reply


03-03-2005 12:42 PM

Cool, thanks for the feed back. I will give that a try and see what happens. Hopefully ATI fixed their website so I can actually get to the file hihi.

Steve reply


03-03-2005 07:03 PM

Welp, my previous attempt failed. ATI’s website is completely FUBAR. It has been since last night. I cannot get to the drivers page. I tried loading MMC 8.8 from my CD and still get the error message with MMC Library. I’m going to try 9.01 as soon as they give themselves a kranialrectalectomy and fix their stupid website. I WILL NEVER own an ATI product again. Once this thing goes dead, that’s it. I REALLY wish I had bought an Nvidia Media FX board that does the same thing as this stupid AIW. reply


03-23-2005 12:46 AM

why convert .vcr to .mpeg
you can just record to .mpeg directly
or mpeg2
Right Click on the TV screen
choose setup
under tab Digital VCR choose
set custom..
Also ATI has eHome Wonder Drivers
that is a codec to support mpeg2
I have a old ATI AIW Card
that I get to work fine under Win XP
ATI MMC 7.7 tweaked wih ATI MMC 9.02
for gemstar addon for TV Guide
Similar My Library gets same error
but I save all my files to just one folder
and I can save to any format mpeg mpeg2 or avi reply


04-18-2005 03:07 PM

I was reading the Posted messages and i have some suggestions i hope they help.

1) if your media library does not play the vcr file, just open the window were you have the file and “drag and drop” it should add it. then you right clic and convert.

2) if your file to convert is bigger than 4Gb. try converting it to MPEG4 instead. (you can then add the smaller MPEG4 file to any program that makes DVDs; make and burn to blank DVD.

3) You can run the wizard on your tv tuner to set it to record as MPEG4. (for future captures)

4) There are a number of programs to edit out comercials and make dvds. (However i do not know of any freeware programs at the moment.)
...I have tried Ulead VideoStudio, Roxio DVD Builder, Ulead Movie Factory, Adobe Premiere, and Intervideo WivDVD Creator, among others. I strongly recomend the use of Intervideo WinDVD Creator; it has worked the best for me. reply


04-23-2005 06:48 AM

Perhaps a bit late, but I switched over pretty early to recording everything directly in MPG format - seems much happier with long movies and is very reliable. reply


04-24-2005 08:44 PM
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Hello jesse..listen i am having trouble converting the ati file or .vcr file to another file weather is mpeg or something can i change it..can u tell me step by step..even when i go to the library and right click on the file it doesn’t even what tips can u give me or anyone...thanks reply


05-28-2005 02:32 PM

I deleted the crummy ATI warez and returned their propriotary hardware. Alas, I forgot that I had a couple of recordings that I wanted to keep. Any idea how to rescue those .vcr files into something playable? reply


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