Best Video Codec and Setting for Long Term Storage

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I’m taking a lot of old VHS tapes and converting them to DVD. At the same time I’d like to put these movies on a hard drive, or on Data DVD-Rom’s, but I don’t know what the best Codec to use is, and what settings (resolution, compression, etc.)

Can someone please make a recommendation. reply


Rip them from your DVD with lossless VOB format, using a DVD ripper software. reply

Personally, I use x264 for the video, Nero’s LC AAC codec, and an .mkv container.

It provides great picture and sound quality. Also, with .mkv you are able to keep chapter information and subtitles.

Also, you can add in menus and sub-menus. reply


Like Alex above, every time I try to start Freemake Video Converter I get the message FreemakeVideoConverter.exe .NET Framework Initialization Error fwllooed by a message saying I need to install .NET Framework,Version=v4.0 . You can then click Yes' to a prompt to download and install which takes you the Microsoft website and the full version of .NET 4.0.The thing is I have already installed the Client Profile version of .NET 4.0 via Windows Update and even Repaired' the installation (after getting this message when trying to start Freemake Video Converter) and still I cannot start the program. I installed Freemake Video Converter as part of the Freemake Suite' and the other program Freemake Video Downloader' starts fine without any message.Also, the installer obviously detected .NET 4.0 as it didn’t prompt me to install it during setup.The Freemake website states that it requires the Client Profile version of .NET 4.0 but I wonder if Freemake Video Converter actually needs the full package? I will fire off an email to the Freemake Support.System: Windows XP Home SP3, .NET 1.1SP1, .NET2.0SP2, .NET3.0SP2, .NET3.5SP1, .NET4.0CP and all updates installed. reply



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