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Convert MPEG-2 Captures to AVC with SUPER
In recent years the video capture landscape has changed significantly. With the availability of high quality hardware based MPEG-2 encoding and digital TV (DTV) capture cards its become possible for even a complete novice to get high quality captures. At the same time, MPEG-4 AVC (Advanced Video Coding) is slowly taking over as the new standard for consumer video. AVC has also become a popular format for storage and computer-based playback.
In addition to the many commercial programs that can convert MPEG-2 files to AVC, there are a number of free and open source programs capable of doing the job just as well, if not better. Many people have a tendency to dismiss these tools as too complex for the average consumer, and that's sometimes true. But that doesn't mean all free tools are equally complex. As the variety of individuals interested in digital video has grown, so has the selection of tools. One tool in particular, SUPER, combines a number of free tools into a single interface designed to make video encoding as painless as possible while still allowing you to make use of many high quality software used by hobbyists around the world. Best of all, you don't need to install a bunch of different software to make it work.
The point of SUPER is to make high quality encodes as easy as possible, and it does a very good job. Its approach may be best summed up by a statement found during installation which reads
SUPER © (Simplified Universal Player Encoder & Renderer) is nothing more
than a trivial graphic user interface to the famous line command encoders:
ffmpeg, Mencoder, MPlayer, x264, ffmpeg2theora, the libavcodec library
and the theora/vorbis RealProducer plugIn.
What this means is that SUPER isn't attempting to revolutionize video encoding. Rather it attempts to make it more accessible for the average user, while still offering the advanced features of (often confusing) command line tools. Although this guide only touches on some basic features of SUPER, it can be used to convert nearly any type of video file to nearly any other type. In our case we'll concentrate on converting from MPEG-2 video to MPEG-4 AVC, while keeping the original AC-3 audio.
|Introduction to SUPER. There will be a link at the end to bring you back here to continue.|
Introduction to Haali Media Splitter. There will be a link at the end of the guide to bring you back here.
Creating MKV files with mkvtoolnix will walk you through that process. There will be a link at the end to bring you back here to continue.
Next: Encoding With SUPER
1 AVCMPEG-4 Part 10, also known as MPEG-4 AVC (Advanced Video Coding), is actually defined in an identical pair of standards maintained by different organizations, together known as the Joint Video Team (JVT)... (Read More)
Preparing MPEG-2 Captures For Encoding
Depending on the source of your video capture and whether it contains commercials, you may want to perfom some repair or editing operations on it before encoding to AVC. Digital TV (DTV) captures in particular often contain errors that should be fixed before encoding to another format. Commercials should also be edited out prior to encoding. You can find instructions for preparing your MPEG-2 captures in other Afterdawn Capture Guides on processing TS files and removing commercials from MPEG-2 captures.
Processing TS captures with free tools
Removing Commercials from MPEG-2 captures with Cuttermaran
Written by: Rich "vurbal" Fiscus
Last updated: 31 March 2008
Last updated: 31 March 2008