Transcoding video files in "Nero" is the conversion and coding of the files from their current format to DVD video format that can be played on a computer or stand-alone DVD player. This is a resource-intensive process that utilises a large amount of memory and processor usage. Therefore, the computer system used for this process needs to have the resources to do it. Methods are available to accelerate and optimise the transcoding process.
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Things you need
- Intel or AMD-based PC computer (laptop or desktop)
- Windows XP Professional or higher
- 2 GB of RAM
- 30 GB of free disk
- DVD Recorder (Burner)
- Nero Vision software, version 4 or better
- Blank DVD+R or DVD-R disc
To get the best performance during the resource intensive transcoding process, you need to do several things to free up as much memory and processor "time" (available computing power in the CPU) as possible. Close any memory heavy applications as well as multimedia programs. Web browsing and other activities network should not be done during the transcoding process, as they will slow it down. If you are streaming or listening to music on your computer, close those applications as well. When all of this is done, insert a blank DVD disc into the DVD burner and launch the "Nero Vision" program.
Once "Nero Vision" has been launched, select the Make DVD option from the main menu and select DVD-Video. Drag and drop the video file(s) (e.g., AVI, MOV or MP4 file) that you want to transcode into the blank white window. Once the files have been added they will appear in the order that they were added. Select the "More" button and a menu will open at the bottom of the window. Select "Recording Format Options" and, in that window, you will see the Encoding Mode drop-down menu. This option provides for 1 pass Encoding, which is fast, or a high-quality mode, which is 2 passes. For faster trans-coding, always ensure the Encoding Mode is set to Fast Encoding (1 pass). Also, check the Quality Setting drop-down menu, as a high-quality setting will require more time than the standard play setting. Once the Recording Format Options have been properly set, click "OK" and, in the main window, click the "Next" button.
This will take you to a window to edit an interactive chapter and title menu for the DVD video. When a menu is added, it increases the transcoding time anywhere from 30 seconds to five minutes depending on if it is 3D or 2D or animated. The more complex the menu, the more time it will take. Once you have designed your menu, click "Next" on the bottom right. A preview window will open up and your video will start to play. Simply click "Next" at the lower right to proceed to the next step.
The next screen is the project summary screen, in which "Nero" shows what the DVD video project consists of, to review or make changes to, before transcoding begins. If all is satisfactory for the project, click the "Burn" button on the lower right. You will see the transcoding process beginning and your video will run at accelerated speed in the upper right window. Note the Priority drop-down menu at the lower left of the window, and set it to "high" and then select the "Minimize to Tray" button at the lower right (make sure not to hit the Abort button). This will minimise "Nero Vision" and speed up the process by 10 to 20 per cent.
Tips and warnings
- Use as high a speed DVD disc as possible---DVD+R 12x or greater will speed up the burning process.
- If buying a new DVD burner, look for the RW DVD+R DL label or logo, since that drive can use higher speed discs and Dual Layer (DL) (8.5GB) DVD discs for larger projects.
- Do not remove a DVD disc from the drive once transcoding has begun (unless you abort it) as this can make the disc unusable, possibly damage the drive and, if using a DL disc, it will stop the transcoding process entirely.
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