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  • How to make a Photos VideoCD (DVD quality)

     Guide by delphi stuff

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    This guide explains how to make a simple VideoCD with still pictures (no menu, even if it is easily possible).
    On a VideoCD you can store up to 1980 pictures in DVD quality (704x480/576).
    You can also store the images as original on the VCD.

    MPEG Stills generation
    Generating a MPEG still from a picture


    Convert a picture to a MPEG Still (MPEG Picture file), you will choose the options there. Then, you will be able to do the same for a series of pictures, in batch mode (Finally, you will be able to add these MPEG still files to the project, the same way you add Video MPEG files).

    The "MPEG Stills" page

    Open VCDEasy, go to the "MPEG Stills" page

    The MPEG Stills page

    Click on Browse to select a picture as "Input Image"

    Choose a picture using the Open Picture Dialog.
    Note that you have a preview on the right.

    The MPEG Stills page


    The MPEG Stills page

    Here you can see your original picture

    Select the type of MPEG still you want to create... VCD or SVCD. Although VCD2.0 only supports video clips at a resolution of 352x240 (NTSC) or 352x288 (PAL), it supports single-frame still images at high resolution: 704x480 (NTSC) and 704x576 (PAL) (if you choose "High", See ). As you can have high resolution with both VCD2.0 and SVCD, and because from a home DVD player point of view, VCD 2.0 seems to have a better support than SVCD... I personally prefer creating MPEG Stills for VCD 2.0

    Select PAL or NTSC, depending on your DVD Player and TV.
    NB: To summarize, select NTSC if you live in US or Japan and select PAL if you live in the rest of the world

    Select High (for High Resolution) there. If the VideoCD you will create won't work on your home player, you can later try Low (for Low Resolution)... as your player may not support High Resolution MPEG Stills.

    This is the Math Algorithm used to resize your picture. Lanczos gives the best result for most pictures.
    Note that if the size of your image is equal to the "Best Initial Size", then no resize algorithm will be applied!

    Aspect ratio correction... Without the correct one, you will have distorsion (the image will be stretched or compressed horizontally). For example, a circle on your PC will look like an ellipse on your 4/3 TV if you do not choose "Apply Correction" / "4/3"

    TV Cropping/Overscan... ALL television sets cannot fully display the entire screen. On playback, the TV can crop up to 10% off all sides of the picture (especially at the corners). More realistically, most TV sets will crop about 4% or 5% on most sides.
    Note that you can choose the color of the background (or margins) that will be added

    Anti flickering can improve the display of your pictures on the TV

    You can select here the (approximate) size of the MPEG Stills file that will be generated. This size is directly related to the quality... more size, more quality! Personally, I always use Max Quality...

    Preview of computed picture

    Preview of computed picture (real size)

    The generation of the MPEG Still file requires temporary files. You do not need them.

    You can set a caption text for the picture here

    Click here to change the properties (color, size, aligment,... ) of the caption text

    The MPEG stills file will be stored in the same folder as the original picture. Here you can change the location of the destination folder. Useful if your pictures are on a CD where you can not write!...

    Finally, click on the "Generate" button to generate the MPEG still file.

    Finally, you should have this:

    The MPEG Stills page

    If you never tested MPEG Stills on your home DVD player, you should try now this generated MPEG file, and change back some options if necesseray. 

    Note that if you have display problems (like the images appear "staired" or "mixed up"), install VCDEasy but this time choose "Mjpegtools for Pioneer" in the install options.

    Batch Mode (many pictures at one time)

    Once your settings are ok, you can proceed with a series of pictures, in one step.

    NB: It will take some time if you have many pictures. A sound can be played at the end of this long task, depending on how you configured VCDEasy.

    The MPEG Stills page

    If there is no folder name there, each MPEG still picture will be saved at the same location as its corresponding original picture. Note that in this case, the original pictures must not be on a Read Only volume (like a CD-Rom...)
    Or, you can also select one folder where all the MPEG still pictures will be saved... in this case be careful to not have 2 or more original pictures with the same name... or some of the generated MPEG stills will be overwriten

    Check "Include Subfolder" if you want VCDEasy to search also picture files in the subfolder of your selection

    Better check this option if you have lots of pictures. Note that at the end of the process, you will have detailed feedback (success, failure, cancel...) in the log page

    Click on "Folder" to select a folder....

    The MPEG Stills page

    Note that with the current settings ("Include Subfolder" is checked), all the pictures in the folder "F:\Photos" will be processed, but also all the pictures in all the subfolders ("08-19-2004", "08-20-2004", ...)

    Alternatively, you can also Drag'n Drop your pictures and/or folder. Note that the "Include Subfolder" option is also taken into account when Drag'n Drop (for example, without "Include Subfolder" the "08-19-2004", "08-20-2004", ... folders will not be scanned):

    The MPEG Stills page

    At the end of the process...

    The MPEG Stills page

    And in the "log" page:

    The MPEG Stills page

    Now you should have your pictures as MPEG still files, ready to be used in a VideoCD authoring.

    The MPEG Stills page

    Authoring a VideoCD with MPEG still pictures
    Authoring a VideoCD with MPEG still pictures Let's start a new VideoCD

    The "Main" page

    Select VCD2.0 or SVCD 1.0, depending on the kind of MPEG Stills you made.
    NB: You can not use VCD1.1 to have MPEG Stills as they requiere PlayBack Control (and there is no PlayBack Control [PBC] support in VCD 1.1)

    Choose your CD writer in the drop down list, and better choose "Simulate" first, and not "Burn". When the simulation will end successfully, eject your CDR or CDRW, uncheck "Simulate", check "Burn" and hit "Go" again.

    You can put what you want here, it will be the name displayed when you will put your VideoCD in your computer

    Authoring a VideoCD with MPEG still pictures requires you to turn Interactivity or "PBC" (PlayBack Control) ON. The "Interactivity" page is then shown.

    NB: A consequence of that is... your player must support PBC information otherwise you won't be able to play this kind of VideoCD

    You can choose here the number of copies you want

    Drag'n drop your MPEG Stills files in , or click to add them.

    NB: The first MPEG file in this list will be displayed first.

    The "Options" page

    This is the time each picture will be shown before your player displays the next one.
    This can be changed on a picture basis if you want in the "Interactivity" page.

    If you are in "Expert Mode" (See the "File" menu), then the option page should look like this:

    No need to use the "Chapters" page, it is for videos only.

    The "Interactivity" page (Optional step)

    This page seems to be quite complexe but this is the place where you can make really powerful VideoCDs. You can choose there the behaviour and the actions related to each video/picture that will be played. In defining actions to a video or a picture, you can build a menu.

    You do not need to use the "Interactivity" page if the default behaviour configured by VCDEasy is ok to you:
    • Show each picture one after one every X seconds (X is what you put as "Time to wait..." in the "Options" page)
    • Pressing next/previous on the remote shows immediatly the next/previous picture

    NB: The blue color instead of the white color in the drop down lists or the other components mean "Default by VCDEasy". The white color is used when you overwritten a default value assigned by VCDEasy, or when VCDEasy has no need to update the value.

    NB: It means that if you, for example, move several MPEG files in the "Main" page, the "On timeout", "Next" and "Previous" will be updated accordingly as long as the you did not put your own value.

    Choose here the picture (can also be a video in other projects) you want to see/change its behaviour and the actions related to it

    A picture can only be played once (as opposed to a video)
    This means the player will show your picture

    Then, the player will, in this example, wait for 6 seconds (the picture is still shown during that time), then (on timeout, i.e after 6s) the player will show "Segment-0662 - P7101571.mpg" in this example (in fact, you need to take a look at "Segment-0662 - P7101571.mpg" using to see exactly what the player will do)

    If you choose "wait infinite" there, then during play back on your player, you will have to press a button to "go" somewhere else. ("Wait infinite" is otfen used for menus)

    NB: You can change this.

    This is where you will go during play back on your player, if you press the "Previous" button during the 10 seconds display of the picture
    NB: You can change this.

    This is where you will go during play back on your player, if you press the "Next" button during the 10 seconds display of the picture
    NB: You can change this.

    Pressing the "Return" button (if you have it on your remote) will end the VideoCD play back, here.
    NB: You can change this.

    Pressing the "Default" button (if you have it on your remote) will do nothing here.
    NB: You can change this.

    You can assigned an action to a number (pressed on your remote)

    Check "Overwrite this default assignment" if you want to set your own

    Use this to set your own actions related to a number (from 1 to 99) on the remote

    As an example, instead of stopping the play of the VideoCD when you press the "Return" button (if you have it on your remote) as defined by , let's say that we want to go to the beginning of of VideoCD, i.e play here "Segment-0001":

    Use the drop down list and select "Segment-0001":

    This change applies only for the current play item "Segment-0661"

    If you want to apply this change to all the pictures, click on , a box will appear:

    Click here to select all the segments (pictures)

    You can also select the items from here using the mouse, and the CRTL and/or SHIFT keys

    Then click Ok

    To check that this choice has been applied to all the pictures ("Segments"), choose another picture in and take a look at

    The "ISO files" page (Optional step)

    If you also want to store/backup your images as original, you can easily store them on the VideoCD. Go to the "ISO Files" page

    Create a new folder called pictures under the Root of the CD, and put all your pictures in it using the buttons.
    You can also simply Drag'n Drop directly your images folder from Windows Explorer.

    You then will be able later to easily access these pictures in your computer, just insert the vcd in your CD-ROM or DVD-ROM and browse to that folder.

    You can also add your images viewer and an 'autorun.inf' file under the Root of the CD, if you want

    The size of the ISO File System part of the CD is displayed there. But a VideoCD is more than that! Check the total size of the VideoCD in the "Main" page to see the approximate total size

    In the case your player does not support PlayBack Control...

    If your player does not support PlayBack Control, or if PlayBack Control has been turned OFF on your Player, you should see a screen like this:

    Take a look at the documentation of your home DVD Player to see if you can enable PlayBack Control support.

    Last, hit the Go button
    NB: Burn preferably on a CD-RW (rewritable CD) so you can test.

    At the end, you should have a box like this: