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m0rdant 12-31-2002 01:05 AM

kdvd: convert lord of the rings from two DVDs to one?
Okay, it looks like I'm going to get myself a DVD burner in the morning. One thing I would like to do is re-encode my Lord Of The Rings Ext 2 DVD to fit on just one DVD.

This will be my first time trying to do a DVD and it seems more involved than I thought it would be.

Has anyone done this already? And would you help me out by walking me through the steps?

Also, any info in general on putting 2 movies on one DVD-r...with a menu to choose between the films...and keeping the original chapter points.

Thanks for any help.

kwag 12-31-2002 01:16 AM

Hi m0rdant,

If you plan on putting LOTR on one CD, then use the LBR. It's too long to use any other resolution for one CD. Your best bet would be to use the x3 and target for 2 CDs. Then you'll get awesome quality.


m0rdant 12-31-2002 01:49 AM


Kwag, I want to try for one DVD-r not VCD.

...but thanks for the reply

kwag 12-31-2002 01:51 AM


Originally Posted by m0rdant

Kwag, I want to try for one DVD-r not VCD.

...but thanks for the reply

Ah!, well, that's a piece of cake :cut:
Just use file prediction, and you''ll get AWESOME quality on one DVD-R :yippie:


MoovyGuy 01-01-2003 10:32 AM


Originally Posted by m0rdant
=)Kwag, I want to try for one DVD-r not VCD.
...but thanks for the reply

Hey m0rdant;

I did exactly this !!

What I did not do was try to encode both DVD's as one film. I encoded each disc seperatly and simply added them both in to the same project in Ulead DVD Workshop.

I even retained the 5.1 AC3 Dolby audio tracks (in two peices of course) .. Muxed each half of audio & video together and then brought them into DWS .....

Used KDVD or course .., looks fantastic.

Bottom line ... there was no way I wuz gonna let the kiddies touch the original discs, not after what they cost ...... Actually still have the DVD image of it somewhere on one of my systems.

Can't remember the actual parameters used, but they were somewhere in the area of Max = 4500, Min = 1200 with padding & CQ was set to 76 I think. Pretty sure on the bitrates, but not on the CQ, but it's about right.

My min bitrate was set very high to accomodate dark scenes and to allow for all of the rich textures to come through.

Considering that with Kwags KDVD template you can get anywhere between 4 to 5 hours with his default bitrates I figured, without prediction, that this would still leave enough room for the 730 meg AC3 track.

And it did. We are very happy with the result. Plays awsome ..

Good luck with yours ..

MoovyGuy 01-04-2003 11:42 PM

Hey m0rdant,

Wuz just wondering how your encode turned out ? :grin:

m0rdant 01-06-2003 04:01 AM

Hey MOovguy...thanks for asking but I haven't had a chance to do it yet. When I turned off my machine to install the DVD burner I couldn't get it to power up again. Eventually traced the problem to the wire connecting the power button to my mother board. Couldn't find a store around me that would sell me a replacement for that piece (didn't hit me at the time to try an electornics surplus store - but anyway) I ended up buying a new case...and went through the hassle of transfering everything to the new case...yadayadayada...

Just powered on a few minutes ago. Everything seems to be alright, but I haven't tried the burner yet. Hoping to get to work on LotR in the morning.

Will let you know how it comes out and what I do.

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