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Converting your PVR recordings to DVD

What is a transport stream?
When we talk of transport streams or ts files, we are talking about MPEG Transport Streams, and there are a variety of them (as defined here at the Wikipedia). ts files are often achieved from broadcast media such as digital terestrial or satellite TV, often captured by consumer devices such as your Humax PVRs or TV cards or USB sticks on your computer.

Playing TS files
Media player software such as VLC media player can play ts files directly from capture, but unfortunately, your common house hold DVD players (even ones which can play DivX or Xvid files) can not.

What is DVD Video?
DVD Video is currently the most popular consumer digital video format in the UK. It is MPEG-2 with certain resolution restrictions together varying audio formats. More info about the video and audio formats can be found at Wikipedia.

The differences between the two formats mean that we will have to somehow process one into the other. Sometimes this can be a quick and easy process, where we just need to transcode, other times we will have to longer to re-encode before creating our DVD Video disc for playback in our DVD players.

MyHumax Wiki
There is some instructions on this site in the wiki about converting ts recordings to other formats such as MPEG2. Check it out here, under Audio and Video Recordings, and more will follow.

AVS Video Converter
However, I’ve recently discovered a commercial piece of software called AVS Video Converter from AVS4YOU (Online Media Techologies) which seems to do the job seemlessly, easy, and produces perfect DVD Video discs!

You can download a trial copy from AVS4YOU, and then buy/register the product at a reduced rate this month of just £35! (Use the links and support this blog!)

You can edit your recordings to remove adverts and create fades between episodes.

Better still, not only does AVS converts your recordings to DVD Video, but also to other video formats and to multiple devices and media!

So you can use this software to convert any video formats for distribution on any media…

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  1. son_t
    August 16th, 2011 at 18:58 | #1

    Just a quick comment to say thanks to all those who’ve purchased AVS license via the above or this link – thanks, and much appreciate the support.

    Another quick headsup, if you’ve not realised, that the £35 license purchase also gives you access to all the AVS products – all 15 of them. In particular, you ought to download and use the AVS Video Editor, as this allows you to save your work especially if you are going to take a while in creating and editing your DVD (as the AVS Video Converter does not allow project creation or saving.)

    To reward you all, I will soon be posting an article on AVI and MKV container formats and recommending you to convert your SD recordings to AVI and HD recordings to MKV, and what the best way to go about it.

  2. Alex Moore
    November 24th, 2011 at 22:10 | #2

    Found your excellent site recently and can’t thank you enough for the HUMAX 9200 download article. I had given up trying to retrieve programmes but I installed the software and everything worked first time.

  1. August 30th, 2011 at 14:44 | #1