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.
TS to DVD
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.
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 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…