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Problem Exporting VCD Video Files for iPod

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I have quite a few videos on Video CD (.dat files) and I'm trying to convert them to use on my iPod video.

 

I purchased QuickTime Pro and opened a file (QuickTime opens and plays it just fine), selected File/Export and selected the iPod converter. However, when the conversion finished, the video would play, but none of the audio came through.

 

As a test, I tried again, this time selecting a different format (.mov) which provides optional parameters. The dialog box for .mov converter indicated that the file had no audio track. (Other converters said the same thing.) Obviously, there's audio encoded somewhere in the file.

 

I would appreciate whatever help anyone can provide. I'd really love to get these videos on my iPod.

 

Thanks,

 

Brian

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Here is one app I found that says it will save VCD files as self

contained Quicktime movies. I have never heard of it before, so i

can't vouch for it, but it may work. They have a trial version, so

give it a shot. If it does work please post a followup on the forum.

 

http://www.mireth.com/pub/mxme.html

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As a followup, here's what I've learned...

 

I tried MacVCD X <http://www.mireth.com/pub/mxme.html> but it does not do iPod conversion. However, I emailed the developer (Mireth Technology) who responeded quickly and sent me a prerelease version of a new unreleased VCD conversion utility. The interface on this program (they admit) needs refinement, because I have to perform multiple (but easy) steps to get the VCD files exported properly. However, once they're exported into their mpeg and wav components, I can then use QuickTime Pro to do the iPod conversion. The developer says that the final product will have a better interface and will provide a one-step iPod conversion. (I had some difficulty converting to iPod format with their utility, which is why I resorted to doing the final step with QTPro. But that may have been my own doing.)

 

In the meantime, I also discovered Podner <http://www.splasm.com/products/productpodner.html>, which will also convert these VCD files. The interface is definitely slicker, and it seems to do the conversion more quickly, plus it doesn't require that you own QuickTime Pro (which is the bottleneck in my current system). However, I was not as pleased with the results in comparison to the combination of Mireth's pre-release utility and QuickTime Pro. No matter what settings I selected, Podner introduced some occasional noise and produced more pixelization than Mireth's utility + QTPro. So the latter is what I'm using to convert my VCD files.

 

I should also mention that I did find a Windows program that seemed to do a good job of the conversion. It's called Crazi Video for iPod from RiverPast <http://www.riverpast.com/en/prod/crazivideo/index.php>. It's similar to Podner, except that it converts only to iPod format. It seemed to do a good job, plus you can batch up your jobs and just let it run. I have a Windows machine that I could have used for this, but I still opted for Mireth+QTPro, as that solution didn't cost me any more money (just some extra time) and the CraziVideo software would have cost me an extra $30.

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