How To: Create a Super Video CD (SVCD)
From GEAR Software Knowledgebase
How to Create a Super Video CD (SVCD)
A Super Video CD can hold about 35 to 60 minutes of video, along with a stereo audio track. Most DVD players can play SVCD discs, which are recorded to CD. The video quality is similar to VHS tape. In order to create a SVCD from your captured video files, you must first encode the video to SVCD format. When your video files are in MPEG-2 format, you are ready to create a SVCD. This process is called "authoring". Authoring is the process of choosing the video segments to include on the disc, as well as creating the menus. GEAR will automatically generate all of the necessary files and structures when you are finished authoring the title.
How to author a SVCD title
To author a SVCD, choose "Author SVCD Title..." from the "Author" menu.
The New Video project dialog box appears...
|Give the project a name, and choose the video format (NTSC or PAL), and the disc size. Press "Create" to start authoring the title.|
The SVCD authoring window appears..
You can "add video titles" to the title. This button will let you select video files that are encoded to SVCD specifications (MPEG-2). The audio should be contained in the same MPEG file as the video.
You can double-click the menu title text, and edit the label (in this example, the first label is "Beaches"). You can move titles up or down, to change the order of playback, or you can delete a title from the disc.
Under "Menu Title", you can enter the title that will be at the top of the main menu.
To adjust the video frame that will be used for the menu thumbnail, select the video title (click on it), and select "Select Video Frame" (or just double-click on the title). The video frame selection window appears...
The "Menu Type" allows you to select "No Menu" (in which case the video just plays, with each title played in the order that they are arranged), or "Title Menu", which automatically creates a menu that allows you to access each title individually.
To set your menu options, select "Menu Layout and Graphics" from the video authoring window. The menu editing window appears...
When the menus are ready, press OK.
When your SVCD is authored, press "Create VCD" to create your title. This will return you to the main GEAR project interface. Your new SVCD title will be loaded into a new SVCD project (volume) in GEAR, ready to write to disc. You can add any additional files to the disc (in the remaining space available), and burn it when you are ready.
Note: SVCD titles can be played back in most, but not all DVD players. They can also be played using a PC with the appropriate media player software.