Need help with some files

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jaimehrubiks
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Need help with some files

Post by jaimehrubiks » Mon Feb 12, 2018 2:36 pm

Hello. I have some VCDs from when I was a child and I need to convert them to h264.

Handbrake won´t detect my VCDs as a source, but it seems like the only file that matters is a .MPG file inside the file structure. It gives the typical no valid source or titles found.
https://i.imgur.com/hVXVxul.png

This file is playable using VLC
https://i.imgur.com/p1EZ4Q8.png

This is the Log file of handbrake
https://pastebin.com/JS5UfGNc

I tried both in Windows and in OSX and the problem is the same. I tried using other DVD ripping software but it won´t work, they all say that the CD is damaged. But I have many CDs and all of them say the same. But I cant play all of them without issues with VLC.

video.baba
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Re: Need help with some files

Post by video.baba » Mon Feb 12, 2018 9:33 pm

It's been a while since I messed around with a VCD but from what I remember......
There's an old program (free), called VCDGear. Use this and select the DAT to MPG option to get your files off the VCD (MPEGAV folder). It also has option to fix/repair any problems if I remember correctly, it's been far too long.
When you have all your MPEG files, you can use them in HandBrake,

musicvid
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Re: Need help with some files

Post by musicvid » Tue Feb 13, 2018 1:23 am

Most video CD's are mpeg-1. Ffmpeg will convert it to mpeg-2 so you can use it in Handbrake.

video.baba
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Re: Need help with some files

Post by video.baba » Tue Feb 13, 2018 9:42 am

No need to convert to MPEG-2. I had to help a teacher friend of mine out a few months back with a few VCDs he bought to use with some of his privates'. Just used VCDGear, DAT to MPG, then made some MP4 files with HandBrake, worked a treat. ISOBuster and a few other programs will also correct the DAT files to MPEG-1.

jaimehrubiks
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Re: Need help with some files

Post by jaimehrubiks » Tue Feb 13, 2018 3:14 pm

Hey there.

My VCDs are already in MPEG. I mean, the file under MPEGAV folder is a .MPG file and it is not readable by handbrake.
Finally I ended up the built-int convert function of VLC, that worked pretty good, although I had to do it one by one.

I will note down VCDGear for the future though. Thanks for your replies.

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