Options - Burn-in Output

The Burn-in > Output options page allows you to choose the file type of the time-stamped/burned-in file, and change some associated settings.

 

Note that this Output page does not apply for the burn-in of DV file types (DV AVI or DV MOV) where the output file type is always DV AVI or DV MOV and has no output settings. If you only work with DV AVI or DV MOV files then ignore these Output options.

 

Output file type

 

When burning in AVCHD, HDV, MOV, MP4 or MPEG-2 PS input files, you can choose between the WMV or AVI output file type.

 

The output file types MPG and MPG for DVD are also available but only with some versions of Windows - see MPG Output Settings and MPG for DVD Output Settings below for more details of which version of Windows are needed to use these output file types.

 

WMV uses Microsoft's VC-1 encoder to compress the video stream. AVI allows you to choose from a wide range of video compressors that are already installed on your PC.

 

WMV is useful for producing files for playback on PC, while AVI is more flexible and also allows you to choose "Uncompressed" video for the highest quality.

 

The WMV file type always uses Microsoft's VC-1 Advanced Profile video encoder/compressor. The VC-1 encoder is supplied with most editions of Windows 10, Windows 8/8.1, Windows 7 and Vista. It will also be present on Windows XP provided that you have Windows Media Player 11 installed (if you have an earlier version, you can download and install "Windows Media Player 11 for Windows XP" from the Microsoft web site).

 

If the VC-1 Advanced Profile encoder is not present on your PC you will not be able to use the WMV output file type.

 

WMV, AVI, MPG and MPG for DVD have their own set of options which are enabled when you choose the corresponding output file type..

 

WMV Output Settings

 

WMV output settings

WMV output settings

The WMV Output Settings allow you to adjust a set of options which apply only to the WMV output file type. These are only visible when you select WMV.

 

You can adjust the Quality setting used by the VC-1 encoder (which uses VBR mode). There are 29 levels of quality (0-28) chosen by moving the slider. Higher values will produce visually better quality video, but will also produce larger files.

 

If your source video is interlaced and you check Deinterlace while encoding, then the VC-1 encoder will deinterlace your video as it is encoded. This results in a progressive output WMV file. This setting has no effect if the source video is already progressive.

 

Note that the VC-1 encoder processes progressive video faster than interlaced; so if your source video is interlaced, and you are happy for it to be deinterlaced and encoded as a progressive WMV file, then the file will be encoded faster if you check Deinterlace while encoding.

 

You can also choose to resize the video while it is encoded. This can be useful if for example you wish to produce a low resolution video file for playback on your PC. Check the Resize video to option and set the required width and height in pixels. The whole video frame will be resampled to this new size while preserving the display aspect ratio.

 

If you check the Include audio stream in output WMV file box, the output WMV file will also contain the audio stream as well as the burnt-in video. For HDV input files the audio stream will be stereo LPCM, and for AVCHD it will be the same multi-channel AC-3 audio as in the input m2ts/mts file. For MPEG-2 PS input files the audio stream will be either LPCM or AC-3 depending on the audio type of the input file - this also applies to Sony's NXCAM variant of AVCHD which may have either LPCM or AC-3 audio. If you leave this option unchecked, the output file will contain only the burnt-in video with no audio stream (i.e. silent).

 

Please note that Windows Media Player 11 (or later) may have problems playing WMV files that contain AC-3 audio. This is because from version 11 WMP uses "Media Foundation" (instead of "DirectShow") to play WMV files which is more restricted and is unable to use the DirectShow AC-3 decoder. Therefore, if you encounter problems playing the WMV file in Windows Media Player (or importing into Windows Movie Maker) then you can either select the Store audio in PCM format (uses AAC & AC-3 decoders) option that converts the audio to the PCM format which is more compatible, or you can use an alternative media player such as "Media Player Classic Home Cinema" or "VLC".

 

If you check the Store audio in PCM format (uses AAC & AC-3 decoders) box, then if the input file's audio format is AAC or AC-3 it will be passed through the AAC or AC-3 Audio Decoder which is set in DVMP Pro's Audio Decoders options page. This decodes the AAC or AC-3 audio and stores it as PCM in the WMV file. If the input file's audio format is not AAC or AC-3 then this option has no effect. See below for more details about this checkbox and multi-channel audio.

 

AVI Output Settings

 

AVI output settings

AVI output settings

Here you can adjust a set of burn-in/time-stamp options which apply only to the AVI output file type. These are only visible when you select AVI.

 

You can select the AVI Video Compressor that is used when burning-in metadata and time-stamping HDV, AVCHD, MOV, MP4 or MPEG-2 PS files (ignore this setting if you are burning-in DV file types).

 

As each frame is burned-in it is passed through the video compressor and stored in the output AVI file. For more details see the How Burn-in Works chapter.

 

If you click the Select button, a Select AVI Video Compressor dialog box appears which presents you with a list of third-party video compressors that are currently installed on your PC. DVMP Pro creates this list by examining the properties of the installed video compressors and making an assessment of which are likely to be able to handle high resolution video frames and store them in an AVI file. Compressors which fail this assessment are not listed. See further details of recommended AVI Video compressors.

 

The name of each compressor in the list is followed by its fourcc code (if available) in square brackets. This describes the compression scheme used by the compressor. Some compressors are supplied with a utility which can be used to change their compression scheme - in this case the displayed fourcc code is the compressor's setting at the time the Select button was pressed. If this all sounds too technical or confusing, just ignore this paragraph - in most cases you won't need to be concerned with this level of detail.

 

Some compressors have a built-in "property sheet" which contains settings that allow you to change the compressor's internal behavior (such as its compression ratio). If the selected compressor has such a property sheet then the Properties button is enabled - you simply click the Properties button to view the compressor's property sheet. You can then view the current settings or change them and click its OK button to save your changes.

 

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WARNING: Some settings may prevent DVMP Pro from processing files correctly, so do not make any changes to the compressor properties unless you are confident you know what you are doing - at the very least make a note of the settings before you attempt to change any of them, so that you can change them back again if you encounter any problems.

 

Some compressors store a separate list of property settings for each application that they are used in, so you may find that changing settings in DVMP Pro does not change the settings for the same compressor when used in other applications.

 

The displayed list of compressors contains both lossless and lossy compressors, so you can select whichever type of compression you prefer from the list. You can also select "Uncompressed" but beware that this will use a lot of disk space. Then click OK to submit your selection.

 

You can also choose to resize the video while it is encoded. This can be useful if for example you wish to produce a low resolution video file for playback on your PC. Check the Resize video to option and set the required width and height in pixels. The whole video frame will be resampled to this new size while preserving the display aspect ratio.

 

AVI Audio Settings

 

pro-options-burnin-audioIf you check the Include audio stream in output AVI file box, the output AVI file will also contain the audio stream as well as the burnt-in video. For HDV input files the audio stream will be stereo LPCM, and for AVCHD it will be the same multi-channel AC-3 audio as in the input m2ts/mts file. For MPEG-2 PS input files the audio stream will be either LPCM or AC-3 depending on the audio type of the input file - this also applies to Sony's NXCAM variant of AVCHD which may have either LPCM or AC-3 audio. If you leave this option unchecked, the output file will contain only the burnt-in video with no audio stream - i.e. the file will be silent.

 

Please note that some video editing software and utilities may not support the AC-3 audio format within AVI files, or may have incomplete support for it. If you have checked the Include audio stream in output AVI file and find that the resulting burned-in AVI file can not be read by your video editing software (or it behaves erratically when playing or processing the file), then look at the input file's audio properties in DVMP Pro (File > Properties menu) - if the audio format is AC-3 then check the Store audio in PCM format (uses AAC & AC-3 decoders) box (see below) and try the burn-in again.

 

If you check the Store audio in PCM format (uses AAC & AC-3 decoders) box, then if the input file's audio format is AAC or AC-3 it will be passed through the AAC or AC-3 Audio Decoder which is set in the Tools > Options > Audio Decoders menu. This decodes the AAC or AC-3 audio and stores it as PCM in the AVI file. If the input file's audio format is not AAC or AC-3 then this option has no effect. This option can be useful if other programs have no (or incomplete) support for AAC or AC-3 audio stored in AVI files - the PCM audio format is compatible with most programs.

 

If you have "AC3Filter" or "LAV Audio Decoder" selected as the AC-3 Audio Decoder, then you can choose to have multi-channel AC-3 audio stored as corresponding multi-channel PCM. Alternatively, if you find that your video editing program does not support multi-channel PCM in AVI files, then you can choose to have it stored as 2 channel stereo PCM instead. You make this choice by setting the properties of the AC3Filter or LAV Audio Decoder. Go to Tools > Options > Audio Decoders, click the AC-3 Audio Decoder's Select button, then in the "Select AC-3 Audio Decoder" box choose "AC3Filter" or "LAV Audio Decoder" and then click the Properties button. Now set the properties as shown below - other properties not shown will also affect the output audio so you will probably want to ensure these are set to default values before you perform a burn-in.

 

PCM channels

AC3Filter

LAV Audio Decoder

Multi-Channel

Set Output Format and Sampling Rate to "AS IS"

Set Output Format and Sampling Rate to "AS IS"

On the Mixing tab, un-check "Enable Mixing"

On the Mixing tab, un-check "Enable Mixing"

2 Channel Stereo

Set Output Format to "2/0 - stereo"

Set Output Format to "2/0 - stereo"

On the Mixing tab, check "Enable Mixing" and set output configuration to "Stereo"

On the Mixing tab, check "Enable Mixing" and set output configuration to "Stereo"

 

See Options - Audio Decoders for further details of audio decoders and how to select them.

 

AVI Alpha Transparency

 

pro-options-burnin-alphaIf you check the Transparent background (alpha channel) box, the output AVI file will contain the metadata text written over a uniform transparent background (instead of written over the input video frames). You may find this useful in video editing programs which correctly support alpha channel/transparency in imported files. You can then import both the original video file and the transparent-background AVI file onto separate tracks, line them up, and the original video track will show through the transparent area - the metadata text will then appear to be written across (and correctly anti-aliased against) the original video track. You could then apply whatever effects/fades you want to the metadata text.

 

A burn-in using the Transparent background option will usually proceed faster than a "regular" burn-in because the original video frames do not need to be decoded, but you can make it even faster by also checking the Crop to selected metadata box. This produces much smaller frames in the output AVI file because they are cropped closely around the text of the metadata items that you selected. Because this omits large areas of uniform transparent background, the output AVI file size is usually much smaller and the burn-in proceeds much faster. As these cropped frames have a smaller width or height than the original video frames, you may have to adjust the position of the text on the video editor's track. Note that the Crop to selected metadata option can only be used with the Transparent background (alpha channel) option.

 

pro-options-burnin-alpha-lagsFor the transparent background option to work correctly it requires an AVI Video Compressor in DVMP Pro and a video editing program which both correctly support alpha channel transparency. The only well-known compressor which correctly supports the alpha channel is Lagarith, and you must specifically switch on its alpha channel support by setting the "Mode" in its Properties to "RGBA". If you select a compressor which does not support the alpha channel (or its support is switched off) then the resulting burnt-in AVI file will just contain the metadata text over an opaque black background. You can then only be sure that a transparent burn-in has succeeded by importing the burnt-in AVI file into a video editor or other program which correctly supports alpha channel transparency. Some video editing software can also recognize alpha channel transparency in "Uncompressed" AVI output files.

 

Please note that currently Adobe Premiere Pro and Elements ignores the alpha channel transparency if you had checked the Include audio stream in output AVI file box and the input file's audio format is AC-3 (nearly always the case with AVCHD files). The inclusion of an AC-3 audio stream seems to make Premiere ignore the alpha channel. This may be a bug in Premiere, but if you encounter this problem, you can check the Store audio in PCM format (uses AAC & AC-3 decoders) box which will cause the audio to be stored in the AVI file in PCM format instead of AC-3 format - the alpha channel should now be recognized correctly by Premiere. See above for more details of the Store audio in PCM format (uses AAC & AC-3 decoders) option.

 

AVI Video Compressor Recommendations

 

This section has been moved - please see the topic AVI Video Compressors.

 

MPG Output Settings

 

MPG output settings

MPG output settings

The MPG Output Settings allow you to adjust a set of options which apply only to the MPG output file type. These are only visible when you select MPG.

 

Note that MPG is only available if you are using Windows Vista or Windows 7. It is also available if you are using Windows 8 or 8.1 but only if you also have installed the Microsoft "Windows Media Center" feature pack which is available from Microsoft as an add-on for Windows 8/8.1. It is not available in Windows 10 because the underlying encoder has been removed completely by Microsoft - you may want to bear this in mind if you are considering upgrading to Windows 10.

 

 

The output file is an MPEG-2 Program Stream with the video stream encoded in the MPEG-2 video compression scheme. The filename extension is .mpg.

 

You can adjust the Video bitrate setting used by the MPEG-2 encoder up to a maximum of 40 Mbps (megabits per second). Higher values will produce visually better quality video, but will also produce larger files.

 

You can also choose to resize the video while it is encoded. This can be useful if for example you wish to produce a low resolution video file for playback on your PC. Check the Resize video to option and set the required width and height in pixels. The whole video frame will be resampled to this new size while preserving the display aspect ratio.

 

If you check the Include audio stream in output mpg file box, the output .mpg file will also contain the audio stream as well as the burned-in video. If you leave this option unchecked, the output file will contain only the burnt-in video with no audio stream (i.e. silent).

 

MPG for DVD Output Settings

 

MPG for DVD output settings

MPG for DVD output settings

The MPG for DVD Output Settings allow you to adjust a set of options which apply only to the "MPG for DVD" output file type. These are only visible when you select "MPG for DVD".

 

Note that MPG for DVD is only available if you are using Windows Vista or Windows 7. It is also available if you are using Windows 8 or 8.1 but only if you also have installed the Microsoft "Windows Media Center" feature pack which is available from Microsoft as an add-on for Windows 8/8.1. It is not available in Windows 10 because the underlying encoder has been removed completely by Microsoft - you may want to bear this in mind if you are considering upgrading to Windows 10.

 

 

Like the MPG output type, the output file is an MPEG-2 Program Stream with the video stream encoded in the MPEG-2 video compression scheme. However, MPG for DVD has additional constraints to make the output file comply more closely with the video DVD specification (e.g. standard definition, PAL/NTSC frame rate, etc). The filename extension is .mpg.

 

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IMPORTANT: Remember that DVMP Pro does not create DVD video disks - it produces the burnt-in video files that you can then import into your own separate DVD authoring software (or video editing software). It is the DVD authoring software that actually compiles and creates a DVD disk.

 

In theory, it should be quicker to use "MPG for DVD" output files in DVD authoring software because they are already in a suitable compressed format for video DVDs. But unfortunately, in practice, a lot of DVD authoring software insists on always re-compressing (i.e. decompressing then compressing again) all video files when it makes a DVD, even if the files are already DVD compliant. Consequently, if your DVD authoring software always re-compresses video files, then there is little point in using "MPG for DVD" as the output type when the AVI output type may be ultimately faster to burn-in.

 

You can adjust the Video bitrate setting used by the MPEG-2 encoder up to a maximum of 9.4 Mbps (megabits per second). Higher values will produce visually better quality video, but will also produce larger files. As a rough guide, the approximate maximum playback duration for the chosen bitrate on a single-layer DVD disk is displayed beneath the slider.

 

If you check the Include audio stream in output mpg file box, the output .mpg file will also contain the audio stream as well as the burned-in video. If you leave this option unchecked, the output file will contain only the burnt-in video with no audio stream (i.e. silent).

 

See Also:

How Burn-in Works