Best Bit Rate to Rip or Encode CDs or DVDs

July 29, 2008

According to Tech Guy Labs….

“Apple’s AAC is better than MP3, [but comes down to personal preference.]

Start at 128kbps. But go at least 160kbps, even with AAC. Makes a significant difference, but only takes up 25% more space. Patrick Norton [of Revision3] says that 320kbps is the max you can encode and hear a difference, . Leo says you can’t really hear any difference above 192. But Leo is older than Patrick.

Use Variable Bit Rate encoding (VBR) will waste less space and is an option in iTunes.”


Dubbing VHS tapes to DVD

May 16, 2007

a combo VHS-DVD Recorder is a good way to go. Absolutely – that’s the best way to do many tapes. I like the Panasonic recorders.


DVD playback problems

January 11, 2007

There are 3 different problems. It sounds like, if it’s not playing correctly, it’s not being correctly formatted to be a standard DVD. Maybe the frame rate isn’t the correct value and such. Your program isn’t doing what it’s supposed to do. Take a look at

It’s impossible to burn DVD’s on a PC that every player can play. Some older ones could only read -R’s, some only +R’s and some couldn’t play any recorded ones at all. A lot of them can’t play discs that aren’t Finalized correctly by the PC burner and lots of burners don’t finalize correctly. You can download DVDInfoPro and check his discs, if they look OK then he should go to and check the capability of his players. If his discs are correct he may have to upgrade to newer players.


Any Way to Edit Content on CD or DVD After Disc is Finalized?

January 11, 2007

Once you finalize the disc in your DVD camcorder you can no longer record on it, so be prepared to bring several discs. You’ll also have to make a copy of the disc before you give it away. It’s a standard DVD so you can rip it with any DVD ripping software. To edit the resulting VOB files you’ll either need a video editor that understands VOBs (like MPEG Video Editor or AVS), or a converter to convert the VOB into an MPG file (AVS makes these as well).