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Chapter 8. Producing DVDs > About DVD-Recordable Technology

About DVD-Recordable Technology

I’m going to assume that most readers will be producing DVDs to record on DVD recorders, rather than for mastering at a DVD replication facility. If you’re preparing a title for mastering and replication, I recommend reading DVD Authoring and Production, by Ralph LaBarge (CMP Books, 2001). If you’re burning your own discs, read on.

How Much Video Can I Fit on My DVD?

As much as you want to, within a few basic parameters. MPEG-2 is a scalable technology, which means you can compress to any desired bitrate. For example, to fit one hour of video on a DVD, you might encode at 8 Megabits per second (Mbps); to fit 2 hours, at 4Mbps; or to fit 4 hours, at 2Mbps.


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