Failing the advice given to you by thunderburn, I would drop around to my friendly local DVD Player retailer and make out that I was interested in the purchase of a new standalone player. Testing my works of art in several units would hopefully confirm that my own player was not at fault. If that be so, I would then get myself a Bitrate Viewer from here: http://www.tecoltd.com/bitratev.htm
and compare the mpegs bitrate for any irregularities.
I would be paying attention to the minimum and maximum bitrates, as my guess, is that your problem lies in the encoding process. By rights an XVCD is actually a non compliant SVCD. Therefore, for video you should be looking at nothing in excess of a maximum 2500 kbits/sec and audio at a max of 324 kbits/sec giving a combined max total for video/audio of 2,824 kbits/sec.
Not knowing any of the steps you have taken to create your XVCD or the capture card and software used, is nearly an impossibility for anyone to come up with a suitable solution for you, first go.
Therefore if you don't mind, I will share with you the process I use to create perfect XVCD/SVCD's. I might add that this method is completely home brewn as far as I'm concerned, but in my environment has proven to create hassle free first rate SVCD/XVCD's from VHS tapes. I use Pinnacles DV500 capture card and Premiere6 to capture analogue VHS into an AVI file in realtime. I export the video component of the AVI in Premiere6 using CCE2.50SP's encoder plugin, to create an mpv file. My settings are packet size = 2048 VBR 3 passes with Bitrate kbits/sec set at a Min of 500 and Max at 2000 for PAL 480x576. I then export the audio component with a samplerate of 48000 and 192000 Bytes/Sec in Premiere to create a WAV file. I use TMPGenc to encode the WAV file to create the mp2 file. I mux the two files video/audio into an mps file using i-Author's Multiplexing utility. When complete, I use i-Author to author a CIF image file for burning onto CDR's by using EZCD4 on a WIN98 machine. I am currently experimenting with XP but am finding that I'm having to re-invent the wheel all over.
In closing, I would highly recommend to anyone to rip a few DVD's
before the creation of your own home made movies. I say this as you will learn the process of encoding and see how time consuming this all is. Better still, rip a few audio CD's
first. Do not progress to the next stage until you have fully mastered the items outline above. In the meantime...
Edited by - sid on 05/04/2002 09:03:45