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    How useful is FlasK MPEG ?

    In short - FlasK MPEG is very useful!!

    FlasKMPEG essentially allows you to convert most MPEG-1 and MPEG-2 files to either MPEG-1 or AVI, with the appropriate plugins installed. In fact, FlasK MPEG is as close to a all-in-one DVD conversion utility as they come, and should be considered essential for anybody who wants to dabble in DVD conversion.


    What are the requirements ?

    FlasK MPEG allows you to convert MPEG-1/MPEG-2 to AVI straight out of the box, but if you want to convert to MPEG, then you'll need an external encoder plugin. Generally, you'll want to use either the Panasonic Encoder plugin for Adobe Premier 5.x or LSX-MPEG for Adobe Premiere. You'll also need a fast computer, as video conversion is far slower than realtime (around 3-5 FPS on a Celeron 333a), and of course a DVD-ROM drive to convert from (note : the original FlasK MPEG will not read from an encrypted DVD due to legal reasons).


    How long does it take to convert a movie ?

    Converting a DVD movie to MPEG-1 can take anything from 10 hours to 30 hours, depending on the speed of your computer. A PII-350 can usually convert a 2 hour movie in around 15 hours.

    Converting a DVD movie to MPEG-4 (DivX AVI) is usually faster than converting to MPEG-1, but will still take over 10 hours on a PII-350.

    The reason why conversion takes so long is that the original DVD MPEG-2 video/audio needs to be decoded (usually takes 100% of a PII-300 to do this in realtime), effects added (eg. cropping, resizing, de-interlacing) and then encoded in to MPEG-1 (which still can't be done properly on a PII-300 in realtime).

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