Updated 2003-8-15
I have a grand vision of producing high quality MPEG-2 video from the remaining tapes of MST3K episodes. Join me, won't you?

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Episode list

I was attempting to add at least one episode every month, but I have been failing at that. I won't have a chance to work on another episode before mid January 2003. On the positive side, I have been cooperating with John T of the Torgonic Garden to make more DVD's.


Not all DVD players can play back DVD-R disks. It seems that most, but not all, manufactured since about the middle of 2001 can read DVD-R's. For more information on compatibility, read the notes I have.


Episode immortalization

S-VHS tape

Acquisition of Tapes



I don't want to put anything permanent on these disks that isn't better than just decent. Since I'm not a graphic artist, although I'd like to think I didn't do badly with the DVD menus, I'd rather not make a label that is attached to the disk. I do make insets, usually just the back, for the CD jewel cases. What little printing I do, including the insets, is done on my reliable DeskJet 500. It is a black and white printer manufactured in December of 1993, so don't expect the exceptional.


No funding. I'm insane. Maybe I should get a job dealing with digital video?

Video format specifics

From source to end product:
  1. Direct TV -- my parents get this; I cannot.
  2. S-VHS -- far superior to VHS, and I'm using high end consumer VCRs from JVC to provide an outstanding image.
  3. DV -- a digital format that records 720x480 video (not MPEG, but higher quality) and high quality audio (stereo PCM, 16-bit samples, 48kHz sampling rate). It has a constant data rate of 25Mbps, about 2.5 times the maximum of DVD. The compression artifacts from this format are far more subtle than the artifacts from MPEG, so it causes little noticeable loss of video quality.
  4. Quicktime -- just DV wrapped up in Quicktime. At this point, it's on a hard drive ready for editing. FYI: Quicktime is commonly used in the broadcast industry, but different codecs are used from Quicktime movies commonly found on web sites. For broadcast, uncompressed or DV compressed Quicktime is used, while highly compressed codecs are used for movies on web sites.
  5. Another Quicktime -- this is the edited version with commercials removed and audio errors from DV taken out. No encoding to a compressed format has occurred by this point, so no video quality has been lost from editing.
  6. MPEG-2 -- the finished video product. Several trials may be made with different quantization values (this affects the retained video quality) in an attempt to fit the greatest visual detail onto the DVD. The bit rate is variable so when there is a sharper image or more motion the bit rate increases so that the video does not become blocky.
  7. DVD -- processes the MPEG-2 video into something that complies with the DVD spec (this involves multiplexing the audio and video streams and putting them in the proper files; the encoding is finished before this step) and adds menus.

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