You can tell I haven’t had a great deal of experience with bit torrents, and burning videos to disk. I like to think, though, that I’m a fast learner. Well, fast insofar as I might not know what to do, but I quickly pick up on what not to do.
Over the weekend as reported previously, I downloaded the most recent episodes of Stargate SG-1, Stargate Atlantis and Battlestar Galactica. So far so good. Now I haven’t watched these yet; I want to drop them onto CDs because I have friends who would like to watch them, and I’d like to see them on TV rather than my PC simply because I know how to fix the brightness and contrast on TV (I have a theory that on my PC it will involve downloading some media player upgrade that will cost money, and I don’t feel like doing that, thank you very much).
Anyway, last night, I started the transcoding and burning process. My PC, courtesy NERO, cheerfully reported that the target disk had enough space for two 45 minute episodes in VCD format, so I thought I’d stick SG-1 ep 3 and Atlantis ep 3 on the same disk. No problem, and convenient, to boot. The transcoding took about an hour and a half, and then NERO reports that the target disk is too small.
There is a marginal rise in blood pressure.
Undaunted, I abandon that job (NERO Likes to call them jobs, see), and set it up to transcode a single episode as an SVCD. Plenty of room on the disk for that, but the slow burning technique adopted by my PC now slides back to crock pot speed, and at 1% every three – four minutes, I decide to let the bugger do it overnight.
This morning, I awake to find the procedure has aborted; I can’t remember the problem, but there was a deal of swearing involved, and a further rise in blood pressure.
Third time lucky. One episode, one disk, transcode to VCD format. Forty minutes start to finish. Done. Why didn’t I just do that in the first place?
Mind you, apart from writing the episode number on the disk, and putting it a case, I haven’t watched it yet. What odds it still doesn’t work, and I’ve wasted a CD ROM?