How to Convert MPEG-2 to MPEG-1

By Stephen Lilley

If you have don't have a DVD burner on your computer but you would still like to burn video discs to play on your home DVD player, you can do this by making a VCD. A VCD – short for "video CD" – is simply an encoded video burned on a CD that is designed to be played by DVD players. A CD holds substantially less data than a DVD but will still get the job done. To burn a movie file to a VCD, however, it must first be converted from the MPEG-2 file format to MPEG-1.

Step 1

Download and install TMPGEnc, a free video encoder program that can convert many kinds of video files into MPEG-1 files suitable for burning to VCDs. You can download this software from TMPGEnc website (link in Resources).

Step 2

Double-click on the TMPGEnc installer package to launch the wizard. During the setup, an icon for the program will be placed on your desktop. Double-click it to start the program.

Step 3

Load your MPEG-2 file into the TMPGEnc program. To do this, click "Add" from the File menu, locate the MPEG-2 file on your hard drive, and then click "OK."

Step 4

Verify that the "Output File" settings on the main program window displays. "MPEG-1." If it doesn't, click on it and select "MPEG-1" from the drop-down menu.

Click the "Start" button within the TMPGEnc application. The program will make a copy of your MPEG-2 file, converting it into the MPEG-1 format. Depending on the length of the file and the speed of your processor, this could take a few minutes or quite a while.