View Full Version : How to convert a video for a PhilipsTV with VLC-Player

03-26-2012, 02:49 PM
Hi there,
I know this is not a real Philips-problem but I don't know that to do any more :-(

My dad wants to save his old VHS-cassetts on HDD, means he wants me to digitalize themů
Our PC has ports for S-Video and Cinch and so on, therefore the VHS-recorder is connected via S-Video and Chinch.
In VLC I can watch/ hear the video and audio from the recorder.
With the export-assistent I want to store the file on the HDD of the computer.
The resulting file always has a ".ps" ending, insignificant which container I take. Then I tried to rename the file with different endings (.avi, .asf, .mpg, .wmv, .mpeg).
Most of the time "Windows media player" can play the file.
That's ok but not brilliant, and it would be nice to fix the "ending problem"

Now the real problem:
My dad wants to show the videos an our PhilipsTV 9704.
I have no clue which container (and in there which video- and audio-format) I should take?!
I already tried the proposals VLC makes in the drop-down-menu before clicking on "convert".
Also I tried to rename the container, as I already mentioned above.
The resulting clips are stored on a usb-stick, which is plugged in the TV, but the PhilipsTV can't play them:

.ps isn't shown in the TV-menu
.asf is shown but can't be played
.wmv same like .asf
.avi, .mpg, .mpeg is shown and the TV wants to play them but after 2 seconds it stops

How can I save the video, so that PC AND TV can play it?
I'm out of ideas, please help me!
Thanks a lot!!!

03-26-2012, 06:34 PM

see here for supported codecs: http://www.supportforum.philips.com/en/showthread.php?1067-Supported-CODEC-overview-for-ALL-models-(TV-HTS-and-Blu-ray)


03-26-2012, 07:11 PM
I'll try them tomorrow, hope it helps ;-)

mike tv
03-27-2012, 09:49 AM
Its my guess you want to have .mp4 to play it on the TV.

Using VLC's Export wizard I think this is what you want.

(1) Select Transcode Save File
http://img713.imageshack.us/img713/6047/89464557.png (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/713/89464557.png/)

(2)Select the file/stream you want to transcode (I'm not 100% what you're working with on your set up- for input file that is)
http://img138.imageshack.us/img138/4605/86910473.png (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/138/86910473.png/)

(3) For Video codec choose H.264 and for bitrate I'd use 1024. If the results aren't good enough try a higher bitrate. But I reckon 1024 should be fine for VHS. Audio MPEG 4 Audio 192kb/s
http://img443.imageshack.us/img443/3825/50859647.png (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/443/50859647.png/)

(4)Select MPEG 4/ MP4 for Encapsulation Format:
http://img846.imageshack.us/img846/8797/89794167.png (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/846/89794167.png/)

(5) Select where you want it to go and choose Local Playback to see it play as it progresses.
http://img208.imageshack.us/img208/287/96435807.png (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/208/96435807.png/)

For more specifics I'd ask on VLC's forum (http://forum.videolan.org/). Tongel's list of codecs will have the nitty gritty codec specifics.

03-28-2012, 04:41 PM
Thanks a lot mike tv for your strive!
I tried to follow your pics but after starting to convert VLC crashes everytime :-(
There's also no other format the fu***** TV plays, what am I doing wrong?!

I don't know what to do, I also asked at the VLC-forum, but there nobody knows/ has a Philips TV and its playable codecs…

Do have any tipps?

mike tv
03-28-2012, 07:37 PM
Have you the latest version of VLC?

What I don't quite understand is what the PC is doing in between the VCR and VLC. You can't plug a VCR into most PC's and have the PC "see" the video signal. So there must be some software/hardware that is receiving the analog VCR signal and converting it to digital.

What you could do, is while you are watching the VHS play on VLC try "recording" it. I think it ALT+CTL+R initiates "record". Then that recorded file may play in the TV. If it doesn't there is a free converter called Handbrake (http://handbrake.fr/) that will convert it to MP4

Ok, I just had another idea if you got to VLC/File/Advanced Open/ Capture you may get more options to tweak your capture device parameters

03-29-2012, 12:53 PM
im using this PC:

it has s-video and cinch ports.

Now I tried the following:
Container: MPEG_PS
Video: MPEG 2, bitrate 1499kbit/s, 25FPS
Audio: AC3, 320kbit/s, 2 Channels, 441000Hz

And it works ;-)

Only Problem is, winding on the TV doesn't work…
Does anybody know why, and how to fix this issue?