MPEG-2 video

DVD-compliant MPEG-2 video must have these settings:


NTSC (525 lines at 59.94 Hz)

PAL (625 lines at 50 Hz)

Frame size (width x height)

720 x 480 pixels

352 x 480 (recommended for bit-rates lower than 4 Mbps)

720 x 576 pixels

352 x 576 (recommended for bit-rates lower than 4 Mbps)

Display frame rate

29.97 fps

25 fps

Group of pictures (GOP) size
(see Note below)

36 fields/18 frames maximum
30 fields/15 frames recommended

30 fields/15 frames maximum
24 fields/12 frames recommended

GOP structure

Closed. IBP or IBBP

Output aspect ratio

4:3 (standard TV) or 16:9 anamorphic (widescreen TV)

(CBR or VBR)

Minimum 2.0 Mbps

Maximum 9.4 Mbps with one Dolby Digital audio track, 8.0 Mbps with one PCM audio track.

See Choosing bit-rates for video and audio for more information.

Profile and level

Main profile and main level (MP@ML)

VBV buffer size

224 KB (1,835,008 bits)

GOP sequence header interval

1 per GOP (one sequence header before every GOP)

Filename extension

.m2p, .m2v, .mp2, .mp2v, .mpe, .mpeg, .mpg, .mpv, .mpv2, .mv2

Note: Some encoders can create MPEG-2 streams with variable GOP sizes. DVDit Pro supports these streams, providing the GOP size does not exceed the maximum size allowed.

MPEG-2 video