Wedding Advice & Photography

Two things we are confident in: Wedding Planning & photography. Van Elk & Co is made up of a team of photographers who love to create portraits of love & happiness and share advice for wedding couples.

This isn't your typical photography blog. We share useful info for couples who are getting married and those who are heading that direction. Let us show you pretty things while you fill your head with all things wedding planning.

March 15, 2015

Is It Possible to Convert my Video to Mpeg-2 Using Mpeg Streamclip?

Nope. This query on Google brings a lot of people to our site, which is unfortunate because until now there was never a clear answer on our site. Now there is and the answer is no. Mpeg Streamclip allows you to encode your video files into a lot of different codecs, but it won’t allow the user to turn a .mov, .avi, .dv or .mp4 file into a .m2t, .mpeg, .vob, or .ts file. Mpeg Streamclip can open Mpeg-2 files and once opened it allows the user to demux, mux, save the video track, save the audio track, or convert a mpeg-2 wrapper to a different wrapper (from .vob to .ts for example), but Mpeg Streamclip does not allow the user to convert non-Mpeg-2 files to Mpeg-2 file types though.

March 14, 2015

Here’s a way to convert .m2v video stream files to .iso images. This is a pretty easy task, if you have the right app installed. The app that we use for this is called Burn (icon pictured above). It’s free and if you click this hyperlink you’ll be taken to a page to download it. Below we’ll cover how to put your .m2v files into a Data .iso image and into a Video .iso image using Burn.

March 13, 2015

Here is a way to extract audio from a .ts file (transport stream) as an .mp3. We’re going to outline how to do this using the programs, MPEG Streamclip and VLC Media Player. Using these we’ll show you how to extract an audio file from a .ts video container file and how to encode the file to be just audio, stripping out the video.

First off we’re writing about using VLC Media Player to export an .mp3 file, since that was specifically what most search enquiries were curious about accomplishing. So, you’ll want to open the .ts file in VLC Media Player. Go to the File drop down menu and select the Streaming/Transcoding Wizard. In the Streaming/Transcoding Wizard, select to Transcode/Save the file. Click Next. On the Choose Input page, choose your input stream. Since you just opened the video in VLC, you can choose it from the existing playlist items (instead of browsing your computer to find the file). Click next.

March 12, 2015

Making .ts Files with MPEG Streamclip

MPEG Streamclip on a Mac is a great, free tool that will allow you to play back video. It has a lot of other cool features though, such as the ability to multiplex video files with audio files to make an MPEG-2 Transport Stream. In order to do this, you’ll first need to convert your video file to an .m2v file (MPEG-2 video file) and an .aiff, .ac3, or .m1a audio file.

March 11, 2015


One issue I’ve had trouble with in the past is encoding a .ts file with an .mp3 audio stream. Typically I would use either an .ac3 audio file or an .m1a audio file, but my client specifically needed an .mp3 audio file for the audio stream. At the time I was unable to purchase any new software that would enable me to complete that task. I was also unaware of any software I could have purchased that would help me complete that task. So I was stuck. Luckily, one of my friends mentioned on Google Wave that they had used VLC Media Player to strip out audio from their video files and replace it. With that knowledge (and a quick phone call to get my friend to walk me through the steps he took to do this), I opened VLC Media Player to see if I could make it work with my .ts file.

November 20, 2013

trees with orange leaves surround the broadmoor country club for this Indianapolis Event Venue Photography

On a cool day in fall I was asked to come out to the Broadmoor Country Club to do some photos of their amazing venue space! I just love shooting photos like this, where I have a ton of time to really work with the space and see everything that it has to offer. Their […]