Step 2: AVI ReComp Setup
Start AVI ReComp. Since this is the first time we will be using it, we will now configure some of the software's options. First thing is to make sure all the required software titles have been installed properly, and that's visible at the bottom of the main AVI ReComp screen - you should have several green "OK" boxes, if not, then it means a required component wasn't installed (in which case, you need to run the installer again or restart your computer).
If you click on the "Interface" button seen in the screenshot above, you can select a different language for the interface, as well as run a check for new versions. You can also associate AVI files with AVI ReComp, although I wouldn't recommend it (as you probably want AVI files to be associated with your media player).
From the top set of buttons ("Source & Output", "Additions" ...), select "Settings". Here are most of AVI ReComp's configurable options (if you hover your mouse over the options, a ballon help message will appear).
"Process priority" determines how much CPU power AVI ReComp should grab in a multi-tasking environment. In other words, setting it to "Normal" will make it behave like most programs, while setting it to "Idle" will make it run in the background when no other programs are running. Setting it to "High" will make it the priority when it comes to running, which may give you a slightly quicker encoding time, at the expense of other programs. Leaving it at "Normal" is recommended.
The two "Show ..." options allows you to show the program windows of the two required programs, VirtualDubMod and XviD. Unless you are interested in the inner workings of either these programs, it's best to leave these options unchecked.
"Disable B-VOPs" can sometimes help to make your video file more compatible, but most standalones will support B-VOPs so only use this option if everything else fails.
"Use Q-Pel encoding" should be unchecked unless you don't care about compatibility with standalone players. Q-Pel, and GMC, are the two encoding options most frequently associated with files that don't play on standalones.
"Use Turbo mode" will give a speed boost for encoding, but at the cost of slight quality loss.
"Delete temporary files" will delete all the intermediate files that AVI ReComp generates during the encoding process. You would normally have this option checked, unless you actually need the intermediate files (for example, in use in other encoding or editing programs). "Delete source file" deletes the original input file, and it is highly recommended that you *do not* check this option - you can always delete the source file manually after you make sure the output is correct.
"Edit avs script" allows you to edit the generated AVS script (one of those "temporary files"), which comes in handy if you know how to write AVS scripts. If you don't know how, don't care, or don't even know what an AVS script is, then leave this option unchecked.