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  • DVD to DivX (XviD) Conversion Guide


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    FlasK MPEG Conversion Instructions DVD DIGEST

      FlasK MPEG versions - There are 2 major versions of FlasK MPEG - 0.594 and 0.6 Preview. 0.594 is stable, but doesn't have as many features as 0.6 Preview. If you find 0.6 Preview works for you, then you should use it - if it crashes often, then use 0.594 instead.

      Multipass Encoding - DivX 4.x/5.x and XviD also offers 2-pass encoding (DivX 5.0.3 offers 2 or more pass encoding). Basically, 2-pass will allow the choosen bitrate to be followed more precisely, and used more appropriately given the content of the movie. The 2 passes referred to here means that during the first encoding pass, information about the movie to be encoded is recorded (in a LOG file), and then this information is used in the second encoding pass to vary the bitrate of the movie so that the quality/file size ratio is optimized.

      The following sets of instructions are available - please choose one :


      FlasK MPEG 0.594 - One Pass Encoding - Instructions :

      1. Rip the entire DVD to your hard-drive (I recommend DVD Decrypter)


      2. Setup FlasK MPEG


      3. From the "OPTION" menu in FlasK MPEG, select "Output Format Options" and you should see a screen like the following :

        FlasK MPEG AVI Plugin



      4. Click on the Video - "Select Codec" button, and the "Choose Videocompressor" windows should come up - this is where you choose which video codec you want to use :


      5. When you're finished with the video codec settings, press "OK" twice to close the codec/Choose Videocompressor windows.


      6. Click on the Audio - "Select Codec" button, and the "Audio Compression" windows should come up - this is where you choose which audio codec you want to use.


      7. Press the "OK" button to close down the "AviPlugin x.xx Config" window.


      8. From the "RUN" menu, select "Start Conversion" and the conversion should begin.


      9. Wait ... eat something, go out or get some sleep


      10. Your preliminary DivX/XviD/AVI file should now be ready. You may now want to skip to the post-processing section of this guide.



      FlasK MPEG 0.6 Preview - One Pass Encoding - Instructions :

      1. Rip the entire DVD to your hard-drive (I recommend DVD Decrypter)


      2. Setup FlasK MPEG


      3. Click on the "Select Output" button and change the setting to "AVI Output".


      4. FlasKMPEG Configure Output Module


      5. Click on the "Select Output" button again, and choose "Configure Output Module" option - you should see a screen like the following :

        FlasK MPEG AVI Plugin



      6. Click on the Video - "Select Codec" button, and the "Choose Videocompressor" windows should come up - this is where you choose which video codec you want to use :


      7. When you're finished with the video codec settings, press "OK" twice to close the DivX codec/Choose Videocompressor windows.


      8. Click on the Audio - "Select Codec" button, and the "Audio Compression" windows should come up - this is where you choose which audio codec you want to use. If FlasK MPEG gives you an error when you try to encode, you may need to set audio to "Uncompressed PCM Audio".


      9. Press the "OK" button to close down the "AviPlugin x.xx Config" window.


      10. Press the "FlasK it" button in the FlasK MPEG Control Panel to start conversion.


      11. Wait ... eat something, go out or get some sleep


      12. Your preliminary DivX/AVI file should now be ready. You may now want to skip to the post-processing section of this guide.



      FlasK MPEG 0.594 - Two (Multi) Pass Encoding - Instructions :

      1. Rip the entire DVD to your hard-drive (I recommend DVD Decrypter)


      2. Setup FlasK MPEG


      3. From the "OPTION" menu in FlasK MPEG, select "Output Format Options" and you should see a screen like the following :

        FlasK MPEG AVI Plugin



      4. Click on the Video - "Select Codec" button, and the "Choose Videocompressor" windows should come up - this is where you choose which video codec you want to use :
        • DivX 4.x - set "Variable bitrate mode" to "2-pass, first pass". Make sure you specify where to save the LOG file using the "Two pass encoding parameters" section - preferably, this should be the same location as where you will save your AVI file.
        • DivX Pro 5.x - set "Variable bitrate mode" to "Multipass, 1st pass". Make sure you specify where to save the LOG and MV files using the "Two pass encoding log files" sub-section under the "DivX Codec" section - preferably, this should be the same location as where you will save your AVI file.
        • XviD - First Pass (click for full instructions)


        • Two Pass - First Pass

          Two Pass Log File

          DivX 4.x - Two Pass Parameters
          Multipass - First Pass

          Multipass Log File

          DivX Pro 5.x - Multipass Parameters


      5. When you're finished with the video codec settings, press "OK" twice to close the DivX codec/Choose Videocompressor windows.


      6. Click on the Audio - "Select Codec" button, and the "Audio Compression" windows should come up - this is where you choose which audio codec you want to use.


      7. Press the "OK" button to close down the "AviPlugin x.xx Config" window.


      8. From the "RUN" menu, select "Start Conversion" and the first-pass conversion should begin.


      9. Again, from the "OPTION" menu in FlasK MPEG, select "Output Format Options"

      10. Again, click on the Video - "Select Codec" button, and the "Choose Videocompressor" windows should come up, do the following depending on which codec you used :
        • DivX 4.x - set "Variable bitrate mode" to "2-pass, second pass". Make sure you load in the LOG file you saved during step 5.
        • DivX 5.x - set "Variable bitrate mode" to "Multipass, nth pass". Make sure you load in the LOG file you saved during step 5.
        • XviD - Second Pass (click for full instructions)


        • Two Pass - Second Pass

          Two Pass Log File

          DivX 4.x - Two Pass Parameters
          Multipass - Second Pass

          Multipass Log File

          DivX Pro 5.x - Multipass Parameters


      11. When you're finished with the video codec settings, press "OK" twice to close the codec/Choose Videocompressor windows.


      12. Press the "OK" button to close down the "AviPlugin x.xx Config" window.


      13. From the "RUN" menu, select "Start Conversion" and the second-pass conversion should begin.


      14. Wait ... eat something, go out or get some sleep


      15. DivX 5.0.3 supports Nth pass encoding, allowing more passes than just two passes. If you want to go through more passes, go back to Step 9 and continue until you have finished.


      16. Your preliminary DivX/XviD/AVI file should now be ready. You may now want to skip to the post-processing section of this guide.



      FlasK MPEG 0.6 Preview - Two Pass Encoding - Instructions :

      1. Rip the entire DVD to your hard-drive (I recommend DVD Decrypter)


      2. Setup FlasK MPEG


      3. Click on the "Select Output" button and change the setting to "AVI Output".


      4. FlasKMPEG Configure Output Module


      5. Click on the "Select Output" button again, and choose "Configure Output Module" option - you should see a screen like the following :

        FlasK MPEG AVI Plugin



      6. Click on the Video - "Select Codec" button, and the "Choose Videocompressor" windows should come up - this is where you choose which video codec you want to use :
        • DivX 4.x - set "Variable bitrate mode" to "2-pass, first pass". Make sure you specify where to save the LOG file using the "Two pass encoding parameters" section - preferably, this should be the same location as where you will save your AVI file.
        • DivX Pro 5.x - set "Variable bitrate mode" to "Multipass, 1st pass". Make sure you specify where to save the LOG and MV files using the "Two pass encoding log files" sub-section under the "DivX Codec" section - preferably, this should be the same location as where you will save your AVI file.
        • XviD - First Pass (click for full instructions)


        • Two Pass - First Pass

          Two Pass Log File

          DivX 4.x - Two Pass Parameters
          Multipass - First Pass

          Multipass Log File

          DivX Pro 5.x - Multipass Parameters


      7. When you're finished with the video codec settings, press "OK" twice to close the codec/Choose Videocompressor windows.


      8. Click on the Audio - "Select Codec" button, and the "Audio Compression" windows should come up - this is where you choose which audio codec you want to use.


      9. Press the "OK" button to close down the "AviPlugin x.xx Config" window.


      10. Press the "FlasK it" button in the FlasK MPEG Control Panel to start the first-pass conversion.


      11. Wait ... eat something, go out or get some sleep


      12. Again, click on the "Select Output" button again, and choose "Configure Output Module" option


      13. Again, click on the Video - "Select Codec" button, and the "Choose Videocompressor" windows should come up, do the following depending on which codec you used :
        • DivX 4.x - set "Variable bitrate mode" to "2-pass, second pass". Make sure you load in the LOG file you saved during step 5.
        • DivX 5.x - set "Variable bitrate mode" to "Multipass, nth pass". Make sure you load in the LOG file you saved during step 5.
        • XviD - Second Pass (click for full instructions)


        • Two Pass - Second Pass

          Two Pass Log File

          DivX 4.x - Two Pass Parameters
          Multipass - Second Pass

          Multipass Log File

          DivX Pro 5.x - Multipass Parameters


      14. When you're finished with the video codec settings, press "OK" twice to close the codec/Choose Videocompressor windows.


      15. Press the "OK" button to close down the "AviPlugin x.xx Config" window.


      16. Press the "FlasK it" button in the FlasK MPEG Control Panel to start the second-pass conversion.


      17. Wait ... eat a little bit more, go out again or get some more sleep


      18. Your preliminary 2-pass DivX/XviD/AVI file should now be ready. You may now want to skip to the post-processing section of this guide.


    Post Processing DVD DIGEST
      This section describes some of the option things you may like to do to your DivX/XviD/AVI file :
      • Normalize and/or increase the audio volume - this may not be necessary if your audio volume is acceptable and/or the conversion tool you used already had this option.


      • Adding AVI Tags - this step is purely optional, but makes the AVI look more professional by adding information about the movie/author (that is displayed when played back in Windows Media Player, or other compatible tools).





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