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  • DVD to DivX (XviD) Conversion Guide


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    Xmpeg Conversion Instructions DVD DIGEST

      Multipass Encoding - DivX 4.x/5.x and XviD also offers 2-pass encoding. Basically, 2-pass will allow the chosen 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 :


      Xmpeg - One Pass Encoding - Instructions :

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


      2. Setup Xmpeg


      3. Right click within the Video Stats box and select "Run" -> "Output Plugin Selection", and make sure "AVI Plugin" is selected.


      4. Xmpeg Output Plugin Selection


      5. Right click within the Video Stats box and select "Run" -> "Output Plugin Options" - you should see a screen like the following :

        Xmpeg AVI Plugin Configuration



      6. From the Video Codec drop down box, choose the video codec you want to use :


      7. From the Audio Codec drop down box, choose the audio codec you want to use. If Xmpeg gives you an error when you try to encode, you may need to set audio to "Uncompressed PCM Audio".


      8. You can now close down the "AVI Plugin Configuration" panel to return to the main Xmpeg "Video Player" interface.


      9. Press the "REC" button on the Xmpeg "Video Player" to start conversion.

        REC button


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


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



      Xmpeg - Two (Multi) Pass Encoding - Instructions :

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


      2. Setup Xmpeg


      3. Right click within the Video Stats box and select "Run" -> "Output Plugin Selection", and make sure "AVI Plugin" is selected.


      4. Xmpeg Output Plugin Selection


      5. Right click within the Video Stats box and select "Run" -> "Output Plugin Options" - you should see a screen like the following :

        Xmpeg AVI Plugin Configuration



      6. From the Video Codec drop down box, choose the 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. From the Audio Codec drop down box, choose the audio codec you want to use. If Xmpeg gives you an error when you try to encode, you may need to set audio to "Uncompressed PCM Audio".


      8. Right click within the Video Stats box and select "Run" -> "Project Options" and go to the "General" section - you should see a screen like this :

        Xmpeg General Settings



      9. Check the "2nd Pass Enabled (for DivX4)" option and click on the "2nd Pass Plugin Settings" button.


      10. From the Video Codec drop down box, choose the video codec you want to use :
        • 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. Press "OK" to close the Xmpeg Options panel.


      12. Press the "REC" button on the Xmpeg "Video Player" control panel to start the conversion.

        REC button


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


      14. 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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