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 :
Right click within the Video Stats box and select "Run" -> "Output Plugin Selection", and make sure "AVI Plugin" is selected.
Right click within the Video Stats box and select "Run" -> "Output Plugin Options" - you should see a screen like the following :
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.
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).