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to convert DivX (AVI) movie to KVCD or KSVCD with TMPGEnc?
Tip: if you want to INCLUDE SUBTITLES,
the please read this article: "AVI
with subtitles to K(S)VCD".
Tip: Take a look at the K(S)VCD
Intro page for more info on the K(S)VCD
A common situation: you have a DivX
movie (*.avi or *.divx,
see Ripping DVD to Divx
and Downloading Movies
from the Internet for details).
Your problem: you want to playback the movie on
your DVD player that's standing in the living room and you
don't want to use the TV-out option which some computers have
(actually: it's the video card offering this option - if at
Solution: Since current DVD-players
cannot playback DivX, we must
convert the movie to a different format. We use MPEG1
for DVD players that support VideoCD,
or we use MPEG2 for those that support Super
VideoCD. The latter is much better in quality.
The only tools we need are the DivX
video codec and the TMPGEnc.
can be downloaded from the TMPGEnc
Note: there are two version of
TMPGEnc: the "free", where MPEG2 quits working after
a 30 day trial (MPEG1 remains working), and a "Pro"
version. The "Pro" version however is not
Tip: Although we are discussing
here the conversion from DivX to MPEG, the
same tool can also be used for converting DV
(camcorder) and other AVI
video formats. In fact:
it's actually made for that purpose.
Note: AVI files with AC3 audio
will not work with this trick!
Note: Converting a movie to MPEG
does NOT improve the quality! So don't expect a DivX with
a lousy quality to become excellent by converting it to DVD
Note: don't forget to read the
The required software
Software for movie playback
First try if you can playback the movie on your
PC using the Window Media player.
If not, then we will need to install (if not already)
the Video Codec. For DivX go to the DivX
This is needed for playback. MPEG Encoder uses
the codec suitable for the movie, just as it does with basically
any AVI file format.
In order to transcode to KVCD, KSVCD or KDVD,
we will need to install the KVCD templates. See the K(S)VCD
Intro page for details.
Software for transcoding
Here we are at the core of our conversion process
(called "transcoding"). Download TMPGEnc
from the TMPGEnc
website. First use the trial version to see if it works the
way you expect it before buying the "Pro" version. I know
I'm convinced that this is a tool worth it's money, but make sure
you do too. Install it and run the application.
Install the software first!
The real work: TransCoding
Transcoder means something like "converting
from one format to another".
After downloading and installing TMPGEnc,
start it. You will see a window like this (I used version 220.127.116.11
TMPGEnc starts with the Wizard - The K(S)VCD templates should
be visible now
TMPGEnc starts without the wizard
As you can see, TMPEnc can start with or without
wizard. After a fresh install, TMPGEnc usually starts with the wizard.
We will continue working with the wizard.
Tip: In case the wizard
is not visible, choose from the "File"
menu the option "Project Wizard" (or
simply press the key combination CTRL+W).
Step 1: Select the proper format
What video format do we want?
OK, in this wizard screen we can choose our target
format. Make sure you do select the proper one. Try to avoid transcoding
NTSC to PAL and viceversa as this usually causes problems with playback!
Most DVD players support KVCD and KSVCD (See DVD
Now click the "NEXT >"
Step 2: Select Source file(s)
TMPGEnc: Which AVI do you want
At the Video field click the
"Browse..." button, and choose the AVI
you want to convert. Close the dialog (after selection) by clicking
Verify at the Audio field that
it shows the same filename now (usually does). In case there is
no filename here, the click "Browse..."
for this option and SELECT THE SAME AVI FILE as
you choose for Video.
Note: Do NOT
copy the other settings, like "Video type",
"Field order", TMPGEnc will automatically
enter data into these fields!
Click "Next >" again.
Step 3: Filter settings
Leave this page as it is and click "Next
of the checkboxes (except "Enable this Wizard at start
up") are checked!
Step 4: Resolution
This step is a bit more complicated, so please
pay attention here!
Make sure you select the proper resolution
as recommended in the K(S)VCD Intro
K(S)VCD Resolution: Select a
Click "Next >".
Step 5: Output File
In the next window, we select the
"Output file:", the filename of the transcoded
movie. Either enter it manually or click "Browse...".
Output filename: enter name
the checkmark at "Start encoding immediately".
Finally click "OK".
Step 6: Ready to go?
The next screen:
TMPGEnc: Can we start transcoding?
sure you check "System (Video+Audio)" !!!!!!
Please run through this checklist
before we can start:
- Video Source
Is the proper AVI filename entered here?
- Audio Source
Do you see the same AVI filename as seen in Video
- Output file name
Do you see the proper filename here too?
- Stream Type
Check if "System (Video+Audio)" checked
(although you cannot change it with some formats - for example
- Output format
In the lower part of the window you will see a line with format,
resolution, type of video bitrate (VBR/CBR), videobitrate and
audio format with bitrate. You might want to verify them.
Final Step: Start transcoding
This is simple: Click the "Start"
button and wait hours ... (Usually 1 hour of video takes between
1 and 2 hours transcoding - depending on your PC!).
Burning a K(S)VCD
After the transcoding process you can use Nero
(or similar (S)VCD capable application) to burn the CD.
Express will not work properly as it will try to transcode the MPEG
Make sure to UNCHECK "Create standard Compliant CD"!!!!!