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Old 22 Nov 2005, 03:36 PM   #1
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Default Basic Guide How to Convert AVI Files to DVD with Avi2DVD

Basic Guide How to Convert AVI Files to DVD with Avi2DVD

Avi2DVD is a GUI that uses freeware tools and various freeware encoders (QuEnc/FreeEnc/NuEnc) or CCE to perform conversions such as AVI, OGM, MKV, and WMV to DVD, SVCD, or VCD. It can also be used to convert DVD to SVCD or VCD. One of nice features I like about this program is automatically convert audio files to AC3 format. The current version, Avi2DVD 0.4.2 beta, is still in beta phase so it's still buggy though. After installing Avi2DVD, some of my programs such as VirtualDubMod 1.5.10.2 or DGIndex became extremely slow and sluggish and returned to normal as soon as I uninstalled it. It seemed to be some kind of codec conflict that’s caused the problem. Hopefully, the future updates will improve this handy program. In this basic guide, I will show how to convert .avi file to DVD only

You can download Avi2DVD from its official link:
http://www.trustfm.net/divx/SoftwareAvi2Dvd.html

Installing Avi2DVD will pack your PC with relatively useful tools:







The older Hank HCEnc version 0.15 came with this program. In order to update from HC 0.15 to HC 0.16. I deleted the original HCbatch.exe, copied the HCbatch_016 there, and then renamed it to HCbatch.exe. Thanks UncasMS for the wonderful tip of updating HC encoder in DVD-Rebuilder. This tip worked well with Avi2DVD too

File preparation:

Put avi, ogm, mkv, or wmv file(s) and subtitles in a simple path such as D:\Movie. Let’s say your first half of a movie is your CD1 and your second half is your CD2
  • If you have a movie with 2 parts, for example, rename them like this: Test CD1.avi and Test CD2.avi
  • For subtitles, do the same like this: Test English CD1.srt, Test English CD2.srt, Test French CD1.srt, Test French CD2.srt

The CD1, CD2, CD3 etc…are important for Avi2DVD to accept and arrange your files correctly. Now let’s load Avi2DVD to start the guide


Step 1: Input

With Avi mode selected, press “Load avi/ogm/mkv/wmv. On the Open dialog, you just browse to D:\Movie, open the Test CD1.avi, and Avi2DVD will automatically load all the files for you.

Under Choose AudioStream a list of audio streams will appear (usually with .avi files there is only one, but if there is two, the choosing the one you like)

The Aspect Ratio should have already been selected by Avi2DVD, but if it hasn't been, or has been chosen incorrectly, just change it

If the source is interlaced (excessive horizontal lines during playing the movie), you can select the Deinterlace checkbox to de-interlace it.






Step 2: Output

Choose DVD or SVCD for output format.

Choose Disk Size offers various types and capacities of media you can use. But for this guide the default option should be DVD (DVD-5 4.7 GB) unless you have a very large files, a dual layer burner and DVDR DL media, in that case, choose DVD (DVD-9 8.5 GB)

Your Aspect Ratio setting is important, it should be the same as the source, or you may end up with horrible quality results

Choose the Audio Bitrate based on the quality of the original sound. Avi2DVD will automatically encode into AC3 audio for better DVD player compatibility. If your source was VBR MP3 audio then abut 192kb/s or 224kb/s should be fine. If you had AC3 audio input, a little higher is fine but there's no need to go past 384kb/s.

Make ISO should be selected and you can set Name to whatever you like (this will eventually be the Volume Label of your DVD after you burn it). The only reason you might not want to select Make ISO is if you don't have enough space for it. If you unselect it, you will still get a VIDEO_TS folder with DVD files in it

Choosing PAL to NTSC or NTSC to PAL Conversion might cause jumpy or sticky play back on certain movies. It is up to you to decide

You can also set chapters to be automatically added every given number of minutes

Last thing is to choose an Output Folder. Click the small folder icon to choose where to save your output. By default, Avi2DVD will create a folder called Avi2dvd_temp in the folder where you store your input files




Step 3: Encoders

You have the option to use five different encoders: QuEnc, FreeEnc, NuEnc, HCEnc are free and CCE is commercial encoder which you have to pay if you want one. You can pick any encoder listed above. IMHO, I am big fan of HC encoder for its fast and superior quality (Thanks hank315 for this great encoder). Therefore, I pick HCEnc in this guide. But I suggest that you should try them all to compare yourself

For Profile, you can select fast, normal, good, and best. IMHO, I choose best for profile. If you want the best quality, then you have to sacrifice encoding time

Leave “mpeg” for Matrix as default




Step 4: Subtitles

There 3 sets of subtitles: Subtitle 1, Subtitle 2, and Subtitle 3. To add a subtitle file (srt or txt) simply click the Subtitle 1 button and locate the file “Test English CD1.srt” in the prepared Movie folder. Do the same thing to Subtitle 2 and Subtitle 3 if you have more than one subtitle, you can change the options for each subtitle independently. Avi2DVD will arrange which subtitle for which movie file correctly. That is why it is so important to prepare your files at the beginning

Note: Preparing for this guide, I couldn’t find any .avi file with subtitle. Therefore, no subtitle showed in the screenshot. I’m sorry though



Step 5: Menu

I have to temporarily postpone the Creating Menu step. Because of its complication with so many different steps involved, it is difficult for me to combine everything in one basic guide. I’ll have separate guide for Avi2DVD’s Creating Menu in the future






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Old 22 Nov 2005, 03:47 PM   #2
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Step 6: Add Job and Go

Now it is the time to add the job to the Job Queue. Click the Add Job button. Once you have the job in the Job Queue list, simply click the Go !!! button to begin the process






Step 7: The Process and Burning

The amount of time the Avi2DVD process will take place really depends on you source files, what encoder you use, and basically how fast your computer is. After the Process you will have these files in the D:\Movie\Avi2dvd_temp



We can use DVD Decrypter or ImgBurn to burn DVD with its ISO image or use Nero to burn DVD files in the DVD folder

The End

For a printable PDF please download here:

How to Convert AVI Files to DVD with Avi2DVD.pdf


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Old 23 Nov 2005, 02:54 AM   #3
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Hello blu,

Much mahalo for helping me with those pics again. I've owed you so much for your help already

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Old 23 Nov 2005, 08:56 AM   #4
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Have a look at how they are attached with the [img] tags. It's just a matter of uploading them somewhere (e.g. www.imageshack.us) and pasting in the hotlink for forums.

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Old 23 Nov 2005, 09:38 AM   #5
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Hello blu

This is the first and the only forum I've ever joined. I am stilling learning how to post and reply the thread correctly. Is it be easier for us if the forum software allow us to insert the pixs directly to ours posts without using a site for hosting images. I'll the imageshack next time when posting the image. Once again, thank you so much for guiding me, blu

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Old 23 Nov 2005, 01:17 PM   #6
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use imageshack it's very simple, actually they have a one click system or something now also that i think jmet mentioned. whoever it was maybe they can say more, but i'm sure that info can laso be found at their web site.
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Hi benbryant I found this very interesting.Can you tell me what happens if you deinterlace anyway does that cause a problem?
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Old 27 Nov 2005, 12:43 PM   #8
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Why do you want to de-interlace? You should know that interlaced video looks normal on a TV set and only looks bad on your PC because your monitor is not made to display interlaced video...Beside, why should you take medicine when you are not sick?

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Now you got me thinking thanks benbryant
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Hey guys,

Saw this post and was going to PM the starter, but you need 10 posts before you cna PM, so I'll post my problem here.

I followed the setup and process here word for word, and the program does not give me an ISO or VIDEO_TS folder. It gives me the following:

AudioStream 1 MP3 2CH
Avisynth_Script_File
Avi2Dvd_Log
BeSweet_AudioStream 1 MP3 2CH.ac3

Now, I opened up the log and found that it said there was an error, does anyone know how I can fix this?

This is the exact log:
[4:43:45 PM] AVI2DVD Started !
[4:43:48 PM] Type mode : Avi Input
[4:43:48 PM] Output : Dvd
[4:43:48 PM] Encoder Selected : HCEnc
[4:43:48 PM] Start demuxing the AudioStream No.1 ...
[4:44:05 PM] Demuxing of the selected audio finished
successfully ! [C:\Program
Files\LimeWire\Shared\Avi2dvd_temp\Extracted_Audio .mp
3 65102339 Bytes]
[4:44:07 PM] Audio extracted renamed successfully !
[C:\Program
Files\LimeWire\Shared\Avi2dvd_temp\Fixed_Audio01.m p3
65102339 Bytes]
[4:44:07 PM] Starts Mp3->Ac3 convertion ...
[4:55:49 PM] Audio converted in Ac3 successfully !
[C:\Program
Files\LimeWire\Shared\Avi2dvd_temp\AudioStream 1 MP3
2CH.ac3 250555392 Bytes]
[4:55:59 PM] Start creating avisynth script ...
[4:56:00 PM] Avisynth script created successfully !
[C:\Program
Files\LimeWire\Shared\Avi2dvd_temp\Avisynth_Script _File
.avs 185 Bytes]
[4:56:33 PM] Bitrate used : 6474 Kbpps
[4:56:33 PM] Start video encoding ...
[4:56:54 PM] Video encoded successfully ! [C:\Program
Files\LimeWire\Shared\Avi2dvd_temp\Encoded_Video.m 2
v -1 Bytes]
[4:56:54 PM] Job NOT Done. There are warnings ... Find at
the log file the 0 byte generated file to focus where exactly
the problem appears


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Hi Blink,

Thank you very much for using the guide. Please make sure to follow the step correctly and carefully. Since Avi2DVD is still in the beta phase (Avi2DVD 0.4.3 is the newest version), the program is buggy enough to cause more problem for us to experiment. Some users have reported having problem using HCEnc encoder and QuEnc encoder works well for them and highly recommended. My guide just shows simple procedure step by step how to use the program, please try and experiment them yourself, and choose what is good for you

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Does this method keep menus?
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how could it keep menues when there is hardly any such thing as a menu in an AVI?
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there is an exception though, didn't the divx team hack the avi container to contain menu's, chapters, etc?
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divx6, yes, but how many files will average-joe come across that'll contain menues?
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