How to convert XviD/DivX to DVD
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ConvertXtoDVD is a video to DVD converter software to convert and burning your videos to DVD. The video to DVD converter supports most popular formats such as AVI to DVD, XviD to DVD, DivX to DVD, WMV to DVD, MPEG to DVD, MP4 to DVD and more. It converts your files into a compliant DVD video set of files and burns it on a DVD media.
You need to purchase a license for this software to unlock it completely. Unregistered versions of the software add a watermark which slows down the process dramatically.
In this guide I will go through the steps of encoding a DivX file to DVD or XviD to DVD, including multiple audio streams and subtitles. I will also give you a tour of the Interface and show you how you can use the program to its fullest. So without any further delay, lets take a look at the customizable interface for ConvertXtoDVD but first, you might want to set the program to your language of choice. If your language of choice is english, then skip straight ahead to the Interface.
Step1. Selecting a Language
ConvertXtoDVD can be viewed in many languages including English, Finnish, Arabic, Chinese, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Spanish etc.. To select a language simply click Settings --> Language. Now just pick whichever you want from a list and click OK. Now lets take a look at the Interface.
This is what you will see when you first run ConvertXtoDVD. I've slightly resized the program for the pic. This interface can be changed in many ways. Firstly you can set different themes to make the program stand out a little more through the Settings.
There are also three windows you can add to the Interface: Video Preview, Information and Log. Those windows can be moved around the interface, or completely off it if you wish by clicking on the title bar of the window in question and dragging it. To get the Interface looking a little better, I will open an AVI file and I'll change the theme, the size and add some windows to it.
Step3. Open files in ConvertXtoDVD
Firstly you have the Add button that looks like this: . If you click it a file browser window will appear and allow you to browse through your HDD in search of a supported file type. Another option is to simply drag a video file onto the Interface.
If it opens successfully, you will see something like the image that accompanies this text. If not, you will get an error message saying that the file could not be added and suggesting you check the log to find out why.
Step4. Changing the Theme
In order to change the Theme, click Settings --> General. I like the Aluminum theme. There are twelve themes to choose from in this version of the program. Changing a theme won't affect the performance of the program, it is just there for users who like the option to customize the appearance of their software.
Step5. Adding More Windows
To add either the Video Preview window, the Log window or the Information window, click Window and select whichever you want. This will change the size of your program to make space to see each window properly. To move the windows around, click the Title bar of them (where they say Log or Information) and simply drag them to wherever you want them.
In the case of the Video Preview window, if you drag it off the screen it become much larger, so it's ideal if you want to watch a big preview while the process is running. The log window is self explanatory as is the video preview window. The Information window is excellent.
With some other software, while trying to encode DivX or XviD to DVD, you need to use program beforehand to check information on the video file. This is an important step to make sure you have the appropriate Aspect Ratio, Framerates, Resolution and Audio info. This is all displayed in the Information window when you select any video in the list, cutting out the need for external software.
Step6. File Information
The Information window is a great resource for you to know what type of input file you are dealing with. As you can see in the picture it holds the information on the Duration, Aspect Ratio, Video Size, The total number of streams (video, audio and subtitles), the format, Resolution and Framerate of your Video and the format, Sampling Frequency and bitrate information of the audio.
Using the information window you can tell a lot of things, but what if you have subtitles in an SRT file that you need to add? Or what if you need to set what languages each of your multiple (if you have multiple) audio streams are so you can select them properly later on your DVD player? And what about the chapter settings? Well now is the time to click the little + beside any file in your list to see more information.
This is where you can add extra subtitles streams and edit the language of certain audio tracks. You an also edit chapter information and edit settings to show how your resulting menu will be displayed. We will now take a look at these settings starting with Audio Streams.
Click the + beside Audio (2 steams). Obviously the number of streams will change depending on the number of audio streams in the file. You can now change the language of the audio. Firstly though, to make sure you are setting the correct language, right click on any of the audio streams and click Play Audio. To stop the audio playing, right click again and click Stop Audio.
Why would you want to set the language? The best reason to set what language the stream is, is to ensure that your DVD player can select your Default Language and that when you change audio, your DVD player will show you what language you have changed to, instead labeling them all unspecified or something else. To set the language, right click the stream and a drop down box appear. Click it and select whatever language the audio is. After you select it, click anywhere else on the list to close the box.
The last thing I would recommend you do is set your default language settings. To do this, simply right click on an audio track and click Audio Options. This is just one of those settings that help make life a little easier later on.
Step8. Adding Subtitles
ConvertXtoDVD supports adding multiple .srt subtitle files. It's very easy to add subtitle streams, simply right click on Subtitles (0 streams) and click Add Subtitle Channel. A file browser window will now appear which you can use to locate your subs.
If you like to have default subtitle streams then you can set that too by right clicking on Subtitles and clicking Subtitles Options. You can set your default language with a drop-down box. Also you will notice you can set the font settings for the subs also.
Step9. Adding and Editing Chapters
Just as I said earlier, you can manually set chapters with ConvertXtoDVD or you can allow the program to select chapters automatically at a certain amount of time between each of them. Click the + beside Chapters and you will see a list of all automatically selected chapters. As you can see, if you right click on a chapter, you can delete it. Let's see first how chapters are automatically picked.
Before looking at manually adding chapters, click Chapters Options. This will allow us to set some delays between chapters and the minimum length a video has to be before the automatic selection is made. If Insert Chapter Every is selected, then the given amount of minutes and seconds will be the delay between each chapter right from the beginning of the video (00:00).
For videos longer than can be selected to set a minimum length a video has to be before the automatic selection comes into affect. For example it would be pointless having an 8 minute video with one chapter at 05:00. This comes in particularly handy when you have multiple videos in your list. So last but not least, how to add a chapter manually?
Right click on Chapters and click Add Chapter. This simple little window appears allowing you to se a chapter at any hour, minute and second in your video file. A good idea on how to add good chapters is to use the Video Preview window to drag the slider to pats where scenes change. Then you can add a chapter at the position the Video Preview window tells you that you are at.
Step10. Menu Settings
As mentioned earlier, ConvertXtoDVD will automatically create a menu for you. Click the + beside Menu and the options will expand out. Title will let you edit your DVD Title, just simply double click it and enter what you want. Background will allow you to select an image file that will take up the DVD menu background, double click it and you will see the images already provided by VSO.
Auto start playback, loop playback and sequential playback are three items you can keep ticked or not depending on how you will want your DVD to play (in certain times like when its inserted first, or when a title has finished etc.). There are also some font settings for the Title of the movie and the other items.
There are several other settings that you can change besides chapters, subtitles and audio. ConvertXtoDVD allows you to choose whether you want a PAL or NTSC output, whether you want it 4:3 or 16:9 and a couple of burning options also. We already looked at setting a Language earlier, and we've been through Chapters, Subtitles and Audio. We will now take a look at TV Format, Burning and Encoding.
Step12. TV Format Settings
Click Settings --> TV Format. Now you will see two options that you can change for your video output. TV format allows you to choose between NTSC and PAL . NTSC is standard in the United States and Asia, PAL is standard in Europe and Australia. If you leave the setting on Automatic , then the program will determine what framerate to use based on the source framerate (an NTSC source (23.97fps/29.97fps) will have an NTSC output for example).
TV Screen allows you to choose whether you want a 4:3 (Fullscreen) output or a 16:9 (Widescreen) output. Automatic will determine it based on the Aspect Ratio of the source files. For example, earlier the Information Window told me that my source file had an Aspect Ratio of 1.727. To read a little more on Aspect Ratios, visit the AfterDawn Glossary Section.
So as you can see, converting NTSC --> PAL or PAL --> NTSC is possible with ConvertXtoDVD. In order to help achieve framerate conversions, frames will be duplicated. This could trigger some slight pauses in playback but from my experience with NTSC --> PAL conversions (with ConvertXtoDVD), the pauses are not frequent and not noticeable.
Step13. Burning Settings
Click Settings --> Burning. As i mentioned earlier, ConvertXtoDVD can now burn your output folder for you. Firstly you have the option to Burn result to DVD. If selected, when the encoding process is finished, the burning will start automatically. Next you have to select your DVD burner drive and speed. If you leave it at Max it should be ok, but some people prefer to burn at speeds they know give the best results with their drive.
Add original files to DVD (if possible) is a selection that will literally create an ORIGINAL folder on your DVD. Inside this folder will be copies of your source file(s). This is not necessary but it can be useful if you would like to keep the source also as with all encoding processes, quality loss is inevitable. Obviously if you have a lot of files to encode and there is no space on the DVD for original files, ConvertXtoDVD won't sacrifice quality to add the original files, it will simply leave them out.
Delete folder after successful burn is self explanatory. It's useful if you are working with limited HDD space. Send burn statistics to VSO online database is an option you can select if you would like to help VSO software, although it is unnecessary and doesn't affect the burning process.
Step15. Encoding Settings
Click Settings --> Encoding. Log engine messages can be a selected option if you want to log the messages. Encoding quality/speed lets you decide between low quality, medium quality and high quality. If on high quality, it will take much longer than the lower options, but it's worth it for quality.
Next is Target Size. You can choose between DVD-5 (single layer writeable disc) or DVD-9 (dual layer writeable disc). In order to choose DVD-9 you have to have a Dual Layer burner and DVD-R DL media. DVD-5 can hold up to 4.36GB whereas DVD-9 can hold about 8.5GB. You will also see a custom option to enter value in Megabytes. To avoid errors some people like to set their encoding size to 4300MB so that you don't burn right to the very edge of the disc, which is where a lot of defects often are.
Conversion priority is all to do with Windows task priority settings. If you are to select highest, make sure you are not running other programs. TimeCritical is likewise, although I don't recommend its use. Most users should keep this at Normal (which will leave most PCs usable during the encoding process).
Step16. General Settings
Click Settings --> General. We already set a theme before for the program, but that's not all you can set in General. One of the most important things is your Working Folder. This is the folder where your DVD folder will end up when you are finished encoding (and where the folder will be burned to disc from). Flip preview is an option to simply flip the preview if you see it as upside down in the Preview window.
Check internet for updates regularly should be selected. If you have an Internet connection that is always active, this should be selected so you can keep ConvertXtoDVD up to date. When updates are found, you will be prompted. If you don't want to be altered to updates, click Do not prompt for updates.
Now that all the settings are out of the way you are ready to begin encoding. To start the conversion simply click the Convert button.
The first thing in the conversion process will be the encoding process. The program gives you the information on the estimated time remaining but it might not show up at the beginning of the process. On the status bar of the program you will see information on the current frame being encoded (although this number should be increasing very quickly).
You also see the speed at which you are encoding. In this picture its encoding at 36.8fps (1.53x) so it is encoding the movie just a small bit slower than if you were playing it back. You also see the average bitrate.
Depending on whether you selected it to automatically happen or not, you may be prompted to insert blank DVD media. As you can see you once again have the option to select the proper burner. You can select the speed at which you will burn (speed should automatically be selected based on the maximum write speed of your media). Delete folder after successful burn does exactly as it says, and should be selected if you are running on low disk space. The Volume Name of the DVD can be set to whatever you desire.
The burning will automatically begin a number of seconds after you insert blank media but you can also click Burn to start it quicker or Cancel to finish the entire process without burning (folder wont be deleted).
This is the message you should receive if the process was successful. If you didn't burn it during the process then you can simply click Action --> Burn DVD now. Of course, you can burn it with other software too if you wish.
As you see, convert a DivX to DVD or XviD to DVD with fast and easy.
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