In this guide you will learn how to convert your DivX movies to DVDR (also works with XviD movies). We will use the standard methods with DVD2SVCD to do this. Since DVD2SVCD we will be using CCE SP 2.50 as an external encoder. DVD2SVCD will do most of the work itself, including audio encoding (using BeSweet) so this method is very easy. This D2SRoBa method can create quality similar to 4 or 5 pass CCE quality in just one pass so it comes highly recommended.
How good is the quality?
First of all, one major factor in the output quality is the quality of the input DivX file. If your input DivX file is low resolution and low birate then I suggest you think about converting to to VCD or SVCD instead of wasting a DVDR. CCE SP produces very high quality compared to other encoders. The audio quality will be pretty high after BeSweet processes it. However, if your DivX file(s) has AC3 audio, then you can use the source AC3 audio on the DVD. If your DivX comes in two separate parts, you will have to merge them together to create one file, I will show you how to do that with VirtualDUB.
What exactly are we aiming for?
In this guide we are aiming to create an auto-starting DVD with no Menu and fixed chapters. If you want to author your DVD using another program like TMPGEnc DVD Author or DVD-Lab, that is fine, you will find the encoded video and encoded audio in the folder you choose DVD2SVCD to output all the files to. First however, we must merge your two DivX files together if you have two, and then find some details on the files we need to make a proper conversion.
Software used in this Guide.
DivX codec(WinXP) - Needed first to play your DivX files.
XviD Codec - Needed if your input file is XviD.
AC3 Filters - This depends whether your DivX/XviD file(s) have AC3 audio, but even if they don't, installation is recommended.
DVD2SVCD - This guide uses Ver. 1.2.2 build 3.
VirtualDUB - Needed to merge two DivX files together.
AviCodec OR GSpot - Needed to get Information from your DivX file.
CCE SP 2.50 - For Video Encoding
Nero Burning Rom - Application to burn to DVD-R.
Things to Remember.
While Installing DVD2SVCD you will be asked if you wish to install D2SRoBa, so make sure you do install it. If you are running anything up to Windows ME, using a FAT32 file system, then this conversion may not work, unless you make sure all output files are less than 4GB. Also disable anything that may run during the encoding process such as a Screen Saver, Scheduled Task or Scheduled virus scan. These processes will only slow down your encoding time. Well with this in mind, let's move onto the first steps which are merging DivX files and getting needed information on them. You will need about 25GB at least free on your HDD to do this conversion correctly.
Written by: James Delahunty