Joining 2 part DivX/XviD files together.

You can skip this step if you don't have a movie that comes in two parts. There are many programs that can join DivX/XviD movie files together. If your DivX/XviD movie has come in two separate parts, then you will need to join it together first before you can use it with DVD2SVCD. I will now show you how to do this with VirtualDUB 1.60.

Step 1. Open First DivX/XviD file.

Click File --> Open Video File, then browse to the location of your DivX files and open the first file.

Step 2. Move To Last Frame.

Click and hold on the slider bar at the end of the VirtualDUB program, then drag it to the very last frame of the video stream. Make sure its the last frame, keep hitting the right direction key to make sure it can go no further.

Step 3. Append AVI Segment.

Here is where you have to add on the second half of the movie. With the slider bar at the very last frame of the first file, click File --> Append AVI Segment. The second half of the movie should now be pasted after the last frame of the first half.

Step 4. Direct Stream Copy.

Here is where we have to make sure that VirtualDUB doesn't encode any of the streams. Click Video --> Direct Stream Copy. Also click Audio and make sure its set to Source Audio and also Direct Stream Copy.

Step 5. Save As AVI.

Last thing left to do is save the file. Click File --> Save As AVI and choose a location to save. Before you then proceed to delete the other two files that you had, make sure your movie stays in sync the whole way through and also make sure that it merged correctly. You can now use this file with DVD2SVCD.

Getting Information from your DivX file.

Now that you should only have one file with your movie in it, we will use either AviCodec or GSpot to gather information we may need later on. I suggest AviCodec is used to anybody who has used neither program before. We are looking for the Resolution, Framerate (fps), Aspect Ratio and audio format. The Aspect Ratio may be tricky to pick out. There are three main aspect Ratio's, (4:3 Full Screen, Academy Standard), 1.85:1 (16:9, first known as Academy Flat) and 2.35:1 (16:9 Anamorphic Scope/Cinemascope). Neither program here will give you the exact Aspect ratio, but whichever figure is closest, use one of the mentioned Aspect Ratios instead of it. If you do not get a figure close enough to decide which Aspect Ratio the file is, don't worry about, just continue with the guide.

Using AviCodec.

Open AviCodec and click the Select button. Browse for your movie file and open it. You can also drag the movie file over AviCodec to see details. You have to note down some of the details it gives you for use later. In this example, the main things to note are that the audio is 2CH AC3 audio, the resolution is 640x272 with an aspect ratio of 2.21:1 and the video runs at 23.976fps. The Aspect Ratio of 2.21:1 indicates that the real aspect ratio of our movie was 2.35:1 as its the closest to the main Aspect Ratios I mentioned earlier. The 23.976 fps indicates this is an NTSC file. If the framerate is 25fps then you have a PAL file and if it is 29.976fps, its NTSC. If you have a low framerate such as 15fps, I highly recommend you do not waste a DVDR on it and can't guarantee the conversion will go successfully. Note down the resolution (and aspect ratio) that you get and the audio format. You are now ready to use DVD2SVCD.

Using GSpot.

First of all, I'd like to point out that the image you can see with this text has been edited by me. I just cut the audio part and put it under the video details that we need so when you look at your GSpot window, it will not look like the image, but you will be able to find all the details you need. Click File --> Open (or CTRL + O) and open your movie file. Now search for details. Looking at the example I have given, the audio is 2CH AC3 audio. The framerate is 23.976fps and the FAR and DAR values tell us that we have an aspect ratio of 2.35:1 (or a video that is 2.35 times wider than it is high). The actual value it gave was 2.353, which is closest to 2.35:1 as I mentioned earlier. The resolution GSpot gives us here is 640x272. The 23.976fps indicates that the file is NTSC. If you have a 25fps file, it is PAL and if you have a 29.976fps file, it is NTSC also. When you check your file, note down somewhere, the resolution, audio format, aspect ratio and framerate (fps). You will need these values later on. You are now ready to use DVD2SVCD.

Table of Contents

  1. 1. Inroduction & Requirements
  2. 2. Merge files and get information
  3. 3. Setup DVD2SVCD and begin conversion
  4. 4. Burn DVD with Nero Burning Rom
Written by: James Delahunty