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Old 12-17-2003, 01:49 AM   #1
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Trying to convert xvid or divx to SVCD


I'm trying to use avidemux (avidemux2) to create an SVCD from an .avi file I have (which is xvid).

I haven't been able to locate any documentation on how to do this.. can someone step me through the process?

My best guess is that I open up the avi file, select my video codec (SVCD), select my audio codec (not sure which one), and then hit the save button.. save it as movie.mpg and then let avidemux do it's magic.

The resulting file doesn't have any sound. I've tried the different audio codecs ( Uncompressed, FFMpeg mpeg audio FFMpeg AC3 2 Channels, and Lame MP3) with the same results..

Anyways, im not sure if i have it set up correctly, or if I'm doing something wrong. I'm sure someone has converted an avi file to svcd before, any direction appreciated.

Thanks alot!

Old 12-17-2003, 06:58 AM   #2
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when encoding (s)vcds you rip the sound and video out of the avi file the video file you get after using avidemux will more so be a *.m2v file (without audio) then you, if you choose, use avidemux to extract audio from the avi file, and get for example an *.mpa or mp2 file...
once you have both extracted you will then use something like mplex or tcmplex to multplex the files together to get the *.mpg file...
once this step is complete then you can either a) use vcdimager to make a bin/cue file and then something like k3b to burn the bin/cue, or you can get a program such as arson that will accept the mpeg file as is, without converting to bin/cue and burn the svcd for you....

i will tell you from my own personal experience, i would suggest using command line for everything...example.
use transcode to extract audio/video from *.avi file with one command...
then use mplex to squish them back together to get your *.mpeg
then i personally like loading the mpeg into arson to burn them...
if you would like to try this way then say so, and when i get home later i will give you some example commands to play with...
but in any case, and if your by chance one of those people that are scared of the command line, then there is a frontend for these tools and its called kavi2svcd.

one more thing i will say is, again from personal experience, i found that there was always audio/video out of sync issues when using avidemux, which is annoying, and obvioiusly not the outcome you if you stick with the tools i mentioned above, you'll probably have more success....
BUT, do try avidemux first like you already are doing, and see if you have success with it, and if you do, and if you like it, then stick with it...
and you are on the right track with it, so when you do it, load up avi, click the v filter and select svcd if thats what you want, then click v process, and then start the process...same goes for audio..(after you do video) click Afilter, select what you want...and then Acodec if you want to make changes there, and then click Aprocess...then file save audio, and if you do this i recommend use lame or something similiar, and then you will then have to go to file->pipe audio->SELECTencoder where that would be lame or toolame or whatever....
then your work is done with avidemux, and you will have to use something like mplex to make the mpeg..

so anyways, see what you get from this post, it seems like i was typing for a bit, so i am not sure what i have written up there ;-) anyways good luck!

Last edited by DrOzz; 12-17-2003 at 07:00 AM.
Old 12-17-2003, 12:40 PM   #3
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Wow, great reply, THANKS!

Yes I would like to try transcode mplex and arson. I'll see if i can find and download them, and I will await your reply on the command lines to use.

Old 12-17-2003, 03:54 PM   #4
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check that out for help with transcode


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