On this page ...
to convert DivX (AVI) movie WITH and AC3 audio track to KVCD
or KSVCD using TMPGEnc?
Tip: Take a look at the K(S)VCD
Intro page for more info on the K(S)VCD
Note: you do not NEED to use the
K(S)VCD/KDVD templates, this trick works with VCD/SVCD and
DVD as well!
A common situation: you have a DivX
movie (*.avi or *.divx,
see Ripping DVD to Divx
and Downloading Movies
from the Internet for details).
Your problem: you want to playback the movie on
your DVD player that's standing in the living room and you
don't want to use the TV-out option which some computers have
(actually: it's the video card offering this option - if at
all). Optionally you want to include the SRT/SUB subtitles
as well. However when using the regular
trick, audio seems to be ignored. Most likely you're working
with an AVI that has an AC3
track in it, which TMPGEnc can't handle.
On this page we're going to deal with such AVI's.
Note: there are two version of
TMPGEnc: the "free", where MPEG2 quits working after
a 30 day trial (MPEG1 remains working), and a "Pro"
version. The "Pro" version however is not
Tip: Although we are discussing
here the conversion from DivX to MPEG, the
same tool can also be used for converting DV
(camcorder) and other AVI
Note: Converting a movie to MPEG
does NOT improve the quality! So don't expect a DivX with
a lousy quality to become excellent by converting it to DVD
Note: don't forget to read the
The required software
Software for movie
First try if you can playback the movie on your
PC using the Window Media player. If not, then we will need to install
(if not already) the Video Codec. For DivX go to the DivX
homepage . This is needed for playback. TMPGEnc uses the codec
suitable for the movie, just as it does with basically any AVI file
In order to transcode to KVCD, KSVCD or KDVD,
we will need to install the KVCD templates. See the K(S)VCD
Intro page for details.
Software for dealing
with the AC3 audio
We will deal with the AC3 separately, and need
these tools to work with it:
VirtualDub, which we use to extract
a copy of the AC3 audio to a file. VirtualDub can
be downloaded from the VirtualDub
PX3's AC3 to WAV can be found
at the WeetHet download page.
We need this tool, to convert AC3 to a regular stereo WAV
file. Installation is easy: extract the RAR file in a folder and
start the program by double clicking the PX3Convert.exe.
Software for subtitles
For this purpose I recommend using FFDShow
(although VobSub will do just fine too).
FFDShow, can be downloaded from the WeetHet
download page or from the FFDShow
Software for transcoding
Here we are at the core of our conversion process
(called "transcoding"). Download TMPGEnc
from the TMPGEnc
website. First use the trial version to see if it works the
way you expect it before buying the "Pro" version. I know
I'm convinced that this is a tool worth it's money, but make sure
you do too. Install it and run the application.
Software for determination
of the required codec's
It is not a must, but might save you some headaches:
we use GSpot
to verify that the AVI indeed has an AC3 audio track. Either get
it from the WeetHet download page or
from the GSpot
Install the software first!
Step 1: Verify that it is indeed AC3
First we should verify if the AVI indeed has an
AC3 audio track. We will use GSpot for that purpose (download it
from the Download Page).
Start GSpot (find more details on the GSpot
page) and open the AVI in GSpot.
GSpot will no analyze the AVI:
GSpot - OK, this AVI has an AC3 audio track
In this example we have an AC3 audio track! Check
out the field "Name" in the "Audio
Format" - "Codec" section.
You'll see the text"ac3 (0x2000) Dolby Laboratories,
If this is the case: continue reading :-). Either
close GSpot or analyze the next AVI file.
StEp 2: Extracting the AC3 audio
In this step we will extract the AC3 audio to
a separate file. We'll use VirtualDub for that
- although other applications out there can do this as well.
Start VirtualdDub and open the
AVI file using the menu "File" - "Open
Video File" (or press the keys CTRL+O).
Use "File" - "Save
WAV ..." to save the audio separately.
A file dialog will show, enter the desired filename,
using the ".AC3" extension. For example
VirtualDub - Saving AC3 audio
in a file
VirtualDub will now show you the progress while
saving the AC3 audio:
VirtualDub - Saving AC3 ...
This won't take long, only a few minutes tops
(depends on your PC though).
Once this dialog disappears, VirtualDub is done
making the file. Either close VirtualDub or get the next AVI file.
Step 3: Converting AC3 to WAV
We're going to use PX3's AC3 to WAV
to convert AC3 to a normal stereo WAV file.
Start PX3's AC3 to WAV (download
it from the download page).
PX3's AC3 to WAV - Convert a
AC3 track to a normal stereo WAV
This is a very easy to use tool ....
First click the button indicated by the arrow
A. A file
dialog will ask you which AC3 file to use. Select the file you just
created with VirtualDub.
Next click the button indicated by the arrow B.
Again, a file dialog will appear asking you to enter the name of
the WAV file it should generate. For example "mymoviesound.wav".
Now click the "Start convert"
button (indicated by the arrow C).
Now a window opens asking you which format to
PX3's AC3 to WAV - What codec
do you want to use for your WAV?
Please choose PCM (48.00 kHz,
16 bit stereo - as seen in the picture above).
Finally click "OK"
and PX3's AC3 to WAV will now start converting
the AC3 file to a WAV file. This won't take long either.
Once the PX3's AC3 to WAV tool
is done, you can either close it (press the "Exit"
button) or convert the next AC3 file.
Step 4: Preparing TransCoding
Transcoding means something like "converting
from one format to another".
After downloading and installing TMPGEnc,
start it. You will see a window like this (I used version 188.8.131.52
TMPGEnc starts with the Wizard - The K(S)VCD templates should
be visible now
TMPGEnc starts without the wizard
As you can see, TMPGEnc can start with or without
wizard. After a fresh install, TMPGEnc usually starts with the wizard.
We will continue working with the wizard.
Tip: In case the wizard
is not visible, choose from the "File"
menu the option "Project Wizard" (or
simply press the key combination CTRL+W).
Before we can use subtitles, we need to do some
settings in TMPGEnc. For that purpose we need to
leave the Wizard for a minute. So if you're in the Wizard right
now, click the "Cancel" button.
From the menu "Options"
choose "Environmental settings". In the
upcoming window, choose the tab "VFAPI plug in".
We will now increase the priority of the DirectShow
filters so they will be used during transcoding. This is done by
giving "DirectShow multimedia file reader"
Right click "DirectShow Multimedia
File reader" and click the option "Higher
Repeat this until "DirectShow Multimedia
File reader" is on the top of the list.
TMPGEnc: DirectShow to top priority.
Note: while working
with TMPGEnc, using an AVI that has subtitles, you will notice a
green arrow appearing in the systray (where the Windows clock can
be found - lower right corner of your screen), which indicates VobSub
FFDShow can also
be seen in the Systray (if set in the FFDShow preferences):
WHEN USING VOBSUB: if the arrow DOES not appear, then verify if
both AVI and subtitles have the same filename, for example MYMOVIE.AVI
Step 5: Select the proper format
What video format do we want?
OK, in this wizard screen we can choose our target
format. Make sure you do select the proper one. Try to avoid transcoding
NTSC to PAL and vice versa as this usually causes problems with
playback! Most DVD players support KVCD and KSVCD (See DVD
Now click the "NEXT >"
Step 6: Select Source file(s)
TMPGEnc: Which AVI do you want
At the Video field click the
"Browse..." button, and choose the AVI
you want to convert. Close the dialog (after selection) by clicking
At the Audio field click the
"Browse..." button, and choose the WAV
file we created with PX3's AC3 to WAV tool. Close
the dialog (after selection) by clicking "OK".
Note: Do NOT
copy the other settings, like "Video type",
"Field order", TMPGEnc will automatically
enter data into these fields!
Click "Next >" again.
Step 7: Filter settings
Leave this page as it is and click "Next
of the checkboxes (except "Enable this Wizard at start
up") are checked!
Step 8: Resolution
This step is a bit more complicated, so please
pay attention here!
Make sure you select the proper resolution
as recommended in the K(S)VCD Intro
K(S)VCD Resolution: Select a
Click "Next >".
Step 9: Output File
In the next window, we select the
"Output file:", the filename of the transcoded
movie. Either enter it manually or click "Browse...".
Output filename: enter name
the checkmark at "Start encoding immediately".
Finally click "OK".
Step 10: Ready to go?
The next screen:
TMPGEnc: Can we start transcoding?
sure you check "System (Video+Audio)" !!!!!!
Final Step: Start transcoding
This is simple: Click the "Start"
button and wait hours ... (Usually 1 hour of video takes between
1 and 2 hours transcoding - depending on your PC!).
As soon as TMPGEnc starts transcoding, you will
see again the green VobSub arrow in the SysTray:
FFDShow can optionally
be seen in the Systray as well. This depends on the FFDShow settings!
VOBSUB ONLY: if the arrow DOES not appear, then verify if both AVI
and subtitles have the same filename, for example MYMOVIE.AVI
Burning a K(S)VCD
After the transcoding process you can use Nero
(or similar (S)VCD capable application) to burn the CD.
Note: you might want
to check the result, as sometimes audio and video tend to run out
Express will not work properly as it will try to transcode the MPEG
video again!!! Try to switch
to the normal Nero interface!
Make sure to UNCHECK "Create standard Compliant CD"!!!!!