WMV3 avi files to divx or xvid

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i’ve got a bunch of these wierdo avi files encoded with WMV3 and i want to rip them to something better like divx or xvid. my main reason is because one of the files is a little out of sync and choppy at certain parts. i was planning on using a video fixer on it, but nothing is compatible with WMV3 encoded avi files(who friggin encoded these things damn) i’ve tried using vdub and vdubmod to save them with divx or xvid compression and this is how it went:

i had ffdshow installed and when i tried to open one of these files with vdub it gave me an error, i had to go to microsoft and install the wmv9 codec before vdub would open the file(which is wierd cuz i could watch it just fine with winamp, wmp, etc.). now i want to take the file and save it with a divx compression, but when i got to video --> compression it doenst show my divx or xvid codecs in the list of codecs that i can use, which isn’t right because i have ffdshow installed. anybody know what the problem is?

i’d also appreciate any advice on what settings i should use when saving the file so that i dont loose any quality. thanx alot ;) reply

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03-07-2005 09:54 PM
slinky2004

>> i had to go to microsoft and install the wmv9 codec before vdub would open the file(which is wierd cuz i could watch it just fine with winamp, wmp, etc.)
The VCM package is required for any editing of windows media video 9 in an avi container.

>> but when i got to video --> compression it doenst show my divx or xvid codecs in the list of codecs that i can use
I’m not very familiar with ffdshow, but I recall divx 5.2 had that problem when people updated to windows xp service pack 2. A fix was released in version 5.2.1. My best recommendation would be to grab the latest versions of divx and xvid.
http://www.divx.com/divx/download
http://www.koepi.org/xvid.shtml

>> i’d also appreciate any advice on what settings i should use when saving the file so that i dont loose any quality.
Usually recompression is a lossy process. You could always pick top quality settings so there is minimal *further* loss, but that tends to make files large. A better solution would be to fiddle with the settings until you find an appropriate size/quality tradeoff. For a primer on settings, look up the xvid and divx guides.
http://nic.dnsalias.com/XviD_Options_Explained.pdf
http://www.divx.com/divx/divxpro/guides/ (I know the link says divxpro, but it applies to regular divx just fine)
I particularly recommend learning how to do multiple-pass encoding. reply

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03-08-2005 03:52 PM
anonymous
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ffdshow is only for decoding (showing videos) and not for encoding (making videos). reply

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05-03-2005 07:07 AM
anon

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