If you are a lucky owner of a Philips DVD+RW recorder you can transcode
your own recorded DVDs to SVCD with DVDx very easily. In this guide we will
demonstrate how you can transcode your DVDs with CCE using dual pass encoding.
It demonstrates some features of the plugin that allows you to export
the audio+video to CCE SP 2.62 and cut the MPEG at the right size automatically
after encoding. So converting your DVD into 2 or 3 CD SVCD is now one automated
process with no manual post processing. Although DVDx does not support YUV
export it is still a fast way to transcode your DVD. If you want to achieve
the extra 33% of encoding speed by using YUV please use XMPEG (new
version of Flask)
The main advantages of dual-pass encoding are:
-gain in encoding efficiency (the encoder knowns in advance what he is
going to code)
-you can specify the exact bitrate (you can fill e.g. 2 80m CD-R completely.
I highly recommend that you test first say 30sec before you start
with a whole DVD.
1) Open your DVD in DVDx and select an output file e.g. none.mpg. Note
that this file will not be written to disk.
2) Go to Setting->Output Setting in the in the top bar
of DVDx. This will display the menu shown below. Select the number of
frames that you want to encode. If you want to encode the whole DVD press
the Whole button. DVDx will fill in the number of frames in the edit box
below the button. Lower this number by e.g. 250 frames. (This due
the 99% Bug of DVDx v1.6). Because we are going to use dual-pass
encoding please enable the Multi PASS setting of DVDx.
3) Select the Video Server from the the list, and
click on the Plugin Setting Button. This will bring op the settings
menu of the plugin. If this is the first time that you use DVDx
with this plugin you will get CRC error of the settings as shown
below. This is normal, just click on O.K. After that, fill in the
settings in the menu that are given below.
4) Go back to the main window of DVDx and press Encode.
Now the plugin will create the IPCserver.AVI and start server.
Do NOT close this window
5) If you look carefully, you will see the small window
of the bitrate calculator. This calculator calculates the avg bitrate
to fill your selected number of discs. If you select to cut for 80m discs
in the settings menu of the plugin, the bitrate calculator assumes that
you are using 80min CDR discs. After you fill in number of discs
and audio bitrate that you are going to use, you can write down
the calculated avg bitate. You can close this window when you write
down the avg bitrate.
6) Start CCE and press on the right mouse button inside
the window. The will pop-up the add button, and add the IPCserver.AVI
file that is generated by the plugin.
7) Now you can see how long the selection is that you are
going to export with DVDx. Select the IPCserver.AVI and press the
most right mouse button. This will bring up the encoding parameters for
the audio and video.
8) Enter avg bitrate in the bitrate setting in the
new window. Beware of the dot. Although you can code the stream with a
maximum of 2400kb/s you can better use 2300kb/s for safety. I had
some problems with muxing a 2400kb/s as max bitrate on difficult streams.
Please check if the setting are accepted, as CCE is a bit picky on this
point. Note that the number of passes is always 1 pass higher that
the number that you enter there. (So in this case 1+1=2 passes).
9) Secondly press in the Video button and enter
the following setting.
9) Press O.K. to go back to the Encode Settings menu.
Click on the Audio Button and enter the following setting. Please note
that it is mandatory to enable CRC for SVCD. Depending on the material
you can use Stereo or Joint Stereo audio encoding. A bitrate
between 160kb/s and 224kb/s give a good audio quality.
10) So, you are set and ready to encode your SVCD. You can
start the encoding process by clicking on the Encode button of
the main menu of CCE. During the first pass the encoder will create the
IPCServer.vaf file (all kind of information of the video) and the
second pass the encoder does the actual encoding of the video and audio.
In the last pass the IPCserver.mpv and IPCServer.mpa are
created. When the encoder if finished with the encoding, the plugin starts
timing out and starts the multiplexor with cutter. When the streams are
multiplexed you have 2 or 3 MPEG streams ready to drag into e.g. NERO.
For your convenience a muxerlog.txt file is written on c:\ that enables
you to check the multiplexing and cutting process. It is highly recommend
that you check this file wetter errors accord in the process before writing
the MPEG files to CD-R.