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Lefty
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6:33 pm, Mar 14 2007
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Well I finally was able to get ahold of the nero recode jawn. I downloaded Hajime no Ippo and Full Metal Alchemist (both of which I've seen before). I want to know how I could recode with them into a regular dvd format because my dvd player only supports DVDs without DivX and I think a PS2 also. Does anyone know the answer to this?

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I have no experience making dvds, but all I've seen is software (that you have to buy). I think the DVD encoding codec is proprietary, so it's not free.

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You can check out www.vso-software.fr, they sell and also have free trial downloads of the programs I use when I want to burn anime onto DVDs. It's such a difference watching something especially like Initial D on big screen surround sound compared to my computer/headphones. It's especially great if you have a bunch of anime geek friends so you can get together and have a marathon or something.

If you do get the software and you end up with a problem, get Avidemux at www.avidemux.org, that should fix all your problems.

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I don't recommend making DVD video out of your anime, it is slow and frustrating. This is especially difficult if you have separate subtitle files (as opposed to it being permanently on the video image), because so few free (and store-bought) programs support them. I'd highly recommended just getting a video card for your computer that can output video to your TV.

If you really want to try it though, here are some suggestions:

For $50:
Nero: This is by far the easiest solution. Brain-dead easy to convert, create menus and whatnot.

For free:
Avi2Dvd: Believe it or not (you'll see what I mean), this is by far the easiest of the free stuff. It automates every step including video/audio conversion, chapters, subtitles, and it has a menu creation feature I have yet to try. Some warnings, (1): to put multiple episodes on one dvd, you need to rename your video to end with CD and a number for what order it is in (example: FMA CD1.avi, FMA CD2.avi, etc), no extra spaces or zeros. Just load the first video and if the other videos are in the same folder it will automatically combine those with the first. This works similarly for subtitles (example fullmetalalchemist Cd1.srt). (2) If subtitles not embedded directly on the video, then they must be extracted from video files before loading them into Avi2Dvd, I recommend the "DSM converter" within Media Player Classic for this. (3) Avi2Dvd is whiny. It might not like your file for the silliest most-non-understandable reasons. So keep things simple. Avi's will make your life easier.

SUPER: It converts anything to anything else. No frills but it gets the job done, and it rarely has unexplained errors. There is no subtitle or menu support, and you'll need to find a program to create the dvd menu structure if you use this. I put this on here simply because it is a non-headache-inducing program that always does what it says.

Good luck, and remember: even if you successfully create the DVDs, that doesn't mean it will work in your DVD player. DVD players are very, very stupid.
If you need more help with Avi2Dvd go here or here.

Everything I know I learned from here: http://www.videohelp.com/

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o wow i went on tht site too! i was converting mkv files to avi files so i could split them to put onto youtube. great site tht is smile

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I actually spend *LOTS* of time recoding my stuff and authoring DVD's, so if you have specific questions after reading through this, feel free to ask.

All of the programs I use can be found through http://videohelp.com or http://doom9.net and these sites have lots of good links and info on this subject.
If you can download anime, you can figure out how to get cracks for the programs just like I did. Oh - and don't sue me! I'm very poor and don't have a job, nor do I make any profit from my hours - sometimes days of work!


Depending on the file format you'll need to first get the video ready for encoding.

If it's an mkv or ogg/ogm file you'll need to demultiplex it by using MKVExtractGUI or OGMDemuxer. This will give you three or four streams - video, audio (ENG and JAP), and subtitles.

I use GoldWave to batch convert the audio streams to AC3 and then I like to edit my subtitles (like fixing spelling mistakes, changing font, font color, or where it is displayed on video) with Subtitle Workshop.

If you already have an avi file, you may be able to use it as is, but seeing as most fansubbing groups put the subs so far to the bottom of the screen, you'll probably need to use FitCD to pad the video. Then you need to recode the video file to make it the right format for DVD. This applies to whatever format the video was originally in.

I like TMPGEnc 3.0 for this, and if you can't get FitCD to work, you can change the aspect ratio manually with this program. It takes a long ass time to encode video, and I suggest you output each file separately, and if you have a low amount of system memory, do one file at a time.

Once your video is encoded you can use a DVD authoring program - I suggest TMPGEnc DVD author or, if you can get it, DVD Lab Pro works really good. In these programs you add back all the streams (if they were separate) and create menus and such. Then you just need a burning program like Nero to put it all back together again and burn a DVD.

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6:30 pm, Apr 16 2007
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My fairly-quick and relatively-painless way to make DVDs out of compressed files is:

1) if it's an AVI, open ConvertXtoDVD, and open the file there. If there's a softsub file, open that, too. Make sure your preferences are set for your TV, then hit create. In the worst case scenario, you might have to convert the subtitle file to one ConvertXtoDVD likes.

2) if it's an MKV, use mkvextractgui (I like the older v5.5 because you can select some but not all of the streams for demux) to pull out the subtitle files, then open the mkv in ConvertXtoDVD as before. Open the sub files. ConvertX recognizes multiple audio streams fine, and is supposed to (but usually doesn't) manage some types of embedded subtitles.

I've also got Nero Recode and Nero Vision, and both have their uses, but there are some weaknesses that really hurt someone with subtitles. Convert X also uses your installed codecs instead of its own (Nero has its own) which means that the converted file will look exactly as good as it did in playback - no surprises.

I really like the Core x264 codec for the PIII laptop I commonly do conversions on. It's light and efficient, if not quite as accurate as the slow decoder in FFDshow.


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