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Old 6th June 2007, 13:20   #1  |  Link
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AVStoDVD Support Thread

Hi all!

Finally I have decided to share my little and very simple "creature". After some months of (very modest) programming and debugging, now I am ready to give AVStoDVD to Doom9 community. My hope is to help AVStoDVD to grow and, why not, help somebody with a very simple and easy-to-use tool.

What is AVStoDVD?

AVStoDVD is a flexible tool to convert various media formats to DVD compliant streams and burn them into a highly compatible single track (from release 1.0.0 to 1.2.3) or multi tracks (since release 2.0.0) DVD with menu creation capability (since release 2.1.0) and multi audio track support (since release 2.3.0).

Features:
- Video and Audio editing using AviSynth
- Video encoding using QuEnc/HCEnc/ReJig/FFmpeg
- Audio encoding using QuEnc/FFmpeg/Wavi/Aften
- Video/Audio muxing using ImagoMPEG-Muxer
- Subtitles encoding using SubtitlesCreator
- DVD Authoring using MuxMan/BatchMux
- ISO Image Building and DVD Burning using ImgBurn
- Internal DVD Menu Editor with customizable menus

Why AVStoDVD?

Because I find very difficult to remember all the scripts and cmd line switches needed by AviSynth, QuEnc, HCenc, MuxMan, etc.
AVStoDVD is basically a friendly GUI with very few buttons to click to quickly produce a DVD from a single A/V file.

Why another one-click solution?

Why not?

Where is AVStoDVD?

You can find the Win32 exe installer and the source code (VB6) on SourceForge.net: AVStoDVD @ SourceForge

What are the hardware requirements?

- 1 GHz CPU or more
- 10GB Hard Disk or more
- DVD Burner

What are the software requirements?

- Microsoft Windows 2000/XP/Vista (runs with Windows 95/98/Me but 100% functionality is not guaranteed)
- Microsoft DirectX 9.0 or higher
- AviSynth 2.5.7 or higher - included in the installer
- DirectShow codecs/filters needed to play media files to convert (I suggest FFDShow)
Since AVStoDVD is programmed in VB6, it does not need .NET Framework to run, and all needed DLLs and OCXs are provided with the installer package.

Please, write your impressions, suggestions and bug reports here on Doom9 forum. I really need them! Since I am not a professional software writer, please do not hit me too hard and be patient if I do not reply in real-time.



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Old 7th June 2007, 09:25   #2  |  Link
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I tried out your new program, it installs and runs well on my Xp system. A couple of comments though, the avi I tried it on (DivX, 25fps 104min long) was going to take 3hr 40min to do the encoding phase, set to High Quality 1pass CBR. The same file only 21 min to do the encoding part using DVD2SVCD with CCE 2.70. Any chance of supporting CCE as an option ?

The final encode also had the DIVX Symbol in bottom right of the picture for the few seconds, I dont get that with any other avi to dvd converter I've tried. I know I can turn it off in the DivX Configuration, but I prefer it to be there for playback of the avi.

The audio was originally MP3 22khz and converted fine but volume level was very low. DVD2SVCD choked on this audio track completely and had to convert manually.
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I tried out your new program, it installs and runs well on my Xp system. A couple of comments though, the avi I tried it on (DivX, 25fps 104min long) was going to take 3hr 40min to do the encoding phase, set to High Quality 1pass CBR. The same file only 21 min to do the encoding part using DVD2SVCD with CCE 2.70. Any chance of supporting CCE as an option ?
Good suggestion, I have never thought about CCE/HC support but can be an improvement. However more than 3hrs for a 104min DivX is really too much. With my old P4 Northwood 2.4GHz QuEnc usually encodes at 20/25 fps. Can you post or mail me the log file, if you saved it?

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The final encode also had the DIVX Symbol in bottom right of the picture for the few seconds, I dont get that with any other avi to dvd converter I've tried. I know I can turn it off in the DivX Configuration, but I prefer it to be there for playback of the avi.
That's because AVStoDVD uses DirectShowSource() as default file input, instead of using AviSource() in the AVS script. Reason is higher compatibility.

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The audio was originally MP3 22khz and converted fine but volume level was very low. DVD2SVCD choked on this audio track completely and had to convert manually.
If you use a audio DirectShow codec like ffdshow, you can modify the volume by the decoder configuration utility.
Alternatively you can edit the AVS script and insert the AmplifydB() function to the audio stream.

Thanks a lot for testing AVStoDVD beta! Your job is very very appreciated!



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Old 7th June 2007, 16:56   #4  |  Link
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I stopped the encoding real early as at 3hr+ to encode, I didnt have the time. It was running around 15fps and I have a E6600 Core2 Duo.

Here is the Log file, I just edited out my file name:

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START LOG OPERATIONS: 7/06/2007 5:51:11 PM

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AVStoDVD PROJECT SETTINGS:

Source Video file: H:\xxxxxxx.AVI
Source Audio file: H:\xxxxxxx.AVI
DVD Video Format: PAL
DVD Video Aspect Ratio: 16:9
MPEG2 Encoding Options: High Quality (HQ, 1 pass, CBR)
DVD Video BitRate: 5593 (5593) kbps
DVD Audio Format: AC3
DVD Audio BitRate: 192 kbps
DVD Audio Language: EN - English
DVD Chapters Interval: 5 min
Delete temp process files: No
Save Log file: Yes
Shutdown system when process complete: No
Output Folder: G:\TEMP09
DVD Output Setup: DVD Folder

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SOURCE FILES

Video: H:\xxxxxx.AVI
Info: AVI (DivX 5) - 958 kbps - 720x392 - 16:9 - 25 fps - 1:44:43 hours - 157078 frames

Audio: H:\xxxxxx.AVI
Info: AVI (MPEG-2 Audio layer 3) - 96 kbps - CBR - 22050Hz - 2ch - 1:44:43 hours

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AVISYNTH SCRIPT

Video = DirectShowSource("H:\xxxxxx.AVI")
Audio = DirectShowSource("H:\xxxxxx.AVI")
AudioDub(Video, Audio)
ConvertToYV12
LanczosResize(720,392,0,0.5)
AddBorders(0,7,0,7)
LanczosResize(720,576,0,0.5)
SSRC(48000)

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END VIDEO ENCODING OPERATIONS: 7/06/2007 5:57:03 PM

Created File: G:\TEMP09\xxxxxx_AVStoDVD.m2v (113375363 Byte)

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END AUDIO ENCODING OPERATIONS: 7/06/2007 6:03:56 PM

Created File: G:\TEMP09\xxxxxx_AVStoDVD.ac3 (150806784 Byte)

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END VIDEO/AUDIO MUXING OPERATIONS: 7/06/2007 6:04:12 PM

Created File: G:\TEMP09\xxxxxx_AVStoDVD.mpg (268869632 Byte)

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END DVD AUTHORING OPERATIONS: 7/06/2007 6:04:17 PM

Created Folder: G:\TEMP09\xxxxxx_AVStoDVD

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END LOG OPERATIONS: 7/06/2007 6:04:17 PM

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Maybe your PC was running some other application meanwhile? I have set QuEnc priority level to "idle".



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Absolutely no other apps running at the time. I just checked with another avi, an NTSC 23.976 also about 100min long and with AC3 audio (so no audio conversion was happening), it also was to take 3hr+ to encode and getting around 13-14fps. I checked my CPU usage at the time and QuEnc was running at 50% (one CPU at 90% and second at 10%) as expected since its not Dual core aware.

The above avi was NTSC 23.976 but because hidden in the settings, it was set to PAL, it was encoded to PAL which is not what I wanted. Wouldnt it be simpler to encode to the format of the original avi but allowing it to be changed if required ?
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QuEnc's speed problem is very strange: a friend of mine with same CPU as yours, reports to encode at 32/35 fps with same CPU usage.... Try using ffdshow with default options instead of DivX/XviD as DirectShow codec, if you will.

The option to automatically switch (or ask the user) to source video format (PAL/NTSC) is another good "ToDo" point.

What do you think about the GUI? Is it user-friendly enough? Any suggestions how to improve it?

Tnx again



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I prefer not to install ffdshow as always in the past it has always screwed up my system. Using CCE I currently get 100 to 125 fps with D2S so reluctant to screw that up in any way, but may try later on a standalone install of XP.

GUI looks good for me, but personally I don't take much heed in looks, its functionality I'm more concerned with.

One more little request, can we have a bit-rate of 224 included for AC3. For 2 channel AC3, the most commonly used bitrate you will find on commercial dvd's is 192 & 224.
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One more little request, can we have a bit-rate of 224 included for AC3. For 2 channel AC3, the most commonly used bitrate you will find on commercial dvd's is 192 & 224.
Ops, just missed it!



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any chance of subtitle support in the future?
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any chance of subtitle support in the future?
As a matter of fact I have not yet explore this "world", but I will. Before including it, I want to be sure that the user-friendly GUI will not be heavily impacted.

Did you tried it? Did it work? How are your impressions?



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I tried a small avi i had.came out ok. I like the gui nice. I think the option to choose encoders would be great, cce or hc, and maybe be able to add multiple files instead of just one.
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another vote for CCE support from me too if possible (preferably with the RoBa method for encoding)
i'm currently looking to see if i can find something to replace DVD2SVCD, since it refuses to work with 4GB of mem installed
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+1 for roba, cce and subs, and a separate window for batch sounds good too me.

Havent tried it yet, but it looks very promising
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a separate window for batch sounds good too me too
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Hi MrC, congratulations for your new project and hopes that you get all the success with him...

Now, this could sound like i'm a total newbie but the fact is i've tryied to run it on my Windows Vista Ultimate and the instalation went well, the problem is that i just don't know how to add the input files(avi,divx or xvid files) because i only see the path to add audio files...
The interface application program is very easy and i have a bit of experience in programs like this but the fact is that with this one it seems so far a bit complicated ,ehehehehehehe....
So if you could give some help on this i apreciate in order to give you my impressions about your "monster", lol...

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Support to other MPEG2 encoders and batch encoding are coming with beta 4. Subtitle support is a bit delayed.

@chaparral

Thanks for testing AVStoDVD on Vista. Very appreciated because I cannot do it.
The problem you are reporting (cannot load the video stream) is very strange. To load a video or video/audio stream you have only to hit the button circled in red in the below picture.

AVStoDVD Main Window

You can also hit F1 to open AVStoDVD Help and have more explanations.



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Support to other MPEG2 encoders and batch encoding are coming with beta 4. Subtitle support is a bit delayed.

@chaparral

Thanks for testing AVStoDVD on Vista. Very appreciated because I cannot do it.
The problem you are reporting (cannot load the video stream) is very strange. To load a video or video/audio stream you have only to hit the button circled in red in the below picture.

AVStoDVD Main Window

You can also hit F1 to open AVStoDVD Help and have more explanations.



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Hi, MrC, in fact your screenshot shows the video stream path but in my av2dvd that doesn't appear as you can see for my screenshot bellow..

http://img230.imageshack.us/my.php?i...dvderroxu0.jpg

So, i dont understand why this happens...

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I guess the reason is the Vista Desktop Theme setup: look at the toolbar icons width, they are larger than in XP, so the "single" toolbar row become "double", overwriting the Video Source textbox and button....

I hate M$...

In the next release I will reduce the toolbar icons width to a "Vista-proof" value...



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I am doing some investigation how to add CCE support to AVStoDVD. Please correct me if I make any mistakes:

- there is no way to feed CCE with a complete set of command line arguments
- there is the possibility to feed CCE with a .ecl file, that is basically a text file containing the project setup
- there are a lot of CCE Trial bundle type (SP, SP2, Basic): can they all be feeded by the same .ecl file or are there any differences?
- is there any particular CCE Trial bundle that I should select?

Thanks for your help



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