How to copy and convert movies


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TOOLS:  Latest VirtualDub, TMPGEnc, and VCDEASY

This guide describes a perfect DivX -> VCD conversion. Including audio extraction to keep the audio synched when converting usually caused by Variable Audio Bitrate, splitting and burning. For this guide I used the movie "Ghost in the Shell" which I ripped to a 600mb big DivX file and it is about 80 minutes long.


  1. Start Virtualdub. Open your video File->Open video file.(if you get any warnings just ignore them because you won't edit the video just extract the audio)
    Select File->File Information and note the fps as the video source fps because you will need it later. 29,970 fps is the video source fps(frames/s) in this case.




Select under Audio->Full processing mode.
Select Audio->Compression and select <No compression (PCM)>


Select Audio->Conversion.
Change the the Sampling rate to 44100Hz if you are going to make VCD or SVCD MPEGs


Save the wav by clicking on File->Save WAV...the wav will be a huge audio uncompressed video file(about 10 MB/minute so for this 80 min movie a 800 MB wav file).




     Start TMPEnc. Press Cancel if the Project Wizard comes.

Press Browse..and select the DivX file (in this case Ghost in the Shell.avi) as Video Source Input

Now you press the Browse button for choosing the Audio source input and use the saved wav file.



Press load and load the file which in the Template directory of TMPGenc.
If the video source fps is 29,970 load VideoCD (NTSC).mcf
If the video source fps is 23,970 load VideoCD (NTSCFilm).mcf
If the video source fps is 25,000 load VideoCD (PAL).mcf
If the video source fps is anything else else just load NTSC if you live in US or Japan and PAL if you live anywhere else.

Note if you live in US or Japan and get problem playing PAL, often causing black and white TV playback problems, then first check if you can change to PAL on your TV or DVD Player if not then instead convert it to NTSC by loading the VideoCD(NTSC) template.

Note if you live Europe and the rest of the world and get problem playing NTSC or NTSCFilm, often causing black and white TV playback problems, then first check if you can change to PAL on your TV or DVD Player if not convert it to PAL by loading the VideoCD(Pal) template.


Press Settings and choose Advanced. There you active the point Source range and double-click on it with the mouse.


In the next dialog you can choose the source range. This process depends on the DivX file. If the DivX file is less than 80min (for a 80min/700mb CDR) then you do not have to split the file to two CDs. Also if the DivX file is already in two parts you have just to convert the first file and then the second. But if there should be the case that the movie is in one file over 80minutes long then it is necessary to select the source range. In this new dialog you put the horizontal scrollbar to the middle of the selection so that you will get the same length on the first CD as on the second. After you selected the middle do you have press Set end frame. A new value should be under End Frame. This value you should notice somewhere for the encoding of the second part. Of course the start frame must be 0.


  1. After pressing ok, you only have to select the output file name. I prefer the movie name with the CD number (e.g. Ghost in the Shell CD1) for the burning.
    Now encode the file by pressing the Start-Button.
    If you only want to burn the movie on one CD jump to the burning guide else follow the next points.

  2. Repeat the third, forth and fifth point. In the source range dialog you now use as Start frame the noticed value and move with the horizontal scrollbar to the end of the movie.
    After pressing Set end frame, press two times OK.

  3. Now select the output filename for the second file. (e.g. Ghost in the Shell CD2) and encode it.
    After the encoding is done and you did all right, you should have for every CD a file.
  4. Burning:

    1. Install VCDEasy and launch it.
    2. First we need to configure to burning. Select Settings and select CDRDAO Integration and now you have to restart VCDEasy.


Select VideoCD type VCD 2.0 if making VCD.
Select your CD Writer

Name of the CD Volume Label.
Select Browse to choose where to make the temporarily output you need about 800 MB free harddrive space.
Add the first encoded file (In this case Ghost in the Shell CD1.mpg)
Hit Go for burning.


  1. Repeat this and burn the second file (Ghost in the Shell CD2.mpg).


How To Make A VCD with Nero 5.5+                               

You can fit 740 MB on a 74 min CD and 800 MB on a 80 min CD on a VCD!

Tools: Get Nero 5.5+   demo is here.

Launch Nero.Close the Wizard. Select File->New.
1. Select VideoCD
2. Select PAL or NTSC depending what format your source MPEG is in.

3. And hit New.