English Guide
Created By: Ed McVinny , 06-09-2002
Updated By: CyberDemonII , 06-05-2005
For: SimpleDivX 1.40

http://www.simpledivx.org


SimpleDivX has 9 tabs located near the top of the program, each labeled with both numbers and a description. This guide will walk you through the program one tab at a time.

When you first open SimpleDivX it should look similar to the picture below:


Tab 1: Input

Folder:

Click the small box located off to the right and the box pictured below should appear.

Select the same folder you ripped your vob files to using smartripper or dvddecrypter or another ripping tool, then click ok.

Vob Files:

If you used the "files" tab when running smartripper you can check the "select all files" box, if you used the "movie" tab or perhaps a different ripping tool you should check the "select main movie" box. It's also possible to select the vob-files one by one.

Video Information:

This box will tell you all the relevant video information about the DVD you are backing up.


Tab 2: Video

Frames/Second (fps)

Here you select your desired *output* framerate PAL users will select 25.000, while NTSC users will select 23.976 or 29.970. SimpleDivX does normally select the detected framerate from the vob files.

Auto cropping and resizing:

Select the checkbox : "Auto cropping and resizing" to automatically find the correct aspect ratio and fill in automatically the resizing and cropping values.

Output Format:

Select an output format that suits your needs. Several popular resolutions are provided, or you can select 'custom' and input your own.

Open VOB Bitstream at LBA

(Advanced Users): Select this if you want to start the dvd movie at a specific LBA.

Range:

Here you can input the exact amount of seconds you want encoded. This is very usefull for encoding short clips and then viewing in a player to determine quality.


Tab 3: Audio

Create Audio:

Uncheck this box if you don't want SimpleDivX to create audio for your video file.

Audio Language:

When the *.ifo files are also copied from the DVD, SimpleDivX will be able to tell you exactly what language the selected audio stream contains.

Audio bitrate:

Usefull in deciding wether to compress the audio or not.

Audio Format:

MP3: Compresses audio with MP3 format. (Stereo only)
AC3: Retains original audio quality. This can be Dolby-Digital Stereo, 5.0 or 5.1 channels sound. It is possible to choose 6 or 2 channels.
OGG: Compresses audio with OGG format. (NOT SUPPORTED ANYMORE)

Audio Compression kbps:

Choose here the compression from the audio stream. For Mp3 128 / 160 kbps is recommended.
When AC3 is choosen as audio format, it is possible to recompress this stream with a lower bitrate. But for a 6 channel movie is it recommended that you choose a minimum from 256kbps.

Samplerate Conversion

For Mp3 it is possible to choose 48000 or 44100khz as sample-rate. Normally you would leave it to 48000 unless your sound-card cannot handle 48000khz.

Amplify

Check this to amplify the sound with some dB. It is not recommended to choose a higher value then 3dB, or else you will hear some clipping of the sound in loud parts.

Peak level normalize

When this option is enabled, the sound will be normalized to 100% (This means that the loudest audio parts will be 100%, so this means no clipping.)

Peak level normalize [midnight mode]

When this option is enabled, the sound will be normalized to 100% and the softer audio parts will be amplified some more.


Tab 4: Codec



1-Pass file:

1-pass video files are created using constant bitrate, which means every frame in your movie will have the exact same bitrate.

2-Pass video file:

2-pass movies are created using variable bitrate, which means high-motion scenes get more bitrate than low motion scenes. This results in a much better quality movie than 1-pass but takes roughly 2x longer to encode.

Do Only First Pass:

SimpleDivX will only create the first pass of the movie, when it is complete you will have to come back to this tab and select 'Do Only Second Pass'. This is usefull when you do only have a limited computer time available. Note that 2-pass modes are only available for divx and xvid.

Advanced Settings

When you have selected "divx (mpeg4)" as codec the next screen will appear :


When "xvid" is selected, the next screen will appear :


When "h264" is selected, the next screen will appear :

The following items are configurable :

Global Motion Compensation:

GMC helps in zooming and panning scenes.

Quarter Pixel:

Quarter pixel increases the accuracy of macro blocks within your film.

Bidirectional Encoding:

Can help increase compression in some scenes by using forward and backward prediction of frames.



Tab 5: Compression


Enter bitrate / final movie size

Choose 'enter bitrate' if you want to enter the video-bitrate from the divx/xvid yourself. Choose 'enter final movie size' to let simpledivx compute the correct video-bitrate for xvid/divx to fit the exact size.

Get Time From Movie:

This feature will attempt to read the length of the movie from the .ifo/.vob files. It is not always accurate however, so if it is wrong, enter the length specified on the back of the DVD case.


Tab 6: Misc


At this moment only subtitle options are included on this page. In the future more options will be added.

Create subtitles

Check this to enable subtitle processing.

Language

Select here the subtitle languages which must be included.

Select all languages

Selecting this option will just select all languages present on the dvd. Click again to select no language.

*Note*
The subtitles will be extracted using vobsub.dll, this dll creates two extra files in the final directory. For viewing the subtitles you must have met the following requirements :
- Make sure the two files are on the same location as the final movie and have the same name. (SimpleDivX should do this for you.)
Now you have two options :
1) Download the full vobsub package from : divx-digest , now you should be able to see the subtitles using any video player in windows.
2) Download and install the "Media Player Classic" from : sourceforge.net : guliverkli, this player is from the same author as vobsub and automatically includes support for subtitles.

Movie Container Format

Choose here the output format from the movie file. This can be :
AVI , This is the default format. Can be used for video+mp3 and video+ac3.


Tab 7: Project

Project Name:

Type the name from the movie you want to make. You may set project name to whatever you like, most people just use the name of the movie. This will automatically name most of your output files to the project name.

Temp Folder:

This is where the temp video and logging files will be saved.

Output Folder:

This is where your completed file will be put. (This can be a *.avi or a *.ogm file.)

Overwrite files:

Select to automatically overwrite the destination files.

Delete temp-files:

Select this to automatically clean-up the generated temp files from SimpleDivX.

Split Total File:

If you are making a 2CD rip SimpleDivX can split the file for you automatically.

Split on Fade-out

This option automatically splits on a fade-out (black-scene).

Normal

In this mode it is only possible to do 1 conversion at the time. (This is compatibility mode with SimpleDivX 1.1)

Batch Mode

This enabled you to do more conversions from different movies in one SimpleDivX session.


Tab 8: Output


Shutdown windows

This option does close the current window session and shutsdown the computer. Press the start button to start the video-processing

Status Information:

This box will keep you informed on the progress of SimpleDivX.


Tab 9: Setup

External Program Locations:

Click the small box off to the right and the box pictured below should appear.

Now change all four paths to where you installed the SimpleDivX/Tools folder. This box is provided for users that might already have these programs somewhere else on their computer, but since SimpleDivX always includes the latest versions we recommend you leave the paths pointed to the SimpleDivX/Tools installation folder.

Priority Settings

Choose here your priority settings for :
- Video
- Disk
(Note : Setting it to a higher value will not automatically mean that it will run faster ! It's just that encoding will get more processor-cycles.

Language

Choose here your language.