This page generates the necessary commands to encode a movie directly from a DVD title to an Xvid file using MEncoder without the need for other applications or helper scripts.
(mencoder commands will magically appear here)
This is the input file to read. This will typically be dvd://1, where 1 is the DVD title to rip. However, this can also be a .VOB file or any other video file that is readable by Mplayer.
This is the .AVI file that results when the encoding is complete.
For movies, 128kbps for audio is typically plenty. Some people recommend bumping audio down to 96kbps. The result is slightly less quality audio with a bump up in video bitrate for the same output size. It is recommended that a video bitrate of 700kbps or above be used.
Value from -10 to 10. The higher the value, the more gain. This is useful for correcting movies that have a subnormal volume.
Value from -20 to 19. Adjusting this value will adjust the priority mencoder is given when encoding. A priority of 0 is normal, a negative priority is higher than normal, and a positive priority is less than normal.
Cropping is necessary to remove the black borders at the top and bottom of widescreen-format DVDs, and scaling will resize the output video to a smaller pixel by pixel area, resulting in increased quality.
Mplayer can automatically detect the crop settings. To determine the
appropriate settings for your video (they will likely change per movie), open
a terminal and execute
mplayer dvd://1 -vf cropdetect
where dvd://1 is your source. Play for about 20 seconds and wait
until the output is stable. You should see something like -vf
crop=704:464:10:8 printed repeatedly. In this case,
the 704:464:10:8 is the important part.
The format for this option is W:H:X:Y, where:
For determining the scale, decide if the movie widescreen (16:9 ratio) or fullscreen (4:3).
This option is complicated. See the scale video filter options in the manpage for details.
Value: 1 or 2. A two-pass encode is recommended. The quality is significantly better with a two-pass, but, as the name suggests, the video is passed over twice, roughly doubling the encode time.
Here you can place extra options to pass to mencoder. Some useful options may be:
See these options and more in the mplayer manpage.