Too many people make the mistake of producing XviD movies with settings that work fine when played on a computer, but are either dodgy or non-playable on standalone DVD players hooked up to TV sets. Some movies will reproduce correctly on some standalone units, but in other cases the audio will be out of sync relative to the picture. This can be very frustrating, especially seeing as there is no need for it.
When converting a movie to XviD format, it's a simple matter of selecting or deselecting certain options when setting up your conversion. This step greatly extends your movie's compatibility with all models of standalone player, and does so without hurting quality.
The screenshots here are from VirtualDub, but VirtualDubMod is very similar, and other programs should provide similar configuration options.
Choose Video / Compression:
Select XviD MPEG-4 Codec, then click the Configure button:
Under the XviD Configuration dialogue box, the AS (Advanced Simple) @ L5 is the best bet as a starting point. Then choose the more button after the Profile @ Level drop-down menu:
The settings below work well on all standalone players, as well as computers. Never choose QPELs or GMCs. Make sure you've got BVOPs selected for good sound synchronisation. Packed bitstream (highlighted) doesn't seem to matter too much, though I have had trouble with it in the past and always avoid it:
When your movie has finished encoding, you can check its settings by dropping it into GSpot. The report should look something like this:
- MPEG4 Modifier can remove packed bitstreams from existing XviD or DivX movies, with varying degrees of success in terms of synchronising the soundtrack. I have found that it occasionally messes up a file's structure so much that it's no longer possible to fast-forward, rewind, or jump into the middle of the movie. Other times it works perfectly.
- If a movie is playing with the sound out of sync, try stopping the play for a moment. If you're lucky, you might find that when you resume play, the sound has magically caught up with the video.