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What is the best way to reencode a video with Xvid? I used FFmpeg in the past (I havent tried using FFmpeg with Xvid however - does FFmpeg keep up with Xvid releases?).

With FFmpeg I either need to figure out the bitrate of the video then reencode it slightly below or I use -sameq (I think it's same quality), however - that produces a file thats bigger and not better then a slightly less bitrate file.

Whats a good way to reecode these videos? (By the way - they are all on my HD as FLV1)

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VirtualDub does Xvid. Here's a tutorial how-to, if required.

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You can give meGUI a shot if you're a Windows user.

For the best quality, make sure you're doing two-pass encodes.

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SUPER is what I use. Once you've managed find the download link (they've made it especially difficult on their site), installation and use is quite easy.

To find the download link, follow these steps:

  • click on the link above
  • scroll to the bottom and click on the 'Start Downloading SUPER' link
  • click on the 'download and use' link
  • scroll to the bottom and click on the 'Download SUPER © setup file' link

The strange thing is that you really have to follow this route, otherwise the last link doesn't work. Why they've done it this way goes beyond me.

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+1 Super is simply the best universal converter, never failed me. – Molly7244 Sep 27 '09 at 12:16

Use Handbrake for it. It does not have XviD, but uses the FFmpeg library for MPEG-4 encoding, which offers similar quality:

ffmpeg is good (even better) if you will learn the controlling options and check the MPEG-4 encoding guide.

ffmpeg -i input.avi -c:v mpeg4 -vtag xvid -qscale:v 3 -c:a libmp3lame -qscale:a 4 output.avi
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Can't go past Handbrake. I have lost count of how many times I have recommended it to others here on SU. – Josh Hunt Sep 27 '09 at 4:44

It may be just me, but i've had trouble doing 2pass encodes with SUPER. I know use mencoder for all my encodes. If the command line scares you, you can check out some graphical frontends on forums :)

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