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DVDx 4 README NOTES =================== Release 126.96.36.199 Updated by Starbuck <firstname.lastname@example.org> May 3rnd, 2011 DVDx 4.0 is an audio/video encoder as well as a powerful DVD copier. You can read DVDs and quiet any audio or video files and encode them to quiet any popular video formats: VCD/CVD/SVCD/DVD, Xvid/Divx, MPEG-4, H.264, AVC, QuickTime, Flash Video, Ogg, WebM, AC.3, WAV, MP3, MP4/AAC, Lossless Audio, PCM, Vorbis etc. DVDx 4.0 is very easy to use: open a DVD or file in the player, play it with audio/subtitle of your choice ; encode a short preview and play it to ensure it's what you expect, and then start the whole encoding job which can take about one hour but you're quiet sure to get a very good result! DVDx 4.0 is based on the most popular and powerful encoders: x264, MEncoder and FFmpeg. It's open-source code is written for Windows, Linux and Mac OS X platforms. DVDx 4.0 makes all good choices for you: popular video and audio codecs and appropiate settings (for fair quality, high quality or smaller size files) but you can tune the encoder with your own preferred settings. Release 188.8.131.52 is the very first public release for Linux platform, and updates Windows version (few fixes and new MPlayer with subtitle display). Your feedback will be appreciated on the DVDx forum or by email to me. 1) Installation --------------- Windows users: - download dvdx-184.108.40.206-win32.zip installer - deflate the archive and execute dvdx-220.127.116.11-win32.exe Linux users: - download dvdx-18.104.22.168-i386.run installer - do chmod 755 dvdx-22.214.171.124-i386.run - execute dvdx-126.96.36.199-i386.run Note: sudo password will allow installer to create nice icon and menu. 2) Documentation ---------------- * Read the documentation in the doc/ directory. If /doc is missing please visit DVDx homepage at http://www.labdv.com/dvdx 3) Licensing ------------ * See the LICENSE.LGPL file. 4) Quickstart guide ------------------- * Run DVDx 4, in "File" menu, open a DVD folder or drive, in player controls the main tite is already selected, so choose audio and subtitle, then start playing to check this is want you want to copy/encode. * In the encoder dashboard, select the output format you want and maybe the video and audio codecs you prefer. Click the "Configure" button to choose the encoding profile, "Medium" is usally a good choice. Then click "Start encoding preview" button and wait a few seconds the encoding is finished. Play the preview to ensure it plays what quality you're expecting. * Now you're ready to start an encoding job, uncheck "Preview" box and click "Start encoding" button. You can follow on the progress (yes it may takes one hour to copy a whole DVD movie) in the job manager. * If you want a VCD, SVCd or Xvid/DivX output, you can start the preferred job in the "Job" menu, immediatly after loading the DVD and selecting audio and subtitle. 5) Supported output format -------------------------- * 3G2, 3GP: H.263, MPEG-4 and H.264 (MPEG-4/AVC) video for mobile phones * AVI: most popular format for Xvid/DivX movies * FLV: H.264 (MPEG-4/AVC) Flash video files * IPOD: MPEG-4 and H.264 (MPEG-4/AVC) movies for Apple® iPod * MKV, Matroska: powerful format becoming standard HTML 5 format named WebM * MOV: MPEG-4 and H.264 (MPEG-4/AVC) Apple® QuickTime format * MP4: H.263, MPEG-4 and H.264 (MPEG-4/AVC) standard MPEG-4 format * MPEG: MPEG-1/MPEG-2 video for VideoCD, CVD, SVCD and DVD * OGG: patent-free open format for Theora/Vorbis video files * PSP: H.264 (MPEG-4/AVC) video for Sony® PlayStation Portable Not for Linux users: 3G2, 3GP, IPOD and PSP aren't supported yet. 6) Supported input ------------------ * DVD discs or folders and most of video and audio file formats.