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NEW VERSION 1.5.34 / 2.29 Beta

VidCoder is a very easy to use DVD, Blu-ray and any video file to MP4/MKV video converter. It uses HandBrake as its encoding engine. Easily batch convert your video/DVDs/ISO/VIDEO_TS and Blu-ray to MP4 or MKV. Burn-in/Hardcode srt subtitles. Requires .NET 4 Client.

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OS:Windows
Version:1.5.34 / 2.29 Beta
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Supported operating systems:
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More information and other downloads:
Vidcoder can NOT rip DVDs! Use a DVD ripper or try the libdvdcss from VLC Media Player, see Handbrake/Vidcoder with libdvdcss DVD ripping.

Use VidCoder 1.4.25 or older if you can't latest versions to work in Windows XP.



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Version history / Release notes / Changelog:
2.29 Beta

Added handling for a simple path argument directly on VidCoder.exe. This means you can drag a video onto its shortcut to launch VidCoder and open that file.
Improved message when downloading .NET framework bootstrapper fails.
Stopped obsolete properties from getting written to saved and exported presets.
Updated HandBrake core.

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All features / Full description:
Multi-threaded
MP4, MKV containers
H.264 encoding with x264, the world's best video encoder
Completely integrated encoding pipeline: everything is in one process and no huge intermediate temporary files
H.265, MPEG-4, MPEG-2, VP8, Theora video
AAC, MP3, Vorbis, AC3, FLAC audio encoding and AAC/AC3/MP3/DTS/DTS-HD passthrough
Target bitrate, size or quality for video
2-pass encoding
Decomb, detelecine, deinterlace, rotate, reflect filters
Batch encoding
Instant source previews
Creates small encoded preview clips
Pause, resume encoding


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Alternative to VidCoder:
FFCoder
Format Factory
Freemake Video Converter
HandBrake
MediaCoder
SUPER
TEncoder
TX264
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XMedia Recode
XviD4PSP



Guides and How to's:
How to convert MKV to MP4 with hardcoded subtitles - Read
How to easily burn in/hardcode srt subtitles to mp4/mkv with VidCoder - Read
How to easily convert a Blu-ray to MP4/M4V/MKV using free tools - Read
VidCoder Tutorial - Read
View all guides with guide description here



Acronyms / Also Known As:
VidCoder


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I've tried using other tools to "burn in" subtitles. Handbrake didn't work. So before today, I had to convert files to AVI format and use AVI ReComp to do the job ... a very time-consuming operation with some loss in video quality. But today, I tried VidCoder. It's quick and seemingly lossless. However, the file I ended up with was twice the size of the origin file (no problem). And I noticed that at the very beginning of the new file, the audio seemed to have a "wind-tunnel" sound that went away after a few seconds. However, to fix that, all I had to do was import the audio from the origin file - and it stayed in sync and sounded perfect.

VidCoder does the job it was intended to do.



Posted May 12, 2016 by . Tool version 1.5.34 using OS Windows 7 64-bit
Ease of use 10 of 10 Functionality 10 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 10 of 10



Overall it's a good easy-to-use tool but there's a feature missing: you can't adjust subtitle font and size.


Posted February 14, 2016 by . Tool version 1.5.33 using OS Windows 7 64-bit
Ease of use 8 of 10 Functionality 5 of 10 Value for money 1 of 10 Overall score 7 of 10



Before I knew about Handbrake, I used Vidcoder before I knew it was from Handbrake. I wasn't savvy in video encoding but I learn every way from other people's settings through the info from mediainfo on movies (especially YIFY's). Currently was recording gameplays for keepsake, to remember I used to play particular games before.

When I heard a lot of people used Handbrake encode videos (in mediainfo it was written in it) and I tried using it to convert those recorded gameplays (averaged FPS) to constant 60 FPS with average size maintaining the quality before I bring those into Adobe Premiere for final editing. (reason is that Adobe Premiere won't import averaged FPS properly as both audio and video will definitely out of sync)

However I recently found out Handbrake kept encode the videos with audio out of sync. I had no idea why it can't sync the audio, tried on AVS Video Converter, AVIDemux, both AV synced. Did fiddle with all the settings, nothing seems to remedy that out of sync issue. I thought I had bad recordings at first but in the end, Handbrake was the culprit after all.

So I turned to Vidcoder, improved Handbrake, prayed hard not to disappoint me with just some basic settings on video at constant 60FPS, can output some videos without audio out of sync... and yes, it helps! Just set H.264, 60 FPS constant, 18 constant quality, preset very fast, no tune, profile and level automatic, added keyint 1, that's it. just what i need to re-encode the videos from x264 video and PCM in .avi container (recorded from Bandicam) and ready for Adobe Premiere. Fantastic!

Nevertheless, I do like the encoding speed of Handbrake, thanks to Vidcoder, now i can even see clearly how long and how fast the encoding duration and speed on each videos and even on batch.

The most powerful MP4/MKV encoder to recommend for all users!



Posted November 03, 2015 by . Tool version 1.5.31.0 using OS Windows 7 64-bit
Ease of use 10 of 10 Functionality 10 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 10 of 10



SO GLAD I found this tool - it is exactly what I needed!

I have for years been using avi.NET for converting DVDs to DivX files, so I can watch my movies and TV shows from my hard drive, instead of having to get up and change discs all the time. A couple of factors prompted me to look for something different. I don't actually NEED the files to be DivX (or Xvid) - my WDTV media player will play a number of formats. And the new video player I just installed in my truck has a resolution limitation of 640x360, which is smaller than anything I've encoded, so anything I want to watch in my truck will have to be redone. Re-encoding a TV series with 168 episodes would have taken nearly 5 days (roughly 112 hours) with avi.NET, just for the encoding itself, not counting maybe 2 minutes per episode of prep time to set up the job queues. So I went looking for something that would do the job faster. I'll be able to do the same task with this program in only about 16 hours (the first season - 32 episodes - took 3 hours 15 minutes)! And that includes the almost zero prep time, since I can add an entire folder of files to the queue in a matter of seconds.

I have experimented with encoding episodes in a few different ways.
360p H.264 (1280kbps) with 6dB gain MP3 (chose this because it's the maximum frame size allowed by my truck)
240p H.264 (640kbps) with 6dB gain MP3 (chose this to be able to fit the entire season on a single 32GB flash drive)
480p H.264 (2304kbps) with AC3 passthrough (chose this for playback on my television - AC3 is 5.1 channels)

I chose each of the different bit rates to give me an average output quality of .31 bits/pixel*frame - not quite as high as the original MPEG-2 source, but not low enough to notice. I initially tried encoding using a small amount of Dynamic Range Compression, but without the 6dB gain, the output file was considerably quieter than the source, so I scrapped that idea. With each of the three different output settings, there was very little difference in the encoding speed - in fact, even though the bit rate is considerably higher, the 480p files encoded just a bit faster because of the audio passthrough, instead of having to convert to MP3.

FWIW, adding DRC to the audio increased the encode time considerably - for a single 26:33 source file, it took 8:47 to encode at 360p with DRC, as opposed to 6:20 to encode at 480p with AC3 passthrough - it took about 42 minutes to encode the same file using avi.NET. For a 2:22:55 movie (The Avengers), I was able to encode it in 42 minutes, as opposed to the roughly 3 hours it would take with avi.NET!



Posted June 15, 2015 by . Tool version 1.5.31.0 x64 using OS Windows 8 64-bit
Ease of use 10 of 10 Functionality 10 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 10 of 10



I have found this much easier to control than XMedia Recode which is also a good tool, but for people who know more than I do. I works great on my older system. I'm batch converting a lot of old files and everything works great so far. It has an "advanced" tab for those of you who know what you're doing, but for the rest of us it stays out of the way.


Posted June 14, 2015 by . Tool version 2.5.0.0 x86 Beta using OS Windows 7
Ease of use 9 of 10 Functionality 10 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 10 of 10



With the sample rate coversion problem fixed ,the program is now perfect .I give the program a ten all round .


Posted June 13, 2015 by . Tool version 2.5 beta x64 using OS Windows 7 64-bit
Ease of use 10 of 10 Functionality 10 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 10 of 10



This is a cool software ,but the latest beta versions of vidcoder 2.1 to 2.4 .The have sample rate problems ,when dealing with audio .For example the source file has the sample rate of 41hz and when you want to encode the file to 48hz ,it won't convert to 48hz ,it will still maintain 41hz sample rate .That's the only problem I have with this software .To the program writer ,keep up the good work.


Posted June 02, 2015 by . Tool version 2.4 beta x64 using OS Windows 7 64-bit
Ease of use 7 of 10 Functionality 10 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 10 of 10



It can't open AVCHD files.


Posted June 01, 2015 by . Tool version latest using OS Windows 8 64-bit
Ease of use 3 of 10 Functionality 3 of 10 Value for money 3 of 10 Overall score 3 of 10



I use VidCoder for one purpose only - to place hardcoded subtitles on a given file. On that score, it meets all my expectations. And using maximum quality settings, I see no loss between the original file and its MP4 result. This tool allows me to remove a processing step to retain the best quality file possible. And, it is now my tool of choice in all subtitling operations.


Posted April 28, 2015 by . Tool version 1.5.31.0 using OS Windows 7
Ease of use 10 of 10 Functionality 10 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 10 of 10



Indeed, almost the perfect sollution.. almost ...

1 thing i like to see improve is the way vidcoder manages subtitles position from dvd/bluray structures!!

I mean, in handbrake you can position the language tracks in any chronological order and move a favorite language track to the top/first position and save it as default.

In that way, by opening the next dvd/bd structure the subtitles are in the exact order/position i have chosen by saved default.


If that woud be fixed/implemented in next release, vidcoder gets an 10+ from me.



Posted December 20, 2014 by . Tool version 1.5.30 using OS Windows 7 64-bit
Ease of use 9 of 10 Functionality 9 of 10 Value for money 9 of 10 Overall score 9 of 10



Finally I found what I wanted, almost perfect ripping DVD's with external srt subtitles.
Congratulations to the developers!



Posted August 25, 2014 by . Tool version 1.5.24 using OS Windows 8 64-bit
Ease of use 9 of 10 Functionality 8 of 10 Value for money 9 of 10 Overall score 9 of 10



After i launch this programs my HD continue to emit a noise like "TIC TIC TIC...".

IT's infinite noise....... like my HD it's in continue access to some information and NEVER Stopped down until i close this programs!!

IT's very annoying and i thinks it's bug or it's very HIGH CPU/HD usage............ it's been fixed in latest beta ?



Posted April 04, 2014 by . Tool version 1.4.25 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 7 of 10 Functionality 8 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 5 of 10



I used Staxrip the last two years for encoding MKV. But I think, now Vidcoder is ready and great in functionality. It's nearly easy to use as the good old DVDshrink.


Posted August 28, 2013 by . Tool version 1.5.5 Beta using OS Windows 7 64-bit
Ease of use 9 of 10 Functionality 10 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 10 of 10



Excellent Tool. I have been looking for a tool to convert one .iso to .mp4.
I have totally installed 5 tools, but I succeeded only with VidCoder, which was my 5th download.



Posted August 23, 2013 by . Tool version 1.4.24.0 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 10 of 10 Functionality 10 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 10 of 10



This is the closest, best program I have found for BD video, similar to DVD Shrink! I either use BD from BluRay drive or use "Backup" function of Make MKV to create a folder to use as source for encoding. I love that I can control Subtitle properties, and that I can do "batch" encoding. Tweaking H.264 settings is also helpful.

I also love the preview function to see if my settings are correct. Something that
DVD Shrink lacked.

I have been encoding video into MP4 container, as that presents no problems for my video player vs. MKV, which my video player always has issues with(Sync or video probs, etc.) I still use DVD Shrink, as my video player upsamples ISO videos to 1080P, so I see little difference when encoding BD video, since I have to reduce datarate somewhat, so videoplayer can keep up. . . I am using an older Diamond MP-1000 with an external hard drive to play videos. I can play BD folders from Mane MKV backup, but I like being able to save some space upsampling MP4 video.

There is a little bit of a learning curve, but not much, if you are familiar with dealing with encoding videos. Reading one of the guides may be helpful for beginners. . .



Posted August 01, 2013 by . Tool version 1.4.23.0 using OS Windows 7 64-bit
Ease of use 7 of 10 Functionality 8 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 9 of 10




@ roma_turok very good points but something missing in HB & VidCoder.
When I encode Blu-Rays (Mostly)always I have to redo the audio because they don't have core stripping
There are alot of free tools to do that. I'm using Clown BD. Will be nice if VidCoder developer implement eac3to and put to Audio options core stripping.



Posted June 11, 2013 by . Tool version 1.4.21 using OS Windows 7 64-bit
Ease of use 10 of 10 Functionality 10 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 10 of 10



Based on Handbrake
Little better from Handbrake:
1) Have list recent locations
2) Queue list(Batch list) not floating window, its part of main interface
3) In preview window can see crop location on frame of the video
3) Slider to select IN and OUT.
5) Have option automatically rename output file, if file with same name exist.



Posted June 11, 2013 by . Tool version 1.4.21 64-bit using OS Windows 7 64-bit
Ease of use 8 of 10 Functionality 8 of 10 Value for money 8 of 10 Overall score 9 of 10



if added copy video stream and audio stream to GUI it has been perfect.


Posted May 14, 2013 by . Tool version 1.3.4 using OS Windows 7 64-bit
Ease of use 9 of 10 Functionality 8 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 8 of 10



That is a nice tool for encoding video with high speed and good quality.


Posted April 13, 2013 by . Tool version 1.3.4 using OS Windows 7 64-bit
Ease of use 10 of 10 Functionality 8 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 9 of 10



@ xzarkad

Does your problem also exist in HandBrake?

If it doesn't, then it will be a VidCoder problem. So let RandomEngy know either via the Doom9 forum or here:
http://vidcoder.codeplex.com/discussions





Posted October 12, 2012 by . Tool version 1.4.4 beta using OS WinXP
Ease of use 9 of 10 Functionality 9 of 10 Value for money 9 of 10 Overall score 9 of 10



Work absolutely fine, but unfortunately the encoding speed is quite a bit slow and the support of subtitles is absolute a weakness. I loaded 4 BD roms with subtitles, for for all of them no subs were found.(I repeated this with two other conversion tools and did not encounter this problem)


Posted October 12, 2012 by . Tool version 1.3.4.0 using OS Windows 7 64-bit
Ease of use 9 of 10 Functionality 7 of 10 Value for money 7 of 10 Overall score 7 of 10



I love handbrake and as Vidcoder makes use of the engine but added a few interesting features (encode size set, GUI easier/friendlier to use) this is prefect for me.
Love it, fast and THE best quality. Unbeaten!



Posted July 31, 2012 by . Tool version 1.3.3.0 using OS Windows 7 64-bit
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I know I know the tool doesn't have those fancy settings you found in others but for DVDs on 8-bit encode vidcoder just like handbreake have no rival just as simple as that!


Posted March 06, 2012 by . Tool version 1.3.1 using OS Windows 7 64-bit
Ease of use 10 of 10 Functionality 9 of 10 Value for money 9 of 10 Overall score 9 of 10



I use Handbrake and StaxRip for most of my H.264 encoding, but VidCoder is the #1 tool for encoding DVD rips to MKV. No problems with "blurring" here. Never tried a Blu-Ray but this is great for adding DVDs to a Media Center while saving space.


Posted September 06, 2011 by . Tool version 1.0.1 using OS Windows 7 64-bit
Ease of use 10 of 10 Functionality 10 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 10 of 10



My problem with this tools is all my converted video have some degree of blur
that I cant fix .also I liked to have access to some of X264 advanced option
that it seems are not implemented in the GUI other wise it's a good and easy
tool to begin with



Posted September 06, 2011 by . Tool version 1.01 using OS Windows 7 64-bit
Ease of use 8 of 10 Functionality 7 of 10 Value for money 9 of 10 Overall score 8 of 10


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