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||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.
1.5.34 / 2.34 Beta (September 23, 2016)
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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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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.
Overall it's a good easy-to-use tool but there's a feature missing: you can't adjust subtitle font and size.
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!
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!
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.
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