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The FilmMachine is an All In One AVI,MP4,MKV to DVD/(S)VCD conversion utility. Supports DVD subtitles(both permanent and selectable). NTSC to PAL and PAL to NTSC conversion. It also supports standalone encoders like HCEnc, CinemaCraft Encoder SP and Canopus Procoder.

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Version:1.6.1 / 1.6.3 update History
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Size:25.4MB



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  Latest version:
1.6.1 / 1.6.3 update (January 09, 2011)


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Download The FilmMachine 1.6.1 (direct link) (25.4MB)


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Download The FilmMachine 1.6.3 update (direct link)



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Supported operating systems:
Windows


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All In One DVD ConvertersVideo Encoders / Converters

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Version history / Release notes / Changelog:
10-01-2011: Released an update of The FilmMachine (version 1.6.3)
This version is released because of problems with DVDAuthor running on Cygwin and because DVDAuthor released version 0.7.0 with a few nice features. You must at least have The FilmMachine version 1.6.1 installed on you computer.

- Updated DVDAuthor and Spumux to version 0.7.0 which also solves problems with cygwin.
- Now using the color and outline subtitle features of the new Spumux version 0.7.0.
- Fixed a few other bugs.

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Alternative to The FilmMachine:
Avi2Dvd
AVI2ISO
AVStoDVD
AVStoMPEG
DIKO
DVD Flick
FAVC



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Acronyms / Also Known As:
FilmMachine

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well after getting myself prepped with Cinemacraft Encoder, I have been reading up on better ways to create my DVD's than the old DVD shrink way (yeurgh!) and various other one click affairs that do it too quickly and do not support many features, ruin aspect ratios etc etc.
So THIS was the software I kept reading about.
Just downloaded onto my win 7 64-bit PC and after installing I get the error 'Bass.dll' is not found on your system, program cannot run'
or something like that.
It seems the program uses bass.dll to encode audio, I think. so why the hell isn't it included in the setup? Or a link to download it, like they do in Popcorn audio converter?
I found a Bass.dll on my PC so copied it to the install folder. tried again.
Program now wont run without Bass_fx.dll and so...yeah, it went on until I had to find ANOTHER bass_xxx.dll file too many. I uninstalled it.
Cr-p.
So if you have 64-bit Win 7 and it works...help me out here!



Posted September 30, 2012 by . Tool version 1.63 using OS Windows 7 64-bit
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For convert Avi to DVD this program is on par with AVStoDVD, always flawless convertions! The problem of this app is the lack of populartity, because is one os the best tools to easily convert with high quality.
The best of is kind.



Posted February 04, 2012 by . Tool version 1.6.3 using OS Windows 7 64-bit
Ease of use 8 of 10 Functionality 8 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 9 of 10


What can I say besides that if this programme would cost $ 200, I would get it.It gives far better quality than DOZENS of other AIO DVD creators like WinAvi, DVD Flick (what a joke programme), Avi2DVD, ConvertX, Xilsoft, you name it, I have tried over 30.CCE totally SUX, I cannot believe the hype about it.It adds noise to the picture and is noticeably worse than HCencoder in lower bitrates.It makes the picture look greasy like an olive oil painting (yuck), especially when creating a PAL DVD from a HD content like x264/mkv.Furthermore, Canopus Procoder surpasses both CCE and Hce by a huge margin, I swear that there is no other encoder similar to it in terms of picture quality, maybe TMPGENC, but I have to test it thoroughly.Although very slow, The Film Machine does the job like nothing else.Creating vts, encoding audio is very slow, multiplexing as well...Forget it to make use of your 4 / 6 core CPU.I would like to see more instances to be set.


Posted August 29, 2010 by . Tool version Latest using OS Windows 7 64-bit
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Thank you...
The quality of the picture and sound is perfect, there is a continuesly on the frames ALL the time, i can add more than one subtitle files !!!
(The installation of k-lite codecpack is NOT necesary! Is it?)



Posted December 23, 2009 by . Tool version 1.6.1 using OS Vista
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Been using this for over a year now and it produces unfailingly excellent results. Install Klite Full last and select as many codec boxes it will allow and you are good to go. Handles mkv, avi/xvid even vob no problem. Both HC and QU free encoders produces outstanding results in 2-pass HQ mode although my preference is HC as it has the preview window. I do wish it [ or the enoders] could utilize more of the i7's cores like Handbrake and TMPGEnc does. I've tried StaxRip and FAVC and found TFM consistently better IMO.
Not sure if this is possible but would be nice to see x264 encoder included since I've read it produces even better quallity at lower bitrates. I think unsuccesfull install prevents this great tool from being more popular so if something could be done here to simplify would help.



Posted July 14, 2009 by . Tool version 1.6.1 using OS WinXP
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Was looking for an MKV file converter to DVD or mpeg when I accidentally stumbled on this proggie. I am very impressed with it. After 6 files, I have yet to encounter any errors. It can convert to PAL/NTSC, upmix to 5.1 AC3 or just outputs to mpv. I can even create a menu for my backups if I load the mpv into DVD Styler!
I had been using ConvertX to DVD before and imagine how surprised I was at the outstanding quality achieved with TFM and HC. I guess I will not be using my ConvertX anymore. TFM also supports CCE which I hope to purchase next week and I cant wait to see it in action with TFM, especially the RoBa method of encoding that supposedly reduces CCE's encoding times by 75%. Amazing what free softwares can achieve nowadays.



Posted January 03, 2009 by . Tool version 1.6 using OS WinXP
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Interface could use a HUGE clean-up/update, but while The FilmMachine lacks a pretty face it it makes up for it with it's features, specifically CCE and other commercial encoder support. There's a few bugs here and there everyone once and a while but TFM is a solid piece of software worthy of a respectable donation.


Posted September 30, 2008 by . Tool version 1.6.0.13 using OS Vista
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Okay, I found the answer to the problem with TFM 1.6.0.13 and Matroska files on TFM forum. The link on Videohelp was a test release that was not meant to repleace 1.6.0.12, and the author is aware of the problem. TheFilmMachine 1.6.0.12 is still the latest release.


Posted August 21, 2008 by . Tool version 1.6.0.13 using OS WinXP
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Version 1.6.0.13 is not yet on the author's web site, but I installed it anyway. Unfortunately, now I receive the error:
"The correct audio delay is not found.
The movie has a large delay or is corrupt.
Please choose another AVI/MP4/MOV/RMVB/MKV file."
when I opened a Matroska file for conversion. I do not receive any errors in 1.6.0.12, but according to the version history, 1.6.0.13 "Fixed the problem with opening MKV files."



Posted August 20, 2008 by . Tool version 1.6.0.13 using OS WinXP
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This great program does not run for me in VISTA Home Premium and there are a number of us that have tried to fix it through the DVD CDR Base forum (Author monitors). It errors as it starts the encode when it is saving the avi and that's it. No go. Not everyone has the error, but for a number of us its very frustrating. Hopefully the error gets resolved at some point.


Posted November 30, 2007 by . Tool version 1606 using OS Vista
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In case any one else has this problem when running this on Vista: When loading a file, I would get the error message "Cannot create file 'C:\Program Files\TheFilmMachine\***(whatever the name of the movie).log". Access is denied." After several attempts, I finally right clicked on the shortcut, and selected 'run as administrator' And that seemed to do the trick.

After several frustrating days, once I figured that out, it works great.



Posted July 13, 2007 by . Tool version 1.6.0.4 using OS Vista
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This is a great all-in-one. I've done encoding the hard way for some time and have slowly gravitated over to TFM. Follow the simple instructions and it will work really well. Use Dsroba if you are in a hurry, otherwise CCE 3 or 4 pass - will be slow. Use Aften for AC3, or Soft Encode if you have it. Besweet doesn't always provide a clean encode. Also, be careful about boosting the volume. This has resulted in distorted sound tracks when used. Clean out the directory where you saved the encode files. If you start another encode into the same populated directory CCE will not start and the encoding will fail.


Posted February 22, 2007 by . Tool version 1.54 using OS WinXP
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Today's release -- 1.51 -- fixed the sync problems.


Posted September 30, 2006 by . Tool version 1.51 using OS WinXP
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There is a whole host of problems with this version.

Audio horrible,horrendous sync issues.....check the forums for problems.



Posted September 30, 2006 by . Tool version 1.5 using OS WinXP
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Tried the latest version but the result had AV sync problem and wrong AR. Same AVI with ConvertXtoDVD converted perfectly.


Posted September 30, 2006 by . Tool version 1.5 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 6 of 10 Functionality 6 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 5 of 10


Absolutely the best all-in-one converter, and now the only one capable of using Cinema Craft Encoder SP2. Gives great visual quality. But yes please avoid using audio boost.




Posted September 29, 2006 by . Tool version 1.5 using OS WinXP
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I love this tool. I think it is wonderful and the quality is amazing. I was having problems with the audio, but after removing the audio boost, I have had not issues.


Posted September 17, 2006 by . Tool version 1.5.0.18 using OS WinXP
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I loaded up two sequential avi (XviD) files (separate pieces of the same movie), set the usual options following this guide --> http://members.home.nl/thefilmmachine/


Posted May 31, 2006 by . Tool version 1.5.0.18 Beta using OS Win2K
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The CCEFront executable is not infected by a trojan. The CCEFront.exe is packed with an UPX packer and some virusscanners think that those packed executables are infected by trojans, but infact they are not. Maybe you should find a better antivirus applocation.


Posted April 08, 2006 by . Tool version 1.5.0.173 using OS WinXP
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TheFilmMachine is an excellent application and the author surely worked hard for us, for nothing, but:
I scan my computer for trojans with Agnitum Tauscan (updated to April 7, 2006) and it found a TROJAN DOWNLOADER 178 in "ccefront.exe" file in the subdir "..\The FilmMachine\CCEFront"



Posted April 07, 2006 by . Tool version TheFilmMachine v1.5.0.173 using OS WinXP
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Just to clear up a comment that that guy made about not using audio boost. Only use the boost function with avi files that use ac3 audio. These types of avi are usually very quiet. In my experience, it's never been necessary to use the boost function with avi that are encoded with mp3 audio. These types are usually already at a good level.


Posted March 30, 2006 by . Tool version 1.5.0.17 using OS WinXP
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Just a follow-up. If you use TFM, do not use audio boost. It can create an overly-loud and distorted soundtrack. Also, if you can, try and point TFM to Sonic Foundry Soft Encode, rather than BeSweet.


Posted March 30, 2006 by . Tool version 1.5.0.17 beta using OS WinXP
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Great, great program. Was a fan of AVI2DVD, but after using Film Machine will never go back. Highly recommended.


Posted March 29, 2006 by . Tool version 1.5.0.17 beta using OS WinXP
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Hello

I am just a beginner and my first time using this tool. It is better than AVI2DVD so far, that is, it is stable and the resulting DVD file is about 4Gig where as AVI2DVD would sometimes spit out 2.5g files, however the bitrate calculation could be more precise for optimal file size (used CCE 4 pass). The problem with AVI2DVD seems to happen after multiplexing of the AC3 since the .m2v was over 4G.

I encountered a problem yesterday, the program got stuck during multiplexing (encoded with CCE) and there was no further progress 3 hours later, so I close it. Did the mutiplexing seperately with IfoEdit (though by default IfoEdit would ask .m2v file), tested with WMP classic and it seems to work. I'll do an ISO tonight and do a final test on my DVD player.



Posted March 23, 2006 by . Tool version 1.5.0.173 using OS WinXP
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This is probably the best software to create divx movies to DVD. although i have also have problems with distortion with sound on normal settings. I have yet to test with the settings off.

If anyone had the version previous 1.5.0.16 and used softencode in conjuction to give ac3 sound, there is major issue with dialogue coming out of the left speaker rather than the centre speaker.... I'm not sure whether this issue has been sorted in this version.

Anyone else had this problem?????? and has it been sorted out with this version???



Posted March 19, 2006 by . Tool version 1.5.0.17 using OS WinXP
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