Using MEncoder to convert a DVD to DivX

More for my own benefit, but here goes…
This is an example of using MEncoder (Windows version) to convert a DVD to DivX. The original movie was widescreen and is being rescaled here to 720×408 to keep the 16:9 aspect ratio. The video bitrate I used was 1024kbit but you can tweak this as desired.
It may seem unusual for the first run to output to NUL ( /dev/null ) but actually the first run is writing information out to the file “divx2pass.log” and the second pass writes the movie out.
mencoder -dvd-device D:\DVD\DVD_VIDEO dvd://1 -ovc lavc -lavcopts vcodec=mpeg4:vbitrate=1024:mbd=2:turbo:vpass=1 -oac mp3lame -lameopts vbr=3 -ffourcc DX50 -vf scale=720:408 -o NUL
mencoder -dvd-device D:\DVD\DVD_VIDEO dvd://1 -ovc lavc -lavcopts vcodec=mpeg4:vbitrate=1024:mbd=2:turbo:vpass=2 -oac mp3lame -lameopts vbr=3 -ffourcc DX50 -vf scale=720:408 -o DVD_VIDEO.avi[/xml]
Related Links
MPlayer (provides MEncoder) –
MEncoder Introduction Guide

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