For most encoding jobs, BD Rebuilder uses the X264 encoder and produces video with the H264 video codec. But it is possible to use this program to make dvd-video. The codec used in dvd-video is mpeg2, and BD Rebuilder can make use of one of the very best free mpeg2 encoders available, called HCenc.
So now we’ll look at how to set up BD Rebuilder to produce dvd-video from your blu ray source.
Open BD Rebuilder to the main window. Now click on [B]Settings–>Setup[/B]. This window will pop up:
On the right side, near the bottom of this window, there is a line that says [B]Assume PAL for DVD Output[/B]. If you live in the US, make certain that there is no check mark in the box next to this line. If you live in a country that uses PAL specifications for dvds, then place a check mark in the box.
The other setting you might want to consider is under Audio Encoding Options. If you intend to compress down to the size necessary to fit onto a single layer dvd, you should probably set the AC3 audio encoding level at [B]192 kbs 2 channel[/B], in order to save as much room as possible for the video.
Now click on [B]Save Changes[/B].
This brings you back to the main window.
Now, as before, click on [B]Mode[/B], then [B]Alternate Movie-Only Output[/B]. This time we place a check mark next to one of the dvd-video options. If you want to reduce the movie to fit onto a single layer dvd, put a check mark next to the DVD-5 line, and if you want to go to a double layer dvd, put the mark next to the DVD-9 line.
Click on [B]Save[/B], which takes you to the main window, and you can hit [B]Start[/B] to begin the encoding.
BD Rebuilder and the HC encoder do an excellent job with the video when converting to dvd-video. The only issues I’ve run into with this process is with the audio. DTS HD MA is a very common format for blu ray audio, and it will occasionally cause problems. But BD Rebuilder is easily the best program I’ve used for conversion of blu ray to dvd-video. Others I’ve tried simply don’t work as well.
So those are the basics when using this program. If you have questions or comments regarding the guide, please feel free to post them in this thread.