Here's something I put together... perhaps everyone can jump in and tweak it.
Noobâ€™s guiding Noobs : using dvd2svcd to create a dvd5 from a dvd9.
Get the latest version of DVD2SVCD @ Doom9.
Link to software section of Doom9 : http://www.doom9.org/index.html?/software.htm
P.S. During the installation of DVD2SVCD, a prompt will appear asking you for the version of Avisynth you wish to installâ€¦ 2.08 works just fine.
Prior to inputting the below settings, download Cinema Craft Encoder 2.50 ONLY.
Link to CCE 2.50 : http://www.doom9.org/Soft21/Encoders/MPEG2/cspte250.exe
Youâ€™ll also need DVDLAB 1.1. http://www.mediachance.com/dvdlab/
P.S. Install ForceASPI.
*** CONFIGURING DVD2SVCD ***
Information represents a blending of approaches from mij (http://www.dvdrhelp.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=114252), ChickenMan (http://club.cdfreaks.com/showthread.php?s=&threadid=62671), mrbass (http://www.mrbass.org/dvd2dvdr/) for the DVDLab part, and myself... and hopefully you too!
1) Go to the â€œMisc.â€ tab and change DVD2SVCD level to the â€œAdvancedâ€ option.
1a) Set â€œDefault output folderâ€ to a dir where you have about 20gig H/D space free (make a dir so you know where all your outputted files will be) Then make sure in â€œInput file typeâ€ DVD is selected, and in â€œOutput file typeâ€ MPEG-2 is selected, and â€œDonâ€™t delete any filesâ€ is ticked
2) Go to â€œFrameserverâ€ tab and change â€œResize toâ€ option to DVD (720x480/576)
2a) Avisynth setup box should be â€œBicubicResizeâ€
2b) Make sure â€œAdd ResampleAudioâ€ is checked.
3) Go to the â€œEncoderâ€ tab and set â€œMultipass VBRâ€ to 3 to 4 passes. Most people agree that after 4 passes, you canâ€™t tell a difference anymore. (You need at least 2 passes to correctly calculate the final DVD5 size.) The more passes you do, the longer it takes to produce the final product.
3a) Still in the â€œEncoderâ€ tab: Click on the â€œAdvanced settings [Dropdown to Edit]â€ option at the bottom right corner and select â€œClose all GOPsâ€ and also â€œDVD Compliant.â€ Still in here, set â€œMâ€ to 3 and N/M to â€œ4â€ â€¦
3b) Back to the â€œEncoderâ€ Tab again. Set â€œimage Qual. Priorityâ€ to a value of 30. (Read: http://forum.doom9.org/showthread.php?threadid=54286&highlight=CCE+2.50)
3c) Set â€œBiasâ€ to 20
3d) Set Timecode to â€œ00:00:00:00â€
4) Go to â€œCD Imageâ€ tab and select â€œDonâ€™t make Imagesâ€
5) Go to â€œAudioâ€ tab and select â€œDo not convert audio (use source audio)â€ (This will allow you to retain the AC3 track)
6) Go to â€œDVD ripâ€ tab and check â€œActivate DVD rippingâ€ (â€œUse Internal routinesâ€ is recommended.)
7) Go to â€œDVD2AVIâ€ tab and select â€œAutomaticâ€ in the â€œNTSC Field Operation (Force film) box.
8) Go to â€œSubtitlesâ€ tab and uncheck â€œRip subtitlesâ€
8a) Go to "bbMPEG" tab, and rewrite the filename to RunbbMPEG.exe to something like "NoRunbbMPEG.bat." Now, go to the directory where RunbbMPEG.exe is on your hard drive, and create the "NoRunbbMPEG.bat" file with notepad. Inside that new .bat file, have it say something like "@Echo off" on one line, and on the line under that one write something like "Echo I don't need this to run for me to have a DVD5."
9) Go to â€œBitrateâ€ tab
9a) Change â€œMax.â€ to 9000, â€œMin.â€ 300 and â€œMax. avgâ€ to 6000
9b) Change all 6 â€œUseâ€ boxes to a value of 1.
9c) Change all 6 â€œCD sizeâ€ boxes to a value of 4400.
9d) Uncheck "Warn if the total bitrate is too high"
9e) Uncheck â€œMin. Avgâ€
10) Go to the â€œConversionâ€ tab and click the CD icon (or alternately you can browse to the IFO file). This will automatically load up the largest IFO file (which is generally the movie on the disc). Look at how long DVD2SVCD says that the IFO youâ€™ve just loaded is. If itâ€™s only like 1 minute or, youâ€™ve got the wrong one for sure â€“ for those wanting movies!
The movie length will load up and also the aspect ratio... Now, even if you do not have a widescreen tv yet, if the DVD is anamorphic (16:9 / Enhanced for 16:9 TVs.. whatever you want to call it) select the option "Anamorphic, no borders added" then hit the Go button and select preview - click next a few times and it will give you a preview of what you are encoding - check for any interlace problems
If all looks ok, hit encode and let it do the rest for you.. If there are interlace problems, there are different deinterlace options there to chose from (select one and it will preview the option you chose in real time)
Main Movie Only with no Menu. Only ONE audio track and no subtitles.
(Video = Pulldown_Encoded_Video_NTSC.mpv & Audio = Encoded_audio_1.ac3 are it!)
Open DVDLab and click Import Files. Ctrl-A to select both files. (Drag them both to the bottom of the DVDLab screen... into that nice empty white box.)
After importing you'll see them listed in the Assets window.
Drag and drop Video track onto Movie 1. Next drag Audio track onto Movie 1.
Select Menu 1 then hit Delete key to remove the menu.
Click + Draw Links and connect like so. (If you need something visual, then goto Mr. Bass's site and look at how he has outlined using DVDLab. http://www.mrbass.org/dvd2dvdr/ ) It's imperative you connect Title Button to Movie 1, otherwise your DVD will NOT Play in your standalone DVD player.
Open the file that contains chapter information. If you have been following my instructions, then it has already been created for you. The filename should be: "DVD Maestro Chapters File.chp" Make sure that the information contained in the chapter file exactly resembles the layout of the above image. Naturally, chapter numbers and chapter times will vary from movie to movie.
Double click on Movie 1 or click Movie 1 tab near bottom to get Movie 1 window into view.
Right click on Chapters and select Import Chapters... locate the particular text file containing the particular chapter information for your particular movie. Select â€œImport Chapters.â€
Click Proceed after verifying movie length and chapters will be created.
Now your ready to compile and burn your DVD.
In whichever output directory you have selected, DVDLAB will create 2 folders. Audio_ts and Video_Ts. Start Nero & Compile a new DVD Video. Drag and drop the files, just as they are, from the Video_Ts folder that DVDLAB has created to the Video_Ts folder that nero will soon create on your DVD.