Still no luck. I right clicked on the original movie file and went to properties in hopes of finding out some more info. It read:
Width 640 pixels
Height 288 pixels
Bit Rate: 96 kbps
Audio Format: MPEG Layer-3
Frame Rate: 29 frames/sec
Data Rate 125 kbps
Video sample size: 24 bit
Video Compresson: Divx codec
I am assuming by this info(since I am a neophyte at this stuff) that the movie is a divx type.
The options I picked for TMPGEnc are as follows:
I selected the "DVD" and picked NTSC as the format. Should I have picked something else??
I selected the source file for the movie. Both the video and audio file were the same thing. "Video type" was set at non-interlace. Should I have set it to interlace?
The content of video was set at "Film" movie. I had two options to pick, film movie or video movie. Reading the help file near it said "The source consists only from film movie(substantially 24fps).
This mode can be used for 29.97fps interlaced file movie.
Select this option if you are trying to encode film / anime movies."
The other option for content of video was "Video movie". The help file read " The source consists only from video movie(29.97fps progressive/interlaced)
Select this option if you are trying to encode movies captured from digital camera."
So I picked "Film" movie option since the movie wasn't captured from a digital camera. I wondered if it would mess it up since the original movie is 29 frames/sec and the film movie option would change it to 24 frames/sec.
For the filter settings I selected nothing since I read that these could slow down the encoding process.
Next came the bitrate settings. I left the video resolution on 720x480 pixel since that how it was displayed by default. The audio bitrate read 384 kbit/sec and the estimated file size was 4199.52 MB. The box below read DVD-R 4.7 GB (UDF). I made the file size 99.00 % of disc capicity since the help files said this was better to do.
The output file had the destination and name of the movie with a .mpg extension. I found this odd since my prior attempt at this process gave me a movie file with a .m2v file extension and a .wav file. I continued on and I noticed the "output video and audio as individual elementary streams box" was not checked. I left this option unchecked figuring the default settings should be fine. Lastly, the "start encoding immediately" box was checked. I hit ok to start the process. After it was complete, I tried opening up one of the .vob files with Power DVD. A black screen is all that I saw, but I could hear the audio just fine.
In retrospect to the situation, did I perform a process incorrectly? When I load the file up in TMPGenc authoring program I can never view the movie, only see black screen but I can hear the sounds just fine. I don't think the original movie is corrupt since the original movie in its native .avi file extension plays fine in DIVX.
NOTE: Did some more research online and found a program called Gspot v2.2(had to convince my g/f it wasn't questionable software Here's the relevent info..hope it helps.
Compatible Codecs: Divx decoder filter
Name: Divx 3-Low -Motion
Bitrate: 921 kb/s
QF: 0.167 bits/pixel
Codec:MPEG Layer-3 Decoder
Any more ideas? Thanks for the help so far.