I have many videos which were ripped in divx using a rival program at a bitrate of 1200. I now want to redo them using fab platinum - generic xvid for a several reasons: 1) beacuse I like the audio passthru concept. 2) because I have read good things about xvid vs divx and 3) because the other program puts black bands on anything in 16:9 ratio which is annoying.
I have tested fab on 16:9 material & it does a good job - so I’m now wondering what bit rate to go with.
I see that fab’s default setting is 900- i’ve done some tests with 900 vs 1200 & don’t see a lot of difference, but as I only want to re-convert my files once I’d appreciate some advice on what settings to use.
these are mostly music lesson files which I’ll use on a computer monitor, not on a large screen TV, and which will be subjected to a lot of pause and rewinds, so crisp picture and + good video audio synch is important. I’ve been trialling zoom player which has a neat frame advance feature for stepping through particular sections in great detail with the mouse wheel.
so should I go for bitrate 1200, replacing like for like , or is xvid at 900 as good as divx was at 1200 ?
& does anyone know why the authors chose 900 as their default ?
oh & one more question please - shoulld I use the default one pass or go for two pass, if two pass works ok - I often see problem reports on this forum for two pass processing ? Processing time is not an issue for me.