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How to: Convert AVI to MPEG

To convert from AVI (Audio Video Interleave) to MPEG you will have to use software designed for that objective. There are quite a few of these that may be found online, some are free and others may be bought. For this demonstration iVCD will be used which is most compatible with Mac OS. You will have to download iVCD and have a component to convert from AVI, Xvid or DivX.

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  • Begin by downloading and installing the necessary Quicktime component which as mentioned before will be required to convert from AVI. Different versions will need different components. The required components are as follows: Mac OS X 10.4 or later -Perian Quicktime Component and Mac OS X 10.1 to 10.3 -Universal AVI Quicktime components . To install just double click the installer and do as is instructed.
  • You can begin the conversion procedure by making a new project folder or you can select one that has already been created. If you already have an available project then go to the area highlighted [Select Project] and then locate your project. When creating a new project you will need to first go to the [Project Folder Dialog] and then select [Create Project]. Label your new project folder ensuring you attach MPEG to the end of the given name. The default settings will be used unless you change them by going to the [Preferences] panel. By utilizing a project folder this will undoubtedlyhelp make the process easier because of the length of time it may take . This way you can start and stop but still retrieve the information for quick use during your next session. You can also make copies of you DVD when you have developed a project that is largely impressive.

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  • You can now alter the settings based on the kind of MPEG you would like to convert. The different kinds of MPEG files include some of those that will be highlighted. MPEG-2 which is used to make a DVD profile. To do this change the [Media Type] to [DVD]. MPEG-1 is used to create the VCD profile. To this change the [Media Type] to Video CD. MPEG-2 is used to create an SVCD profile. To do this change [Media Type] for [Video CD]. You may also choose to configure the [Expert Settings]
  • 4.Put the movie that will be converted in the movie list. It should be an .avi file. To do this select the [Movies] tab. Look for the movie file and select it. Drag it into the [Movies List]. You will see an indicator that may come up in either Amber/Green/Red, this is used to indicate that the movie is presently being burnt to a disc.
  • When you have filled in all the settings and have dragged your video into the correct place you can now select [Convert to MPEG] button.
  • This will take some time, hence it is best to do this when you won’t need the machine. It will also take a considerably longer time if your machine is slow. In general expect to wait no less than 4-6 hours.
  • When the conversion is finished the [Convert to MPEG] dialogue should no longer be seen.

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