Free Video Encoding in Windows 7 Using meGUI

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In my earlier post I talked about video encoding in Windows 7 using AutoGK. Lets now talk about meGUI. meGUI is a very simple to use tool with nice GUI for most of your video encoding work. It suports MPEG-4 ASP (xvid), MPEG-4 AVC (x264), AAC, MP2, MP3, Vorbis, AC3 audio and various common containers support (MP4, MKV, AVI, M2TS). Quality of the output video is outstanding. Good part with mkv container is that it format usually carries H.264 video, one or more AC3/AAC/DTS/Vorbis audio tracks and sometimes one or more subtitle tracks (coupled with TrueType or OpenType fonts). So you can have multiple audio and subtitle tracks embedded inside the container, don’t need to carry along the .sub or .srt file for the subtitles. Remember meGUI also needs Avisynth just like AutoGK, but AutoGK installs it automatically. So if you don’t have it installed already, download it from here.

Conversion of a ripped DVD to a mkv format involves one more step than what it was for AutoGK. meGUI does take VOB file as input but it doesn’t accept the IFO file which tells you which all VOBs to use for the entire movie (remember you get multiple VOB files when you rip the DVD). So you would need to first merge all the VOB files to create a single large VOB file. You can do so by using another freeware VOBMerge.

Once you have the monolithic VOB file, launch meGUI, click on One-Click at the bottom right of the meGUI interface:

Now choose the VOB file you created using VOBmerge, tick the advanced options checkbox to get modify the advanced settings, select the file size from the drop-down menu. For a good quality DVDrip  of a movie go for atleast 700MB filesize. But you would certainly not need anything larger than 2CD for best quality audio and video.

[ad#postlink1]Click on Advanced Config tab now.

Change Output Resolution to 720 (this is the resolution on the width side), so with 720 the output resolution would be 720×480 or so (depending on the cropping of black bands). Next click on Encoder Config:

I went with the setting as seen above, now click Go. Go to the Queue Tab in the mail window, click on Start button to get the encoding started. Personally I have been very satisfied with meGUI. The finished encoded video has great quality always, give it a try.

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