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.:: AVI to DVD - program comparison ::.

Posted: Thu Mar 15, 2007 11:34 am
by n7of9
.:: AVI to DVD - program comparison ::.

1. [goto=1]Overview[/goto]

2. [goto=2]Programs Tested[/goto]

3. [goto=3]Results[/goto]

4. [goto=4]Conclusion[/goto]

[list][anchor=1]1. Overview[/anchor][/list][/color]

This guide is intended to help you choose a method for coverting your AVI files to DVD. The resulting DVD files of the programs tested are compared based on video and audio quality, time to convert, ease of use and extras (i.e. ability to add subtitles or to create menus).

There is only one criteria used for test programs: the resulting file must be playable in a stand-alone DVD player without the need to further author the DVD.

Default settings were used on all programs, unless otherwise specified. NTFS to PAL converting was not tested, nor were menus and chapters as not all programs support this (though the ability to create menus and chapters are both scored).

The same .avi file is used in all programs tested, a 10 minute clip from Spiderman.2.WS.DVDRip.XviD.AC3.6CH-ALDi.CD2.avi. I used a 10 minute file so you can use the "time to convert" criteria in the test results to figure out approximately how long it may take you to convert a video file of any length (do you know your 6x times tables?).

-The test file-
File Name ..........: N7_TEST.avi
Total Size (MB) ....: 123.13 MB
Total Streams ......: 2 Stream(s)

Video Size (MB) ....: 90.97 MB
Video Length .......: 00:10:02
Video Codec Name ...: XviD MPEG-4 codec
Video Bitrate ......: 1267 KB/s
Resolution .........: 640 x 272
Aspect Ratio .......: 2.35:1
Total Frames .......: 14429 Frames
Framerate ..........: 23.976 FPS

Audio Size (MB) ....: 32.15 MB
Audio Length .......: 00:10:02
Audio Codec Name ...: FAST Multimedia AG DVM (Dolby AC3)
Audio Bitrate ......: 448 KB/s (CBR)
Channels ...........: 6 Ch
Sampling Rate ......: 48000 Hz

-PC Specs-
CPU: Intel P4 3.40GHz
RAM: 2.00 GB RAM
O/S: Windows XP SP2

Note: You will need to take into account your own PC specs to figure out how long it may take your PC to convert files, i.e. if your CPU is slower it will take longer to covert your avi files.

[list][anchor=2]2. Programs Tested[/anchor][/list][/color]

ConvertXtoDVD (Version

Nero Vision (Version

The Film Machine (Version [using CCE SP 2.70]
ed2K: FREE from main site :)
ed2k for CCE add-on:

WinAVI Video Converter (Version 8.0)
Homepage: ... verter.htm
ed2K: ... 708#605708

[list][anchor=3]3. Results[/anchor][/list][/color]

Original file screenshot

Video quality:Good, fast motion is smooth, some degradation in the image. Final DVD 544MB
Audio quality: Very good, no noticable difference to original file
Ease of Use: Very easy to use, set your preferences once and on subsequent uses you can load the video and simply click "Convert".
Aspect Ratio: Keeps original aspect ratio, adds black bars to fill the screen
Time to Convert (mins): 6 minutes 29 seconds using "High quality/Slow encoding" setting. 80% CPU usage throughout


Nero Vision
Video quality: Good, very slight stuttering on fast motion sequences. Final DVD 517MB
Audio quality: Very good, no noticable difference to original file
Ease of Use: Easy to use, allows you to save some preferences. There are many settings which can be adjusted so you would need to check them each time
Aspect Ratio: Keeps original aspect ratio, adds black bars to fill the screen
Time to Convert (mins): 8 minutres 57 seconds using High Quality video setting, default Fast Encoding 1-pass, default Aspect Ratio, and default Automatic Audio format. 100% CPU usage throughout


The Film Machine
Video quality:Excellent. Final DVD 445MB
Audio quality: Very good, no noticable difference to original file
Ease of Use: Correct setup is important expecially for the external encoder (in this case, CCE).
Aspect Ratio: Keeps original aspect ratio, adds black bars to fill the screen
Time to Convert (mins): 17 minutes 34 seconds using CCE 1-pass (note that best video quality with CCE requires 4-pass encoding which increases converting time), default BeSweet, Arrange method "Add borders, keep aspect ratio" (note: all other arrange methods resulted in an incorrect aspect ratio). The Film Machine is REALLY let down by the amount of time it takes to convert. From these results (and at 4-pass encoding as recommended by CCE) you can assume a 2 hour video can take upwards of 5 hours to convert. 100% CPU usage on most parts


WinAVI Video Converter
Video quality: Colours are washed out, picture is grainy. Final DVD 354MB
Audio quality: Audio is fine, but flat
Ease of Use: When using default settings, the aspect ratio is incorrect. The only option to change this is to adjust on a percentage which will always give incorrect results.
Aspect Ratio: FAIL
Time to Convert (mins): 3 minutes 19 seconds using default settings - but who cares when the aspect ratio and video quality are so so bad!


[list][anchor=4]4. Conclusion[/anchor][/list][/color]


Other than WinAVI which really has to be the worst converter ever, the others were pretty much the same in video and audio quality. So it comes down to what features you want and what converting time you are prepared to put up with. On score alone, ConvertXtoDVD is the clear winner, but if you are prepared to wait overnighht for every conversion you make then The Film Machine using CCE with 4-pass encoding would give the best result. Nero Vision is for you if you want to make quality menus and it also supports motion menus.

possible programs to further test:
Total Video Converter
TMPGEnc Xpress 4
Main Concept

Posted: Thu Mar 15, 2007 11:36 am
by n7of9
a comparison guide for those new to converting avi files into DVD, i hope it helps :)

if you have a particularly good program you use please post it here and i'll see about adding it to the results

Posted: Thu Mar 15, 2007 8:16 pm
by ZiN
very nice. thanks n.

Posted: Fri Mar 16, 2007 12:02 am
by someboy
great job, but does this mean I have to stop recommending WinAvi?

I swear at some point in the past it was half decent!!!!


Posted: Fri Mar 16, 2007 3:19 am
by n7of9
WinAVI does the job - but when compared to other programs on the same file, the quality is REALLY REALLY TERRIBLE...worse than a VHS rip

Posted: Sat Mar 17, 2007 11:05 am
by ZiN
personally I would recommend WinAVI when everything else fails, I always find it converted difficult files well whereas others would go out of sync.

Posted: Wed Jan 16, 2008 12:42 am
by Crashst3r

- All links now upto date.