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VirtualDub: Any Video to AVI

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VirtualDub supports AviSynth, and so you can use it to easily convert almost any video format to AVI. This short guide shows you how.

Step 1

We'll need to make an AviSynth script. There are many AviSynth script creators, or you can write one yourself in a text editor. The one used by this guide is MeGUI's built in D2V and AviSynth script creators, since guides on using them are already available on Digital Digest.

If your source file is MPEG-2 (eg. DVDs), then follow step 3 and step 4 of Digital Digest's MeGUI guide. Make sure you set "audio=true" in the script. By the end of step 4, you should have an .avs file - this is your AviSynth script. You can now close MeGUI.

If your source file is not MPEG-2, then follow step 4 only of Digital Digest's MeGUI guide. Make sure you set "audio=true" in the script. By the end of this step, you should have an .avs file - this is your AviSynth script. You can now close MeGUI.

If you are unable to open the file in MeGUI's AviSynth script creator, then this is most likely a codec problem. Make sure you have the codecs needed to playback the source file in Media Player Classic or another similar DirectShow based player. You may need to install an all purpose codec pack, like K-Lite Codec Pack, which has a good set of filters/codecs and have been pre-configured nicely for you.


Step 2

Start VirtualDub, and load in your .avs file. Then proceed as you would with normal AVI encoding, as shown in the VirtualDub: Two Pass Encoding guide.