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Howto convert video files using mencoder

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Translate Video (e.g. windows DV AVI) to XVID AVI (2-pass encoding)

in this example:

Video: Windows DV --> XVID AVI (2-pass)

Audio: noncompressed AVI sound --> mp3 vbr 3 128kbps

                                      |      video (-ovc)          | audio  (-oac)   
 # mencoder source.avi -o newname.avi -ovc xvid -xvidencopts pass=1 -oac mp3lame -lameopts vbr=3 -aid 128
 # mencoder source.avi -o newname.avi -ovc xvid -xvidencopts pass=2:bitrate=1400 -oac mp3lame -lameopts vbr=3 -aid 128

some more options:

to retain the existing audio steam

 -oac copy

to use en external audio file (mp3, wav, ogg) as the audio of the new generated avi:

 -audiofile <filename>

to retain the existing video stream

 -ovc copy
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