Video Conversion Guide
This Guide explains everything you need to know about converting Videos.
- 1 Why Convert?
- 2 What's the Difference between a Codec & a Container?
- 3 What's the Best Codec?
- 4 Where do I get Codecs?
- 5 How do I know which Codecs my file uses?
- 6 But I have a Mac! (or Linux)
- 7 How do I do a Basic Conversion?
- 8 How do I do an Advanced Conversion?
- 9 How do I make Backups of my DVDs?
- 10 Tool Guide
- 11 Glossary
What's the Difference between a Codec & a Container?
A codec is a piece of software that allows you to encode something - usually audio or video - to a specific format and can decode the media encoded in this specific format again.
Whereas a container at the most basic level is a file entension. But some containers can contain additional information such as subtitles and navigational information.
What's the Best Codec?
This is one of those How long is a piece of string? questions. It all comes down to content when determining what the best codec is. Please see the sub sections below for examples on which codec to use in various situations.
What Audio Codec should I use?
As mentioned, content determines which codec to use. If you are encoding a video clip with stereo sound there is no reason to use a suround sound codec. On the other hand if you are encoding a movie you plan on playing in your home theater then you wouldn't use a stereo codec such as MP3.
What Video Codec should I use?
Where do I get Codecs?
How do I know which Codecs my file uses?
How do I use GSpot to determine my Codecs?
GSpot is an easy to use program to determine the codecs used in a file. It is clear and concise and setup for basic users.
But I have a Mac! (or Linux)
How do I do a Basic Conversion?
How do I do an Advanced Conversion?
How do I make Backups of my DVDs?
Which Software Package should I use?
Why shouldn't I use Nero/Adobe/etc.?
When do I use AutoGK?
see Using AutoGK
How do I use HandBrake?
see Using HandBrake
How do I use VirtualDub?
see Using VirtualDub
How do I use VirtualDubMod?
Should I use VirtualDub or VirtualDubMod?
see Video Glossary
Follow the link above to see the glossary for terms used in the Video Conversion Guide.