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Updated 01/02/2012Home » Articles » Configuring the XviD Codec

Configuring the XviD Codec

Xvid is a MPEG-4 video codec for PC. Its purpose is to compress video, Xvid removes information from video that is not important for human perception in order to achieve very high compression rates while still keeping very good visual quality.


The XviD codec offers two methods for video encoding:
  1. Single pass encoding: Video is analyzed and compressed simultaneously in a single encoding operation.
  2. Two pass encoding: Video is analyzed once, and the real compression process is made in the second pass. This method can increase quality but takes much longer to complete.
Using the single pass mode

From the Profiles list select the Home Theater option, using PAL if your video is in 25 FPS, or NTSC otherwise. Then chose the Single pass encoding type from the other list. Click the Target quantizer button to change it to Target bitrate. You can calculate this bitrate using the Calc button and entering the proper values in the required fields, or with the DivXLand Bitrate Calculator.

If you are encoding anime/cartoon videos, you may want to enter the Zone Options to activate the Cartoon mode setting, which uses a special motion estimation feature.

Click OK and proceed to save the file as explained in the guide you were following.

Using the two-pass mode

From the Profiles list select the Home Theater option, using PAL if your video is in 25 FPS, or NTSC otherwise. Then chose the Two pass - 1st pass encoding type from the other list.

If you are encoding anime/cartoon videos, you may want to enter the Zone Options to activate the Cartoon mode setting, which uses a special motion estimation feature.

Click OK and proceed to save the file as explained in the guide you were following.

Once the first pass encoding is done, return to this dialog again and select the Two pass - 2nd pass encoding type. Click the Target quantizer button to change it to Target bitrate. You can calculate this bitrate using the Calc button and entering the proper values in the required fields, or with the DivXLand Bitrate Calculator.

Now proceed to save the AVI file again. This time the codec will use the information gathered previously to compress the video with better quality.

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