The Essentials: Converting MKV to AVI

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  Posted on January 31, 2010 11:09
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This tutorial is about how to convert MKV to AVI since AMV makers sometimes have MKV files which cannot be imported in Sony Vegas, AE, or Premiere so they would have to convert to AVI. You may use a free converting program or a free trial of MKV to AVI but sometimes those don't work out well. Here I'm going to talk about two ways to convert MKV to AVI:

1. Super
2. VirtualDubMod

Why would you convert MKV to AVI? Why can't you just search for RAW avi files? Well one reason MKV is easier to find than raw avi files and also MKV holds higher quality than raw AVI files.

The files you need to convert MKV to AVI:
(Note: I'm going by memory, hopefully I'm not missing any files)
1. The latest FFDshow
2. AVIsynth (My version is 2.5.6, later version might work. If not, go to 2.5.6)
3. HuffYUV OR Lagarith lossless video codec (I prefer lagarith. There's no difference really except Lagarith is less grainy?)

Super

Download link: Homepage

This program is free and not only converts just MKV to AVI but can convert ... well pretty much any video file nto AVI, MKV, MP4, and can also convert image files and audio files. This way is probably more simple but it converts the whole thing. For me, I'm used to converting parts by parts but for others they might go for this route. Anyways, what you do is open up the Super program.



Pretty simple...

1. What you want it convert to. For here convert it to AVI
2. Video Codec. I put H.264/AVC (Do not use Huffyuv)
3. MP3

Video: If you want to change the video size, but I wouldn't recommend it. Frame/Sec: 29.97. Bitrate: 29040 (is what I used) Hi Quality and 48K Audio.

Audio: I just left it alone. I normally don't need audio to convert.

Hit Encode (Active Files) then wait till it finally converts. My size for the final episode: 10.9 MB.

Well we'll compare how it looks. MKV (original file) and the AVI (Converted file)

MKV || AVI

MKV looks a lot better. .-. Lines are more defined and sharp but AVI is still usable. Also if you're not satisfied with it, keep changing the settings especially the bitrate. The higher, probably better. Like I said Super is pretty simple to use, it's free, and can convert pretty much anything to the format you desire. Someone told me though the converted files couldn't get imported to vegas and for some reason it only imports the audio. When I imported into Premiere though, the video and the audio works so to be honest I don't know why Vegas only imports the sound and Premiere could import both. I'll have to look into that later.

VirtualDubMod

NOTE: There is a video tutorial on VirtualDubMod made by PPForya80 if you prefer that more (Here
This tutorial is basically a reading version of the video.

Download Link: VDubmod
Extra **For VDubMod to Work**

This, however, is more complicated than the Super program and can lead into problems. But it works for me, and I like complication. What's different between Super and Vdubmod though you can convert part of the episodes instead of the whole episode. For me I like it that way. So let's start by bringing up VirtualDubMod.

Go to File -> Open Video File VIA AVISYNTH (or ctrl+V)

(Going to use Eden of the East clips)

Make sure you put ALL FILES as files of type and DIRECTSHOWSOURCE as template (otherwise it will not work)

Let the vdubmod process it. If it crashes, your computer probably couldn't handle it. If it give an error, printscreen it and post it here. Also, fullscreen your vdubmod. It's probably better unless you just want it window and you know where everything in the episode is.

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Okay, for vdub it's recommended that you only export the parts you need because the file size for the converted AVI file can be huge. At the image I have above, the red box is from the start of the clip you want. The blue box is the end of the clip you want. The green box shows that the part of the clip will be exported instead of the whole episode. Yeah you can move that arrow by the way o.o

Now exporting it.. first go to video -> compression (or just ctrl+c)


Make sure it's either on Lagarith Lossless Codec OR the Huffyuv codec

Hit OK.

If you want the video to be resized, check the video tutorial I linked from above. I didn't choose to resize though since I can resize it in Premiere or Vegas. Problem though, I'm lazy and quality is probably worse but I'm fine with it.

File -> Save As. Save As Type should be AVI. Choose whatever name



Hit Save. Then it's processing. Just wait till the converting is done. Annnndddd the file size for a 13 second clip is.. 509 MB. Not bad. It's honestly more work than the super program because you have to know the episode well in order to search the clips you want. Also:

Eden

Looking at it, all the clips I used for Eden goes to 12.7 GB. I only used 10 seconds of the footage I needed in the amv <_<

And I imported this through Premiere and Vegas so no reason it shouldn't work. Unless your program crash, I just assume your PC / program couldn't handle it.

Yeah. Someone asked me on this, I decided to make the tut.

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  Posted on January 31, 2010 11:14
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nice tutorial
first post :P
  Posted on January 31, 2010 14:49
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Aah, thanks Terry, you saved my life this time.
Though there is one interesting thing that occurs to me.
For some reason when I try to Load FF ACC in the VDubMod it won't load and it crashes, but when I import "The Last order" first, and then ACC, it miraculously works. o.o
  Posted on January 31, 2010 16:52
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ilicmm wrote:
Aah, thanks Terry, you saved my life this time.
Though there is one interesting thing that occurs to me.
For some reason when I try to Load FF ACC in the VDubMod it won't load and it crashes, but when I import "The Last order" first, and then ACC, it miraculously works. o.o
It could be a character in the filename. Try renaming it.
  Posted on February 1, 2010 22:05
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ilicmm wrote:
Aah, thanks Terry, you saved my life this time.
Though there is one interesting thing that occurs to me.
For some reason when I try to Load FF ACC in the VDubMod it won't load and it crashes, but when I import "The Last order" first, and then ACC, it miraculously works. o.o

Dunno why that happens. Maybe you use the wrong template the first time or idk.

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I got the latest version and it doesn't have those blue and red boxes in between for Dub. How can I do it on the latest version(1.5.10.2)?
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xmatrix619 wrote:
I got the latest version and it doesn't have those blue and red boxes in between for Dub. How can I do it on the latest version(1.5.10.2)?

... blue and red boxes?

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  Posted on May 7, 2010 15:58
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Zero0Blade wrote:
Okay, for vdub it's recommended that you only export the parts you need because the file size for the converted AVI file can be huge. At the image I have above, the red box is from the start of the clip you want. The blue box is the end of the clip you want. The green box shows that the part of the clip will be exported instead of the whole episode. Yeah you can move that arrow by the way o.o
  Posted on May 8, 2010 05:39
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I made those boxes ._. to highlight the arrows. Click on those left arrow (red box), right arrow (blue box), and the green shows the clips that you highlight.

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  Posted on August 2, 2010 17:19
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For me MelodyCan is the best software for different players. It can remove drm and convert files to different formats. You can try it_))
  Posted on March 13, 2011 19:47
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thanks but for some reason, I do not have the Load Via AVISH.
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  Posted on January 10, 2013 20:49
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I am just wondering what i am doing wrong.. For some reason i cant change the bitrate above 9792..any ideas?:sad
  Posted on January 24, 2013 03:00
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Maybe you can try kvisoft MKV to AVI converter freely.
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