January 7, 2009
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:
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?)
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.
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)
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.
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.
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
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:
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.