This is *extremely frustrating. I have spent many, many, hours funbling around and stumbling in the dark trying to follow your simple directions but I run into problems and errors all the time. I had a long post prepared in a TXT file detailing the process and a number of questions and it was lost because I had it kept in the same folder as Gordian Knot and I was getting so many errors I decided to reinstall GN. When I uninstalled it, it deleted the folder and everything that was in it, including some files I had with instructiones etc. I swear I could kill someone right now. This is just ridiculous. Anyway. …
Step 1. Extract VOB to disk. This is the only part that went smoothly.
Step 2. Use DVD2AVI to create d2v and ac3. I assume d2v does not contain the video itself as it is quite small. DVD2AVI created an uncompressed WAV file instead of the AC3 file. I finally managed to use BeSweet to convert the WAV to AC3 but that also took several hours of messing around with BeSweet. Much later, after reinstalling Gordian Knot, I realized it installs two versions of DVD2AVI and only V 1.77, the latest one, can generate AC3 and I was using the other one.
Steps 3, 4, 5. Open the d2v file in Gordian Knot and set bitrate and resolution. I was trying to do this using the uncompressed WAV but GN would not compress it and all the bandwidth was taken by the audio and there was not enough for the video. It took me quite a bit of messing around to realize what the problem was and return to step 2. Once I had the AC3 audio I configured bit rate and resolution here. The movie looks OK in the window that opens
Step 6. Set Credits Start. What is the purpose of this? Does it have to be exactly to the frame? (difficult with fade in-out) I did it. The movie looks OK in this window
Step 7. Here is where I am finally stuck and give up until I can get further help. Without selecting subtitles yet, I click “preview” and I get a completely garbled screen. I will describe it briefly but I can send you the capture by email or post it somewhere if it helps. The bottom haf has green background with a pattern of short horizontal lines. The upper half is divided in two with exactly the same image in each which is the movie but totally distorted in color. Question: what may be the cause and how do I correct it?
Furthermore, if I select the subtitles file as you said then I get an error: “Unable to load VSFilter.dll”. Question: what may be the cause and how do I correct it?
Step 8. What is the credit server file? I am not sure how this separate credit thing works. What is it? How does it work? What is the purpose? For me the credits are just part of the movie video. Am I wrong?
Step 9. Add Job to Encoding Queue. I get an Error “Second pass settings are not set and defaults are not present. Please set second pass settings.” It seems I need to know more about configuring the DivX codec. Question: What do I need to do here? Can you tell me everything I need to know to configure DivX correctly?