Sunday, July 24, 2005

converting raw Video CD dumps into AVIs

My KiSS DP-1500 is a nice piece of hardware (apart from occassional hiccups), but it cannot read & decode raw Video CD images. Because I really like films like Alien (Director's cut), I wanted to do something about it. As usual, MPlayer + mencoder duo come handy - I have even found nice GUI for mencoder called gmencoder which makes the whole process really easy (especially when you don't have half a day to get through zillions of mencoder options).

Right now I can report, that re-encoding is possible - I managed to get nice AVI encoded to MPEG4. The problem is still the scaling. gmencoder crashes when I turn on scaling to normal aspect ratio, which is 1.33333 with X and Y size (768 x 576); without scaling turned on, I'm getting X size 480 (I guess it's a default one).

Right now I'm not 100% sure what is the problem, I'm going to send the debug report to gmencoder developers (tried already to google for similar cases but could not find anything).

Update: I've mailed the author as seen on gmencoder's home page at and got the reply that 'email is not valid'. Does it mean that the project is dead? I've forwarded the email to gmencoder's Debian maintainer, Ben Zores.


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