Here is my help file for the use of AVI Recomp. AVI Recomp can be used to shrink or expand
AVI files using the DivX codec easily and quickly. The program is free, requires no
additional downloads and works very well.
Here is a link to a screen shot of the first of 2 screens and a number of testimonials.http://www.videohelp.com/tools/AVI_ReComp
I encourage those who have experience with screenshots to add to this guide at any time
for ease of use and less 'flipping around.'
The testimonials are worth reading. They explain the availability of additonal features
such as subtitling which, for the Purposes of OBT with an international audience, may be
The site given is called Videohelp. This is one of the best and largest and well
maintained places to ask video questions regarding all aspects of content handling. The
other premier site is called Afterdawn.com. Afterdawn has an extensive list of guides for
many open source and pay-for softwares.
The use of AVI Recomp is straightforward. You must fill in 2 screens to start the
Here is the procedure step by step:
Start AVI Recomp
At the top of Screen One are four buttons: Source and Output/Additions/Settings/Queue.
Begin by going to the file to be compressed using the available "Open AVI" button under
Source File near the top of screen.
Under Output file, the button marked "Save Avi"
will give you a default file path for the new file (the target) and '_new' is added to the
file name to prevent overwrites. Click on the "Save" button in the window to return to the
AVI Recomp program.
Next down is New AVI size. Several default sizes are offered under the dwon arror
button. However, I've found that even smaller sizes can be given by manually entering a three digit
Manually entering the file size may produce a pop up error. It is only a warning. But
because of the warning, your completed recompressed file should be checked for legibility of
print and image by viewing it. Print images at very small size may be fuzzy. The intent
with this process is to get the file content to other users and not for duplication. For
this reason, a small size will retain the4 audio and general video composition
as a quality of Fair rather han Good or Very Good. Gaining expertise with AVI Recomp will (though I have no experience of this) allow you to enhance the source by making it bigger at a later time.
This completes the required actions for the first screen. Ignore the 'Status' button as a
program starter. The start operation begins on the second screen.
Press "Queue" at the top of the first screen. This takes you to the screen in which AVI
Recomp runs it's routines. There is more than one process. AVI Recomp is a shell for other
video tools such AVI Synth and VirtualDubMod. Virtual Dub is a powerful program itself
which is used for video editing. At the Second screen, press the Add To Queue button near the top of the screen. Your file to Redcomp will appear in the box at middle screen. The box will say "Waiting. When the Start button is pressed, the process begins. Progress indicates in a percentage in the
Operating System tray at the bottom of your screen.
The process will take several hours and be advised that no other activity should take
place during the Recomp since it is a machine intensive procedure.
When the process is complete, the word "Done" will appear in the 'activity box' where
your AVI file displays.
Depending on how your system is configured, the new AVI file can be found by using system
search. I've found that that is the easiest way to locate it. The file is not created in
the directory of the AVI source.
That's it. Feel free to add to this guide at OBT. Martin will give info on how to do it.