Converting DVR-MS

Discussion in 'Home Theatre Computing' started by brumster, Nov 1, 2007.

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  1. brumster

    brumster Midland Muppet

    Jun 2, 2004
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    I, like many others I'm sure, am trying to find an easy and free way of converting Microsoft's annoying .dvr-ms format files to MPEG4-based .avi's. The only key different thing for me is I'm trying to use ffmpeg on linux to do it. A quick google turns up load of windows-based utils but the most I can find for linux is that good old ffmpeg does the job. That's fine by me; used it loads in the past.

    I tried mencoder and, while it processes it and doesn't complain, it spits out an unplayable file.

    The latest version of ffmpeg should work, so many people boast. I ran it up as follows :-

    ffmpeg -i  -b 1000 -vcodec xvid -acodec mp3 -ab 96 -s 640x480 output.avi
    It's slow compared to mencoder, it spits out a playable xvid, but the audio and video are all out of sync. I have this trouble with ffmpeg all the bloody time, it doesn't seem to handle dropped audio/video frames maybe?

    Anyone know how to get ffmpeg to happily convert MPEG2 files without audio/video sync issues? Or even better, how to do it with mencoder?

    Laters alligators,