How do I Encode Video Files using Super?

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Encoding video files help you to change the format of the video file to a more convenient one both for the uploader as well as the downloader. By changing simple properties like bitrate, codec and resolution, you can significantly reduce the size of the video with variable effect on the overall quality. Though Encoding videos - VirtualDub, VirtualDubMod gives far more flexibility VirtualDub does not support WMV and and a few other formats. For this we fall up on Super which is a freeware and converts from any format (camera phone, digital still camera, downloads etc) to the Windows Media Video format for editing in Windows Movie Maker, however the steps detailed here can also be used to convert to any other format that SUPER supports, including iPod and 3gp phone formats.A copy of Super can be downloaded from Super Download Page.

Software required:

  • DivX or XviD codecs (optional)


Overview This is the SUPER screen. Everything you need is either here, or on the menu that pops up when you click the right mouse button. The sections are laid out logically, and the contents of each section change depending on the type of video or audio you are converting to.


Step 1 Encoder settings Digital video is stored in a container, or file. The video and audio data are compressed within that file using a codec (Compressor DeCompressor).Different containers allow for different codecs to be used. SUPER knows which codecs you can use in which containers, and will guide you by changing the content of the drop down lists accordingly. The output container determines the type of file to be created, and may affect the type of player that your computer uses to playback the converted file. The video and audio codecs will be determined by the container type selected. Some containers, such as .avi, support many different types of video and audio codecs. Others, such as .wmv, support a much smaller range


Step 2 Video Settings The video settings affect the frame size, pixel aspect ratio, framerate and bitrate that the video codec uses to encode the video. The contents of this section will vary depending on the video codec selected


Step 3 Audio Settings The audio settings are important in ensuring that the sound you get in your converted file is of high enough quality. The contents of this section will vary depending on the audio codec selected.


Step 4 File load and encoding You can load files for conversion I two ways. You can use the Add Multimedia Files option on the right-click menu, or you can simply drag and drop the files onto the panel shown in the image above. Once you have your files loaded and your settings configured, click on the Encode (Active Job-List Files) button to start the encoding process. Progress is displayed using a green progress bar. When done you have your encoded file in the same place as the original file.

Note : unlike other progress bars, the SUPER progress bar does not currently represent the file encoding progress from 0 to 100%. Depending on the length (running time) of the original file, and the amount of work required to encode it, the progress bar may go from to empty to full several times for a single file.