DivX guide

Since version 0.25 Gordian Knot natively supports DivX5 making DivX5 encoding a breeze while still offering many features like BeSweet support for superb audio encoding, Decomb for IVTC, but also regular GKnot features like multiple audio tracks, batch encoding, etc. DivX6 is also supported, but the bitrate cannot be filled in automatically, so you'll have one additional step to perform, but that shouldn't stop you, should it?

You will need the following software for this guide:

DVD Decrypter
GordianKnot Rippack
GordianKnot Codec pack
DivX6 codec (if you want DivX6 over DivX5)

What's the difference between DivX and DivX Pro? The latter has advanced the following features that the standard edition does not have: B frames, QPel motion compensation, Global Motion Compensation, integrated preprocessing, resizing and cropping and deinterlacing/IVTC. Basically, you should be mostly concerned about the first 3 features, which result in slower processing speed but also can improve quality.

There's a very comprehensive document on the new codec at the official DivX site. It will explain additional stuff like how the playback filter works and give you a complete featurelist.


Step 0: First time setup

You will only have to perform this step once.

Install the GordianKnot Rippack, then install the GordianKnot system pack. When installing the codec pack, only select the codec you really want to include.

After installation start Nandub and VirtualDubMod manually one time and click OK to every warning that might appear after startup. You can find the link to both applications in your start menu under Programs - Gordian Knot - Apps.

Then start up Gordian Knot and click on the options tab. Then configure the DivX codec by clicking on the buttons for First Pass, Nth Pass and Credits. When doing multipass with more than 2 passes, it's also possible to use different settings for the last pass but I've never used that feature.

Then configure DivX5 / DivX6 respectively.

Step 1: Basic GKnot Setup

This step will teach you how to set up GKnot for a perfectly good looking rip.

Step 2: Encoding video

Only a few more steps and GKnot will automatically encode video and multiplex audio for you without any further manual interaction.

Step 3: Splitting (if required)

If you created a movie for more than 1 CD and didn't use the autosplit feature, you have to split it up now. The same goes for VobSub subtitles, which are also not split automatically.

This document was last updated on September 3, 2005