AVS Video Converter Online Help

Getting started
Version History
System Requirements
Purchasing AVSVideoConverter
Contact Us
Technical Support
Program Interface
Main Window
Main Area
Main Toolbar
Advanced Settings
Profile Editor
AVI Profile Editor
MPEG Profile Editor
Quick Time Profile Editor
Edit Input Files Window
Effects toolbar
Adjust Effects
Transform effects
Draw effects
Timeline Statusbar
Timeline Toolbar
Action Buttons
Keyboard Shortcuts
Working with DVDs
Creating DVDs with menues
Creating DVD files an burning DVDs
Converting DVD files to other formats
Video Formats and Conversion Tips
Converting to AVI Format
Converting To MPEG Format
Converting To WMV Format
Converting To RM Format
Converting To Quick Time Format
AVI Profile Editor
MPEG Profile Editor
Quick Time Profile Editor
Applying Effects
RGB Brightness
Auto Contrast
Auto Levels
Blur Effects
Add Noise
Filter Minimal and Maximal
Crop Rectangle
Crop Ellipse
Color Transition
Merging video files
Merging video files
Splitting video files
Splitting video files
Capturing video files
Capturing video files
Batch mode processing
Batch mode
Working with Timeline
Using Timeline
Deletion and Selection
Fade in and Fade out
FAQ and How To
Frequently Asked Questions
How To

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Table of contents
  1. Where can I get a registered version of the software or how can I register the software using the website provided?

    If you have installed our trial version, you do not need to download anything else. To register the software you have to click at ABOUT button on the main toolbar (the first window you see when you start your downloaded trial version). You will see a registration box. Please enter the unlock key which you have received from us.

    Important note: Internet connection is obligatory for the software registration!

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  2. Where can I find a boxed version of your software?

    AVS Video Converter is not sold in boxed version.

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  3. How can I get rid of the message in the middle of the finished movie?

    The ad banner is only in the trial version. If you purchase the program, there will be no text or other messages in your movies.

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  4. How can I reinstall the program?

    If you want to reinstall the program, follow the link to download the latest version of the program, copy the file to your hard drive and then run .exe file. To register the program you will have to use your registration key. 

    Important note: Internet connection is obligatory for the software registration!

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  5. I enter my Registration name and Serial number and they don't work. What do I do wrong?

    It is important to enter your name (Registration Name) exactly as you did it at purchase, because "John Doe" and "John A. Doe" or "JOHN DOE" are not the same thing. The simplest way is to copy the Registration name and the Serial number from your registration letter and to paste them to the appropriate boxes of the registration window. You also have to check that there is no space before the registration name. Please also check that there is no space before the registration name.Internet connection is necessary to complete the registration. Make sure your computer has access to Internet, otherwise you won't be able to register the software!

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  6. When I try to register the software Internet connection window pops up. Why?

    Internet connection is necessary to contact our server and complete the registration process. AVS Audio Utilities use Internet connection only once when you register it.

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  7. How much is the latest version of AVS Video Converter for registered users of the previous one?

    Any software upgrade is free for registered users.

    Important note: Internet connection is obligatory for the software registration!

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  8. I'm trying to find a video converter to convert wmv and/or mpg to asf so that I can stream it with a Windows Media Server. Does your software do this?

    There is not need to convert wmv to asf. Windows Media Server supports wmv files perfectly. WMV is a more advanced format than ASF, we may say that ASF is a previous version of WMV.

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  9. I've installed the latest version of AVS Video Converter. Do I have to register it again? How can I figure out if the registration is complete or not?

    You can easily find out if your registration is complete or not.
    First, if you have an unregistered version installed at your computer, the title of the main window says AVS Video Converter - Unregistered .
    In About menu there are Help and E-mail us ... buttons in registered version instead of Registration... and Buy now... buttons in the trial version.
    And finally there is no watermark banner in the middle of the screen of output files.

    Please, note!! If you are upgrading from versions 3.1 or earlier to versions 3.2 and after, you need a NEW registration key. This is also a free upgrade, so to receive your new key, please contact our Support Team. In your letter please provide the registration information that you have.

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  10. Is there a user guide or manual available for this software?

    You can use our Help file which is included into installation of AVS Video Converter, or contact our support team at support@avsmedia.com every time you experience any difficulties using our software.

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  11. Does you product support Windows Media 9?

    AVS Video Converter supports decoding of Windows Media 9 into other formats, moreover we are watching for the new releases of Microsoft and include support for them in our program. WM Profile list box includes all profiles related to WMV series 9 format except ones named Windows Media 8.

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  12. What are audio and video codecs?

    A video or audio Codec (COmpression/DECompression) is a software component allowing to encode data to be stored on a media (CD, DVD, etc...) and/ to decode it to be visualized or heard. There are also so-called "hard" codecs usually embedded to camcorders or digital video players or professional and semi-professional video cards for video editing and composing.

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  13. What Video Codecs AVS Video Converter work with?

    Basically AVSVideoConverter works with all of the video codecs installed at your computer. Here is the description of the most common ones:

    "XviD MPEG-4 Video Codec" http://www.xvid.org/
    XviD is an MPEG4 video codec which is being developed under the open source model, much like the LAME MP3 encoder. It's based upon the efforts made in the Open Source project "OpenDivX" by DivX Networks, which shut it down and closed the source with all the ideas and work spent by many coders from the net. Since the start-over, XviD is developing very fast and is evolving into a very high quality codec.

    "DivX 5.0.5 Codec" http://www.divx.com/
    DivX was originally a hack of the Microsoft MPEG4v3 codec, but has since become a completely separate codec. It is available in both free and purchased versions.
    DivX is the most common codec used in the groups, although you will find several versions of the DivX codec that are all used.
    The most common versions are 3.11, 4.0n, and 5.0. Officially, installing the most recent version of the codec will allow playing older versions, however, there have been complaints of lowered quality and compatibility when playing files created with the older codecs. Version 3.11 can be installed separately of later versions without much hassle. Getting versions 4 and 5 to coexist on a single computer is very difficult.

    "MS MPEG-4 v1,2,3 driver"
    These three codecs were the first MPEG4 codecs used. Because better codecs that are also freely available are now present, these codecs should no longer be used for new encodes. It is, however, still necessary to install some or all of these codecs depending on your operating system to support older encodes.

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  14. What video formats are supported by AVS Video Converter?

    is short for "Audio Video Interleave", the original Microsoft file format for Microsoft's Video for Windows standard. It is an audio video standard designed by Microsoft and is apparently proprietary and Microsoft Windows specific. It is a format developed for storing video and audio information. Files in this format have an .AVI extension. However, Video for Windows does not require any special hardware, making it the lowest common denominator for multimedia applications.

    Gives excellent compression with little loss in quality of the video. MPEG support three types of data - video, audio and streaming. There are a number of standards: among them there are two flavors of MPEG available today. MPEG-1 was designed to provide VHS video quality and CD audio quality at a combined data rate of 150 kilobytes per second. MPEG-1 is displayed at 30 frames per second in a frame that is 352x240 (horizontal x vertical) pixels in size. This allows relatively high quality video images to be stored in relatively small file sizes for playback across computer networks or CD-ROM delivery. MPEG-2 is the other side of the compression coin. It is a broadcast standard specifying a playback size of 720 x 480 pixels at 60 fields per second. Data rates can range from 2 to 10 megabits per second. This means large file sizes and data rates that require specialized hardware for playback. MPEG-2 is one of the core compression technologies for DVD. See the MPEG site for more information.

    This is Microsoft's new standard for audio and video which is closely tied with the Windows Operating System. The player is able to play Windows Media Video (.wmv) and Advanced Streaming Format (.asf) files, and also other formats such as QuickTime, AVI, MPEG and MP3. See the Windows Media site for more information.

    RealMedia provides one of the oldest and most widespread (85% of all web-accessing computers have RealPlayer installed) Web delivery formats. The RealMedia files (.rm) can be viewed using RealPlayer 3 and above. For more information see the RealNetworks site and their user information site.

    DVD video movie file. DVD is the new generation of optical disc storage technology. DVD is essentially a bigger, faster CD that can hold cinema-like video, better-than-CD audio, still photos, and computer data. DVD aims to encompass home entertainment, computers, and business information with a single digital format. It has replaced laserdisc, is well on the way to replacing videotape and video game cartridges, and could eventually replace audio CD and CD-ROM. DVD has widespread support from all major electronics companies, all major computer hardware companies, and all major movie and music studios.

    MOV is a file extension for QuickTime Video Clip. QuickTime is a video and animation system developed by Apple Computer. QuickTime is built into the Macintosh operating system and is used by most Mac applications that include video or animation. PCs can also run files in QuickTime format, but they require a special QuickTime driver. QuickTime supports most encoding formats, including Cinepak, JPEG, and MPEG. QuickTime is competing with a number of other standards, including AVI and ActiveMovie. For more information see the Apple site and their Support page.

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  15. What is bitrate?

    Bitrate very often used when speaking of video or audio quality and file size -- defines how much physical space one second of audio or video takes in bits (note: not in bytes).The higher the bitrate, the more times per second the original sound is sampled, thus yielding a more faithful reproduction and better sound. When choosing an MP3, weigh the advantage of a higher bitrate against the size of the file. Generally speaking, a bitrate of 128 kbps or higher will provide satisfactory sound quality.

    Constant Bit Rate(CBR) encoding maintains the same bitrate throughout an encoded file.
    Variable Bit Rate(VBR) is an MP3 encoding method that's used when file size is not an issue. Unfortunately AVS Video Converter decodes VBR but doesn't encode it.

    Selecting the proper bit rate for your projects depends on the playback target: if you're making a VCD for playback on a DVD player, the video must be exactly 1150 Kbps and the audio 224 Kbps.

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  16. What is frame rate?

    In basic terms, a video can be thought of as being made up of numerous snapshots, called frames. Frame Rate defines how many pictures eg. frames one second of video or audio contains, normally used acronym for framerate is fps - frames per second. Human eye can't see picture changes after the framerate is more than ~24fps.
    Video files with higher frame rates show motion better but have larger file sizes.Typical frame rates are 29.97 for  NTSC video (in American TV system), 25 for PAL (European system) video, and 24 for film. When exporting low-bandwidth versions, select a frame rate that is 1/2, 1/3, or 1/4 of the original frame rate. Setting a frame rate higher than the original frame rate will make the file larger but will not improve the quality.
    Note that MPEG format only supports 23.976, 24, 25, 29.97, 30 frame rates.

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  17. My Windows Media Player will not play my newly converted DVD file. What do I do? 

    Windows Media Player requires installation of special plug-ins to be able to play DVDs. You can download them from the official Microsoft site.

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  18. EAccess Violation error is connected with QuickTime modules. Please, update your QuickTime player. To do it, please take the following steps:

    . Close all running applications
    . Run the QuickTime Player
    . Go to Help
    . Update software.

    If the problem remains, try reinstalling the QuickTime player.
    If after reinstallation the problem is still there - please, contact AVS Support Team  

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  19. My computer DVD player handles my newly converted DVD files, but my home DVD player won't take them! How do I go about it?

    We do not guarantee that our software supports all home DVD players. That's why we strongly recommend that you test DVD's created with the help of AVSVideoConverter on your home DVD-players before purchase.
    Also, make sure that your DVD-disc is compatible with your DVD drive and DVD player. (check that your drive and player accept DVD-R, DVD+R, DVD-RW, DVD+RW, depending on your disc).

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