Guide for using Iriverter to convert video formats
This is a guide of the easiest way I know to convert both DVD's and movies already on your computer to the proper format for the X5 Series Players made by Cowon.
So many people are asking questions about how to make video work on the X5 Series of players, so I decided to make one tutorial that will answer all questions (hopefully). This is very simple, so no one worry about technicality before you give it a try
First, download Iriverter from http://iriverter.sourceforge.net
(This is Version .14 and some people have problems installing)
For version .13r1, go here
This program will convert:
- AVI Video
- Matroska Video
- MPEG Video
- Ogg Video
- Quicktime Movies
- Real Video (with extra codecs)
- Windows Media Video
Go to the menu on the right, locate "Download" in the menu, and choose the right file for your OS (Windows, Mac, etc) Then pick a mirror to download the file from, choose any one.
After Iriverter is downloaded, install it by double clicking the installer and following instructions.
Afer installed, it will look like a white box with a blue border on top, it does not have an icon to make it look any different from your average file.
Double click that blue and white box and open Iriverter.
Before you start, go to the Options menu in the middle on the top of the program. Change your device to the iAudio X5 and then go to framerate.
Now you can choose whatever framerate you want but I would reccommend dragging the bar until it say "14 kbps"
This is 14 fps and the preferred framerate for viewing movies on the X5. Some prefer 12 fps, but you can experiment to find your likings.
You may also want to choose to normalize the Volume from the menu, this will make the sound consistently loud.
Now, there are 3 ways to choose what you want Iriverter to convert, so I will make three different mini-tutorials explaining those 3 steps.
They are converting a single video, converting a directory, and converting a DVD.
The instructions for each method will be explained and then at the end of this, the final steps for putting it on your video on your X5 will be told.
Converting a Single Video
Choose to "Convert a single Video" from the graphic menu on the top, it is the second icon from the left. You will be given two options-where the video is located, and where you want it to go. Browse your computer to find the video and browse to choose where you want it.
Then click either the first icon from the left on the top or go to "Jobs>convert"
Your movie will begin conversion and let you know about how long it will take to complete the job. When it's finished, it will say complete and your video is converted.
Click close under the progress bar.
Then, where it says your input and output, look in the top right of that little box and click the white "X". This will make it so it does not convert the same file again on your next project.
Note: With this method, after setting one video up for conversion, you can get others by choosing to convert another single video, etc. and then when you convert, it will convert all of the projects you have prepared.
Converting a Directory
Choose the Icon third from right which looks like a folder and click on it.
A box will appear and give you two neccessary fields to fill in. Input-Where the file is on your computer. And Output-Where you want the converted files to end up.
Browse through your computer and choose those two locations.
You are now ready to convert.
Click either the first icon from the left on the top or go to "Jobs>convert"
Your folder will begin conversion and let you know about how long it will take to complete the job (Time is shown per movie, not by the entire folder itself).
When it's finished, it will say complete and your video is converted.
Click close under the progress bar. Then, where it says your input and output, look in the top right of that little box and click the white "X". This will make it so it does not convert the same file again on your next project.
Note: With this method, after setting one folder up for conversion, you can get others by choosing to convert another folder, etc. and then when you convert, it will convert all of the projects you have prepared.
In Iriverter choose the farthest icon on the right, the one that looks like a DVD.
You will have many fields needed to be filled in before you can begin.
Under DVD Drive choose the drive your DVD player is.
Under Title, it will either already show the title of the DVD, or you will type it in.
To choose what in the DVD you want, click chapters and choose the parts you need, this is helpful when the DVD has unneeded extra features, etc.
Under Audio Stream choose your preferred spoken language for the DVD. If nothing appears, the DVD will be in it's default language.
The same rules as above apply to subtitles. If you don't want any, leave it black, but if there's a drop down menu and you see a language you want displayed as subtitles, choose it.
Finally, choose where you want the competed X5 file of the DVD to end up under "Output".
Browse your computer and select the folder you wish it
And finally, before you convert you may want to make sure you have a couple gigabytes free on your hard drive just in case it needs that much storage at some point in the conversion.
It will give you an estimated total time and convert. When it is finished your finished file will be in the folder you assigned it to end up (Output).
Notes for all: Different types of projects can all be done at the same time. After setting up one project, set another one up by following the same steps. After choosing all of your projects, begin conversion.
Important Note: Occasionally there is an error with Iriverter called "mencoder.exe" The file which caused it to error is for some reason not liked by Iriverter. This problem is almost always solved with a simple restart, but without a restart, the majority of videos will continue to be converted succesfully, but the one which cause the error will fail to be converted.
Locate your converted files and after connecting your X5 to your computer, expand the drive your X5 is in "My Computer" and Go to the folder called "MOVIE"
Drag and drop (or copy and paste) the files which you have converted and want on your X5 into that folder.
Then, congratulations! Your work has paid off and you can enjoy watching your new movies on your X5.
Thanks to "BlackFlag79" for some help with directories.
Feel free to contact me with any questions at bradleyferreira (at) gmail.com
Note from the admin: more good information about Iriverter in the following thread posted by the author (MrStaticVoid)...