EDIT 18-07-2013: It was pointed out to me that the allprofiles.zip seems to have been taken down. I’ve edited the link, which now points to the same server this blog is hosted on.

This tutorial is going to cover how to set up MEGui to convert a video file from most formats to x264 (a free, open source implementation of the H.264 standard). It follows on from my previous tutorial “Backing up the contents of a DvD/HD-DvD/Blu-Ray using MakeMKV” [LINK] and will be followed up by a tutorial on how to use MeGui to convert DvD/HD-DvD/Blu-Ray backups to x264 high definition video.

Glossary

x86
Most 32-bit central processing units are designed to match the x86 instruction set, created by Intel. More information can be found on [wiki]

x64
Most 64-bit central processing units are designed to match the x64 instruction set. More information can be found on [wiki]

x264

A free and open source implementation of the H.264 codec that is used for all Blu-Ray discs and HD media streams. More information can be found on [wiki]

H.264

The standard video codec used for storing video streams on Blu-Ray DvDs and High Definition video streams. More information can be found on [wiki]

AAC

The audio codec of choice by iTunes, and the Moving Pictures Expert Group for “high-def” video. More information can be found on [wiki]

What You’ll Need

  1. MeGui
  2. NeroAAC Enc
  3. Profiles for MeGui (provided in this post)

First Things First

And now for the slightly boring but legal bit

This tutorial is provided “as is” and is meant to impart the working practises and methods that can be used to achieve a certain goal using modern computing equipment. The information is supplied for educational purposes, and what the reader chooses to do with that information is in no way connected to the author of this post.

This tutorial does not contain links to web services where copyrighted material can be obtained illegally.

This tutorial does contain the steps required to configure the named software (“MeGui”) to enable it to convert a video file (in almost any format) to a video file that utilises the x264 video codec and the AAC audio codec.

What This Tutorial Assumes

The author assumes that the reader is able to navigate an operating system, install software, read and understand English and follow instructions. That is all. No advanced degrees in Computer Science should be needed.

A Quick Note

MeGui is available as a free, open source program.

NeroAAC is available as a free, closed source program.

The MeGui profiles that I provide are slightly edited versions of the profiles that are available through MeGui.

Step One – Download and install MeGui

MeGui can be obtained from the following SourceForge page [LINK]. Currently, it is only available as a compiled binary for Windows. So go ahead and download the zip archive that contains the latest build.

Once you have downloaded the zip archive, go ahead and extract the zip archive to somewhere on your local drive – after scanning for viruses and such, first.

My current MeGui install directory

My current MeGui install directory

Once you have extracted the zip archive, go ahead and run MeGui. You’ll be presented with the update window.

MeGui Updater Window

MeGui Updater Window

Allow MeGui to update all of the components that require updating. This may take some time, depending on your connection, and may required MeGui to restart several times – this wont restart your computer, just MeGui.

Note: In my update window there are no updates, but a fresh install will require plenty of updates.

STEP Two – Setting up MEGUI tools

Once MeGui has updated to the latest version and has restarted a few times, close MeGui. Now we need to download the NeroAAC encoder package. The guys over at Nero have released this for free, and can be downloaded here: [LINK] – you need to provide an email address to get the download link.

Once the “NeroAACCodec-1.1.5.zip” (or whatever the latest version is) had downloaded, extract the contents of the “win32” directory to the following directory:

<MeGui Installation Directory>/tools/eac3to/

The contents of the "win32" directory within the NeroAACCodec zip archive

The contents of the “win32” directory within the NeroAACCodec zip archive

The NeroAAC contents extracted to the MeGui tools folder.

The NeroAAC contents extracted to the MeGui tools folder.

Once you have done this, download my profiles zip archive (found here [LINK]). This archive contains slightly edited profiles for use with MeGui.

When this file has finished downloading, extract the zip archive to your MeGui directory. You need to replace the .xml files within each of the sub-directories within MeGui’s “allprofiles” directory.

Contents of AllProfiles.zip

Contents of AllProfiles.zip

Restart MeGui and go to Options/Settings (or press Control+S) and change to the “External Program Configuration” tab and tick the “Enable NeroAAC” check box.

The External Program Configuration tab

The External Program Configuration tab

If the text in the box underneath the checkbox does not match the path to your NeroAACEnc.exe, then change it.

MeGui is now set up and ready to be used to convert video from almost any format to x264 High Definition video.

Jamie is a .NET developer specialising in ASP.NET MVC websites and services, with a background in WinForms and Games Development. When not programming using .NET, he is either learning about .NET Core (and usually building something cross platform with it), speaking Japanese to anyone who'll listen, learning about languages, writing for this blog, or writing for a blog about Retro Gaming (which he runs with his brother)