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    Version: 5.7 | Updated: 08/09/10 | Search Guide | Bookmark Guide

    (Tutorial) Video Conversion Guide for the PSP (version 5.7) 
    This tutorial will teach you multiple methods to get video and music 
    onto your PSP without using any commercial retail software, you simply 
    do NOT NEED IT, plus the commercial stuff isn't anywhere near as 
    capable as the free stuff. Everything downloaded in this tutorial is 
    100% free and 100% LEGAL, and you do NOT need Modded Firmware to put 
    videos or music or pictures onto your PSP.
    Each Section is set up in simple step by step instructions that are 
    easy to follow as long as you follow along WHILE you're reading the 
    instructions. Don't try to read it all first, then do it, that only 
    results in problems.  Read the step, DO the step, it's very simple 
    as long as you don't try to make things deliberately difficult for 
    I will say right here and now that all videos will be transferred to 
    the VIDEO folder (all caps) outside of the PSP folder unless 
    otherwise specified. If you don't have the folder, you can either make 
    it, or you can backup all your important data from the memory stick, 
    then format it using the option in the System Settings menu of your 
    PSP.  It will make all the folders you need, then you just transfer 
    the data back to the stick in the proper folders.  The MP_ROOT folder 
    structure is no longer used or needed on your memory stick, and if you 
    try to use it, you're only making things more complicated than they 
    need to be.
    There's 5 types of MP4 files, and only two of them are supported by the 
    PSP, and even then, only specific resolutions are supported. 
    Any deviation from the accepted formats or resolutions and the files 
    will show up as Unsupported or maybe even Corrupted Data.  The PSP can 
    only run 3 kinds of video files, MP4, MP4-AVC, and MotionJPEG AVI files.  
    The PSP absolutely CANNOT run standard AVI files and it can't run all 
    MP4 files either, just because you might have a file in "MP4 format" 
    does NOT automatically mean it's compatible with the PSP, there are 
    very specific resolution restrictions, and specific video and audio 
    codec restrictions, again, any deviation from those accepted codecs or 
    resolutions WILL stop the videos from running on the PSP, the files 
    will show up as Corrupted Data or Unsupported Data.  Corrupted usually 
    means it's the wrong kind of MP4 or it's using the wrong video or audio 
    codecs, very seldomly will the file actually be corrupted unless 
    something happened during the file transfer from your PC.  Unsupported 
    usually means it's the wrong resolution.
    Table of Contents...
    Section 1. Downloading Youtube or other Streaming Videos
    Section 2. Installing Xvid4PSP v4.115
    Section 3. Converting Videos with Xvid4PSP v4.115
    Section 4. Converting Videos with Xvid4PSP v5.037.5
    Section 5. Recommended Video Bitrate Settings
    Section 6. Converting DVD's to PSP formats
    Section 7. Creating MP3 Playlists with WinAMP
    Section 8. Fixing Corrupted MP3 files with WinAMP
    Section 9. Creating your own PSP Wallpapers using Irfanview
    Section 10. About Conversion Speeds and "Website Converters"
    Section 1. Downloading Youtube or other Streaming Videos
    For those that want to convert Youtube videos to the PSP, you've got a 
    few choices, you can either use a website converter to download and 
    convert the file for you, and hope it works on your PSP, or you can 
    download the file, and convert it manually and make sure it works on 
    your PSP, personally I prefer the latter simply for the sake of 
    Thanks to s3phir0th115 for the Downloadhelper link.  It only works in 
    FireFox to my knowledge so all you 3 remaining Internet Explorer users 
    are SoL.
    Using DownloadHelper is MUCH easier than using the other sites, and it 
    usually works when the other sites don't.  Simply load a page that has 
    a video embedded on it, and click the down arrow just to the left of 
    the URL bar and you'll see the list of videos embedded at that URL, 
    select the video you want and click Download.  Ignore the 
    Download & Convert option because there is no option for PSP conversion.
    If you're using the DLH plugin on YouTube, you'll see several download 
    options for most videos, pick the best quality version, look for the 
    MP4 or FLV with the [HQxx] prefix, and pick the one with the HIGHEST 
    number for the best quality source file.
    Keepvid is just a standard filegrabber, it downloads the raw FLV or MP4 
    file for you, then you manually convert it with any of the methods 
    listed below.  Or you can choose to download the higher quality MP4 
    file and convert that, converting from a higher quality source file is 
    always recommended.
    Vixy will convert the file for you, but it will only work if your PSP 
    has the most up to date firmware, or close to it, it doesn't work on 
    older firmwares, as of this writing it's right around 5.00 and up.
    Also, Vixy tends to get slammed at high traffic times of the day. 
    The most reliable method to get Vixy to work, is to wait until after 
    9PM in your area (possibly even later), then download the file to 
    AVI+MP3 format, then convert manually using one of the methods below.
    Section 2. Installing Xvid4PSP v4.115
    Remember, this process is ONLY for those with firmware 3.30 and higher.
    1. First, download the recommended version of Xvid4PSP and install it 
    with ALL options checked, leave the install folder alone, don't change 
    As I can no longer directly link to Xvid4PSP v4.115, all I can tell you 
    to do is "Google it".  Basically go to Google and type in 
    "Xvid4PSP v4.115 (full)" into the search and the very first link should 
    get you what you need guaranteed virus and malware free.
    A special note for any of you still running Internet Explorer, 
    especially older versions of it, you might need to manually add the 
    .EXE file extension to the Xvid4PSP installer, especially if Windows 
    asks you which program you want to use to open it with.  
    It's an installer, just doubleclick it.
    2. Now, if you don't already have the dotnet framework 3, or 
    Direct X 9.0c installed, do that, they're available from MicroSoft's 
    site.  If you already have them installed, skip this step.
    3. If you're going to be converting Realmedia files, or if you're going 
    to be downloading videos from iTunes or Google video, or any other 
    Quicktime format videos (.MOV or .M4V), you'll need to Google and 
    install the latest KLite Codec Pack, or the latest CCCP (Combined 
    Community Codec Pack).
    4. Since you just installed all those things at once, take a break and 
    restart your PC, then we'll get started on setting up Xvid4PSP and 
    converting video, even adding subtitles if you have them.
    Please keep in mind that the latest STABLE version of Xvid4PSP as of 
    this writing is 5.037.5 (and there's a v6.0 Beta version but it's 
    kinda unstable right now) and the version I just linked to is an older 
    version, but it IS far more capable because the programmer started over 
    from scratch with the v5.xxx series, and hasn't finished adding 
    everything back in yet.
    Section 3. Converting Videos with Xvid4PSP v4.115
    Now for the actual conversion process . . . 
    This part of the tutorial covers ONLY version 4.115, the higher version 
    will be covered in another section.
    1. Click File in the upper left corner, go to Open, and pick a video 
    you want to convert, a new preview window will pop up.
    2a. If your video does not have built in subtitles, or multiple audio 
    tracks, just click the OK button and move on.
    2b. If your video DOES have multiple audio tracks, go to the upper 
    right corner and highlight the Tracks box, and pick the audio track 
    you want.
    3. If your video has embedded subtitles, go to the upper right corner 
    and choose the Subtitles option and enable it if you want the subs to 
    show up in the final video.
    4. If you want to Crop your video (to remove encoded letterboxing), this 
    is where it's done, just click on the arrows to the right of the video 
    until the crop is where you want it, then click the OK button and move 
    on to the next step.
    5. In the Core box in the upper left corner, there are multiple options, 
    set the Format option to MP4 PSP 330.
    6. Go to the Presets box, leave the first 2 options alone, and select 
    2-pass Ultra.
    7. Now to the Video box (upper middle) for a first run we'll choose the 
    following options . . .
    Codec = x264
    Bitrate = 512
    Size = XXX
    Leave the Size box alone for now, I'll cover what that one effects 
    in a bit.
    Resolution settings and cropping settings should be left alone, they're 
    automatically calculated, and every time I mess with them, the 
    conversion stops with an unknown error, so I leave them alone.
    8. That should be it for now, unless you have a video with a seperate 
    subtitle file (.srt - .idx - .sub), so click on the Advanced Tab at the 
    top, and go to the Subtitles box at the bottom and add the subtitle 
    file manually if it wasn't autoloaded.
    Once that is done Click the OK button, that video has now been added to 
    the batch.
    9. Now just click the Start button and wait for the encode to finish.
    Now for the explanation of the Size box, if you want to set your video 
    to be an exact size when it's done, you set the size in that window, so 
    if you want your video to be exactly 100mb, you set it to 100, and this 
    alters the video bitrate numbers to get that filesize. This is NOT a 
    good option for those who like QUALITY in their videos.
    Setting the Mode to 2-Pass does two things, it lowers the filesize just 
    a bit, and gives a better quality video. Yes this option takes longer, 
    but the results are worth it.
    Section 4. Converting Videos with Xvid4PSP v5.037.5
    Installing v5.037.5 is much the same as v4.115, just leave all the 
    option boxes checked, just change the installation folder to something 
    different if you intend on running both the older and newer versions at 
    the same time.
    You can have both versions of the program instlaled at the same time 
    safely, just install them to different folders, they won't interfere 
    with eachother that way.
    1. Once the program has started, click the Open button and find the 
    video you want to convert.  Open it and wait for the Caching process 
    to finish, once you see the preview of the video, then you select the 
    video type you want to convert to.
    Underneath the Open button, it says "Format", with several dropdown 
    2. In the top box choose MP4 PSP AVC, leave the Denoise/Sharpen box, 
    and the Brightness/Contrast box alone for now.
    3. Next to the Video Encoding box is a button with the letter E on it, 
    click that button.
    In the new popup box that opens up, where it says "Encoding Mode", 
    choose 2-Pass Bitrate.
    Where it says "Bitrate (kbps)" choose 512, leave all the rest of the 
    boxes alone and press the OK button.
    4. Click the E button next to the "Audio Encoding" box, and choose the 
    bitrate you want, for now, set it to 64 and press the OK button.
    The main reason for these settings is because they produce a known 
    result, you'll get right around 200MB per hour of running time with 
    these settings, and the quality will be good.
    5. Go up to the top and click the Save button, choose the output file 
    destination, and save it.
    It's now added to the batch, if you want to add anymore videos to the 
    batch, just repeat the steps above until you're done adding videos.
    Once you're done adding all the videos you want, just click the Encode 
    button at the top and wait for it to finish.
    Section 5. Recommended Video Bitrate Settings
    I listed the setting of 512kbps video bitrate and 64kbps audio bitrate 
    above because it produces a known filesize result while still giving 
    decent video and audio quality, usually around 200MB per hour of 
    runtime, so a 2 hour movie would come out around 400MB to 450MB on 
    However, some movies you'll want to bump up the bitrates on, especially 
    if you're outputting to a TV.  Keep in mind that higher bitrates mean 
    higher filesizes, there's really no way around that.
    Horror Movies, or other movies with lots of dark or night-time scenes, 
    especially anything that's Black & White, use at least 1024kbps video 
    bitrate to cut down on the "squaring" you'll see in those dark areas.
    Action or Martial Arts Movies, use at least 768kbps video and 128kbps 
    audio, the higher audio bitrate makes the gunshots and explosions sound 
    so much better, and the higher video bitrate cuts down on the 
    choppiness and blurring from the fast paced action.
    Anime or Animated Movies, the 512kbps video setting is just fine for 
    this kind of stuff, 30 minute Anime episodes usually run in the 100MB 
    range and convert quickly.  Audio bitrate depends on the source 
    material and personal preference.
    Music Videos or Concerts, leave the video set at 512kbps unless you've 
    got HD source material, and crank up the audio bitrate to at least 
    256kbps or higher.
    Everybody's personal preference for Quality vs Filesize is going to be 
    different, the best way to guage your own preference is to find 
    something like a music video or movie trailer (preferably using HD 
    source material of 720p minimum), then convert that video multiple 
    times at multiple settings and transfer them all to your PSP at once 
    and watch them back to back.  Figure out for yourself what the lowest 
    video bitrate you can accept is going to be, and use that as a 
    baseline for your conversions.
    Section 6. Converting DVD's to PSP formats
    This method is NOT illegal, it does NOT break the CSS encryption or rip 
    the DVD to your harddrive in VOB form.
    Using Xvid4PSP v4.115 . . .
    Insert the DVD into your PC's DVD drive and click the DVD button in the 
    lower bar of the program.  A popup box will come up saying "MPEG File 
    detected. Create index file?", click yes and wait for the indexing to 
    finish.  This will take about 5 to 10 minutes for a full movie 
    depending on the length of it, and just a few seconds if it's something 
    like a TV episode.  If you don't see the percentage meter rising, that 
    DVD can't be converted with this method.
    Once the indexing is done a new popup box will come up showing a 
    preview of the video, in the upper right corner is the Streams box with 
    3 drop-down boxes, Titles, Tracks, and Subtitles.
    Choose the option in the Titles box that matches the running length of 
    the movie (or episode) you want to convert.  It may or may not need to 
    index again depending on how the DVD is set up.  If you want to change 
    the audio option, that's up to you but don't count on the Subtitles 
    option working, it's remained "Disabled" for every DVD I have, so for 
    now, just leave it on English unless you actually understand the other 
    languages without needing subs.
    Leave the "Aspect" box alone, it's calculated automatically.
    Go to the Crop box and remove the black bars if your DVD is 
    letterboxed, the auto-cropping should do a good enough job on it's own 
    but you can crop it further if you want.
    Now click the OK button and the settings options will pop up.  Refer to 
    Section 3 for what to do here, it's the same.  Once you're done, just 
    click the OK button and the movie (or episode) will be added to the 
    batch list.
    If you have no further videos to add to the batch, just click the Start 
    button and let it convert.
    Using Xvid4PSP v5.037.5 . . .
    Start the program and click the DVD button, a browse box will pop up, 
    browse to the DVD and highlight the VIDEO_TS folder and press the OK 
    button.  A preview screen will come up, and at the top where it says 
    Select Title:, select the option that matches the running time of what 
    you want to convert and click the OK button.  It will now start 
    indexing, just wait until it finishes.  Again, if it fails to index, 
    that DVD can't be converted through that method.
    Once it's done indexing, you'll get the option to change your audio 
    track and even set the delay time if necessary.  Just click the OK 
    button for now.
    Once the preview screen is showing, make sure your Crop settings are 
    correct by going to the Video option at the top and go to 
    Change the settings in the Crop top, bottom: and the Crop left, right: 
    to match your preferences, then click the Apply button, leave the other 
    boxes alone for now and click the OK button.  Refer to Section 4 above 
    to choose your video and audio bitrate settings, then click the Save 
    button in the upper middle.
    The video is now added to the batch list, if you have no further videos 
    to add, click the Encode button and let it go.
    Please don't ask me about extracting subtitles from DVD's.  This is a 
    long and involved process requiring several programs and is more hassle 
    than it's worth.  Google it, the info on how to do it is easy enough to 
    find, try it on your own.
    Section 7. Creating MP3 Playlists with WinAMP
    Now for the Music stuff, I'll put in the WInAMP method of organizing 
    your music on your PSP without resorting to renaming all the files.
    First, if you don't already have it, go to www.winamp.com and download 
    WinAMP, then install it.  It's free.
    Put all the music you want onto your PSP, put it inside a single folder 
    inside the MUSIC folder. Leave the USB mode ON and the window open.
    Or alternatively in the X:\MUSIC\MyPSPMusic folder, they both work at 
    the same time so it gives you more sorting options.
    Start up WinAMP, and make sure the Playlist window is open.
    Now left click and HOLD onto the MyPSPMusic folder, and drag that 
    folder onto the Playlist window of WinAMP.
    Now sort your music however you want by dragging the files up and down 
    the list.
    When you're done, at the bottom of the playlist window should be a 
    button labeled List, click that button, and Save the playlist inside 
    the MyPSPMusic folder, name it whatever you want, that's the name that 
    will show up in the XMB.
    Name the folder whatever you want, it won't show up in the XMB under 
    that name, only the name of the playlist file will show up.
    Section 8. Fixing Corrupted MP3 files with WinAMP
    Some music can show up on the PSP as Corrupted Data, this can be caused 
    by file corruption, and even by ID3v1 and ID3v2 tags embedded in the 
    MP3 itself.
    To fix a song that's corrupted in the file itself, simply put the 
    broken file into the playlist by itself, then going to the Preferences 
    and Output options and using the DiskWriter plugin to output the file 
    to a seperated .WAV file.  Then use any number of free MP3 converters 
    to put that .WAV file back into MP3 format.  There's also a few MP3 
    output plugins that can do all that in a single step, just google them.  
    Now just put that new MP3 onto your PSP and it won't show up as 
    "Corrupted Data" anymore.
    That method can also be used to convert songs in other audio formats 
    unsupported by the PSP from iTunes or other services so they'll work 
    on the PSP without any problems.
    Other files can be corrupted by embedded information such as ID3 tags, 
    embedded cover art that's too big, or even embedded lyrics files that 
    the PSP doesn't display.
    Just put those songs into WinAMP's playlist, highlight the individual 
    song, and press ALT+3 on your keyboard.  This will bring up the 
    properties box for that song.  Just uncheck the ID3v2 tag box, as well 
    as the Lyrics tag box.  You can add cover art to individual songs this 
    way, just keep the cover art to 200x200 or smaller, the PSP can't 
    display huge cover art pics.  Then press the OK button in the lower 
    left and the file will be saved.
    If you want to add or remove album art from the MP3 files themselves, 
    especially large batches of them, then use MediaTagger.  Just Google 
    it and a tutorial for it.  It's free.
    If your music is organized into multiple subfolders, you can make each 
    subfolder have it's own icon show up in the XMB.  Just shrink the album 
    art to a 200x200 file and call it Cover.jpg and put it in the music 
    folder you want to have that icon.
    To organize your pics or gamesaves, or even the order that your videos 
    appear in, use PSP Content Manager 1.8, this is a free PC app that 
    organizes memstick content (pics, saves, games), allows you to add 
    website bookmarks to the PSP easily by copying and pasting the direct 
    link into the program, and even does RSS MP3 feeds through your PC Wifi 
    Again, I'm not able to directly link to this, just google 
    "PSP Content Manager 1.8", you should find it easy enough.
    Section 9. Creating your own PSP Wallpapers using Irfanview
    I created this section for all the people asking for wallpapers or 
    specific PSP wallpaper sites when it's very easy to create your own 
    from any image on your PC that's big enough.
    First, go to www.irfanview.com and download and install both the main 
    program and the plugins pack.  This is a 100% FREE program and has tons 
    of picture editing abilities.  Don't install the Google toolbar, you 
    don't need it and it's usually picked up as malware or spyware by some 
    of the scanners out there.
    Once the program and plugins pack is installed, open up the picture you 
    want to use for your wallpaper.  You'll get the best results if that 
    picture is LARGER than 480x272 resolution.
    Left click your mouse on the picture and HOLD IT, now drag a crop box 
    around the section of the picture you want to use as your PSP 
    wallpaper.  If you don't get it exactly right the first time, don't 
    worry about it, you can adjust the crop box once you let go of the 
    mouse click.  Keep adjusting your crop box until the ratio up in the 
    top bar reads 1.765, it will be the very last number at the top of the 
    program, above the options.  It should look something like this.....
    Filename.jpg - Irfanview (Zoom: 889x667) 
    (Selection: 107, 86; 835x473; 1.765)
    You'll get different numbers but that last ratio number is the most 
    important one.
    Once your crop box is at the right ratio, click the Cut button 
    (scissors icon) then left click anywhere OUTSIDE of the crop box to 
    remove it, then go up and click Edit and scroll down to Paste.
    You now have a 16:9 ratio image but it still needs to be resized, so 
    go to Image at the top then scroll down to Resize/Resample.
    Look down to the lower left of that pop-up box and check the 
    "Preserve aspect ratio" box, then check the Set new size box, in the 
    Width box put in 480, and the Height box should automatically come up 
    as 272.  If it doesn't, your crop ratio was wrong so you'll have to 
    redo it.  If it's right, just click the OK button.
    You now have a 480x272 image so go up to File, then scroll down to 
    Save As... and save it wherever you want on your PC as a .JPG or .PNG 
    file, then transfer to your PSP via the USB cable.
    You can play around with the Effects options, or the Color corrections, 
    Color Swap, or Negative options to create different effects in your 
    wallpaper, customize it however you want it.
    Once it's on your PSP in the proper folder, just view the picture and 
    press the Triangle button and select "Set as Wallpaper" and you're 
    Section 10. About Conversion Speeds and "Website Converters"
    First about the numerous "website converters", honestly don't waste 
    your time with ANY of them, odds are they won't have any quality 
    options to choose from and some of them don't properly support the 
    PSP's video restrictions so you're just going to get a broken file.  
    Take the time to download the video file to your PC and run it through 
    a proper converter so that way you KNOW it will work once it gets to 
    your PSP.
    For those having problems with the Video conversion speed, conversion 
    time depends on numerous variables.....
    1. The running length of the original file, longer movies take longer 
    to convert, duh.
    2. The resolution of the original file, higher resolution files take 
    longer to shrink down to the PSP's resolution, especially going from 
    1080p down to 480x272.
    3. The speed of your PC.  If you have a slow PC that hasn't been 
    upgraded in years, it's going to take longer to convert videos.
    4. The amount of crap you have running in the background on your PC.  
    Got 70+ processes running in the background that you're not using???  
    Turn that crap off, they sap valuable system resources and drastically 
    slow down conversion speeds.
    5. The SETTINGS YOU CHOOSE for the conversion.  Extra options like 
    Sharpening, Saturation changes, Hard-Subbing, and other visual filters 
    add a lot of time to a conversion, use those ONLY if you want a 
    quality final product or you're outputting to a TV.
    The best thing to do is to set up a batch to run while you SLEEP and 
    set Xvid4PSP to shut your PC off when it's done, so then you won't 
    care about how long it takes, and when you wake up, you'll have new 
    stuff to transfer to your PSP.  The older version of Xvid4PSP is better 
    to do this with because the Shutdown command works on a batch, and it 
    doesn't work on a batch in the newer version.
    And here's something you DON'T want to hear...........you CANNOT have 
    fast conversions and good quality, those things are mutually exclusive. 
    You can either have the slower conversion and the superior final video 
    quality, or you get a fast conversion and crap video quality, you 
    CANNOT have them both.
    Now one final thing, for those constantly looking for a non-conversion 
    solution for video on the PSP, don't bother because given the literally 
    THOUSANDS of different combinations of audio and video codecs found in 
    most files these days, there won't be anything that could ever play them 

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