How to put video on the R4DS

I’ve covered setting up the R4, putting ROMs on it and skinning, now it’s time to do video…

It’s all mentioned in the video (except that I said AviSync when it should be AviSynth and I can’t be bothered to record it again) and now here is the simple guide to adding videos to the R4DS.

You will need 3 things: (BatchDPG and AviSynth can be downloaded in one file if you click here)

  1. BatchDPG – the user interface through which to encode the video
  2. AviSynth – a codec of which BatchDPG needs for it to work properly (it tells you if you don’t have it after installation of BatchDPG)
  3. Microsoft’s .NET Framework 1.1

When they’re all installed, open BatchDPG and click the Browse button at the top to locate the file you want to encode. If the video has subtitles, click the Browse button for that to locate the file, then click the Browse button to locate a folder to save the encoded video to.

The video settings won’t really need changing since they’re preset at the DS resolution, but you can change the fps and profile if you wish, shouldn’t need to though. Audio bitrate is fine at 128 for stereo videos, but could be changed to 64 or 96 for mono audio. The other settings should be ok and not need changing unless you know what you’re doing, so once all that’s done, go to the bottom and click Add, this adds the video to the process window and to start processing, click Run. That’s it, you should now have a .dpg file in the folder you chose to save it in.

All you need to do now is drag the encoded .dpg file onto the MicroSD card, plug it back into the R4 cart and away you go. When you boot up the DS, click the middle icon to go to Moonshell, you’ll probably get a load of garbled text and then it will start. If you’ve put the .dpg file in the boot directory (straight onto the SD card), you will need to press the B button to go back a dir and select the file from there, press A to play the video and enjoy…