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convert DVD to xvid or divx


Obviously there are a lot of ways to do this, but I'll be describing what I think combines ease with great results. I am no authority on the matter, and there are likely to be better ways, but here goes:

programs needed (free):

a) DVD Shrink

b) AutoGK
 (auto gordian knot)

install both of these then proceed to instructions which follow
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1. note the starting and ending time(s) of the clip on the dvd you want to extract.

2. put dvd into computer's dvd drive

3. launch DVD Shrink and click OPEN DISK, select the dvd drive and hit OK

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4. click the RE-AUTHOR button

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5. double click on the title with the largest size on the right side (usually the main movie) and it will then appear on the left side

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6. right-click on the section in the left pane and select SET START/END FRAMES

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7. adjust the sliders for beginning and end frames you want to extract (based on the times you noted in step 1)

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8. click the BACKUP! button, and it will prompt you for a location to save the file

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9. when its thru backing up, you'll have a .vob version of the file which needs to be converted into mpg or avi

10. open Auto Gordian Knot

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11. for the Input file, select the .vob file you just made with DVD Shrink

12. select a location and name for the output file (this is done automatically, you can change the defaults)

13. in the 'step 3' section, pick CUSTOM SIZE, and enter a value of about 12MB per minute of video

14. in the 'step 4' section, you select to convert the .vob to xvid or divx, xvid is the default

15. click ADD JOB, then START (then wait for it to finish)

16. upload file to rapidshare or other hosting service

 


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Registered: 09-2005
Location: Canada
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Re: convert DVD to xvid or divx


Thanks for the tutorial.

One thing to add - if Auto Gordian Knot (AGK) gives you this message when it finishes:

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("VirtualDub Error
AVIOutput: The process cannot access the file because it is being used by another process.")

...this means that AGK was unable to process the audio on your video clip.
The clip it provides for you will have no sound.
You will have to try the whole thing again from the beginning.

This can sometimes be a recurring and persistent problem on some computer systems (including mine).
Each time you try using AGK, it gives you the same result.

You may have to switch to another program.

The freeware version of Xilisoft Video Converter ( http://www.xilisoft.com/video-converter.html ) will allow you to produce clips up to 5 minutes long, directly from the .VOB file that DVD Shrink gives you. The two drawbacks are that Xilisoft will produce your clip at a smaller size than AGK, and it won't complete a clip that's longer than 5 minutes (presumably, if you pay and upgrade to the full version, you can increase the size and length of your clips), but I'm actually finding it to be more reliable than AGK.

Hope this helps. :)

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Registered: 09-2005
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Re: convert DVD to xvid or divx


Important Note:

It is recommended that you do not try to copy clips from HD-DVD or Blu-Ray discs, because of new, more advanced copy-protection technology that can affect your HD DVD player.

The newest generations of optical disc media, HD DVD and Blu-ray Disc, attempt to address this issue. Both formats employ the Advanced Access Content System, which provides for several hundred different decryption keys (for the varying models of players to hit the market), each of which can be invalidated ("revoked") should one of the keys be compromised. Revoked keys simply will not appear on future discs, rendering the compromised players useless for future titles unless they are updated to fix the issue. For this reason, all HD-DVD and Blu-ray Disc players include an ethernet port, to give them the ability to download DRM updates. Blu-ray Disc goes one step further with a separate technique called BD+, a virtual machine that can execute code included on discs to verify, authorize, revoke, and update players as the need arises. Since the protection program is on the disc rather than the player, this allows for updating protection programs within BD's working life by simply having newer programs included on newer discs.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/License_Management
under the heading "Copy protection in recent digital media"

More information about Advanced Access Content System:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Advanced_Access_Content_System



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