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How to convert DVD to Avi files?

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  • Started 5 years ago by madmacs
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madmacs
madmacs
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I have a fair few films which I would like to store on an external multimedia harddrive (can be plugged straight into the TV). As you all know they take up a hell of a lot of space and I was wondering if there was a freeware conversion program that is also easy to use?

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wallaceb
wallaceb
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i recommend http://gordianknot.sourceforge.net/
Gordian Knot is very very powerful, but because of the number of options it has, it can be hard to use.

edit:

I am planning on writing up a nice detailed tutorial on how to use this program.

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madmacs
madmacs
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thx for that wallaceb, i´ll have a look at it and see if i can figure it out. A tutorial would be nice though! How long does a conversion take to do? I´m using a Q6600 and would like to get an avi. file to be around 800-900 MB?
Can I use this with Vista?

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wallaceb
wallaceb
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all i ca say is that with my 2.66 Ghz P4 and 1 gig of Ram, it takes on average about 3 hours to convert a DVD to a good quality AVI, i like having it as high of quality as possible, if you want less, then of course conversion takes less time.

It also depends on how many "passes" you do. you have to do at least 2 passes, and on my machine it is 1.5 hours per pass.

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jack7h3r1pp3r
jack7h3r1pp3r
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usually when i rip movies it takes around an hour to an hour in a half on a p4 3.0ghz w/2gb's ram

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madmacs
madmacs
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so this will work with vista, as it was not listed on the sourceforge page? If so, do i need a newer codec package? Gordianknot certainly does have a lot of options, i´m gonna have to do a bit of googling before i understand how to use it. I wish there was a "one click" conversion program, lol

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whs
whs
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I have never done this. But I am amazed that it takes so much time. There must be a lot of I/O involved. The poster speaks about a file of 800 to 900MB. With a Q6600 and 3 or 4GB of RAM, that should be mostly done in memory. Am I missing something?

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jack7h3r1pp3r
jack7h3r1pp3r
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you can most likely get it to work on vista if you set the compatability to xp if it doesn't install by just double clicking it.

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wallaceb
wallaceb
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i am witting a very detailed tutorial on how to use GK, so you will not need to google how to use it.

This program does work on Vista, i have used it on two different machines many times under vista with no issues.

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madmacs
madmacs
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ok thx all, i´ll wait for the tutorial. Just as info it´s a Q6600 @ 3,2Ghz and 3GB 6400 memory CL4

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ScottW
ScottW
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Anyone who is doing video work should get to know videohelp.com where you can find the tools, the guides, and forums to ask others for help. Every tool listing has a link to all the known guides and feedback from users. Here are the links to Gordian Knot and AutoGK:
http://www.videohelp.com/tools/Gordian_Knot
http://www.videohelp.com/tools/AutoGK

One of the primary reasons that I got my Q6600-based system is that the video conversions were taking soooo long on my P4 system. The software that I use for conversion, TMPGEnc 4.0 Xpress, is multi-core ready and puts all 4 cores to work. Video conversion is very intense both in I/O operations and CPU/FPU.

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wallaceb
wallaceb
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www.wallaceb.us/uploads/Using_.....t_DVD.docx

here is my tutorial. i will add more later on how to use Xvid

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Lighthouse
Lighthouse
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Could you get your link sorted out please Wallace.

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wallaceb
wallaceb
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http://www.wallaceb.us/uploads.....t_DVD.docx

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InDiSent
InDiSent
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I like to use fairusewizard to convert ISO to AVI

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jack7h3r1pp3r
jack7h3r1pp3r
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@wallacb all you have to do for your links are just copy and paste then they should work just fine no need for any coding just a ctrl+c and ctrl+v is all you should need :)

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wallaceb
wallaceb
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thank you jack7h3r1pp3r, i have been using forums for years, but this one seems to act a little different than others when it comes to URLs :P

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jack7h3r1pp3r
jack7h3r1pp3r
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ya it took me a bit too

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windbell
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Handbrake(free) or aimersoft dvd ripper(I use it for a long time, and it works really nice), you can check them out here for free
http://www.aimersoft.com/dvd-ripper.html
http://handbrake.m0k.org/

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wallaceb
wallaceb
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@InDiSent

i am trying fairusewizard as i type, and thus far i like what i see.

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