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?
How to convert DVD to Avi files?(21 posts)
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?
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.
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
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?
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.
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:
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.
i just finished using the fairusewizard program and i do have to say, it is very nice. using Divix and the same basic settings i use in Gordian Knot, it still took about 3 hours to convert an entire DVD. and the quality is just as good as GK, but using the program is a hundred times simpler.
thanks InDiSent for this great program.
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