Even you can get similar results to Axxo or FXM or FXG.
Hey kids. Welcome to my first instalment for TAN. In this guide we will look at taking a DVD and turning it into an AVI file. From 4GB (or 8GB) down to 700 MB (or whatever size you want). We will be using some easily downloaded and installed freeware
Why would you want to do this? Well, for one, this is a great way to keep your porn stash safe from a ticked off significant other. You can make them feel better by getting rid of the discs, while keeping your treasures safe. But don't throw them out, send them to this guy:
Before we begin, here is a little disclaimer;
Please check your restrictions on copy-written material. Some places allow for a personal back-up and fair use and all that bullshit. Don't break the law. Breaking the law is bad. If you break the law, baby Jesus will cry, and no one wants baby Jesus to cry. There is freeware available to convert to formats for your phone/ipod/etc, I don't cover those since I don't use them.
Lets begin with a quick overview of what you will need:Hardware
Computer with DVD drive
DVD to rip
I know you guys aren't complete idiots, but I have still seen the question in forums about ripping a DVD with a CD-Rom. Yes, I know.Software
I prefer to keep this simple and use one pack, the K-Lite Codec Pack
. I use the "Full" package (13.6 MB), but the encoding program install's it's own codec. I don't know how often they update it, but at the time of writing this, the new, stable version is 4.7.5. There could be better ones out there, this is just the one I am familiar with.Ripping:
I use the standard for ripping DVDs; DVD Decrypter 126.96.36.199
(878 KB). I know there are several other good ones out there (DVDFab is one I have heard of, and I have used DVDx too), but again, I use the old, reliable standby.Encoding
: For encoding, I recommend a quality piece of code: Auto Gordian Knot
, or AutoGK (11.77 MB). This is for version 2.55. This will take the files you ripped from the DVD and automatically encode them to a nice shiny AVI.The Process
Install the three programs. I don't think order will be an issue, but I just installed them in the above order on my newer machine and it worked like a dream. You should be able to use the default install settings until you get more familiar with the programs.
Let us begin. There are a lot of guides out there that have the same exact info, but they try to cover too much. This will be as simple and straight forward as possible. Sorry for no pics, but I am doing this from my notes.
1. Put in the DVD.
2. Start DVD Decrypter.
You are doing great. It may freak out and ask you to enter your DVD region. Go ahead. It should also give you a link to make your DVD "region free."
3. First, we adjust some settings. Go to Tools
. We are going to start on the "IFO Mode" tab. Under the section labeled "Options," change the drop down option for File Splitting
from "1 GB" to "None." I can't remember if it does, but it should retain the value for future ripping.
3x - Optional. I never have a problem with DVD regions, but if you do, take this step. While in Settings
, go to the General
tab. Here, there is an option to "Remove Macrovision Protection" and an associated region. This will remove the region restriction from the VOB files on the disc. Set the number to whatever region you are in (1 = US, 2 = Europe, and 4 = Australia).
4. Go to Mode
and select the IFO
option. This will change the layout of the program a little. The program will automatically select the IFO file with the longest run-time (our movie). If you look around, you can find the extras and such, but you can do those when you get used to this.
Before you ask, this method is pretty much the same for ripping episodes from TV series DVD, but I will cover that in another blog (once I test it out).
5. In the Destination
section, select a destination on your hard drive by clicking the Folder/Magnifying Glass (
). Make sure you have enough room, these will be either 4GB or 8GB. REVIEW
: You are in IFO mode, which has been set to not split the file. The program has selected the movie. You have selected a destination for it to rip to. I think that should be it.CLICK THE DECRYPT BUTTON!
OK, this will take a few minutes - I think about 15 to 20 minutes for a regular 4GB DVD. If you notice it taking a hell of a lot longer, there could be a scratch on the disc causing it to freak out. That is just a bunch of issues in and of itself, so good luck.
When it is done (insert cheesy island tune here), you should have an IFO file and a large (nearly 4GB or 8GB) VOB file. Good Job.
Just a word of warning before we start this part, the encoding process is time and resource consuming (RAM heavy), so it is best to do this when you don't have anything better to do, like while you go out drinking or are passed out for the night. The nice part about this program is you can queue up several encodes. There is also an "assistant" available in the downloads section. It has one option I see as useful, a hidden mode that is geared toward cartoons/anime.
1. Start AutoGK.
2. For "Input" select the IFO file. A lot of guides will tell you to select the VOB, but if you select the IFO, you will get oh so much more, but we will cover that in a moment.
3. Select a location for the "Output." This will be your finished AVI.
4. Select the Audio track. By selecting the IFO, you should get more options. I usually go for the AC3, but if you want something more simple like stereo, that will mean better picture quality (it's a file size thing). You can select a second audio stream, which is cool, if you are into that sort of thing, but again, more audio means bigger file size.
5. Select the Subtitle Track (if any). By choosing the IFO, you should get the subtitle track too. This part I am not 100% on, since I have never ripped a movie that needed subtitles.
6. Pick an Output Size. There are several useful output sizes, the "standard" being 700MB for most movies, and 1400 MB for longer movies. If you want to split that and put it onto two CDs, well, I am sure you can Google that, I just stick with 700 MB, or a fractional part of a DVD-R depending on the number of sequels.
7. Click on "Advanced Settings." Everything here should be OK.
7a. I use "auto width" because I have both full screen and wide screen DVDs and I never could remember to change the setting.
7b. I like XviD over DivX, don't know if there is a reason, but XviD works for me.
7c. For Audio I am on the fence about this. Auto seems to work, but a lot of times I will select VBR MP3, and set it to 128 kbps.
7d. Again, not sure about the subtitles.
7e. Click "OK."REVIEW:
Check over everything real quick. Is it the right files? Did you pick the right audio? Is it the right size? If everything looks good, then click the "Add Job."
At this point you can go and do this for another movie. Depending on your system, it can take a few hours to do this. Well, I may have a trick to speed that up, but that will be in just a minute. Sometimes, if I know it is going to be a while before I get back to my computer, I will tell it to Shutdown when done.DO NOT CLICK START!!!
At least not yet. First, navigate your way to where AutoGK installed (probably: C:\Program Files\AutoGK). Go to the VDubMod folder. Run the file "VirtualDubMod.exe." Click OK and Start. This is VDub. Most of the work is done with this great little program. This is a special version of it for AutoGK. OK, here is how we speed up the process; once the program loads it's big blank grey screen, click on "Video." In the middle section, select the option "Direct Stream Copy." DO NOT CLOSE VDUB!
Trust me. Just minimize it. There is a way to change the default for the program to be direct stream, but I can't remember what it is and the program reverts to defaults when it closes.
With the altered VDub running and your Queue set up, you can go and click "Start."
The little direct stream thing could shave off time. I did it on my new system and the whole encode of a 90 minute CG movie took approximately 45 minutes. On my old machine a normal movie could take as much as 5 hours. I don't know if it is because of that little trick, or the 4GB of ram.
When done take a look at the result. Now, occasionally, I will come across a movie, that for the life of me, I cannot get the audio right. Towards the end of the movie the audio will slip out of sync and I don't care to figure out why or how to fix it, I just go to an alternate source
. If you are happy with the results, good, but don't forget to get rid of the files ripped from your DVD.
If you have any questions feel free to ask, I will help as best as I can. I am hardly a master of the subject, but I have done my fair share. When I get around to trying out the subtitle thing and the episode rip I will let you guys know in another blog. I have a few more ideas on articles, but if you guys get any ideas along the lines of what I am writing, let me know, I usually need something to occupy my time.
Oh, and the obligatory boobies: