Convert DVD to AVI
I want to copy a DVD video to my hard drive and edit it. But the file is HUGE. How can I convert a DVD movie to compressed AVI format?
How to Convert DVD Video to AVI Format
As you have probably already discovered, although you can "rip" a DVD free of its copy-protecton and copy it to your hard drive, this technique has some drawbacks. In its native uncompressed form, DVD data takes up a lot of disk space; 4 to 5 gigabytes for a typical movie. Further, DVD data is stored on disc in a complex assortment of obscurely-named files, making it difficult to make copies or transfer a DVD movie over the Internet. Finally, you can't easily edit a DVD movie in its native format. These drawbacks are overcome to a great extent by converting DVD data to AVI format.
AVI stands for Audio Video Interleave format. It stores data in a single file that you can name as something informative and memorable. It also compresses data, removing some bytes to save space at the cost of some degradation of video/audio quality. AVI is a well-established standard supported by many video players and editing programs.
DVDx is a free, open source application widely used to rip a DVD and convert it to AVI format. You can download it from Sourceforge.net, a repository of open source software. But first, you need to install the codecs that enable reading and writing of DVD and AVI data. AutoGK is a free package that installs the necessary codecs for you.
With codecs and DVDx installed, run the DVDx program. When DVDx loads and user interface windows appears, insert your DVD disk in the drive. If the native DVD files have been copied to your hard drive, you specify their location and use them instead of the disk.
Select the file VTS_01_0.IFO to load the DVD file structure data and you're reading to rip and convert.
DVDx supports MPEG and other compressed video file formats as well as AVI. You can specify the format to which you want to convert the DVD data; the compression ratio; the resolution (size) of the converted file frames; and other specifications.
Finally, select a destination folder and filename for your converted DVD and let 'er rip.
If you get the error, "DVD drive could not be locked," download the ASPI drivers from Adaptec and install them. Then select "use ASPI" in the DVDx options.
Mac users can download Mac DVD Ripper for OS X. It rips and converts DVD disks to AVI and many other file formats.
RippedWire is a graphical user interface for the HandBrake Linux DVD ripper and converter software. It makes ripping and converting DVDs easy for Linux users who are not comfortable with the command line.
While ripping and converting DVD data is legal for making personal backup copies of DVDs you have purchased, it should not be done to make multiple copies for free or profitable distribution. That would be a violation of copyright law, which can result civil and criminal penalties.
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This article was posted by Bob Rankin on 5 May 2010
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