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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 2007-01-15, 08:37 PM Thread Starter
 
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Ripping Your DVD's to HTPC

What is the best method of copying your DVD's to your computer's Hard Drive. I know that I could simply copy the folder's from the dvd to the hard drive but I am wondering if there is a better way to save space.

Would XVID fit the bill?

If so, how do I go about converting DVD to XVID?

If not, what should I use?

Thanks for the help

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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 2007-01-15, 08:44 PM
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DVDShrink will allow you to re-compress the movies.

A better option is to just remove the extras (bonus features, duplicate sound tracks).
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I have used DVD shrink before......I am wondering however, if converting to a codec like XVID would be better?

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Sorry, no experience with Xvid.
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post #5 of 9 (permalink) Old 2007-01-15, 08:52 PM
 
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Gordian knot rippack works well for converting my home DVDs to Divx - try looking at doom9 dot org under downloads

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post #6 of 9 (permalink) Old 2007-01-15, 09:17 PM
 
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Auto GK is easier to use

to conver to xvid. Link is here:

http://www.autogk.me.uk/

snd the guide is here, but a bit out of date, but will give you the start.

http://www.doom9.org/index.html?/autogk.htm

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post #7 of 9 (permalink) Old 2007-01-17, 01:50 PM
 
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I find the current best program for backing up DVDs is RipIt4Me. That can change quite rapidly though. After that, it's a matter of converting the files to another format.
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post #8 of 9 (permalink) Old 2007-01-17, 09:42 PM
 
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I know that I could simply copy the folder's from the dvd to the hard drive...
This won't work with a DVD with CSS (most have it). You can copy them, but they won't play.
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...I am wondering however, if converting to a codec like XVID would be better?
If you are very short on storage and have a large number of DVDs - compressing them to about 2-2.5 GB per movie using XviD would be an option.
I'd recommend to upgrade your PC if possible and use ffdshow for DVD playback: no need to spend time encoding and better results most of the time.

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