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Postby =UKE= Widow Maker » Sat Jan 25, 2003 6:49 pm

I would like to back up some of my DVDs onto cd without losing too much quality, what would be the best software to use for this?

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Postby smurphster » Sat Jan 25, 2003 9:18 pm

I haven't ripped DVDs myself but I have a very helpful site for you that should answer your questions.

<a href='http://www.vcdhelp.com' target='_blank'>VCD Help</a>

There are actually 2 solutions for backing up DVDs to CDs.

1. You can use a codec like DivX to compress the video into .avi format that is only playable on your computer. Most movies will compress to around 700 MB* without sacrificing much quality. You can then burn this file onto a data CD using Nero or any other CD writing software that will burn data CDs.

2. Your second option is ripping the DVD and burning a Video CD (VCD). VCDs are playable on most stand-alone DVD players but since a CD can't hold nearly as much information as a DVD, you'll have to keep switching CDs while watching the movie. With VCDs, some quality is lost. The quality is comparable to that of a VHS tape. You can, however, sacrifice some quality to reduce the number of VCDs used for one movie.

Your question about what applications to use is a tricky one. I don't know of any one program that will do all of this alone. The web site I listed above recommends five different programs for ripping a DVD to VCD. I suggest going through their guides using the programs they recommend.

If you have any further questions, don't hesitate to ask!


<span style='font-size:8pt;line-height:100%'>*Average length movies will be almost DVD quality. However, longer movies (like LOTR) could require two or three 700 MB files to capture the whole movie with DVD quality.</span>

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Postby mSparks » Sun Jan 26, 2003 12:52 pm

<a href='http://www.riphelp.com/downloads/smart-ripper.html' target='_blank'>Smart ripper</a> is by far the best way to decode a DVD to you hard disk (remove the copy protection) its fast reliable, and the only piece of software that does a good job of making a watchable movie out of a scratched DVD (can even make a playable movie when PowerDVD player software keeps stalling. I used to use DVD decoder, but after trying smartripper I wouldn't go back.

I wouldn't bother with current VCD's, I'd stick with <a href='http://www.divx.com' target='_blank'>DivX 5</a> and Xmpeg. I Have also uploaded <a href='http://www.cam-direct.co.uk/downloads/divx311.exe' target='_blank'>the earlier version of divx</a>, which comes with a divx audio encoder, which fixes the audio sync problems when encoding from DVD.
DivX 5 will give you a DVD quality movie, on one 1-2 CDs where the only current difference is that it encodes in stereo rather than 5.1 surround.
The only current disadvantage of DivX 5 is it wont play in standalone DVD players but with the new <a href='http://www.tomshardware.com/newsletter/vol3/3/dp450.html' target='_blank'>KiSS DP-450</a> all that is set to change.
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Postby =UKE= Widow Maker » Sun Jan 26, 2003 1:35 pm

thx, ill have a look at that lot when i get the time :)

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