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Method 2; Rip first, Convert next
There are, in my opinion, only 3
methods for ripping a DVD to a DivX file.
On this page I'll show you how to rip to your harddisk and then
convert the DVD audio and video. The conversion of both audio and
video are done simultaniously. It's a bit faster than method
1, but sometimes seems to fail.
Tip: Ripping subtitles is a cool feature too, take
a look at the subtitles ripping
Note: This method has
been tested with Windows 95, 98, 98SE, ME, XP and 2000.
Tip: If you're unfamiliar with
DivX please read
the DivX intro page.
is sometimes used with DivX. I cannot advise you to use it! Rather
Note: before starting the conversion,
you might (if you haven't done so) want to install a MP3 codec like
that one from Radium.
Read the Disclaimer!
Note: We have posted enhanced methods for DVD ripping at Tweaking4All for MacOS X, Windows, and Linux (Ubuntu). You'll find a solution to the question "which title should I rip" there as well, also offering a solution to the so called "99 titles problem". There you'll also find an article on how to optimize your video encoder settings.
Rip the VOB's to your Harddisk
Before we start the proces of converting, we first
rip all VOB-files to the harddisk.
The entire process is described on the SmartRipper
Once the copying process is complete, we can nog
go to the next step; the conversion process of video.
Start the conversion of video
Before you start: Make sure the DVDRom drive's
region matches the required regioncode for the DVDRom and make sure the
DivX codec is installed. Use some
tool like ZoneSelector (4.1 support win2000!) to set the proper region.
1. Make sure you ripped all files to harddisk !
If the VOB file produces a distorded image, then
please see the SmartRipper
page to fix this problem (use another "key' option, for example
"new key per cell")!
2. Start FlasKMPEG version 0.593 or better (download
version 0.593 here).
3. Open the files with FlaskMPEG.
Select "File", "Open DVD" if you copied
ALL files from the DVD or "Open File" if you copied the
VOB files only.
In the file dialog, open the directory where SmartRipper
copied the DVD files.
Select the IFO if you copied all files or
the first VOB in case you only copied the VOB-files. Usually "VTS_01_0.IFO"
when copied all files, or "VTS_01_1.VOB" (the first VOB
1Gb/1024Mb large VOB file) when you copied VOBs only. Now click "Open".
4. Select Video, Audio and subtitle track.
Now FlasKMPEG opens a dialog so you can select the disered
MPEG stream, Audio stream and subtitles. You can click on the subtitle
you want or click again on the selected subtitle to disable it...
Note: You better skip the subtitles untill later. MicroDVD
supports subtitles in a better way. FlasKMPEG blends the text into the
video and will be always visible, where as MicroDVD gives you an option:
do I want to see the subtitles or not ! Take a look at the subtitles
When done select "FlasK this DVD!" - FlasKMPEG
will now briefly analyze the IFO file.
5. Setting the output file format.
Select the menu "Options" and make sure that
"AVI" is checked at the "Select Output Format" menu.
Note: FlasKMPEG supports other plugins like the Cinema Craft
encoder (excellent for MPEG compression!). More information can be found
on the FlasKMPEG website.
Select the menu "Options" again and select "Global
Project Options (Export Movie Settings)".
Note: now write down the "Time
Base (fps)" value - you will need it if you want to use subtitles
Now we have to do some settings here which can be pretty
tricky. This is the way I do it, but you can always try to figure out
what works best for your purposes.
If the current tab is not "Video" then select
it now. Click "Show Output Pad". If the image looks garbled: please
rip the DVD once more with SmartRipper - something went wrong here!
Click "Reset settings". (The preview will now
appear in it's normal size)
Play a bit with the crop option if you want to, when
done click "Hide". Note you can drag the window a bit up so you'll
see the full image. I usually remove the black bars on the top and bottom
of a movie.
Tip: On the "DivX
rip intro" page, you can find more info on the commonly used
screen resolutions for DivX.
Select the tab "Audio". I usually uncheck the
"Same as input" option at the "Sampling Frequency" section
and then check the 48000Hz option (which is the usual frequency
used for AC3).
Also make sure the "decode Audio" option is selected
in the "Audio Mode" section. Next check the "Same as input"
if you like.
At the "Post Processing" tab you don't need to
change anything. The crop settings are done at the "Video" tab,
so don't change it. You might want to check if "HQ Bicubis Filtering"and
"Keep aspect ratio" are checked since this renders best quality.
Select the "Files" tab to set the location
of the ripped result. Here you can enter a different location if you don't
want to use the default location (C:\VideoOut.AVI).
At the "General"-tab you don't need to change
anything unless you want your computer to auto-shutdown when done.
Select the menu "Options" - "Output Format
Here we can select the codec we wish to use.
At "Video" click "Select Codec".
Note: You can select any codec you want,
just make sure the codec is VIDEO-ONLY (DVMPEG for example requires this).
For best results choose a DivX MPEG4 codec.
the original DivX ;-) codec and the
There are a lot of possible settings here. I always
try the LOW-MOTION codec first which is only available with the original
;-) DivX codec. The new DivX.com codec does not have this option.
The "Configure..." button unleashes
the additional compression settings window.
Leave "Keyframe every 10 seconds" the
way it is. Don't change "Smoothness" either (usually
set to 100 - crispness).
Since not all movies are the same in length (eg. minutes playing time),
you must calculate the bitrate for your DVD-rip to fit on one single CDR/CDRW.
The higher the bitrate, the better the video result. However the higher
the bitrate, the bigger the resulting AVI-file. "Data Rate (Kilobits
per Second)" might there for be changed. See the Bitrates
page for details.
Select "OK" to return to the codec
Select "OK" once more.
At "Audio" click "Select Codec". Again,
you can select any codec you want.
For this purpose, select "MPEG Layer-3",
set to "96 KBit/s, 44,100 Hz, Stereo".
To finish these settings click "OK".
6. Start the conversion.
Select the Menu "Run ..." - "Start Conversion".
Uncheck the "Display Output" option to gain a
little bit of speed. I'm not sure if it will gain speed, I noticed something
weird here: display output tends to improve performance slightly.... You
can also set task priority. I found the latter to be not that very meaningfull...
There is no use setting it to highest when using DivX,...
While converting you can select "Cancel".
The frames/audio that are converted so far, are stored in the file so
you can check the quality if you're experimenting. Usually I let it convert
Depending on your computer's CPU power and memory, conversion
can take quite a while. To show you some examples see these conversion
times measured on my own computers, for one and the same movie (about
85 minutes movie time);
300 Mhz Pentium II - >12 hours + 26 minutes copying
500 Mhz Pentium III - app. 8 hours + 24 minutes copying
700 Mhz AMD Athlon - app. 5 hours + 15 minutes copying
Copying speed depends not only on CPU speed ...
Once this is done, the final DivX movie is ready for
Check out the subtitle
ripping page as well if you want to use the subtitles.