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Step by step ... using FlaskMPEG and CCE
In my opinion, there are only 2 valid ways to
convert a DVD to a (Super) VideoCD (see video
formats overview for details). One og them being hte one I present
on this page. I have to say however that the other method is not
worse or better than this onw - this is just the one I prefer.
On this page, I explain how to rip a DVD by first
copying the DVD to the harddisk of your computer. The second step
will be converting DVD-MPEG2 to either MPEG2 or MPEG1 (see also
the Rip-Intro page).
Here we use FlaskMPEG and Cinema Craft
MPEG encoder (the best MPEG encoder I have seen so far - and
fast too!). You can optionally use TMPGEnc instead of Cinema
Craft Encoder - unfortunally I haven't had that much experience
Note: This method has been tested
with Windows 95, 98, 98SE, ME, XP and 2000.
Note: Super VideoCD uses a better
image quality as seen with VideoCD, but produces larger files aswell.
However, a movie converted to VideoCD usually takes up a bit more
than 1.5 CD's, making you use 2 CD's for the movie anyway. Super
VideoCD usually needs 2 CD's aswell although this time it will be
packed with data. My suggestion therefor: if your playback equipment
can playback Super VideoCD - Use it!
Don't forget to read the disclaimer!
Before we begin ...
Make sure both FlaskMPEG 0.6 and Cinema
Craft Encoder are installed on your PC. If this is not the case, please
consult the "Installation of FlaskMPEG
and CCE" page for details.
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.
After "ripping" the DVD, we can start
Select from the "File" menu, the option
In file dialog, select the IFO file of the DVD
you just ripped - usually VTS_01_0.IFO - and click the "Open"
FlaskMPEG will show you the available DVD Video-tracks,
Audio-tracks and optional subtitles. Make your selection ...
Note: When selecting subtitles, FlaskMPEG
will render the subtitles into the movie. You will not ever be able to
remove these again!
In this example, we choose the main movie (DVD titel
'0', duration 1 hour and 39 minutes = 91 minutes)
- usually the largest duration indicates the main movie.
After making the right choices, click the "FlasK
this DVD!" button.
Just a brief intermezzo: let's calculate the desired
bitrate, since we now know the duration of the movie.
Note: if you're unfamiliar with "bitrates"
or you're looking for a "Bitrate Calculator" then please
take a look at the "Bitrates - What
is it and why do I need it?" page, where you can also find the
WeetHet Video Bitrate Calculator.
So we now know that the movie duration is 91 minutes,
using the WeetHet Video
Bitrate Calculator we see that the maximum video bitrate should
be set to 2179 kbps when converting this DVD to Super VideoCD,
using 2 CD's of 80 minuten.
2179 kbps is a decent bitrate for Super VideoCD, so
we choose Super VideoCD formaat for this example. Using VideoCD
would have cost us 2 CD's too,... but it would offer a not so great video
Note: Not all DVD-players are compatible
to Super VideoCD. If you equipment can't playback Super VideoCD, regular
VideoCD might be an alternative that would prove usefull.
Note: Audio in a proper qualit
should have an audio bitrate of 224 Kbps. Also a CD for VideoCD
or Super VideoCD offers more storage space - choose the right "CD
Size". On other thing: choose the proper "Video"
format and proper "CD Count".
OK, back to FlaskMPEG, where we now must enter some
Depending on the type of DVD, and choosing the maxmimum
values allowed by the Super VideoCD standard (lower resolution and bad
audio is allowed with this standard!) - we choose:
480 x 576 pixels
480 x 480 pixels
352 x 288 pixels
352 x 240 pixels
For European DVD's (region 2) we use PAL, for American
DVD's (region 1) use NTSC.
Select from the "Options" menu, the
option "Global Project Options (Export Movie Settings)".
In the now appearing window, select the tab "Video" and enter
the now following data. Presuming we're dealing with a PAL movie: Width=480,
Height=576, timebase = 25fps and don't change the other
Now select the "Audio" tab: check "Decode
audio". A "Sampling frequency" select "44100"
(remove the checkmark at the "Same as input" option).
At the "Post processing" tab, we check
"HQ Bicubic Filtering" and "Keep aspect ratio".
Optional you can check "4:3" for normal television dimensions,
or "16:9" for widescreen TV.
At the tab "Files": we can enter a
filename, foir example "mymovie.mpg".
Click "OK" now.
In the lower right corner of your screen, you will now
find a button called "Select Output", in the "FlaskMPEG
Control Panel" window. Click it and select "CinemaCraft
Click "Select Output" once more and
now select "Configure Output Module" so we can configure
the encoder properly.
The configuration window of Cinema Craft Encoder
will now appear. Copy these setting:
When using VideoCD instead, we naturally choose "Type"
And if you're working with a 4:3 movie, choose "4:3"
at the "Aspect Ratio" field.
Here we enter the bitrate we found using the WeetHet
Video Bitrate Calculator! In our example 2179 kbits/sec.
Note: we do not
use the "Quantize Matrices" button.
Note: You can enter any bitrate you like
for audio (minimim 32 kbps and maximum 384 kbpx), however 224 or
192 kbits/s are common bitrates for reasonable (192 kbps) to good
(224 kbps) audio quality.
Click the "OK" button, so we return
In the "FlaskMPEG Control Panel" we
now click the "Flask it!" button ...
The progress dialog now appears and the conversion starts/
You can optionally disable (uncheck) the "Display Output"
to gain a bit of speed (not much though).
Note: My AMD Athlon 1300Mhz, running Windows
XP, takes about 3 hours to convert a DVD movie to VideoCD and about 3,5
to 4 hours for a Super VideoCD.
Once conversion is completed, we need to do two final
First we need to cut this huge 1600 Mb large file into
two chuncks. Read the "Cutting MPEG2
using Womble MPG2VCR" page.
The cut result can now be put on CD using Nero.
Tip: In order to check quality; You can
playback the file without burning it on a CD though. Use a software DVD
player like PowerDVD to playback MPEG2 (Super VideoCD),
for MPEG1 (VideoCD) you can do with Windows Media Player.