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DVD to DivX using DVDx, all at once or assisted
us two basic methods of ripping DVD's. One where we rip it all using
a single application (DVDx)
and one where we use a more advanced DeCSS tool called SmartRipper
and then convert it with DVDx.
I prefer the last option, it kind-a gives me a better feeling on
the decryption of the CSS.
Tip: Unfamiliar with DivX?
Please do read the Intro page.
Tip: Ripping subtitles seperately
would be cool too, please see the subtitle
ripping page for details.
Note: This method has been tested
with Windows 95, 98, 98SE, ME, XP and 2000. You will need to have
DirectX 8.1 installed!
Note: WMA wis sometimes being
used with DivX, rather use MP3!
to be able to use DivX you must have an DivX-codec
installed (the original
3.11 DivX ;-), XviD
or the codec by DivX.com).
An MP3 codec (like the one by Radium
for example) is not required - but optional. Lame MP3 encoder
is already included with DVDx (choose Audio="Use Lame").
If you decide to use the codec by Radium, then set Audio to "Use
ACM" and choose the MP3 codec.
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.
You can download
DVDx 1.8 right here. Unpack the archive using WinRar
After unpacking, you will find
the file "DVDx20_setup.exe",
double click it so the setup starts.
During the setup, click "Yes",
"Next", "Next", "Next",
"Install" and finally "Finish". DVDx
has now been installed into the directory "C:\Program
Step 1: Play the DVD using a software DVD-player
In order to "unlock" the DVD encryption, we
first play abit of the movie (ie. not the extras, not the menu, etc ...
no: a real part of the movie)!
Once you have done that, you must close PowerDVD.
Step 2: Start DVDx
Double click the DVDx icon in the Windows Start menu.
Step 3: Open the DVD
Now there are two way to proceed:
- Let DVDx do all the work (usually seems to
- First rip the DVD to harddisk using SmartRipper
and then let DVDx convert it (this ALWAYS works)
From the "File" menu, choose the option
"Open DVD root" if you're going to have DVDx to
do all the work.
If you have ripped the DVD to harddisk using SmartRipper,
you should choose the "File" menu, option "Open
A dialig appears where we can select the desired video-track.
Usually, the longest videotrack is the main movie. Select
it and click the "Select" button.
Step 4: Video Input Settings
After selecting a video-track,
we must now do some settings on the Video Input options. Below you see
a screenshot of me working with a Regio 2 PAL movie, using the subtitles:
For detailed info on these options,
see the DVDx settings into
detail - Video Input Settings.
Note: When converting
to a DivX format, it's advisable to enable "Audio/Video
In short: Choose the right language
for audio (Audio-Track), indicate if you would like to use the subtitles
(SubTitle) and set the proper frame-rate (PAL:25fps, NTSC:29.97).
Once you're done doing the settings, click "OK"
Step 5: Video Output Settings
You're now back to the basic screen of DVDx. Here we
see the original movie resolution and the playback time
of the movie. Both playback time and resolution will become in handy later
Tip: On the page "DivX
rip intro" you will find more details on commonly used display
formats when working with DivX.
Now choose from the "Settings" menu,
the option "Output settings":
The video output settings window will popup:
And again: a lot of possible settings. For in depth
details, please visit the DVDx
Settings into detail - Video Output Settings.
In short: copy the settings above and click the "Whole"
button so all frames of the movie are included. As for the resolution:
I usually choose the original resolution of the movie. Optionally you
can remove the black bars above and below the movie by setting "Zoom"
to "Custom". At "Export (AVI+Premiere)"
you can optionally choose "YUY2" which is supposed to
create a excellent quality with DivX.
- If you decide to use LAME.
Lame is included with DVDx for MP3 compression.
Audio to "Use Lame" . Next click the "Audio
Lame" button. Now choose the disered bitrate. I usually choose
"96 Kbits" or better and "Quality"
to "Q1" (= best quality). Finally click "OK".
- If you decide another MP3 codec.
Naturally you can choose any MP3 codec, but I stick to Radium
- don't forget to have this codec installed. Due to time issues - try
to avoid the Faruenhof codec (Radium does not come with these problems).
Audio to "Use ACM". Next click the "Audio ACM"
button. Choose the codec ("MPEG Layer 3" for the Radium
codec) and set the disered bitrate. I usually choose "96
Kbits" or better. Finally click "OK".
Now click the "Video Codec" button,
and select your video codec.
The original DivX ;-) codec and the
Pro codec by DivX.com
HierThere 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 so you return to the "Output
Click "Apply" to continue.
Step 6: Start the conversion
From the "File" menu, select the option
"Select Output". Here you can enter the name of your
When clicking on the "Browse" you can
choose the location and filename of the DivX. You don't need to add the
.AVI or .DIVX extension. Click "OK" when done.
You're back again to the DVDx main window. In the upper
right corner you will see a button called "Encode". This
will start conversion - click it now.
Step 7: Wait ...
All we now have to do is wait,.... below you'll see
some snapshots of this example conversion.
In this example, it took my PC 3 hours and 50 minutes
to convert an 80 minutes movie. I use and AMD Athlon 1300 Mhz based computer
and the DivX 5.0 and Radium MP3 codec.
Tip: In case the Windows
Media player is not happy with the result (ie. it plays only sound or
does not play at all) then consider using a DivX player like "The
You can burn the result on a regular
computer CDRom using Nero.