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#1 jeremy edge

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Posted 19 June 2005 - 07:16 PM

What's a good program thats not expensive to convert dvd vob files to an editable format? Mpeg2 ,AVI etc?

I have a lot of archive stuff on dvd and I would like to use some of it.I have aprogram called dvd to avi but the resolution is lousy.It looks terrible converted.I need something that will give me the full resolution thats on the dvd.

Thanks in advance!

Edited by jeremy edge, 19 June 2005 - 07:16 PM.

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#2 Daniel J. Ashley-Smith

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Posted 20 June 2005 - 07:43 AM

I've always used DVD2AVI, the resolution depends on what codec and settings you use.
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#3 jeremy edge

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Posted 21 June 2005 - 12:03 AM

I've always used DVD2AVI, the resolution depends on what codec and settings you use.

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Ahh,
I have a trail version...perhaps the options are locked.

Would you say you got decent results?

I know not to expect too much off dvd but these old files are only on disc so I dont have much choice.
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#4 Alessandro Machi

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Posted 21 June 2005 - 01:02 AM

Just a shot in the dark.

What if you copied the DVD to BetaCam SP then reimported that back in to an NLE program as regular video?
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#5 Gordon Highland

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Posted 21 June 2005 - 08:40 AM

There are others, but I think MPEG Streamclip will get you where you want to go with the most flexibility, if you're on a Mac.

http://www.alfanet.it/squared5
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#6 jeremy edge

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Posted 21 June 2005 - 11:21 AM

There are others, but I think MPEG Streamclip will get you where you want to go with the most flexibility, if you're on a Mac.

http://www.alfanet.it/squared5

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Im on a PC...unfortunately
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#7 JoshuaOne

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Posted 21 June 2005 - 12:41 PM

Check out DVDXDV:
http://www.dvdxdv.com/

This is a great little app that converts VOB, Video_TS, etc...to any codec or format in your Quicktime folder... I use it all the time and it works great.

Use it with "Mac the Ripper" if your client accidently enabled CSS or Macrovision.

Good luck...

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#8 Daniel J. Ashley-Smith

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Posted 22 June 2005 - 05:10 PM

Ahh,
I have a trail version...perhaps the options are locked.

Would you say you got decent results?

I know not to expect too much off dvd but these old files are only on disc so I dont have much choice.

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I got DVD results. I found out the bitrate of the DVD video and then encoded it with DivX or Xvid.
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#9 jeremy edge

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Posted 23 June 2005 - 12:30 AM

I got DVD results. I found out the bitrate of the DVD video and then encoded it with DivX or Xvid.

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Which codec do you use to convert?

I tried the "Cinepak by radius" and got some terrible artifatcs.
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#10 Alvin Pingol

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Posted 23 June 2005 - 01:57 AM

I tried the "Cinepak by radius" and got some terrible artifatcs.

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Jeremy, the Cinepak codec is an old codec with outdated compression algorithms. Even at high bitrates will results be just mediocre.

Consider a codec like HuffYUV (link), which uses lossless encoding algorithms to compress the video to size, while at the same time avoiding any degredation of the image.
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#11 Daniel J. Ashley-Smith

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Posted 23 June 2005 - 07:23 AM

Which codec do you use to convert?

I tried the "Cinepak by radius" and got some terrible artifatcs.

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DivX (Divx.com)

Bare in mind before you start converting you need to go into the codec settings and choose a bitrate, higher the bitrate the better the quality.
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