What is it called when you take a video off of a dvd and save it as avi? John
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Last edited by Baldrick; 24th Jan 2014 at 04:01. Reason: New title.
'Hot Potato' time
Technically, I call that a 'media conversion'
On 'Da Internet' you will find that called a 'DVDRip'
On here, a DVD Rip should simply be transfer of the original files(ifo,vob etc.) from the disk to your HDD
What free app does this the best? John
Why do you want avi?
There are two ways to get video from a DVD to your hard drive. You can copy the .vob files from the VIDEO_TS folder directly onto your PC (a procedure that's known around here as a "rip"). You can combine these VOB's into a single MPG file, then use free software to decode and re-encode the MPEG2 file with another codec and save it in an .avi container. Or you can use decryption software, if required, to transfer a copy from the DVD to your hard drive, then go through the same procedure to decode + re-encode to an avi container.
You can also take the ripped DVD copy or the decrypted MPEG files and decode them to lossless avi with huffyuv, Lagarith, or UTC lossless compression. That type of decoded/lossless video would be saved in an .avi container and is the preferred media type for extensive filtering/editing/correction, etc.
You left out the other part of your question, so I'll ask for you. How do you want to play these re-encoded AVI's (PC-only? Web? tablet or other mini screen? DVD player? BluRay player?)Our inventions are wont to be pretty toys, which distract our attention from serious things. They are but improved means to an unimproved end. -- Henry David Thoreau
is there a better file format? It will be viewed on WDTVLive? John
That depends on the file types that your WDTVLive can play. In any case, the process is sometime called a "conversion", which isn't quite right. It's called re-encoding. Re-encodes always entail a quality loss, especially if you don't know how this stuff works.
Why re-encode? WDTVLive can play MPEG2 movies without having to re-encode them.
Last edited by sanlyn; 23rd Jan 2014 at 23:12.Our inventions are wont to be pretty toys, which distract our attention from serious things. They are but improved means to an unimproved end. -- Henry David Thoreau
Three good options for WDTV requiring no reencoding: mkv, mpg or iso.
I am also downloading from youtube and need to convert from youtube tp mkv, how do I make sure the sound matches up?
DOesn't it support mp4 and flv?
And I changed the thread title.