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    How To: Individual DVD Chapters to DivX AVI

    This can be used to isolate individual scenes/chapters in a movie, or to convert individual songs to a separate AVI each from a music DVD. With a bit of tweaking, you could even use it for doing entire episodes from episode discs. You can substitute DivX for XviD if you like but you will need to know how to configure it properly. You could also use VirtualDubMod, but some of the commands may be slightly different.

    You will need:

    IFOEdit 0.96
    Smartripper 2.41
    VirtualDub-MPEG2 1.5.10 build 18250
    DivX 5.1.1 Codec


    1. Identify the chapter(s) you require

    Place your DVD in your DVD Drive. Open IFOEdit. Click the Open button. Browse to your DVD Drive, go into the VIDEO_TS folder and double-click on VIDEO_TS.IFO. This will show you the contents of the DVD.



    Take notice of the audio stream(s) (circled above). If it says 6ch then it's 448kbps audio. If it says 2ch then it's 192kbps audio. If it says PCM, then it's 1536kbps audio. You'll need to know this for later, so write it down.

    Press the DVD Play button. Press OK to this message if you get it:



    The DVD will commence playing as if you were normally watching it. Use the Title and Chapter dropdown boxes to navigate through the DVD to identify the chapter(s) you require and the titles they are contained within.



    Close IFOEdit.


    2. Rip the chapter(s) you require

    Open Smartripper. It will analyse the disc and show you the contents of the DVD. Click the settings button. Change File splitting to every chapter.

    If you're doing an episode disc and you want the entire episode to one AVI file, change the File - Splitting option to max filesize, then set max filesize to 4000MB if it is not already set to it.



    In Title > Program Chain > Angle, select the Title, Program Chain and Angle that you require. In the Chapters section, click the none button this will untick all files. Tick only the chapter(s) that you require. Make sure all cells within the chapter(s) you require are ticked. Select the folder you wish to save the VOB(s) to in the target section.



    Go to the Stream Processing tab, and tick Enable stream processing if it is not already ticked. In the Streams section, click the none button this will untick all streams. Tick only the streams you require. You should have only 1 video stream (normally preceded by [0xE0]), possibly a couple of audio streams and possibly a couple of subtitle streams. I suggest you choose 1 audio stream and any subtitles are up to you. If you choose any other audio stream apart from the one preceded by [0x80], make sure that you tick the Map to tick box and that 0x80 is selected in its dropdown box.



    Press the Start button to commence ripping. A message will appear once ripping has finished. Close Smartripper.


    3. Setting Up VirtualDub-MPEG2 for DivX

    Open VirtualDub-MPEG-2. Go to File > Open video file and browse to where you ripped your files to in step 2. Double-click on the first VOB file. On occasion I have received warnings at this stage but they have never affected the output so just continue on if this happens to you. Go to Video > Compression and select DivX 5.1.1 Codec from the list on the left hand side.



    Click the Configure button. If you do not know what you should be setting the values to, set variable bitrate mode to 1 pass and set the bitrate to 1000. This will give you a very high quality AVI ! I suggest you use the start and end method described later in this guide and encode a 1 minute long sample file to test the quality of your creation if you choose to use this, as you may need to up the bitrate if there is lots of motion.

    If you wish to fill one CDR with an entire movie, use the bitrate calculator here to calculate what bitrate to use. When you first go into the bitrate calculator, the page looks like this:



    Click on the Advanced Mode button, change the Type to DivX, change the audio to whatever your audio's bitrate is, and enter the running time of your movie in the video length section. You should have the screen looking very similar to this:



    All you need is the Calculated bitrate, which in my example is 862 kbits. A good rule of thumb is to subtract 20 off this value to guarantee that it will fit on 1 CD, so I would use 842 kbits based on my example.

    Set the variable bitrate mode to 1 pass if you wish to encode CBR - this is easiest way. Set it to Multipass, 1st pass if you are doing the 1st pass of a VBR encoding. Set it to Multipass, nth pass if you are doing subsequent passes of a VBR encoding.



    Click the Select Profile Wizard button. Select High Def and click the Next button.



    Enter 720 X 480 as the video resolution for NTSC or 720 X 576 for PAL and select either 24fps or 30fps for NTSC or 25fps for PAL. Click the Finish button.



    Click the OK button. Click the OK button again.

    If deinterlace is required, go to Video > Filters and click the Add button. Select deinterlace from the list of filters and Click the OK button. Click the OK button again. Click the OK button again.

    I recommend leaving the audio as is - by default, this method will copy the AC3 audio to the AVI. You will need an AC3 decoder installed to play this back on your computer. If for some reason you wish to change the audio, go to the Audio menu and select Full Processing Mode. Go to Audio > Compression and select the audio codec you wish to use from the left side, then select the quality you wish to use on the right side.


    4. Edit the content if required

    Once you have your settings finalised, it is time to edit the movie itself. You can advance one frame forward by pressing the right arrow button, and one frame backwards by pressing the left arrow button. More presets are listed in the Edit menu.



    There are two ways to edit - set the start and end points of material you wish to save (disregard anything outside these points), or set the start and end points of sections that you wish to delete (similar to removing commercials on TV captures), leaving only the parts of the DVD that you wish to save. When you work out the start point, either press the Home button or go to Edit > Set selection start. Navigate to the end of the section that you wish to save/delete, and press End, or go to Edit > Set selection end.

    Press the Delete key if you wish to remove the selected section.

    Go to File > Save as AVI if you wish to save the selected section. You can elect to save the files at a later time by way of the Job Control function - simply tick the Don't run this job now; add it to job control so I can run it in batch mode tick box on the Save As screen. To access the batch list, go to File > Job Control and click the Start button to commence the queued jobs.

    You are done !
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    good guide, how to i extract whole titles?
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    Originally Posted by Phil H
    good guide, how to i extract whole titles?
    To be honest, that is sort-of outside the scope of this guide, and if you asked me, you'd be much better off using something like AutoGK if you want to do whole titles - there's no need to get this complex. There's also many many tools and guides that deal with whole titles already, but there weren't any specific instructions for episode or music discs, where you want to isolate by chapter, so hence this guide.

    However, that's not to say you can't do it this way if you're comfortable with the steps.

    All you need to do different is this:
    • Instead of this bit:
      Change File splitting to every chapter.

      If you're doing an episode disc and you want the entire episode to one AVI file, change the File - Splitting option to max filesize, then set max filesize to 4000MB if it is not already set to it.
      Set File-splitting to Max Filesize, then set Max Filesize to 9000.
    • Then instead of this bit:
      In the Chapters section, click the none button this will untick all files. Tick only the chapter(s) that you require.
      All chapters should be ticked by default, so just leave them as-is, and continue on with the rest of the guide.
    That's all it should take
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