Sorry this is a multi-pronged question.
I am starting to (or trying to) rip my DVDs for media center and portable devices again. I used to be able to back up anything with DVDShrink or AnyDVD. Some new DVDs, like Diary of a Wimpy Kid 2 won't even load on my DVD drive. I was going to put the movie on my kid's MP4 player. I suspect they have corrupted the ToC in a way that confuses Windows but not a DVD player.
Anyway, what is a really good ripper anymore? I have DVDShrink and DVDDecrypter. I don't mind spending $50 on something, but I don't want to buy junk. Is AnyDVD still good, I had it, lost it on a system crash/rebuild. It always worked well.
Bonus question: one of my kids has a media player which only plays WMV. What's teh easiest way to go DVD>WMV? Right now I am ripping to x264 then transcodeing to WMV, its quite anoying.
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Here's a guide to go from DVD to WMV by Baldrick himself.
"Your lack of understanding is causing you to take extra steps"
Actually, I do understand the process. I think the lack of codec support in Windows Media Encoder is causing me extra steps. I was ripping the DVD to my HDD first with DVD Shrink. But alas, Windows Media Encoder does not accept VOB/MPEG2 files. Sony Vegas does, but when I import the VOBS to a timeline, there are gaps in the audio between VOBs. Handbrake is able to stitch the VOBs together in to one continuous h.264 MP4 file. I was then transcodeing it to WMV in Vegas, because Windows Media Encoder does not like MP4 files.
I think AutoMKV may help me skip a step. Thanks!