Have you looked at the forums on Doom9. There are many freewares on doom9 that can do the conversions.
In short get a software to rip the DVDs like vstrip or smart rip. Once you have to the VOBs you can use Divx 4 guide to get the rest of stuff. I think Gordianknot does most of the stuff automatically (the rip and encoding). I am not too sure.
How did you not see any guides on doom9.net. That site is like dedicated to dvd and converting, to divx, svcd, vcd, etc.
On the left-hand side of the webpage there is a like to Guides, and then you can choose what you want to convert to. If you choose divx, it then ask which codec you want to use, 3.11, 4 or 5. The guides are great, fairly easy to follow.
oh yeah if you meant a straight conversion from dvd to divx, it's not possible. You gotta rip the vobs, convert the video, convert the audio, and join them together.
I just did the gknot conversion for the first time following the guide on doom9 and I am trully stunned by the quality. I thought that I was gonna get quality similar to that of movies floating around the net.
The result is brilliant video (even with the old 3.11 codec) and ac3 sound if you desire.
This guide was really hard to follow though, being newb and all...
I admit to being a computer geek, but I have been a bit hesitant to install 13 programs, take 37 steps to make backups of my DVDs. Tonight I read this thread, downloaded Gordian Knot, and voila! I'm encoding a DVD as we speak. Sure, there were a few steps, but the guides are 90% complete, only leaving me with a few questions and a project being encoded.
When I see the end results of the encode, I'll post it. My review, not the file!
I have been playing around with EasyDivx . It seems to work quite well in general. It does everything for you, the ripping, encoding, even keeping the AC3 (though you need special filters installed to play it back). You have to make sure you select the right fps in order to get audio synch, however.
right now I am using vidomi to encode into divx5 with mp3 audio. Ripped from smartripper. There are only 2 steps. I don't want to get into anything that is going to add more steps. I guess I will wait until ac3 audio is incorporated into vidomi. Thanks anyway though!
the guides are not that hard to follow you just need to take the time to read through the guide. truth be told using the AC3 audio is easier then encoding it to mp3 and it saves you time. the only drawback to using the AC3 is that you need to install the extra filters ( the Nimo pack will work ) and it will take up extra space.
how many steps does it take, using the guide that you use? Also, how much bigger is the file? I am looking to fit a movie on 2 cd-r's. Right now I encode divx5 at 2400 2 pass, 192 mp3 audio. Set target to 2 discs. Works nicely. I would lower the video rate a little to fit ac3, but still want it to fit onto 2 cdr's.
Let us know haw you encode goes. Just one q though. Did you use the compresability feature? If so what did you end up with before you encoded? if you got anyware between 70 and 100 % your encode should look very good
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