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DVD to (Super) VideoCD using DVDx, all at once
or assisted by SmartRipper...
us two basic methods of ripping DVD's. One where we rip it all using
a single application (DVDx)
and one where we use a more advanced DeCSS tool called SmartRipper
and then convert it with DVDx.
I prefer the last option, it kind-a gives me a better feeling on
the decryption of the CSS.
Tip: Ripping subtitles seperately
would be cool too, please see the subtitle
ripping page for details.
Note: This method has been tested
with Windows 95, 98, 98SE, ME, XP and 2000. You will need to have
DirectX 8.1 installed!
Read the disclaimer!
You can download
DVDx 1.8 right here. Unpack the archive using WinRar
After unpacking, you will find
the file "DVDx20_setup.exe",
double click it so the setup starts.
During the setup, click "Yes",
"Next", "Next", "Next",
"Install" and finally "Finish". DVDx
has now been installed into the directory "C:\Program
Step 1: Play the DVD using a software DVD-player
In order to "unlock" the DVD encryption,
we first play abit of the movie (ie. not the extras, not the menu, etc
... no: a real part of the movie)!
Once you have done that, you must close PowerDVD.
Step 2: Start DVDx
Double click the DVDx icon in the Windows Start menu.
Step 3: Open the DVD
Now there are two way to proceed:
- Let DVDx do all the work (usually seems to
- First rip the DVD to harddisk using SmartRipper
and then let DVDx convert it (this ALWAYS works)
From the "File" menu, choose the option
"Open DVD root" if you're going to have DVDx to
do all the work.
If you have ripped the DVD to harddisk using SmartRipper,
you should choose the "File" menu, option "Open
A dialig appears where we can select the desired video-track.
Usually, the longest videotrack is the main movie. Select
it and click the "Select" button.
Step 4: Video Input Settings
After selecting a video-track,
we must now do some settings on the Video Input options. Below you see
a screenshot of me working with a Regio 2 PAL movie, using the subtitles:
For detailed info on these options,
see the DVDx settings into
detail - Video Input Settings.
In short: Choose the right language
for audio (Audio-Track), indicate if you would like to use the subtitles
(SubTitle) and set the proper frame-rate (PAL:25fps, NTSC:29.97).
Once you're done doing the settings, click "OK"
Step 5: Video Output Settings
You're now back to the basic screen of DVDx. Here we
see the original movie resolution and the playback time
of the movie. Both playback time and resolution will become in handy later
Tip: On the page "Video
Formats " you will find more details on commonly used display
Now choose from the "Settings" menu,
the option "Output settings":
The video output settings window will popup:
And again: a lot of possible settings. For in depth
details, please visit the DVDx
Settings into detail - Video Output Settings.
In short: copy the settings above and click the "Whole"
button so all frames of the movie are included.
Since not all movies are the same in length (eg. minutes
playing time), you must calculate the bitrate for your DVD-rip to fit
on one single CDR/CDRW. The higher the bitrate, the better the video result.
However the higher the bitrate, the bigger the resulting MPEG-file. "Audio/Video
BitRates (Kilobits per Second)" might there for be changed. See
the Bitrates page for details.
Select "OK" to return to the codec
Select "OK" once more so you return to the "Output
Click "Apply" to continue.
Step 6: Start the conversion
From the "File" menu, select the option
"Select Output". Here you can enter the name of your
When clicking on the "Browse" you can
choose the location and filename of the MPEG file(s). You don't need to
add the .MPG extension. Click "OK" when done.
You're back again to the DVDx main window. In the upper
right corner you will see a button called "Encode". This
will start conversion - click it now.
Step 7: Wait ...
All we now have to do is wait,.... below you'll see
some snapshots of this example conversion.
In this example, it took my PC almost 4 hours to convert
an 80 minutes movie. I use and AMD Athlon 1300 Mhz based computer and
the Cinema Craft Encoder.
Tip: In case the Windows
Media player is not happy with the result (ie. it plays only sound or
does not play at all) then consider using DVD playback software like PowerDVD..