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Topic # 27129 15-Oct-2008 14:32
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Can any one tell me the best setting to rip a DVD to VCD in DVD quality?
These are the setting I need to know:
1. Video Bitrate
2. Audio Bitrate
3. Resolution

Everything I try The pixels are still blocky

Also what is the best DVD Ripping software for this?  I use Magic DVD Ripper and I'm not sure if it's just that the software can't do a good enough job

Plus I'm not worried about best quality for file size, I don't care about about big the file size is

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  Reply # 171287 15-Oct-2008 14:38
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  Reply # 171289 15-Oct-2008 14:45
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Your going to run into major problems with quality, or lack of it!!
Dvd = 4.7gb single sided (720×576 resolution ).. Vcd = 700mb (352x288 resolution)..

Converting said 4.7gb dvd (mpeg2) into a 700mb vcd (mpeg1, which has worse compression) is going to look pretty bad no matter what you do! Upgrade to a dvd writer and do 1:1 copy of said dvd, theres countless amounts of software which will do this.


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  Reply # 171303 15-Oct-2008 15:53
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You're going to be limited to small length clips here.  You've explained the problem you're having by what you're trying to achieve.  A commercial DVD is dual layer, so around 8+GB and a VCD is on a CD with 0.7GB, soo... if you want to downscale a full commercial DVD, expect some significant reduction in picture quality.  That said if you're converting a 20 min DVD clip then you should be able to get close to DVD quality within the space available.

DVD resolution is 720 x 576i PAL
Video bitrate for DVD is max of around 8300 kbps and audio will sound the same for most cases if you use around 200+ kbps.
(The units for above may be wrong, but the values are right).

Remember you can only convert something you own yourself.

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  Reply # 171304 15-Oct-2008 15:58
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As was mentioned above 700mb is not good quality, it just acceptable, when u want watch a movie on laptop, but when quality is needed... (sure not HD or BD or DVD) but still quality :)

Size: 1.4Gb

Video: 704x288 (2.44:1), 25 fps, XviD MPEG-4 ~1756 kbps avg, 0.35 bit/pixel
Audio: 48 kHz, AC3 Dolby Digital, 3/2 (L,C,R,l,r) + LFE ch, ~448.00 kbps avg

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  Reply # 171305 15-Oct-2008 16:02
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I use MPEG Streamclip on the Mac to pull content off DVD's, there are plenty of setting etc to choose from so you should be able to find one that fits what you are after assuming you are using a Mac (why wouldn't you beWink). It's also handy as you can set in and out points etc.
You can find it at

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  Reply # 171315 15-Oct-2008 16:40
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Handbrake of course.
I go for h264 Codec, 1200kb/s 720x576 loose anamorphic. Produces about 1.2-1.4gb files for an average movie. This obviously doesn't suit a VCD - I hate 700mb rips.

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  Reply # 171324 15-Oct-2008 17:07
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You could always try DVD fab
Simple to operate - Also has the ability to split over 2 cd's if you require.

Has templates for avi - mkv plus audio options as well. Worth a look - Easiest I have used

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  Reply # 171339 15-Oct-2008 19:31
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I guess I should rephrase the VCD to MPEG, It doesn't have to fit on a CD, I'm backing up all my DVD's on my External Hard Drive, But I also want to be able to watch them from the external hard drive.

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Reply # 171349 15-Oct-2008 20:01
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try dvd shrink download from here ---->

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  Reply # 171374 15-Oct-2008 22:29
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I just rip as they are and then shrink to remove the 2 channel, spanish, french, german, 5.1ac3 when dts is there and all the other stuff like trailers etc.

If I do recompress I will go to h264 at about 1800 - can usually get 2 movies on a dvd-r with that


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  Reply # 171382 15-Oct-2008 23:01
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For ripping to HDD use a program like DVD decrypter (if you can find it...) or DVDfab decrypter or even DVD shrink.

From here you can choose to not compress and use a program like VLC, PowerDVD, or even Windows Media Centre to play the files as though you were playing them from a DVD - complete with menus etc.

If you want to compress the main movie down to a single file then Handbrake is your friend! Using H.264 encoding you can get a 1.2-1.4 GB file with quality you'd be hard pressed to find fault with.

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  Reply # 171457 16-Oct-2008 10:46
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DVD Clone and AnyDVD HD from slysoft. Updates are ongoing and released pretty quickly.

Anydvd HD can rip the DVD or Blu-ray structure to hard drive, whereas Clone DVD can rip to ISO images, or folders as well.
CloneDVD also allows the removal of chapters, menus, ads, warnings, special features, etc and you can choose the disc size you want to compress to, CD, dvd, dvd dl, no compression, etc

Another tool would be required to compress to a different format. tsremux is also very good for blu-ray.

I normally just rip the main content to folders and do not change the format or structure.


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  Reply # 171604 16-Oct-2008 17:09
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VCDEasy (last free version) - VCD's will always be pixelated.
VCDs use a set bitrate which is very low (VHS equivalent)
You should rip to SVCD or xVCD quality.

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