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Topic # 119021 17-May-2013 12:24
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*Apologies if this is in the wrong forum*

Hi there,

I am wanting to convert my DVD and Blu-Ray collection (About 25-30 all up) to Digital files. I am not doing this for profit, or to upload online.

I have tried DVD Fab, but entirely how to work that and it is putting the movie in a foreign language, Italian maybe not entirely sure.

Something that is basic and free is all I want.

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  Reply # 821082 17-May-2013 12:28
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I do like DVD Fab, but I find that 2-pass (high quality) transcoding often hangs partway through. I suspect a buggy ffmpeg library but there's not much you can do about it.

I have also toyed with the idea of only using it for the rip and using ffmpeg manually to transcode, but frankly it's all too hard.




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  Reply # 821087 17-May-2013 12:33
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I too use DVD Fab to rip the movie.  Its a very easy piece of software to use.  I often just rip the main title (again simple option in DVDFab).  I then use Handbrake to encode it to mp4.

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  Reply # 821091 17-May-2013 12:36
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I use anydvd to decode the encryption on the fly, and get handbreak to encode straight to H.264 in a mkv container.

Using good quality settings, a DVD takes ~15 minutes to rip, using a i5 2500k

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  Reply # 821093 17-May-2013 12:37
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dvd shrink. idiot proof. Just make sure video compression is off.

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  Reply # 821096 17-May-2013 12:38
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Sorry didn't see the convert to digital bit. dvd shrink is not what u want. It just copies.

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  Reply # 821111 17-May-2013 12:48
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Oh, I just saw you wanted something free :-) - anydvd is not free (but I am sure you can source it somehow), however it is well worth it, it allows you to watch any region dvd you want on you pc, which is pretty neat, as well as removing the encryption stuff.



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  Reply # 821130 17-May-2013 13:00
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Cheers guys for the responses, didn't expect so many so fast!


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  Reply # 821140 17-May-2013 13:09
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I bought Pavtube Video Converter Ultimate to rip DVD's and BluRay discs. Worked great for both and I have ripped dozens of BluRay music videos (that I own), preserving HD video and 5.1 audio. Plus Pavtube has very good and fast email support.

http://www.pavtube.com/blu-ray-video-converter-ultimate/


EDIT: Sorry - also just saw the 'free' bit but I'll leave this up here in case it's useful. I see the Pavtube product is currently on special.

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  Reply # 821197 17-May-2013 14:28
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I still use DVD Decrypter for DVDs. Works a treat :)

You'd need something else for BDs though

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  Reply # 821204 17-May-2013 14:47
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I use the Slysoft AnyDVD software for ripping blurays.




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  Reply # 821240 17-May-2013 15:52
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I use Brasro to copy iso to hard drive on Ubuntu machine then queue up handbrake to encode overnight.

I suppose you could install ubuntu , DVD decoder codec , handbrake onto a live USB stick and boot up.

All software free.


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  Reply # 821245 17-May-2013 15:59
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Basic, free. Pick one.

I can +1 for AnyDVD HD for basic. I haven't encountered many free applications which are simply one or two clicks to decrypt to HDD. The advantage is that AnyDVD will do both DVD and Blu-ray.

If you don't care about file size you can simply use mkvtoolnix to put the resulting m2ts files into a Matroska container (known as a remux) which is supported by most software these days. The files will end up being between 20-50GB for most films.

Encoding (reducing the file size) is more complicated and will end badly if you just want a simple solution.

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  Reply # 821343 17-May-2013 20:57
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I use MakeMKV to backup all my fav dvd and blurays (with the latter, I use handbrake to resize after ripping).




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  Reply # 821434 18-May-2013 00:30
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AnyDVD is fantastic, but expensive.

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  Reply # 821443 18-May-2013 08:02
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Handbrake does everthing and free.

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