You have a movie on a DVD disk and want to covert it into Divx or Xvid format. The advantage of a Divx / Xvid file is the size, the file is much smaller. If you have multiple movies on your hard drive in DVD format, your hard drive will be full very quickly, depending on the quality and length of the film, the size of the Divx / Xvid range from 700Mb to 1.5 Gb. For those who doesn’t know the difference between Xvid and Divx I will explain about the codecs. Divx is a commercial video codec and Divx is an open source project by volunteer programmers from all over the world. It’s a free alternative format to other commercial video codecs. Both codecs are nowadays playable into stand alone Dvd players
Here is a quick guide how to rip a DVD disc into you computer, covert the Dvd to make the size smaller.
You have to download and install 2 applications into your computer and need a free disk space of 10 Gb. With Dvd shrink you can copy the Dvd disk into your computer, and will resize it to a smaller Dvd format. For converting a Dvd to Divx/Xvid we will use Avi.net.
Copy a Dvd movie to your hard disk using Dvd Shrink
Many Dvd titles are often encrypted and do not allow to copy them to your harddrive, Dvd Shrink helps you to solve this problem. Most Dvd movies are too large to fit into a recordable Dvd-r disk, Dvd Shrink will compress or shrink this file. It also allows you to re-author the Dvd and the most important thing is: this is a free software.
First download Dvd shrink and install it on your hard disk and open the program, dont forget to put a dvd in your drive. Click on Open disk and select the drive, the name of the video will show up.
Wait till until it is finished with analyzing. Once it is finished with analyzing you see this screen. Now we have to change some settings, first click on re-author, here we can drag and drop files what we want to compress. In this case we will choose only the main movie, later we will convert it into a divx/xvid movie…
Now click on back up and choose the target device, in this care choose your hard disk folder and press ok. Wait untill it is finished with compressing.
Convert Dvd movie to Divx/Xvid using Avi.net
avi.NET will allow you to load in both MPEG-1 (VCD) and MPEG-2 (SVCD/DVD/HDTV) movie files and convert them to an AVI. Whether it be a DivX avi, or Xvid avi, the video file will be compartible for every standalone player. The biggest advantage of converting a DVD to divx / xvid, is the size. So if you want to keep a movie permanent on your hard drive is using divx/xvid a good option. This program requires a .net framework but probably it’s already installed on your computer. First download avi.net, safe it on your hard drive and launch the program. once you open the program you select IN…
For selecting the destination folder of the converted output file press the OUT button, you can also add more files by pressing the ADD button.
The second tab (av.options), you see the audio and video options. Choose the size, bit rate and the quality of the file. For the audio you can keep the ac3 or you can change it. The audio can be converted to MP3 at 128Kbps, 160Kbps or 192Kbps. If you want to add subtitles you can select Index subtitles now, the programs will start now to index the VOB-file. If the Dvd has not a subtitle file, you can add later on after converting the video. For more information read the article about adding subtitles to your divx movie.
The screensize you can adjust, unwanted black bars can automatically be removed. Deinterlace Movie does just that, it de-interlaces and interlaced source. Autocrop Threshold allows you to change the default threshold (the sensitivity in determining the ‘black bar’ areas).
At last you can choose the Avi codec, you can choose Divx or Xvid and press the start button. Now it starts to convert, the converting time depends on the file size and output quality.
Now you have an *.Avi file, if you added subtitles you have also 2 other files names, *.idx and *.sub.