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Defacto Standards: Software & Format

Discussion in 'Convert DVD to another format' started by setotitan, Mar 15, 2012.

  1. setotitan

    setotitan Member

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    I know this question has probably been asked before, in fact I know it has, I searched for it ;) However because the tech world moves so fast from month to month I want to hit the ground running. Previously I've done a little bit of everything when it comes to video, ripping, burning, converting, used freeware and some nice paid stuff so I'm familiar with the concepts and what's involved.

    My goal is to back up all my DVD's, that I really enjoy, to a digital format so I can toss them on my network and forever and ever watch them when I please. Obviously no medium is future proof, and no one can predict what's coming. At the same time I'd just like to get some opinions on what format to back up to, and if there's a industry/genre standard software that most people are using to get the best results. Price not being a major issue as long as were not talking thousands, I just want good quality first, and if it's user friendly that helps too and I don't mind paying for it. Thoughts?
     
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    Try post #9 in this thread. http://forums.afterdawn.com/t.cfm/f-11/dvd_to_avi_or_-925984/#5662616 It'll save me a whole bunch of typing.

    I wrote an explanation of the differences between converting to AVI with Xvid and something like MP4 or MKV using the x264 encoder. Much of it you'll probably know already, but the upshot of it all is if you want to re-encode while keeping the maximum quality, anamorphic x264 encoding is the way to go.

    I'm quite partial to MeGUI but there's other decent GUIs which are also free. HDConvertToX, Ripbot and FFCoder come to mind.

    If you don't want to re-encode, MakeMKV is probably the best choice.

    MakeMKV should also decrypt copy protected DVDs whereas none of the free conversion programs will, so as you no doubt know, you'll need to rip them to your hard drive first. I still use RipIt4Me for that job but occasionally it won't rip a newer DVD properly, in which case there's a free version of DVDFab.

    There should be no need to pay for software to convert DVDs to AVI/MP4/MKV. I don't think there's a better quality encoder than x264 anyway, and some of the free GUIs will probably do a better job than software which isn't.
     

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