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Dup-DVD (Is it any good?)

Discussion in 'Convert DVD to another format' started by Jinker, Aug 29, 2002.

  1. Jinker

    Jinker Guest

    I don't really have too many problems backing up dvd's, and have followed help files when ever a problem occured which got me back on track. However, what-ever method I've used has taken quite a bit of time to finalize the finished article. Therefore, I wondered if anyone had tried dup-dvd as it promises to copy a dvd to an mpeg1 file or directly to a cdr.
    My question is? Does it work as it promises or should I give it a miss? I've noticed other forum's where several users have had problems with registration codes etc, and the fact that the software only produces the first disk of a 3 disk film. This is normal for the demo version but seems to be a problem even when people use a properly registered version.
    Any feedback would be appreciated.
     
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    dRD I hate titles Staff Member

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    I wouldn't spend any money to a software that can be obtained free and could produce better quality. But that's my personal preference, some people like easy-to-use all-in-one packages.
     
  3. Jinker

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    It's a fair point, but the other software I've used is time intensive. Ripping, creating sound files and encoding all takes time and then the final burning to a cdr using nero or what-ever?.
    I just wondered if this type of software, such as dup-dvd achieves what it promises, as I could be interested in something that needed less input from myself.
    I appreciate better results could be obtained elsewhere but if it creates svcd without problem would I really see the difference?
     
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    I would recommend you to get a look at software package called DVD2SVCD -- it basically automatizes the task of making SVCDs we describe in our articles and once you launch it, your input is not required -- so, no-brainer software without user input, but for free and with same quality as you would get using our/other sites' guides.
     
  5. Jinker

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    Thanks for the information. I like the idea of a "no brainer" as it's about all I can cope with these days :)
    I'll certainly give it a go especially as you say it's free. That's another attraction as far as I'm concerned! - Thanks again.
     
  6. Jinker

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    First impression of dvd2svcd is that it is easy to set up but not so good in finalizing the finished film. The problem for someone new using this software is that the encoder has to be set up seperatly, meaning you can use the Cinema Craft Encoder which is only a demo version and stamps a logo on the finished film or TMPGen which can be downloaded for free. You can buy the full version of CCE or just use TMPGen which I guess most people will do as it's free.
    I have set up dvd2svcd to rip Gladiator which was easy enough using the instructions provided but the finished film had no sound. Why this should be is a mystery at this point as I followed the instructions to the letter. Incidently, I have already ripped Gladiator to SVCD previously using Smart Rip etc, without problem. Maybe DVD2SVCD isn't the final answer for someone new to this, but I'll keep trying it out as it is easy to set up and appears to need no further input from the user and could be left running overnight when most computers are left idle or switched off.
    If anyone out there has come across this no sound problem I would appreciate any feedback.
     
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    DVD2SVCD is one of those tools that it seems to be easy, but it has tons and tons of switches and thingys that make all the difference in terms of audio and video quality. We, hopefully, should have a "AfterDawn.com certified n00b guide"(tm) available for it within couple of weeks.
     
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    I look forward to your guide as it will iron out any problems I'm having. Incidently, the no sound problem seems to be created in TMPGEen as the command line switch from within dvd2svcd only points to the video file and not audio, therefore, it doesn't encode any sound. This must be one of those switches you refer too but for someone new this is proving to be just a little bit complicated.
    I for one look forward to your guide.
     
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    I think I've sorted the problem, or at least someone else has and I've found out the following..."The disadvantage is that TMPG encodes slower and the audio and video have to be encoded separately and multiplexed at the end." This appears to be where I've gone wrong. It would have been helpful if dvd2svcd user files had pointed to this but all's well that ends well. I hope!
     

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