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Discussion in 'Convert DVD to another format' started by enner, Apr 10, 2003.

  1. enner

    enner Guest

    Which software is the best and easiest for backing my films, ps2 and x-box games? I have a pioneer A05 DVD re-writer and I use windows XP
     
  2. Rotary

    Rotary Senior member

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    hi

    just use DVDXCOPY couple of clicks and WAHAY presto your done nice!

    www.dvdxcopy.com there version is 1.5.0 but i have heard the 1.4.1 version is best!
     
  3. herbsman

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    Thats not the best in my opinion (and this is only my opinion)

    For a start I like all my movies to be on 1 DVD-R , rather than split over 2 (which DVDXCopy does)
    Also we dont have to put up with software adding a disclaimer to your files.

    [bold]Smartripper 2.41 [free]
    DVD2One v1.11
    Nero 5.5.9 [or above][/bold]

    That would be the method I would suggest above.

    herbs
     
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    herbsman Moderator Staff Member

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    DVD2One v1.11 [only needed if the original disc is over 4.36Gb]
     
  5. Shoey

    Shoey Guest

    DVD Decrypter
    DVD2One
    DVD Maestro
    Nero

    My preferances^

    Shoey :)
     
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    herbsman Moderator Staff Member

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    Did I read that DVD Maestro is not backed up anymore ? (no update for 12 months or so)
    I may be mistaken...

    What does Maestro do for you exactly Shoey m8?
     
  7. Shoey

    Shoey Guest

    Backing up DVD-9 Double Layer or Type 3 DVD's that require re-encoding.

    1. Run your DVD player (WinDVD or PowerDVD) to play the movie (not in full screen mode) for a short time and see if it is Full Screen (no black bars top and bottom of picture0 or widescreen (with black bars top & bottom of pic). This Un-locks the drive. Then exit the player.
    2. Run DVDDecrypter and hit I. This selects IFO mode. You can also use SmartRipper if you prefer, its similar but option/settings are in different places, I'm sure you can work that one out.
    3. Select for Source the DVDROM unit that holds the DVD. It will automatically detect the Movie files and suggest a Destination folder name where the ripped files will go. Change if necessary.
    4. In Tools / Settings / IFO Mode, set the File Splitting to 1 GB and tick "Chapter Information - DVDMaestro". Make sure under Options, all 4 boxes are ticked. Leave all others alone, then click OK.
    5. Now click the large O |> HD button and ripping begins. Soon, you will end up on your HD an *.IFO file, a *.CHP file and a heap of *.VOB files. The size of the VOB files may be slightly different from those on the DVD, don't worry !
    6. We are now ready to re-encode these files to fit onto a so-called 4.7gb DVDR.
    7. Run DVD2SVCD. It may complain it cannot find CCE, so click the Encoder tab and then browse your HD for CCE (cctsp.exe) depending on where you installed it. This will happen 1st time it is run only. CCE should be version 2.50 ONLY for all this to work.
    8. Click the Misc. tab, then select the Input File Type to be DVD and Output File type to be MPEG-2. Then click Default Output folder to select the Output folder where all the files will go, this will require 10-15gb free HD space! Leave Don't Delete any Files ticked. Change DVD2SVD Level to Advanced.
    9. Click the Conversion tab, and load in the IFO file you just ripped to your HD. It will indicate its length and select an Aspect ratio mode and mark the Audio track. I do NOT recommend ticking NTSC to PAL box unless you like jerky movies. Select for Aspect Ratio 4:3 (No borders, encoded as 4:3) if the movie is full screen or Anamorphic (no borders added, encoded as 16:9) if it is a widescreen movie. Click Auto Shutdown if you wish the PC to shutdown when encoding is finished.
    10. Click on Finalize Tab, there is nothing in here to change.
    11. Click the CDImage Tab and just click Don't Make Images, as we use Maestro to do all the Authoring.
    12. Click the bbMPEG Tab, there is nothing to change here as we don't actually use this part of the program.
    13. Click the Pulldown Tab, there is nothing to change or setup in here. This will run automatically if a 23.976fps NTSC framerate is found in the DVD and will convert it to a 29.97fps NTSC movie.
    14. Click the Audio Tab. Untick Audio 1 downsample 48 -> 44.1 as a DVD must have 48khz audio to playback on DVD Players. For Audio Bitrate, select 384 if the Audio was 5/6ch AC3, 224 if 2ch AC3.
    15. Click the Frameserver Tab and select Resize Method to be Bicubic Resize. Make sure Resize is set to DVD ('cause thats what we are making folks!). At the end of the MPEG2Dec line, click the small [...] button and from the ..\DVD2SVCD\MPEG2Dec folder, select MPEG2DEC2.dll I find it faster (only needs to done the first time you run DVD2SVCD). "Add Resample Audio" needs to be ticked if you have an AMD CPU, else CCE will crash.
    16. Click the Bitrate Tab and set Max to 9000, Min to 300 and Max Avg to 6000. Unselect Min Avg if its ticked. Change all the 6 boxes of CD size to read 4400 and the 6 boxes of Use to 1. (This tells DVD2SVCD to calculate the best bitrate to just fit the movie onto 1 disk of 4400 kb size) DVD2SVCD calculates the bitrate automatically for you to use the highest data rate to fit onto your DVDR. Untick the Warn if the total bitrate is too high.... Decrease the 4400 to 4350 if you will be adding Subtitles during authoring.
    17. Click the EncoderTab and make sure Cinema Craft Encoder is selected (and not TMPGEnc). Multipass VBR should be set at 1 (or 2) for best results (I've found any higher doesn't improve the conversion any better). I set Image Qual. Priority to 22 & Bias to 20. Set the Time Code to 00:00:00:00. Click on the Advanced Settings button and select ALL 4 of the MPEG2 Video Settings. Set the N/M to 4 and tick "Close all GOP's".
    18. All is now setup and we are ready to begin the encoding. If you intend to be doing a few movies, all the setup above needs to be done once and will remain set to the same settings next time you run DVD2SVCD. (Or go to Misc tab and click Save Settings, so you can always load in the settings later on if needed.) Next time you will only need to load the IFO in, set the default folder to save to, maybe Audio data rate, then GO.
    19. Click the Conversion Tab again and if all is ready, click the GO button. Click Start Conversion then confirm with OK.
    20. Go to sleep, work or school as this process may take a long time. On a P550 it can take about 18hrs with a 2pass VBR encode! On an Athlon 1800, most movies convert 1pass VBR (actually 2 passes) in 4-5 hours.
    21. When finished you will have in the default folder you selected, about 20-30+ files. We need only 2 of these files, the Video file Encoded_Video_CCE_PAL.mpv or Encoded_Video_CCE_NTSC.mpv or Pulldown_Encoded_Video_NTSC.mpv (use this if it exists) and the Audio file Extracted_Audio_1.ac3 (and an Extracted_Audio_2.ac3 file if you extracted 2 audio tracks.) There should also be a large *.MPG file. You can play this with WMP, WinDVD or other player to check that the conversion went okay. Then delete this MPG file if you need the HD space.
    22. We are now ready to Author the Video and Audio files to DVD format with DVDMaestro.



    Step 5: Authoring with DVDMaestro

    1. Run DVD Maestro. Click on File / Preferences / Display and tick "Workspace Windows are Maximized on Opening" and then OK. Then Tick on View and select Work Book mode (all others should be ticked also). Now right click on the "Untitled1 Project" in the top left window and select Properties. In here set to PAL or NTSC and if you want subtitles to always be on, set it here also. In Disk Image, it should be set to DVD-Video Only and in Replication, regions 1 to 6 should be ticked to make it region free.
    2. In the empty bottom right hand corner window, right click and select "Import Media Asset" (or just double click somewhere in the window) then browse to and select your *.MPV and *.AC3 files, then click OK. If it is an NTSC DVD your backing up, then there is probably a Pulldown_Encoded_Video_NTSC.mpv, then load this one only. It will now check your files for DVD compliance, this can take a few minutes.
    3. Double click the "Movie1" in the top left window and a new window will open. There are now provisions to drop in Video tracks, Audio tracks, Subtitles and Chapters. I will call this the Timeline window. The Top line is the movies timeline. The next gray window below is where we add Chapters. The next below Larger empty line is where the Video file is moved to, The next group down is for the Audio tracks (top one is for Track 1) and the bottom group is for Subtitles.
    4. Drag your video *.MPV file from the Asset window (lower right) to the video line in the Timeline window. Then drag the audio *.AC3 to Track 1 (the top one). If you had 2 audio tracks, drag the second one to Track 2. If this is not an English track, click the "en" next to that line and select the appropriate language.
    5. On the bottom line of the Timeline window, change the aspect ratio of the movie to "16:9 Letterbox" (for 90% of DVD's) or "4:3" (Maestros default) depending on what your movie is. Don't select the 16:9 Pan Scan or 16:9 LB/PS option, only one of the two I mentioned.
    6. To add these Chapters, right click the Chapter line in the Timeline window and select "Import Chapter List". Then browse to your *.CHP file produced by DVDDecrypter or ChapterXtractor and load it. A message box will pop up saying the number of chapters that were imported, this will be 1 less than in the *.chp file as 00:00:00:00 is already there.
    7. If your adding Subtitles, right click the top Subtitles line in the Timeline window and select "Import Subtitles File". Browse to you *.SON file and load it. It will then report the number imported.
    8. So now all the movie components have been added, we now need to tidy it up for proper playback. Highlight the Menu1 in top left hand window, right click and Delete it (Since we have Movie only, there is no need for a Menu but see Note 3: below on how to set up a Menu). Highlight the word "Movies" and click on the "Connection" tab at the bottom of the Timeline window. In the long box next to First Play, right click and select Movie1: Chapter 00:00:00:00. This will auto start the movie in your DVD Player. We are now ready to compile our movie to DVD structure.
    9. Select Tools and click Compile (or Alt+C or click the small Barcode Icon at top). It will ask for a folder to compile to (needs 5gb of HD space). It will then request you save the Project, so do so as we may need it later anyway. It then starts compiling and createing the AUDIO_TS and VIDEO_TS folders, this can take 10-15min or so.
    10. Progress of the compiling is seen in the bottom left window. When compiling finishes it should not report any errors. Click Ok and close DVDMaestro.
    11. Using Explorer, go to the folder where you compiled the DVD to. There will be two new folders, VIDEO_TS and AUDIO_TS. The AUDIO_TS folder will be empty. In the VIDEO_TS folder, delete the *.LAY file as this can cause problems with Nero and some DVD Players.
    12. Double click on either of the IFO files and the Movie should start playing with WinDVD or your installed player. Check it out for lip sync at start and near end. If this is out slightly, load the project file (the one you saved) back into Maestro, right click on Audio track and select "Create Audio Sync Track", highlight the Video track and click Assign Audio Track. Browse to the audio track and click OK. When asked to replace the current track, click OK. Re-compile the DVD as from point 9 above and re-check the sync. Also check that the Subtitles are in sync. If all is well, we are now ready to burn the DVD.
    13. Run Nero 5.5.9.x (version 5.5.10.0 does not work!) and close the Wizard. Select DVD option of DVD-ROM (UDF/ISO) for best playback compatability. Multisession should be on No Multisession. In ISO tab, all should be un-ticked except "ISO Level 2 (Max of 31 characters)" and ISO 9660. UDF should be set to 1.02 For Label, enter a volume name, such at THE_GLADIATOR. Click on NEW button, and drag the AUDIO_TS and VIDEO_TS folders from right window (your HD) to the left window (your DVD). Put a blank DVDR into your burner, then hit the small red Burn Icon at top. Select Write and your burn speed (Nero autodetects the max burn of the DVDR you have inserted) then hit Write button. It takes approx. 56min to write out at 1x a full 4.3gig to a DVDR so find something else to do for a while. 2x is 1/2 that time and 4x is 1/4 of that.
    14. When its finished burning, mark the DVD with a felt pen its title and rush to your DVD Player to check it out. Sit back and relax enjoying your backup copy of your DVD.

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    Shoey :)
     

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