I have read several threads regarding chopping scenes from DVDs and then converting them to AVI format (http://forums.afterdawn.com/thread_view.cfm/108963), but have been completely unsuccesful in my own attempts. Let me first describe my goal and then I will explain the errors I encountered. I recently had old home movies converted to DVD. I want to share some of these memorable moments with family members far away in other countries. Instead of sending large chunks of these home movies, I wanted to edit them into short 30 second or 1 minute clips. Based on what I researched, I had to first rip the contents of the DVD onto my hard drive and then use Chopper XP to edit the clips. However, when I tried opening a specific chapter in Chopper XP it would only play a few seconds of the clip even though it was 4 minutes long and it skipped portions. I then tried a manual extract, but it chopped out the wrong bits of the movie even after I specified where to start and stop the clip. What could I be doing wrong? I still tried to convert this wrong clip to AVI format using DVD2AVI, but the file size saved turned out to be 0. I can't tell you how many different programs I have installed over the weekend to make this work. Can someone please offer me some advice on what you did to edit portions of a dvd and then save to AVI format? Thanks much!