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PostPosted: Tue Jan 31, 2006 3:31 pm    Post subject: Creating MPEGs from DVDs Reply with quote

I just got a Creative Zen Vision M (Creative's answer to the iPod Video) media player. I'd like to find a way to rip some of my DVDs (all legally owned) to mpeg or another compatible format to put on there for travelling and such. I found a few demos of programs on the net that claim to do this, but they all seem limited (will only convert a few minutes of video with the demo version, etc.). Does anybody have or know of a decent free, or relatively inexpensive, program that will do this without much hassle? Thanks.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 31, 2006 4:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Check out the free software list in the subgroup forum. At the end is some talk about free DVD rippers, such as DVDFab Decrypter, which you can still find freely. It'll rip the entire DVD contents to your hard drive and you can then use a program like DVD Shrink to squash the content down so that it'll fit on a single layer recordable DVDR (most movies today are on dual layer (9GB) DVDS, and the recordable dual layer media is still like $4 a disc).

If you want to compress the content down to something that you can store on your hard drive, like a divx or wmv file, you might try: http://flaskmpeg.sourceforge.net/?inc=development Although I've yet to use it.

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 31, 2006 4:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh duh, you want to put them on your Zen. What video formats does it allow? This will be doable using DVDFab Decrypter to rip the DVD and remove copy protection, and that Flask Mpeg program I linked to.


***NOTE: this is all for informational purposes. I am not recommending any of this to help people duplicate DVDs illegally.*** Wink

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 31, 2006 4:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks, Slack. According to the box, the Zen supports DivX, MPEG-1/2/4, WMV9, Motion J-PEG and XviD. Ideally, I'd like to just put the DVD in the drive and have the software rip it, but I guess it's not that simple with all the copy protection. I'll try that Flask program for conversion.
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