Discussion in 'Video Cameras' started by F9, May 6, 2006.

  1. F9

    F9 Guest

    I want to take some DVDs of home movies and change then into AVI's for
    computer use, etc.

    I've tried googling for some free software to do this, but nothing comes up
    that will do the complete dvd - usually the trials will do 10 minutes or so

    If anyone knows of something I can use I'd be grateful.


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    F9, May 6, 2006
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  2. Errr - would it make more sense to get a DVD player program for your
    PC to play them back ? You could spend *days* of CPU converting to
    re-compressed AVI. So - what is it specifically you're trying to do ?

    Cheers - Neil
    Digital Media MVP : 2004-2006
    Neil Smith [MVP Digital Media], May 6, 2006
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  3. What happens if you take the VOB files on the DVD and re-name them
    with the MPG extension?
    Laurence Payne, May 6, 2006
  4. F9

    F9 Guest

    My DVD recorder has this annoying system whereby it produces not just the
    actual VOB files for the recording, but actually places a further two
    complete copies of the files on the same DVD! So, you have the recording
    three times! If you try to put more recordings on the same DVD, it keeps the
    three versions, but just compresses them further so that a 4.7Gb DVD has in
    fact got 9Gb on it - most of which is useless as it's just copies.

    I have tried to get the recorder - ellion - to record just the one copy, but
    there are no settings for it.

    That's why I need to be able to convert the one copy to AVI or MPG. If I
    dont, I have to have 9Gb and the quality is rubbish.

    Any help would be appreciated.

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    F9, May 7, 2006
  5. This seems very unlikely. If nothing else, consider the amount of
    time a re-compression would take. And what happens to the original

    Anyway, can't you just copy the VOB files you need and discard the
    Laurence Payne, May 7, 2006
  6. F9

    F9 Guest

    Yes, but that still means over 2.5Gb when an avi/mpg file is less. Thus I
    can fit more onto a single DVD for archiving.

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    F9, May 7, 2006
  7. F9

    Trev Guest

    An mpg might be less than an mpeg 2 Being a 1/4 0f the size but an avi
    could well be 10X bigger depending and the format. If your multisessioning
    on -/+R disc's then you may be seeing the new Table of contents that has to
    be created when you add a new session Being none rewrite able It can not
    remove the old just add the new.
    Trev, May 7, 2006
  8. F9

    F9 Guest

    Yes, I did that, have the latest, but it still fills the DVD with multiple
    copies of VOB files. The DVD always has a full 4.7Gb when viewed on a
    computer. That's why I want to strip it to an mpg file

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    F9, May 9, 2006
  9. F9

    F9 Guest

    They play with powerDVD, but they are not joined together. The Ellion splits
    all programmes into multiple VOB files. Hence my request to extract them to
    a single mpg file.

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    F9, May 9, 2006
  10. F9

    F9 Guest

    Not to worry, I have now found and used Nero Recode to turn them into MP4's
    Not quite as small as I had hoped , but a single file nonetheless.

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    F9, May 19, 2006
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