DVD2AVI is actually about the best application there is for decoding
a DVD. So if its so amazing why has it not been mentioned before
as the best method of making DivX? Basically because it has too
few options to make a good quality movie. For example, you cannot
just crop and resize the video. To do this you must frameserve
your movie first to other applications such as TMPGEnc. Neither
does it have MP3 audio support or IFO parsing like Flask Mpeg.
It was also slightly slower than both Flask and Mpeg2avi. But
since everyone now wants to make movies from DVD using Nandub
it has become necessary to introduce this method because its by
far the easiest way to decode a movie to Nandub - so lets get
DVD2AVI cannot parse IFO files and will only open
Vob files. This means that you need to rip your DVD to your hard
disk first using the IFO ripper such as SmartRipper (check out
Then its a simple matter of opening each Vob file
in DVD2AVI like this:
Up will pop this selection box. Make sure you select
all the Vobs for your movie in the correct order.
DECODING AUDIO (optional)
DVD2AVI can do audio decoding but its probably better
not to use it because of synch problems. These are more due to
Telecine problems with NTSC movies so if you use PAL you may want
to try, but I think its better not to. If you decide to try audio
select an audio track to decode from the following section:
If you are not gonna use audio just check the none
option. A word of warning the audio will be decoded to uncompressed
PCM audio and will take at least a gigabyte of space. If you do
audio seperately you can save space. The best alternative is to
use Graphedit for audio, check that guide Here.
DECODING THE VIDEO
If you would like to look at the movie you can play
it by choosing: Option > Preview.
An information window will also appear when you
play it telling you what aspect ratio the movie is and if its
FILM, NTSC, PAL etc., and looks like this:
NTSC MOVIES & INTERLACE PROBLEMS
I'm not very experianced with NTSC movies because
most of mine are PAL. But after with the ones I've tried recently
I suggest you always try and use the force FILM option, go to:
Video > Field Operation > Forced FILM.
If it works you will not have that horrible combing
effect from an interlaced video. Not sure what interlaced video
is? Check my guide Here. If it doesn't
work, you will know soon enough when you open it to check. Make
sure you check action scenes or those with lots of motion.
The best method to solve interlace problems is probably
to use AVISynth's Bob deinterlace filter. The method is described
Here. Or you can use one of VirtualDub's
(or Nandub's) not so good built in deinterlace filters to solve
this problem. The hardest but best solution for this probelm is
to perform correct IVTC on it! I suggest you give my ol' pal Purpleman's
guide a go for that it can be found Here.
He also has a good DVD2AVI guide and some excellent SVCD guides
You do not need to do this for PAL
movies unless you are converting the specials section, which have
almost the same problem!
SAVE THE PROJECT
No its time to decode the DVD by choosing: File
> Save Project please do NOT choose Save AVI!
Give it a name when it asks and it will save the
project file as: Something.d2v. It
should take under an hour to decode the DVD.
CONVERTING TO A FAKE AVI
This is the amazing part! We are now going to make
a "fake" AVI file! This is not a real AVI file because
that would be huge and take a long time to create. Instead we
are going to convert the information in that DVD2AVI project file
so that it can be opened in any application that supports AVI;
that includes VirtualDub, Nandub or even Media Player!! Yes! It
works exactly as an AVI file you can use all the VirtualDub filters
on it, resize, crop, deinterlace and so on. It may not be a real
AVI no one can tell the difference!
To do this conversion we must install the program
called VFAPI. To install it double-click on the file that says:
vifpset.bat. To run it just double-click
on the VFAPIConv.exe
Then up will pop the following dialouge box. Choose
the Add Job option and find the project
file you just saved using DVD2AVI (called something.d2v).
You don't need to do anything else, just press OK.
That's it! You will find that the "fake"
AVI file you have just saved will now work in almost any video
application as can be seen below:
Yes, I'm sure you will be amazed! The fake AVI will
only be 10-20MB in size but will act as a frameserver to the DVD.
This means you cannot delete the original VOB files until all
your encoding is finished....but you already knew that, eh?!
From here the sky's the limit! Go either to the
Nandub guide Here or you can edit the
video with VirtualDub for example like you see Here!
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