Decent Freeware for DVD Compression?

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by aidanpendragon, Jan 12, 2007.

  1. aidanpendragon macrumors 6502a

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    Specifically an alternative to DVDRemaster? I.e., something that will convert without crippling video but won't cost me (a lot)? Got some .avis that I converted to Video_TS, but are around 4.9 GB, and I'm trying to get them on DVD.

    I see from some searching here that DVD2OneX is an option that arises. However, does that have a similar "pay-before-you-can-do-anything-useful-with-it" restriction? This isn't a big enough deal to me to justify $50-60.

    Have Toast 6 and (I think) an earlier, maybe v 1.x, version of Compressor.

    Already found about about Burn via someone else via probably this thread, which I used to get to the Video_TS stage, so hoping there are some ideas.
     
  2. aidanpendragon thread starter macrumors 6502a

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  3. slosh macrumors newbie

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    try ffmpegx (http://www.ffmpegx.com/), which is shareware ($15, but you get full access before paying). while it's a little complicated to get the hang of, it's a really great program. in the tools tab there' s a "dvd4" tab which should do what you need. i usually use dvd2onex or toast, which since version 7 or so has builit in video compression for dvd's.
     
  4. aidanpendragon thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    "This feature is only available to registered versions of ffmpegX." Still, thanks anyway.
     
  5. Anonymous Freak macrumors 601

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    It's cheaper than Popcorn.

    And if you REALLY want only free solutions, and don't have any objection to playing on the command line, you can download ffmpeg, the open-source core of the for-profit ffmpegX. (In fact, ffmpegX makes you download ffmpeg separately, so they aren't violating the open-source license.)
     
  6. aidanpendragon thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Not so much that I ONLY want it free, just want to make sure it works OK before I shell out the cash.
     
  7. live4ever macrumors 6502a

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    Compressor can compress the footage - use a bitrate calculator (check MacUpdate) to determine the max bitrate to fit on a DVD with the length of your footage.
     

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