DVD to VCD?

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  1. videonastie macrumors member

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    Is there anyway I can convert a DVD into a VCD & burn onto a normal CD?

    Also can I isolate the movie to fit on a 4.7GB DVD disc?:confused:
     
  2. jethroted macrumors 6502a

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    Re: DVD to VCD?

    For the mac, I don't know. For the PC you could try DVD Squeeze4.0. It claims that it can squeeze a DVD onto a CD with no loss of quality, but I have not been able to find a review on it, and have not tried it. look for them on google.
     
  3. evildead macrumors 65816

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    ffmepeg

    take a look at ffmepeg

    you have to download and install a seperate package for it to beable to decode DVDs. You can dump almost any file type to any other file type... and its free
     
  4. DVDSP macrumors regular

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    Re: DVD to VCD?

    Toast has burned a 1 GB file to VCD for me and the resulting file was around 45 MB. I wasn't too happy with the quality but I guess it would do in a pinch.

    As mentioned above there are a few programs that will rip a DVD for you, another is OSeX.

    If your intention is to rip a commercial DVD, let's say "Spider-Man", and burn it to your own DVD-R you could have trouble.

    For one thing, commercial DVD movies are usually a dual-layer disc (DVD-Rs are single layer). That means that generally less than 1/2 way through the movie the laser picks up a signal to refocus to the second layer and start traveling in the opposite direction (ie back in toward the center of the DVD). The problem is this: The layer break is encoded into the MPEG stream. If you rip the DVD, recompress to a smaller file size and burn, the layer break is still there. I don't know what would happen, maybe nothing, maybe it will stop playing at that point.

    I suppose you could rip and then de-mux the file, find the layer break and remove it, mux again, recompress and burn. Honestly, that sounds like way too much work just to get a free copy of the movie, plus, it might not work anyway.

    By the way, you will notice a slight pause at the layer break in quite a few movies. Smarter encoders will try to place the layer break in the middle of a scene transition when the screen is black anyway and you won't notice the pause, but I've seen it many times.
     
  5. videonastie thread starter macrumors member

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    DVD Decoding?

    What DVD decoding software is available for Mac?
     
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