free program for shrinking dvds?

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  1. miltontong macrumors newbie

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    does anyone know of any free software that will shrink dvd files? i already have mactheripper to rip the dvds but i can't find any free software that will shrink it down to 4.7gb.
     
  2. SpaceMagic macrumors 68000

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    If you are going to make a backup on your computer and not copy the dvd onto another dvd (very illegal dont steal films!) then use Handbrake (look it up on versiontracker). Handbrake converts dvds to files, the size determined by your settings. Very easy to use. Check it out.
     
  3. daveL macrumors 68020

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    The cheapest one I know of is DVD2oneX. There was a freeware one on sourceforge.net, but it hasn't been updated for well over a year, if memory serves me. You can do what you want with ffmpegX, although it's not entirely straightforward, and I personally have not used it that way, so I can't tell you how well it works. I've only used ffmpegX for mpeg4 compression.
     
  4. mmzplanet macrumors regular

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    Macthe ripper --> DVD2oneX --> Toast

    That works well. DVD2oneX works very well...
     
  5. legacyb4 macrumors 6502

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    DVD2onex isn't free... plus, it gives you only the movie content without any of the menus, etc.

    Still, a good solution in a pinch. I also like using DVDBackup to rip the DVDs to disc.
     
  6. neilrobinson macrumors 6502

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    i think you will find these days it does, i dont own it or use it, just looking thur the doc's
     
  7. daveL macrumors 68020

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    Not true. I have it, and it certainly can give you the entire contents of the DVD, including menus, multiple sound track and subtitles.
     
  8. legacyb4 macrumors 6502

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    My bad, then, since the last time I tried it out, it was only giving compressed movie data with chapters, but nothing else.

    Still, it isn't free...

    Cheers.
     
  9. Manzana macrumors 6502a

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    FFmpegX...

    by major.

    You can use it to shrink VOB files into almost any format using lots of different encoders. It will not work with VIDEO_TS folders by itself, you have to combine all .VOB files into 1 and then encode.

    Much faster than Handbrake. It's possible to encode a movie in less than an hour on my PB 1.33
     
  10. daveL macrumors 68020

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    You can get a single VOB file if you rip with MacTheRipper and use "Title Set Extraction" mode (if memory serves me).

    Handbrake is transcoding to mpeg4, which produces much smaller file sizes but requires a lot more cpu cycles. There's only a handful of standalone players that understand mpeg4, at this point. With ffmpegX, the way you're using it (I assume), you're transcoding from mpeg2 to mpeg2 using a lower bit rate so it fits on a DVD5.

    Sorry if I'm saying stuff you already know.
     
  11. Manzana macrumors 6502a

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    That's good to know as I was using the cat command from terminal after extraction to combine all .VOB's into one.
     

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