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Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by ggulliver, Mar 19, 2011.
Is there a good (reliable and easy to use) and free app that'll convert dvd files to avi?
free and easy to use
Thanks - but it no longer outputs avi, only mp4 and mkv which aren't suitable for standalone dvd players.
Then post-process your .mp4 with MPEGstreamclip or some other utility.
>Then post-process your .mp4 with MPEGstreamclip or some other utility.
Good point - though I'm trying to avoid another process.
The older versions were often buggy.
I had no problem with the 2006 and 2007 version of Handbrake and transcoded several dozens of video DVDs to .avi files using my 2004 iBook.
But if you don't have a problem with MPEG Streamclip, also take a look at its Batch List (CMD+B) to transcode several videos in one go.
Thanks. Although most of the time it was fine, I had problems with some source material - usually toward the end of an encode - and hence stopped using it. When I posted on their forum, the repsonse was akin to 'avi is outdated crap' (with which I basically agree, but it's stil very useful).
And I'm fine with Streamclip (and avidemux will do similar) - but I'm looking for a single-step process.
Maybe it's time to retire that old DVD player and buy an ATV2
Atv2 or something else that will play avi's...
By the way, you could look into a vm solution opening up the pc world of software.
Thanks - a media player is an obvious solution, albeit beyond the initial scope of my original query.
And the vm issue just adds needless complexity.
No doubt. I mention it because I'm not sure you are going to find a single app that will do exactly what you want.
this looks interesting... have not tried it yet.
Its free and open sourced. good luck.
You're probably right - Handbrake used to but was buggy, and more recent alternatives seem not to be supporting the becoming-obsolete avi format.
Seems I was wrong with 'unlikley to find anything'. On a quick look, that app seems excellent - a lot of user-config options which should cover just about any requirement.
Thanks for the tip.
As a paid app, RipIt (http://thelittleappfactory.com/ripit/) is also of interest.