Looking for free video compressor

answer348

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I'm looking to move some of my DVDs onto my computer, and from what I know about it, I'll need a ripper and a compressor. I've already downloaded Mac The Ripper for the first part, and I was wondering what would be a good choice for the compression. Thanks!
 

cb911

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Mar 12, 2002
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whoa, whoa, whoa... easy there...

you'll probably get alot of conflicting answers on this one. i would NOT recommend HandBrake - i used it once, and it was the last time. it was buggy, and slow. numerous other users have also commented on how slow it is.

i use DVD2OneX to compress ripped DVD's. but that keeps them in the Video_TS/DVD format. (which may or may not be a problem for you). if you want to convert them to MPEG or similar, you could use FFmpegX, an OpenSource video/audio utility. that does take a bit of getting used to - but there's tutorials available and great help on their forums.

but really - the first question you need to ask yourself is - what format do you want to compress the DVD's into?
 

Windowlicker

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Feb 17, 2003
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If not DVD -> ffmpegX

A new version of ffmpegX was just released. The version now is 0.0.9t and supports encoding of fully QT7 compatible H.264 - with cropping and subtitles!

So if you're not burning the stuff on a DVD, I recommend getting this software. Also, if you like it it's only $15 and you get some more functions and no nags. In my opinion this is the best encoding app there is.

http://homepage.mac.com/major4/news.html
 

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