DVDs on the go

I'm getting ready for a two week long business trip to Asia. My Toshiba Tablet PC is great, but it doesn't have a DVD drive, and I don't want to carry a player. My solution is to rip a stack of DVDs to DivX so I can watch them on my laptop without a DVD drive. (Divx is like MP3, but for video. It's a compression scheme that has reasonably high quality at reasonably good compression rates.)

I've tried this many times before with limited success. I had a lot of bad results, e.g. out-of-sync audio, messed up aspect ratios, and so on. It always took a batch of tools, and it was just time-consuming.

So, I was very please to find a pair of tools that have finally taken most of the pain out of this effort. DVD Decryptor does a good job getting the data off the DVD onto your hard drive for processing, then AutoGK converts that data to Divx, converts the audio to MP3, and syncs the two.

There are very few settings, and the ones that there are almost understandable. The only ones I really mess with are the size (I picked 1G per movie to allow me to put them on my USB flash drive), and the encoding format (I picked DivX instead of Xvid because I already had the decoders installed and because there are some DivX DVD players coming out now.)

It's still not as easy as ripping MP3s, but it's getting closer. It's very cool to have a stack of my movies on my harddrive so I can watch them on demand. I love it.

Doom9.net is the best resource around for this kind of activity. It's still pretty geeky though, so roll up your sleeves.

(Yes, yes, yes, I'm only ripping DVDs I own, blah blah blah.)

Get Divx5
Get DVD Decryptor (I can't link to the download directly. Click the link and find the "Download" link on the Doom9 page.)
Get AutoGK

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Michael Chor Reply

hahaha . . . omg that farting one sounds so alike me and as you can see my name is Michael Chor i was reading the stuff you wrote about what your son was saying and damnnnn hes like me but the only thing is im 17 and i still think farting is cool, hahaha ... oh yeah and im also from australia where drinking is legal at 18 but doesnt stop anyone. And my birthday was in october. Anyways i just want to solute that little legend Michael for sharing my name and being a little rebel. cheers Tony P.S what nationality are you by the way? because im teo chew(chinese) just wondering no worries talk to you next time.

Chris Reply

I've found Dr. Divx to work really well for encoding. It is available at the same site that you download the DIVX codec from. Very simple and does a great job of making small but high quality avis from the discs. (and yes, only from discs I own...)

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