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What is DVD ripping?

DVD ripping is to decrypt a encrypted DVD to a non encrypted format. If you copy the VOB files from a DVD to your harddrive with DCESS then you have ripped a DVD. Usually when people talk about DVD ripping they mean reencode a DVD to another format as VCD or SVCD and this is what this page is all about. It´s legal in most countries to ripp a DVD that you own. But in some countries you are not even allowed to do that. Please dont brake any laws.





With format should i choose as target?

There are 3 popular video format mpeg1, mpeg2 and mpeg4. Mpeg1 is used for VCD. VCD is a old format that can be played in almost all new DVD standalone players. The quality of a VCD movie is simular to a VHS. Mpeg2 is used in DVD and SVCD. SVCD is a new format that is suposed to replace VCD. SVCD can be played in many new DVD standalones, but not all. The quality of SVCD is simular to SVHS. Mpeg4 can be used in ASF or AVI files (often called DIVx avi). It's a new format that will play on PCs only. The quality depends on resulution and filesize but the size-qulaity rate is better than VCD or SVCD. For more info about the formats read the format overview
Witch format you should choose depends on you needs. As an example have I made up three cases.

1. You own a DVD movie and you only have a DVD plyer in your computer but you own a VCD video.
Choose VCD. then you will be able to watch it on your TV.

2. You own a DVD movie that has started to crack (they sometimes do) and will soon be broken so you have decided to make a backup that will play in your standalone DVD pleyer.
Choose SVCD. The quality of SVCD is almost as good as DVD.

3. You own a DVD movie and you wont to be able to look at it at you work. (you all know how boring it can be at work) The problem is that the brand new computers at your work dont have DVD drives.
Choose MPEG4 avi.



DVD to VCD/XVCD ripping guide DVD to MPEG4 ripping guide
programs you need

Vobdecode qt2000 r4
flask v0.59x
Panasonic MPEG premiere plugin v 2.01/2.1/2.5
VCD cutter
8-10 gigabyte free space on your harddrive
a nice computer (over 200 mhz)

intruduction

VCD or XVCD uses MPEG1 for video and audio. MPEG with VCD bitrate can fit 74 minuts of video on one CD.. so you will nead 2 cds for a normal film The quality of VCD isn't so good, it looks simular to VHS. If you would like better quality XVCD is the sulution. XVCD is a VCD with higher resulution an greather bitrate. To make a XVCD you need 2 or 3 cds. Both VCD and XVCD are playable in some standalone DVD players. To play a VCD on a computer you will need at least a p166mmx to play an XVCD you will need at least a p233 mmx

How to make the dvd to a vcd/xvcd

step 1: install files

install Vobdecode QT2000 R4 in c:\DVD\vobdecode\
intall flask in dirctory c:\DVD\flask\
install panasonic mpeg plugin in dirctory c:\DVD\panplug
install VCD cutter in directory c:\DVD\VCDcut
copy c:\DVD\panplug\cm-mpeg-pwi2.0e.prm to c:\DVD\flask\
rename c:\DVD\flask\cm-mpeg-pwi2.0e.prm to panmpeg.cm.flask
now you are done

step 2: copy DVD to your harddrive

open vobdecode
now you will see all the files on the DVD disc
set target directory to c:\DVD\moviename\
mark all the files
first choose find keys.. when done choose decrypt

step 3: encode the files to mpeg1

Open flaskmpeg.exe and go to "file" --> "open dvd" then locate directory c:\DVD\moviename\ and open Vts_01_0.ifo.
Now flask will bring up a window were you can choose witch video and audio layer to encode. choose the ones that you want to encode
Go to "options" --> "mpeg output options" If your target is a VCD choose video bitrate 1150k and audio bitrate 224 If you want to do a XVCD choose video bitrate 1500k-2400k and audio birate 64k-384k. A two hour XVCD can have a video bitrate of 2200k and audio bitrate of 224k and still fit on 3cds
uncheck the "display parameters before Encoding" then click OK
Go to "options" --> "global project options"
change the framesize to 352*240 for NTCS VCD or 352*288 for PAL VCD (for XVCD 480*368 looks great) then change the Time base to 29.97 for NTSC VCD or 25 for PAL VCD (for XVCD is 23.976 best if the source is NTSC, 25 if the source is PAL)
Click on the audio tab, check decode audio.
If you want can you use the output pad under "post prcessing". With the outputpad can you crop the black bands over and under the picture (then you dont have to waste bitrate on nothing). A movie with the resulution 720*480 has the resulution 720*288 without the blackband
Click on general tab, check Compile whole file.
click ok
Go to "run" --> "start conversion"
wait.. wait more... It can take as long as 48 hours on slow computers (200 mhz)
when flask has finished encoding go to c:\videoOut.mpg, rename to moviename.mpg and move it to c:\DVD
click on the file and look that it is alright, when done delete directory c:\DVD\moviename\

step 4: cut the file in parts that will fit on the 74min cds

when you burn a video cd you can fit a little bit over 700mb on a 74min cd so the files cant be bigger than 700mb. But the file we just created with flask is 1100-2000 mb big. that means that we have to cut it in two or three parts (two parts if its smaller than 1400mb otherwise three parts). For this we use VCD cutter
Go to directory c:\DVD\vcdcutt and start file vcdcut.exe
Go to "file" --> "open movies" and locate c:\DVD\moviename.mpg
go to "edit" --> "clip mark in" then move the track bar to 33% or 50% of the movie
go to "edit" --> "clip mark out" then goto "edit" --> "add to clip list"
go to "edit" --> "clip mark in" then move the track bar to 66% or 100%
go to "edit" --> "clip mark out" then goto "edit" --> "add to clip list"
if you are splitting the file to three parts then do it again (move to 100% this time)
now go to "edit" --> "make clips in list"
when done close the program and go to dirctory c:\DVD\vcdcut\ and rename files Cut00000.mpg, Cut00001.mpg and possibly Cut00002.mpg to moviename1.mpg, moviename2.mpg and so on
check that all files work then move them to c:\DVD\ delete the file c:\DVD\moviename.mpg

finished!

Now you have two or three mpeg files that you can burn as video cd with for example NERO burning rom

questions and answers
this is some of the questions i have been reciving. If you have a question don't hesitate to mail me

When i burn video cds with nero, they wont play in any player. Not even softplayers like mediaplayer or power DVD can open the file.. I don't get any error massages when i burn the cds and they seems to be ok. Is there a way to fix it?

It seems that Nero has problems with burning video cds with certain burners. I have a yammaha cdrw 6416s and it wont burn working video cds with nero if the mpg files is bigger than 665 mb. You can try to burn video cds with files smaller than 665 mb and see if it works. Another option if you got files bigger than 665 mb is to burn the file as a ordinary mpg file on the cd. But remember that then you will need 80 min media (if you dont "overburn")


I'm trying to create an VCD of a foreign language film using Flask. I've got the right audio track playing but how do I activate subtitles? Flask doesn't activate the english subtitles by default. Any workarounds?

Flask 0.594 works with subtitles.. But it doesn't work with panasonic mpeg plugin. But you can use DVD2MPEG instead. You can use the same settings in DVD2MPEG as you did in Flask but the video and sound comes out in diffrent files. That means that you have to mux them. There are one easy way to do that. Use xing mpeg encoder and use the streamprofile "match source" and select the video and audio file. Xing will not reencode the video, it just muxes the video and audio. The file Xing creates should be XVCD/VCD compitable.

programs you need

vobdecode qt2000 r4
flask v0.59x
DivX 3d/e mpeg4/mp3 codec
virtual dub v1.3
8-10 gigabyte free space on your harddrive
a nice computer (over 200 mhz)

intruduction

MPEG4 is a new standard for video. With MPEG4 you can fit one hour of DVD quality video on one cd
The audio is in MP3 format and has good qulaity-size rate. MPEG4 cant be played one standalone DVD players but is the best sulution for PC playback on fast machines.
To play a full res MPEG4 movie you will need atleast a 266 mhz PC. (400 mhz+ is even better)

How to make a MPEG4 high resulution film that fits on one or two cds

step 1: install files

Install vobdecode qt2000 r4 c:\DVD\vobdecode
Intall flask in dirctory c:\DVD\flask
Install virtual dub in directory c:\DVD\vdub Install DivX3d mpeg4 codec in dirctory c:\DVD\divxmpg4
Click on c:\DVD\divxmpg4\Register_DivX.exe
Restart computer

step 2: copy the DVD to your harddrive

Do as shown in the DVD to VCD/XVCD ripping guide

step 3: encode the files to an avi with mpeg4 compression

Open flaskmpeg.exe and go to "file" --> "open" then locate directory c:\DVD\moviename\ and open Vts_01_0.ifo.
Now flask will bring up a window were you can choose witch video and audiolayer to encode.
Go to "options" --> "global project options"
Change movie framesize to 720*576 (even if it is NTSC) and change the Time base to 23.976 (25 for PAL)
Click on the audio tab, check decode audio.
If you want can you use the output pad under "post prcessing". With the outputpad can you crop the black bands over and under the picture (then you dont have to waste bitrate on nothing). A movie with the resulution 720*576 has the resulution 720*320 without the blackbands (top offset 134 use to be good)
Click on general tab, check Compile whole file.
click ok
Go to "run" --> "start conversion"
Now it shuld pop up a window that asks for audio format and bit rate. If your movie is shorter than one hour and 40 minuts choose PCM 48khz stereo, if your movie is longer than that choose 22khz (otherwise the destination moviefile will be larger than 2 gigabye and it cant due to limitations in Win98 filesystem. If you use winNT/win2000 you can always choose 48khz stereo)
Another window apeers (sometims you must press alt+tab). In this windows do you choose video codec
choose divx low motion codec (put marker in codeclist and press up arrow key once)
clic on configure and change bitrate to 1500 then press OK
press ok in choose codec window to
it will take severel hours (two hours movie takes 14 hours to encode on a celeron 333A)
when done rename c:\videoOut.avi to moviename.avi and move the file to c:\DVD\
the file shuld have the size of around 1.8 to 2 gigabytes
It is so big because the audio is uncompressed.
The auido in the file will get sometimes out of sync if you tries to search in the file.. but that will vdub (almost always) fix in the next step

step 4: Compress the sound to MP3 and split the movie file in two parts

Open c:\DVD\vdub\VirtualDub.exe
go to "file" --> "open video file" and locate c:\DVD\moviename.avi
go to "file" --> "File information" and write down the movie lenght in FRAMES (usually around 160000)
go to "video" --> "direct stream copy"
go to "video" --> "select range" and input frame (not time) start offset 0, the end offset value shuld be [total frame number divided in 2]-50, click ok
go to "audio" --> "full processing mode"
go to "audio" --> "compression" select format MPEG layer3 and bitrate 160 kps
go to "file" --> "save extended avi" save file as c:\DVD\moviename1.avi
wait until its finnish then do it all again from step "open video file" but this time set start frame offset to [total frame number divided in 2]+50 and stop offset 0.
go to "file" --> "save extended avi" save file as c:\DVD\moviename2.avi
check so both files works then delete file moviename.avi

finished!

Now you have two files around 600-700 mb that you can burn to two 74min or 80min CDR!


questions and answers
this is some of the questions i have been reciving. If you have a question don't hesitate to mail me

I tried to rip a DVD with this method and the quality is really much better than Dvd 2Mpeg (Squeezer) Method but the movie frames progressing is not fluid, the AVI frame progress is not costant, sometimes the movie freezes for a fractions of second ( not the audio track). How to make it work?

It is a known problem with NTSC movies. AVI plugin (made by agrabber) doesn't always manage to sync audio and video correctly. I think that the audio plays a little bit to slow and then the video freezes to prevent that it gets totally out of sync. A way to fix the problem is to demux the audio with virtualdub then mux it again with virtual dub useing the "change so audio and video duration match" It doesn't always solve the problem.. but most of the times it will work.




If you want a perfekt copy of an DVD use this settings

Use flask 0.59x and encode to MPEG1
If the movie have the aspect ratio of 2.35:1 then set the frame size to 720*576 (even if it is ntsc). Crop it down with output pad to 720*320. If the file has the aspect ratio of 16:9 then crop down to 720*432. Set fps to 23.976 (25 for PAL)
set video bitrate to 2000-2400 (depends on the movie lenght use xvcd calc) and check half pel. Set audio bitrate to 192 or better.
this will giv you a perfect copy of the DVD on 3 CDs.
Wtch the movie with mediaplayer 7 or divx player. powerdvd will mess up aspectratio


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DVD2MPG v1.16 guide


One very easy way to rip a DVD is to use DVD2MPG. You dont even have to copy the DVD to the harddrive first.
Install DVD2MPG in directory c:\dvd\dvd2mpg
copy the Panasonic MPEG premiere plugin v 2.01 (cm-mpeg-pwi2.0e.prm) to the dvd2mpeg directory
click on reg.bat
insert a DVD in your drive
then run dvd2mpg.exe
go to "options" --> "capture settings"
set Target size to 352*240 for NTSC VCD or 352*288 for PAL VCD (or other for xvcd)
set fps to 29.97 for NTSC VCD or 25 for PAL VCD (23.976 for NTSC xvcd or 25 for PAL xvcd)
set MP2 bitrate to 224 for VCD (or other for xvcd)
set max frame number to 300000
uncheck "stop capturing by titlechange"
check "add bands" (if the movie isn't in 4:3 format)
check "pricise resizing"
move the zoom bar half the way if the move is in 16:9 format, and almost all the way if the movie is in 2.35:1 format. This will crop the movie at both sides but it reduses the black bands.
Set BiCibic Filter and no interpolation.
click OK
go to "options" --> "mpv settings"
set video bit rate to 1150 for VCD (1500-3000 for XVCD)
ignore audio bit rate (it isn't used)
set VBV buffer size to 120 or more
check full pel and uncheck "display parlameters before encodeing"
click OK
go to "playback" --> "initialize graph and encoder" and click ok 2 times =)
go to option audio settings and make sure that 2 speaker mode is checked
go to "playback" --> "play" then can you use the DVDs menus just like you do when you watch the movie, you can activate subtitles and choose language for example. Then click play in the menu
go to "playback" --> "start stop capturing" then after a little while it will start capturing
DVD2MPG is a little bit slower than flask so it will take lots of time
(rip a 2 hours movie to VCD takes 20 hourers on a celeron 333A)
when done you have to mux the audio and the video file.
Open xing encoder and choose new job then choose the streamprofile "match source"
choose the video file c:\default.mpv and the audio file c:\default.mpa set "target filename to c:\dvd\moviename.mpg
click ok then click on "encode"
when done click on c:\DVD\moviename.mpg and see thats the audio syncs with the video.. search back en forward in in the file and see that it works alright
then delete c:\default.mpv and c:\default.mpa cut the file in parts with VCD cutter as shown in the DVD to VCD/XVCD guide then you are done =)

If your drive gets very hot during the ripping then its better to copy the whole dvd, ALL files to the harddrive, use DCESS or DOD speed ripper. Then when you open dvd2mpeg go to "file" --> "change dvd root" and locate the directory your files are stored in, click on video_ts.ifo. Then you do everything as shown in the guide.





Good mpeg4 and XVCD settings


NTCS DVD: resulution 720*480 with aspect ratio of 2.35:1
or PAL DVD: 720*576 with aspect ratio of 2.35:1

mpeg4 resulution 688*304 at bitrate: 1000-2000kps. set resulution to 720*512 crop down to 688*288 (cut 224 from the bottom and 32 from the right, set 112 in top offset and 16 in left offset)

mpeg4 resulution 576*272 at bitrate: 850-1700kps. set resulution to 640*496 crop down to 576*272 (cut 224 from the bottom and 64 from the right, set 112 in top offset and 32 in left offset)

mpeg4 resulution 528*240 at bitrate: 800-1600kps. set resulution to 576*432 crop down to 528*240 (cut 192 from the bottom and 48 from the right, set 96 in top offset and 24 in left offset)

mpeg4 resulution 480*208 at bitrate: 700-1400kps. set resulution to 496*352 crop down to 480*208 (cut 144 from the bottom and 16 from the right, set 72 in top offset and 8 in left offset)

Perfekt 2 hours on 1 cd setting (I use it if I encode to 1cd its pretty close to 16:9)
mpeg4 resulution 432*224 at bitrate: 700-1400kps. set resulution to 496*400 crop down to 432*224 (cut 176 from the bottom and 64 from the right, set 88 in top offset and 32 in left offset)

NTCS DVD: resulution 720*480
or PAL DVD: 720*576

mpeg1 (xvcd) resulution 480*368 at bitrate 1860 - 2200 kps fps 23.976 (ntsc) or 25 (pal)
If you want can you set resulution to 544*416 and crop down to 480*368

mpeg4 resulution 480*368 at bitrate 1000 - 2000 kps If you want can you set resulution to 544*416 and crop down to 480*368

more will follow







VCD/XVCD/SVCD specifications


standard VCD
type: mpeg1 video and mpeg1 layer 2 audio
No menus or subtitles (exept if they are a part of the mpg)

VCD-pal: videobitrate: 1150kps, audiobitrate: 224kps, fps: 25, resulution: 352*288, aspect ratio: 4:3

VCD-ntsc: videobitrate: 1150kps, audiobitrate: 224kps, fps: 29.97, resulution: 352*240, aspect ratio: 4:3

VCD-film: videobitrate: 1150kps, audiobitrate: 224kps, fps: 23.976, resulution: 352*240, aspect ratio: 4:3

non standard VCD (or extended VCD) type: mpeg1 video and mpeg1 layer 2 audio
No menus or subtitles (exept if they are a part of the mpg)

XVCD-pal-ntsc: videobitrate: 1000kps - 4000kps, audiobitrate: 64kps - 384kps, fps: 23.976 - 60, resulution: you choose, aspect ratio: depends on the resulution

standard SVCD
type: mpeg2 video and mpeg2 audio
menus and multiple sudtitles and audio tracks

SVCD-pal: videobitrate 1700kps (or other) vbr/cbr, audio bitrate: 64-384kps, fps: 25, resulution: 480*576, aspect ratio: Both 16:9 and 4:3

SVCD-pal: videobitrate: 1700kps (or other) vbr/cbr, audio bitrate: 64-384kps, fps: 29.97 or 23.976?(not standard), resulution: 480*480, aspect ratio: Both 16:9 and 4:3

non standard SVCD type: mpeg1/mpeg2 video and audio
menus and multiple sudtitles and audio tracks

video and audio bitrate: max audio + video bitrate = 2600 kps, fps: 29.97 23.976 or 25, resulution: 480*480/480*576 or other (not all SVCD autheringtools accept other res), aspect ratio: Both 16:9 and 4:3




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Utils
Rippers
vobdecode qt2000 R4a
This ripper works on ALL dvd discs
This is just links to a page
were the files can be found.
None of the rippers is stored
on my account and the links is not
links to the programs just to a
page were they can be found.
If someone from MPAA sees this.. please send me a mail.. I would like to know why the DVDs are region coded.. its so stupid.. We in europe wants to be able to look at american (and other) dvds
Vob
editors
VOB snoopy
extrakt audio and video
from vobs
VOBtool v0.06
Usefull tool
Vob utils v0.1
extracts video from vobs
Mpeg utils v0.4
extracts audio from vobs,
splits vobs to smaller videostrams,
and lots of more
Vob splitter v0.2
splits vobfiles to to sizes of your choice
Vstrip v0.4b
extracts audio from vobs
can extract audio from multiple vobs to one file
Encoders
FLask 0.592
VOB 2 mpeg1 (or avi) encoder
Flask 0.594
An "up to date" version
flask speed patch
Replace old file for more speed
panasonic plugin buffer patch
Fixes the buffer problems
BBmpeg v1.23+
MPEG2/VOB/MPEG1/AVI 2
MPEG1/MPEG2 encoder
ac3dec 0.84
ac3 to wav encoder
Encoders2
Tmpeg
The best standalone mpeg1 and mpeg2 encoder
Tmpeg language patch
Makes the japanese language in the program english
Re mpeg2 v1.52
Re encodes DVD mpeg2 bitstreams to mpeg2 with lower bitrate
MPEG 2 AVI v0.16b35
mpeg2 to avi encoder
DVD2MPG v1.16
Rips to mpeg directly
from DVD or from HD
codecs
divX 3.11 mpeg4 codec
real good mpeg4 codec includes mp3 and wma codecs
MPEG4 codec
other mpeg4 codec
Hacked msoft MPEG4 codec
mpeg codec provided by ZeroD
MJPEG codec
MJPEG codec makes real
GOOD qualety video
Other utils
XVCD bitrate calc 1.11
calculates XVCD bitrate
DVD GENI v3.40
Very usefull tool,
changes DVD region codes
pioneer firmware
Makes your 10x
pioneer DVD slotin
drive region free
Avi plugin v0.14 beta4
Works with FLask or DVD2MPG
overwrite old avi plugin
Avi plugin v0.15 beta3
Works with FLask or DVD2MPG
overwrite old avi plugin
VirtualDUB v1.3
It can mux/demux videostreams
and lots ot other things
More utils
DV tool v0.17
Great tool thats splits and merges files
It can show info about an inserted DVD to
bbtools v0.15
Includes a usefull mpeg/mpeg2 demuxer
crossovergui v0.9
A gui for ac3dec vstrip avi2mpeg and dcess
MPEG2AVI/AC3DEC/vStrip GUI v0.18
A gui for ac3dec vstrip and avi2mpeg
avi edit
a small but usefull avi editor
vcd gear v15b16
Usefull VCD tool
Utils...=)
Drive info
Gives you info about
your DVD drive
regserv shellextension
Makes it easy to register/unregister codecs
start dvd v1.0
Makes it possible to run dvds from the harddrive
mini dvd player v0.9 beta7
A good mpeg1/mpeg4 player. Designed as power dvd
mpeg4 bitrate calc v2.03
mpeg4 bitrate calculator
Video to asf
avi-mpeg4 to asf-mpeg4 converter


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