Convert Your Videos - Idiot Proof (Windows)

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  1. Checkpoint

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    Uh oh, my Format Factory is acting up! When I try to convert a video and its at about 95% through the conversion it will just go back down to 0% and stay at 0% for hours at a time... this has happened to multiple videos.

    Anyone got an answers?
     
  2. NumbLock

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    No, sorry. That has never happened to me (more than 100 videos converted so far)
     
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    I am a pastor who uses a lot of film clips in PowerPoint presentations, and I have been using Format Factory for the past two years. It converts pretty much anything to anything. It also is simple for me to only convert the clip I need. I bought my iPad last Sunday, and in preparation I had converted one episode of Lost to mp4 with Format Factory. Then, after reading another thread here I decided to try Handbrake. Converted 4 episodes last nite (and today, it was still running when I was home for a few minutes earlier this afternoon). I am going to compare the quality between what I did with FF and Handbrake and if I can tell any difference. If I can't, I'm going to go back to FF and see if its any faster.

    I have had great success with FF after trying a bunch of other alternatives, both paid and free. They update regularly, and I am sure it won't be long and the iPad will be on the list of devices.
     
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    Nice sharing,well, I used to convert videos and rip DVDs for my iPod with Handbrake, it's also a free one, but quite complicated,especially for beginners. After i got a Mac and an iPad, one of my friends got me an Aimersoft DVD Ripper for Mac, which i am using now.
     
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    No, no help here, the OP's instructions don't match the current version of FF either.
     
  7. NumbLock

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    I'm going to break rule 1573 of unwritten Internet forum protocol by bumping my own post. There are again lots of open threads about video conversion.

    FormatFactory has one very important feature: keeping the default output video resolution without forcing black bars.read my original post for details.
     
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    For PC users, try SUPER. It's pretty good:

    MPEG Streamclip is very good if you run OS X
     
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    Hello Numblock...

    Quick question for you...do you have an easy way to get one from DVD to the steps you describe above?

    I've literally never ripped, re-formatted, or anything before, and I'd like to be able to take my Netflix rentals on the road with me when need be. (That's not illegal, is it?) I see it as I've already paid for the rights to that film and so long as I don't copy it or re-distribute it, I'm within the rights of my rental, no? Man, where the heck have I been all these years, I'm only 34 years old! :)

    Well, in any event, you mentioned that your above tutorial assumes you've got the information off the DVD already, or that's how I read it anyway. Curious if you had a good pre-step instruction list. For a PC...

    Tschuess,

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  10. kctay

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    Mark,

    I believe if you read both threads, the OP states he doesn't have a reliable DVD Ripper solution. I use the following:

    Any DVD - from Sly soft
    DVD Shrink - free
    DVD Decrypter - free

    I start AnyDVD and have it running in the system tray prior to loading the DVD I want to "backup", once AnyDVD has scanned the protection method, I fire up DVD Shrink and open the disk to analyze the disk in the drive. You can then control the file size of the movie by compressing the image, or cutting out menu's etc. DVD Shrink will then burn the file as an ISO to your hard drive without any copy protection that was present before. DVD Decrypter can be set in DVD Shrink so that it opens automatically when DVD Shrink is done creating the ISO image. Simply put a blank DVD in your drive, and burn to disk. You now have your "backup" of your original DVD.

    There are plenty of sites to visit to get detailed instructions of all three of these programs. AnyDVD will also rip to the hard drive and has many other features; you cannot however compress the image if space is a factor.

    Once you have a DVD without copy protection, Handbrake for example will convert your files from the DVD you “backed up†to work on the Ipad directly. I’m not sure Format Factory does this, but I’ll bet it does. Once you have burned to disk, you will have a VideoTS folder, and AudioTS folder on the DVD. Don’t bother with the audio folder. You will find a few VOB files in the VideoTS folder, use a free program called “joinvobfiles†to make one file to convert on Format Factory, it works great. That way you don’t have to convert each VOB file individually, and you have the complete movie in one file.

    Hope this helps.
     

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