March 11th, 2010


Directly from dvd to avi, bypassing vobs on your harddrive - a fool's errand?

I vid on a Windows computer and I know how to do the little dance of dvd to vob to avi. The programs I use to do it are a bit creaky and annoying  but I can do it.

The thing is, I've been spoiled by Handbrake. With our little friend DVD43, which decrypts in the background as the ripping program rips, I can rip gorgeous files straight from dvd to mp4 or mkv, without cluttering my harddrive with enormous vobs. It's a revelation. If your vidding program likes those files, I can't recommend Handbrake enough.

Sadly, Handbrake doesn't support avis and Ulead/Corel is not in love with the mp4 or mkv. It used to support avis, but to be frank, they were kind of crappy, so I can't endorse going back and using the earlier version. There are a bunch of pay programs on the market purporting to give you a nice, high quality AVI straight from a dvd, but I have no idea where to start looking with those, or if there are any comparable freeware programs.

It isn't that I don't care enough to "spend the time", it's that I've seen proof that a better way of ripping is possible, and I'd love to know if anyone has had any luck applying this to a format suitable for Windows vidding.

So I'm wondering, have any of you had any luck with Windows programs that rip straight from dvd to avi? If so, what are they?