Any free way to convert DVD to AVI?

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Any free way to convert DVD to AVI?

I have a one hour DVD of footage that I only want to clip out a few good scenes from and add it into another compilation.

Most software is not free and the one free one I could find (Handbrake) chokes around 5.11% (but I can play the entire DVD on the same drive via InterVideo)

any other ideas short of paying for a conversion s/w that I'll only use this once?

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This DVD is not copy protected I take it? If it is then you have other issues.

Just rename your .VOB files to .mpg and use any free tools you'd like.
 
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hey thanks, I'll try those
 
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had no idea I could rename VOB to MPG

I'll try that as well

thanks for the tips



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ok renaming the vob extension to mpg worked great for 3 out of 4 vob files.

on one of them, the software (windows movie maker) hiccuped showing the "Ok" prompt:

"The file: (drive, path, VTS_01_2.mpg) cannot be imported because the codec required to play the file is not installed on your computer. If you have already tried to download and install the codec, close and restart Windows Movie Maker, and then try to import the file again."

I restarted the whole machine and just to make sure the file isn't corrupt I test it by playing it in windows media player and it plays fine

any ideas?

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Sometimes the error window itself is the hiccup. Try cancelling or ignoring it.
 
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I don't think installing unrelated codecs is going to gain you much. But I can't say I have a answer for you either. Since Media Player plays the mpg fine I really don't know what the issue might be. You might try a different application.
 
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I canceled the error message and the file didn't import.

I'll try the codecs first, then a different software (the only other one I have is Ulead video studio 6)

thks for all the tips,



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VTS_01_2 is possibly the name they gave to the second chapter of the "first play" video. The first play is almost always a preview track. Chapter 2 of that video could be the menu, which contains all of the interactive code embedded into the MPG stream.

Any computer media player will play basic DVD VOB files by simply renaming them to MPG or AVI, but DVD codecs (and license fees) are required to see the DVD menus on a DVD computer drive.

Ulead is far better than Windows Movie Maker. It has DVD encoders and players that allow you to make your own DVDs.

However, it will not allow you to reverse-engineer a commercial, copyrighted DVD.
 
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ULead VideoStudio6 didn't cut it.

I renamed the file to avi and subsequently to mpg.
When I open the file with the avi extension I get: "Unable to open file ... File reading error"
When I open the file with the avi extension I get: "The file ... contains no data"

The I tried the first link in oneofamill's suggestion, xp codec pack. Easy download, easy install, ran moviemaker, and violahh I can read the mpg

Many thanks for all the help, this nightmare is finally over.



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You're welcome.
 
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ok so I used Windows Movie Maker to edit clips of the parts I wanted and saved them to AVI format (instead of the default wmv format)

and the exported clips don't play. The first frame comes up and then that's it, no sound, no further frames. Won't play in Movie Maker, Media Player, ULead, or WinDVD

dam!
 
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