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pansophia
I have a video on DVD that I want to convert to a good web format and possibly break it up into segments if it's too long.

There is no security on the DVD. I've tried converting it with WinAvi, but the sound slips out of sync. I read that this is a problem of avi and wmv, so I wanted to try some other formats. I used xilisoft to convert to mpeg4. The sound is fine, but no matter what settings the aspect ration gets distorted to letterbox format. Also, none of my editing programs will import mpeg4.

I think my ignorance is making this harder than it has to me. All I want to do is grab this video and put it in a size small enough to post on the web site. Any suggestions?
indeedwrestling
On my mac, I've found Handbreak to be excellent at these sorts of projects.
Ratman2050
Shouldnt you try using compression tools? This would help lower the size but I dont know how big your file is
zuk4u
Try this:
http://www.fairusewizard.com/lang_en/fairuse_wizard_dvd_divx_xvid_backup_tool_light_edition.html

i'm using it and i don't have any problems with output file
VidE
Video in any compressed form i.e. MPEG 2 or MPEG 4, is not editor friendly. If you can, either convert your rip your DVD video and use file conversion software to convert to something like a DV .avi file or play the DVD player out to a DV deck/camcorder that has analog video in and use that to convert to DV. Edit in that format-THEN convert the shorter clips to something internet friendly.

I don't know what your end usage is but Windows Media, Quicktime and DiVx al make good video compression codecs. Each has its supporters, but all are roughly similar. So if you are looking for great, full size video at 30 frames per second, long running times and quickly downloadable file sizes, it ain't a-gonna happen.

Its all trade-offs; size, frame rates, etc. vs. file size and playability.
tony
i use xvid and divx codecs - they provide good quality for the filesize. for dvd ripping, i use dvdshrink. for compression, i use virtualdub and tmpgenc. hope that helps!
pansophia
Thanks for suggestions! The only one I already have is VirtualDub. I will try out everything here that works for PC.
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