There are literally tens of ways to do it. But if you’re new to this and not particularly fuzzy about choice of codecs and video formats, I think WinX DVD Ripper is easy to use and the outputs are good enough. I’m showing you how the free edition works. I tweeted about the platinum version give-away in late October. Too bad if you missed that for that version has more settings. Anyway, the free version even works with copy-protected DVDs.
In case you still use DVD recorder to record TV shows and want to share the recording with others online, you can convert the DVD content to a single video file (avi or other formats) with this program.
Here’s the user interface (pretty self-explanatory already!) and default settings. If you aren’t conscious of file size, you can set audio and video qualities to higher values. According to my experience, avi is of much better quality than mp4 (Platinum version’s mp4 settings are better).
(Click to bigger pic for clearer reading)
The typical DVD video resolution is 720×480. You won’t have problem viewing the drama as widescreen video on your TV set or computer’s media player as they’ll detect the video aspect ratio. It’s IMPORTANT that you custom set the video resolution if you intend to upload to streaming sites. Set it to the right aspect ratio or else the video will be distorted. (I can’t stand distorted videos!)
The DVD audio is ac3, so I clicked ac3. In case you want a smaller file size, click mp3 and set to 128kps.
I just prefer xvid to divx. Set your own preference.
When you have set everything, choose the output path and click ‘Start’. The following will appear.
Here’s the result. Good enough?
Download it to check out the video quality. Mediafire DL
Or see how it looks like when uploaded to a streaming site.