QUANTSUFF's Newbie Guide to DVD

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    QUANTSUFF's Newbie Guide to DVD extraction. (Edition 1.1 - Mar 2004)

    This is a VERY simplistic and VERY incomplete introduction to extracting the
    information off a DVD-video disk. This is part of the process to make
    backups, extract soundtracks, remove copy-protection and convert PAL to/from
    NTSC and adjust screen sizes.


    ONE-TOUCH BACKUP. Allows you to make a backup of an original DVD. Many
    commercial DVDs are made with a capacity of 9GB, called DVD/9. PC DVD-R's
    only has a maximum capacity of 4.7GB (DVD/5) so it is often necessary to use
    2 DVD-Rs to save one single movie. However some software allows you to trim
    out the 'extras', or change the compression rate to sacrifice quality for
    space.

    Tops in the ease (and cheapness) of usage department is the freeware 'DVD
    Shrink'. With a click of the Backup button, you can make a copy of your
    original disk, plus remove Regional and other copy protection devices as
    well. With tools to adjust and even combine multiple sources, this is the
    one DVD software many of us would ever need. NOTE: DVDshrink needs Nero's
    (5.5 or better) or Roxio's burn engine to record the output disk.

    InterVideo's winDVD Copy (Shareware) is also very handy - less flexibility
    that DVDshrink but you can choose to create DVD, VCD, SVCD or even avi
    (DivX). However it will not accept Encrypted disks so you will need
    DVDshrink or DVDdecrypt (below).

    NERO and other popular software has tools to convert AVI and MPG video from
    your computer to DVD.


    OTHER TOOLS

    DVDdecrypt, another freeware, generally considered the most robust 'ripper'
    for problem and damaged disks.

    DVD2AVI is a freeware program to prepare raw video data for further
    manipulation. It can also extract the soundtrack to a wav file.

    BeSweet. Freeware. Does time-frame conversions of soundtracks to switch from
    one time-base to another (PAL ==> NTSC for example). Can also be used to
    extract mp3 soundtracks.

    TMPGenc. The ultimate tool to convert DVD files to/from MPeg. Lots of
    options to change virtually every aspect of your video. Freeware, except for
    the MPeg-2 licence.


    SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS

    1.5GHz CPU of faster - P3, P4 or AMD Athlon/XP's. Celerons and Durons are
    generally less than 50% effective.

    256MB RAM, minimum.

    HUGE, and FAST Harddisks. Since every bit of data in and out of the DVD has
    to go through your harddrive, you must have free space amounting from 1-1/2
    to 3 times the capacity of the DVD project - which could mean 30GB. So we're
    probably talking at least an 80GB ATA-100 (or even SCSI) harddrive here!


    DVD Drives

    If you are looking for a DVD-recorder, you should be aware that there are 2
    standards - DVD-R/RW and DVD+R/RW. Both these drive-types will read and
    write CD-R/RW/ROM, and read DVD-ROM, but are generally limited in its
    ability to read the other standard. They will definitely NOT write to them!

    DVD+R/RW are the new-comers and they claim better compatibility with TV
    DVD-players. In reality they do seem a bit more reliable, but only barely.

    Try to find the newer 'universal' DVD-writers and avoid the mess. Until they
    announce Blue-DVDs anyways.

    = = =

    Need more info? Look into http://www.DOOM9.net - the original DVD hacker's
    resource.

    Comments? Suggestions? Write to QuantSuff at back-talk dot com.
    Mike C, Mar 5, 2004
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