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This guide is intended to use if you using Microsoft® Windows® XP/2003 and want to archive DVDs to one CDR. If your movie is more than 150 minutes long, you may consider encoding the DVD to two CDs or one third of a DVDR. To continue with the guide please use the navigation bar above or choose the appropriate language from below.
Note: Although encoding needs a Microsoft® Windows® PC, playback is possible in Mac OS and Linux. This is the recommended error-free method for the ultimate DVD to WMV9 with WMA9 Professional 5.1 Channel conversion. All the individual guides below, has its own strengths and weaknesses. This guide is a merge of all these individual guides by filtering out all the weaknesses.
Summary: This method decrypts DVD to VOB (MPEG2+AC3) files using DVD Decrypter. Video: creates the d2v file using DGIndex , creates an AviSynth script file to access the DGIndex project. Audio: Converts the AC3 audio stream to WMA9 Lossless using Windows Media Encoder (WME). The AviSynth script file will be used as the Video source and the WMA9 Lossless file will be used as the Audio source in WME to covert the DVD to preferred audio and video bit rates.
Advantages: This method preserves the 24-bit quality in the original AC3 audio stream. Possible errors that can be caused by direct AC3 to WMA9 2-pass VBR conversion, are avoided by first converting the AC3 audio stream to WMA9 Lossless 1-pass. Possible errors that can be caused by direct VOB to WMV9 1-pass CBR or 2-pass VBR conversion, are avoided by accessing the VOB files via AviSynth script file.
All these clips were extracted from a 700 MiB WMV file which contained the whole movie.