Convert your DVD movies to DivX backups

If you've got loads of DVDs and want to ensure you never lose the cinema magic stored on those discs, this is the workshop for you. WINDOWS shows you how to convert your DVD movies into DivX backups with minimal fuss.

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By  Gareth Van Zyl Published  July 12, 2009

STEP 4: Choose your target directory

You’ll then need to point DVD Copy 6 where to output the results. The application can write to a folder on your hard drive or burn directly to CD or DVD when it’s done with compression.

STEP 5: Choose a target format

DVD Copy 6 offers a number of good exporting options, including automatic encoding for the Sony PSP and the option to directly convert the audio track from your DVD into an iPod-friendly MP3 file. Exporting to DivX Avi will create a single AVI file of just the movie, playable with any hardware or software player that has the DivX 7 codec, but we prefer the new Divx format instead, which will give us a DivX Media file with all the menus, audio options, and subtitle choices.

Note that some codecs give you the option here to split a single, large video file into many smaller ones based on either file size or the DVD chapters. And if you chose to output directly to disc, this is where you can specify the maximum capacity of your disc, and indicate whether or not you want DVD Copy 6 to compress the contents to fit on one disc, be it a CD or DVD.

STEP 6: Property sheets for content

In this step, we’re going to strip out any content within our movie that we don’t need. By clicking Title 01 and then clicking the Property sheet button on the same line, we see that there’s only one Dolby Digital audio track (which we want to keep), and no subtitles or funny business. If you’re not sure what a video title or chapter contains, just click that title or chapter to highlight it and then click the Preview button at the bottom left of the screen.

STEP 7: Fit to one disk

There’s one more thing to check off before you begin burning your content. Click the tiny hammer icon next to the 'Fit to One Disc' checkbox to access the Optional Settings tab. And finally, check the “Preview while transcoding” box if you want to monitor the process, which is unlikely considering it will take several hours. Click OK to close this tab, and then click the burn icon at the bottom right. DVD Copy 6 does the rest for you! And voila! You have transformed you DVDs into DivX backups.

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