How to rip a DVD to DivX 5.x using DVDx

by burniso on September 25, 2004

The new DivX 5.1.1 is probably the
best release of the version 5 of the DivX codec. Fast and easy, has loads
of new features that can make your video look better in the same size!

Please follow the instructions exactly
as shown here. A small change at the settings can have a big effect at your
video. Always use the programs you can download from here,
as different versions may not work right.

We start the same
as the 4.12 guide. This is DVDx 2.2, a very nice and free program. First
click at the highlighted icon to select the source of the video wo want
to encode.

Now we select the
VIDEO_TS folder of the DVD we want to rip. Sometimes DVDx does this automatically
for us so we proceed to next step.

Here you have to
select the Title which has the BIGGEST length. In our situation it is
Title01. Highlight it and then click select. Don’t worry about the other
ones, they are just intros or ads of the movie.

After we select
the right Title this window comes up. Make sure Angle is set to 1. Check
Use ASPI and DeMacrovision. At Key Search once must be OK, if you encounter
problems you can try Each VOB ID or Each VOB/CELL ID. At subtitle select
none for no subtitle or select the language your want. At Audio select
Doldy Surround and select the track you want. At Output Frame Rate select
the right values for PAL and NTSC. Also check Force 24Hz if your DVD
is NTSC. At Misc select the Audio / Video synchronisation and select
Shutdown the computer when job is done if you want the computer to automatically
shutdown after the encoding. In iDCT use SSE2 if you have a P4, otherwise
use FPU. At Save your DVD drive select a big value at the Size, as the
ripping takes long and that’s not good for your DVD. If you have 512MB
of RAM select 256MB at the RAM. If You have 256, 128MB at the RAM. If
you have even less select 256MB at the Hard disk. At Deinterlace filter
leave None and then click OK.

A new tool for
this step of the guide. Dr. DivX calculator is the tool we should use
here. Before starting it insert the DVD in your drive and the calculator
will automatically recognise the disc and add all the info. All you have
to do is to write down the value at Bitrate for next to DivX 5.x and
also round the value DOWN. In this example it’s 734 so we’ll use 730.

Back to DVDx now.
Click at the icon that is highlighted.

In this one just
fill in all the values as you see them here. Make sure you select the
DivX codex and that you enable 2nd Pass, as well as Use Lame. At Zoom
select None or Full. At resize select Bilinear SEE2 for P4 or BiCubic
SSE/3DNow. Be sure to click at Whole button. At Volume don’t exceed select
Infinite as DVDx can’t create two files if 2-pass is enabled. For two
CDs movie read this guide to chop the AVI file
in two after encoding. Now click at Audio Lame.

Here select the
values shown here. Click OK and you will back at the window in Step 7.
Now click Pass 1 settings.

OK, here is
some new stuff. Select Home Theater as a profile and then Multipass,
1st pass at Variable bitrate mode. Then at Encoding bitrate select
the value you wrote down before (here 730). Also Click Settings and
select the option Disable Feedback window (not shown here).Then click
at the Video tab.

Note: The
Performance / Quality option does what it says. Using the option
here will provide the best result, but will take much more time.
Maybe Standard value will fit you better.

Use the same settings
and then click OK. You are back to the picture of Step 7. Select Pass
2 settings.

Here are the settings
for the second pass. Leave the same bitrate and select Multipass, nth
pass at Variable bitrate mode. You don’t need to alter anything at the
Video tab. Click OK.

Back to known stuff.
Now select the highlighted button to select the target file.

Here click Browse
and select the folder and the filename of your file and then OK.

Now click the
rec button. Wait for 10 minutes and watch the progress. If you see
horizontal lines in the video stop the encoding and go back to Step
4 and then select Interpolate at the Deinterlace filter option. After
the encoding finishes you can burn the avi file in a CD using the common
ISO/Data option.

NOTE: At the middle
of the process (at 50%) a window will come up saying “Releasing the
AVI file, please wait and do not kill the application”. Please do
so! It can take from 10 to 40 minutes to continue so please wait. it may
seam that it;s not working but it does!

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