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Old 01-31-2009, 10:52 AM
 
Location: Fort Worth/Dallas
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Does anyone know of a good, free software program that is capable of converting DVD format to MP3/4 or AVI format? Also, I'd like to edit (cut out) portions of the DVD or converted MP3/4 files.

Any help would be greatly appreciated. And no, I'm not looking for bootleg stuff, just some freeware.

Thanks!
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Old 01-31-2009, 11:01 AM
 
Location: Tyler, TX
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MP3 is an audio-only format.

Not free, but I use this: TMPGEnc - Products: TMPGEnc 4.0 XPress Product Information (worth every penny, IMHO)

The last time I looked for a freeware solution, you had to be an expert in audio and video file formats, and use a variety of different tools to get the job done. Quite a hassle and a steep learning curve...
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Old 01-31-2009, 11:29 AM
 
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There's lots of freeware available to do just about anything you want. There's a pretty good searchable list here: Tools - Video software list

If they are your own DVD's you can use VOB2MPG to rip them from the disc, DVD is encoded using the MPEG2 format. This app simply strips all the crap like menus and gives you just the video and audio tracks as .mpg files:

VOB2MPG

Note that I said you own DVD's, if they are commercial DVD's purchased in a store they are protected and that application will fail. AFAIK even possessing the programs to break this protection is illegal, having said that no one has ever been prosecuted for it. The software is available to copy/rip them in both freeware and payware versions but you'll have to find it yourself.
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Old 01-31-2009, 11:52 AM
 
Location: Fort Worth/Dallas
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Thanks. We own the DVDs, and swagger, what you said about freeware solutions and having to be an expert in audio and video file formats is so true. I've found some freeware and open-source software out there but to run the stuff you already need to be an expert, and they DON'T offer help files with that software.

Thanks again!
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