I'm about to pull my hair out - I've use the DVD-AVI product and only get about 3 different choices for the types of AVI that I can encode to. I'm trying to stay away from the DivX since it seems to be a propriatry format (requiring the DivX player which is an ad supported program.) My 3 encoding options appear to be all different versions of DivX!
I was able to download the Xvid BINARY codec, but I'm not sure how to make DVD-AVI recognize this codec to be able to use it properly.
(I was told Xvid is a very good free alternative to the DivX)
Let me break down what I'm trying to do is this:
I want the highest quality (short of no compression straight) AVI from my DVD vob files (these are home movies converted to DVD format- these are actually the standard 4.3gigabyte DVD-R blanks that the home movies were converted onto) but with DVD-AVI I either get HUGE files (Several times larger than the total in gigabytes of the original DVD - using -NO- compression) or I get this lame 300mb file that looks like crap!
I can't seem to find that sweet spot of ultra high quality (I don't have to fit this onto a 700 mb cd ) -- but I don't want to waste an entire DVD-R on one movie! Do you get my drift? Somewhere I was thinking that about 1 gigabyte is about right for me. This way I can get 4 movies on a single DVD-R and still have a very high quality product (essentially I'm looking for the MP3 equavilent of 320 bit rate in a final product that can be viewed and supported by as many of the "major video players" as possible (ie. quicktime, windows media player, real player, nero showtime, DIVX player, and as many others as possible!)
Am I asking something that is unreasonable? I just want this: Highest quality DVD extracts that are no more than 4X compression, with the ability to take the extract and burn it (and multiple extracts - up to 3 or 4) onto a single DVD-R blank media. I want to be able to stick the finished DVD-R (again with 3 or 4 fmovies on it) into my dvd computer drive, and be able to view the movies using as many of the major shareware / free video players as possible.
If I could also stick these DVD-R's (again with 3 or 4 complete movies) into my desktop standalone DVD player and be able to watch the movies, that would be the cat's me-ow! ( To do that, I realize I would have to create some sort of menu system to make it work - which is further down the road in my learning process.)
If this is to complicated, maybe you could provide the stepping stones that you would personally take (I'd like to avoid writing scrypting in AVI synth if at all possible) in order to accomplish my goal.