Best dvd and divx programs

what are some of the best programs for dvd or divx encoding/ripping ect:D
thx alot

For DVD ripping, there is no better program than SmartRipper IMHO. Processing of the VOB files into DivX, well, preferences differ from person to person.

Yeah, you can rip, encode, then sub. Or you can do it all with one program, which is DVDx 2.0. It does it all.

I personally use Gordian Knot. It includes smartripper/vstrip to rip, and nandub/virtual dub to convert to Divx. Uses LAME and Besweet to decode the AC3 to mp3 if that’s what you want.

Works very well. I find that it is very stable, has no synch issues, and the bitrate calculator is always dead on.

You can find it at doom9 along with guides on how to set it up for perfect rips and conversions to DivX with audio demux and encoding with mp3. It will also clip the credits and encode that at a lower bitrate so that you get better quality for the rest of the movie.

DVDx 2.0 is the best. out of all the programs i tried it was the best and easiest to use. its free also

DVDx 2.0 is the best. out of all the programs i tried it was the best and easiest to use. its free also

Yeah, aint it great? :slight_smile:

It lets you encode DVD, whether ripped or directly, into VCD/SVCD/AVI/DIVX with many other options available audio and other options. Since I do a lot of encoding from DVD with anime, this tool is great cause it lets me include the subtitle in the encoding, so I don’t have to use another program to do it later.

But keep Gordian Knot on your system, it has some great tools, like finding the optimal resolution and bitrate for your encoding.

Y’all should try em, if you haven’t already, they are all free.

For DVD ripping, I get my best results using DVD Decrypter or SmartRipper. For DivX encoding, Vidomi is by far the best. I did have troubles with DivX 5.02 codec (audio lag) and switched to DivX 4.12 codec and have no problems since then.

DVD Decrypter:

I select DivX Network Vidomi (2-pass) :smiley:


For making DivX avi-files of DVD’s, Gordian Knot.
To make SVCD’s, DVD2SVCD. However you need to have a encoder like CCE or TMPG for that one…

By chance would you know where I can find a tutorial for Gordian Knot? I went to Doom9 but couldn’t locate any tutorials.

Shoebedobedoo - left frame - click on ‘The Guides’, click on ‘Divx Guides’, then choose which encoder you want to use - they all use gordian knot, then off you go!

Thanks m8 :smiley: I was just one step away, lol. I will test Gordian Knot and compare my results against Vidomi. With Vidomi, I produce video quality of about 93% of the original DVD. The DVD’s that I have backed up are on at least 2 cd-r’s. I do hope Gordian Knot can produce the same video quality as Vidomi :smiley:

DVD to DivX tutorial (Gordian Knot/DivX 3/4)):


With Vidomi, I produce video quality of about 93% of the original DVD

How was this statistic attained?

A moderator at the Vidomi forum made a post and how that % was attained, I have no clue. The moderator went on further to say that DVD2SVCD (SVCD) video quality is roughly 93-95% of the original DVD and VCD is roughly 85-88% video quality of the original DVD. I tested Gordian Knot and used the tutorial at Doom9. With the naked eye, I see the video quality as equal as Vidomi, using DivX 4.11.


the quality of the movies are very much dependable on the codecs rather than the application you’re using. codecs comparison is more appropriate than app comparison.

Posted below is a DVD to DivX Vidomi tutorial for those who wish to test and compare their results using Gordian Knot

How to simply backup your DVD’s to DivX

This would have to be the simplest way to backup your DVD’s to DivX in a 2 step operation; Rip & Convert and it can produce some great results. It will give you the best quality DivX movies with the simplest of fuss.

Although this guide uses SmartRipper to rip (remove the movies encryption and transfer to your Hard Drive) the movie off the DVD, other freeware rippers could also be used. These include DVD Decryptor and CladMdec. The actual encoding of the DVD Video to DivX is done by Vidomi (which installs the DivX Codec 3.11a) and the Audio is automatically converted to MP3 using Lame, for the best quality. Vidomi can use either DivX codec, 5.x or 3.11.

I have tested this method with PAL Region 4 DVD’s. I know it works for PAL, there may be some tweaking needed for NTSC or FILM.

Software you will need:

  1. SmartRipper 2.41 or later (d/l from _ )
  2. DivX Codec 5.02 or later if required (d/l from _ )
  3. Vidomi 0.448 or later ( d/l from _ )
  4. Your favorite burning software if you want to save it to CD. A fully funtional version of Nero can be d/l from _

You will also need a Computer with:

  • Windows 98, 98SE, ME, 2000 or XP installed.
  • A Pentium 400 MMX or equivalent as a minimum.
  • At least 64meg memory
  • An internal DVD Rom player (any speed)
  • Hard drive with at least 4 gb, but preferably 10 gb FREE space in one partition.
  • A CDR(W) Burner to burn the DivX files onto CD and a box of good quality CDR’s or CDRW’s
  • A sound card to check the finished product.

Tips before we get started:

  • Turn OFF your Screen Saver, it will simply slow the conversion down by hours.
  • Do not run any other program in the background while Vidomi is running, especially if you have a slower computer.
  • Turn the screens colour depth to 24bit colour or better.
  • Re-boot the computer BEFORE you start the conversion.

Step 1: Getting Ready.

  1. Install the DivX Codec 5.02, if required.
  2. Install SmartRipper to any suitable folder.
  3. Install Vodomi to any suitable folder and it will install DivX Codec 3.11 also.
  4. Install any suitable burning software if you do not have any, Such as Nero, Diskjugler, Prassi PrimoCD, NTI, etc.

Step 2: Copying DVD files to hard drive.

  1. Put the DVD movie into your DVD Rom player. Pretty simple so far!

  2. Run SmartRipper and and it will make a Folder for you to extract the files to.

  3. Select Settings and for Key Check set Every VOB File. For File Splitting, set Every VOB File and for Options select Unlock Drive, DeMacrovision and Create Directories.

  4. Selecting Start to start ripping the .VOB files of the DVD to your hard drive. This can take from 5 to 30 minutes depending on your computer setup and the DVD.

A typical directory of a DVD is similar to :

VTS_01_0 BUP 77,824
VTS_01_0 IFO 77,824
VTS_01_0 VOB 1,695,744
VTS_01_1 VOB 1,073,565,696
VTS_01_2 VOB 1,073,565,696 \ <-- This is the Main movie
VTS_01_3 VOB 1,073,565,696 /
VTS_01_4 VOB 589,365,248 /
VTS_02_0 BUP 18,432
VTS_02_0 IFO 18,432
VTS_02_0 VOB 43,008
VTS_02_1 VOB 1,014,976

Step 3: Conversion to DivX

  1. Run Vidomi. Click on Mode to make sure your in Vidomi Encoder mode, not Player Mode.

  2. Click on ADD and load each VOB file in turn that SmartRipper copied to your HD.

  3. Enter in an appropriate Output Path and Filename.

  4. Use Audio Track defaults to Track 1, which is English 95% of the time.

  5. From here on, you only need to do this once as it will remember all these settings next time its run.

  6. Click Option, then Video Options. For Video Codec Settings, select DivX 3 VBR (Two Pass) or DivX Networks (Two Pass) if you prefer to use DivX 5.x codec . Encode Colour Space should be YV12 (Faster). Leave all other settings alone on this page. Click OK.

  7. Leave Options / Advanced Video Options at defaults.

  8. Click Option, then Audio Options. Select Lame Bit Rate. I use 128kbs, but for 2hr+ movies select 96kbs. Lame Encode Type to Joint Stereo. One Pass Normalization should be selected and at 100%. Leave all others at the defaults. Click OK.

  9. Click Options, then Subtitles Options. If you wish to include Subtitles, tick Subtitle Channel and select the Track you wish to include.

  10. In the Options / Chapter options, I have not tried this yet but they appear you have to manually enter the frame number manually for each.

  11. Click Options, then Output Options. Set number of Media Disks you want to use, normally 1 or 2 and set the size of the CDR to 1 meg less than its rated size, ie; 649 or 699.

  12. Click Options, then Select Source Range, but only if you do not wish to encode the whole movie. Use the [ to set Start Point and the ] to set the End Point.

  13. Click Options (last time!), then General Options and for Output All Files With The Extension, select .AVI. Uncheck the Check for New Version box. Leave others at default. Click OK.

  14. Your now ready to start, so click on Start Conversion.

  15. Turn your monitor off, go to sleep, work or school and when your back, it will all be done.

  16. You now have a DivX AVI file on your HD. Run Windows Media Player, load in the new file and sit back and enjoy.

  17. Burn to CD as a Data disk using your favourite burning software. All done.

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Does anyone know of any other programs that does all the conversion by itself, I know there are a bunch, but the only one that allows subtitling during the ripping/encoding proccess is DVDx. Anyone know of any other?

Vidomi has the option to allow you to rip subtitles. Vidomi is a all in encoder. All you have to do is use either DVD Decrypter or SmartRipper and rip the ifo and vobs to your hd. Try using DivX 4.11 as I’ve had troubles with DivX 5.02 (audio lag). After you input your settings (Vidomi) and load the ifo file, go to options, then video options. Now click Set DivX codec parameters and choose DivX Network Vidomi (2 pass)and slide the video quality all the way over to 100%. Click encode and wait a few seconds then click the control icon at the bottom and check the box: Shutdown after processing all jobs. You can choose 2 pass in audio options :smiley:

Shoebedobedoo :cool:

[i]Try using DivX 4.11 as I’ve had troubles with DivX 5.02 (audio lag). Shoebedobedoo [/B]

DivX 5 is far superior to DivX 4, you should try it again and turn some of the options off in it. If you have a old cpu it probably can’t cope with the new pro features, just trying enabling b-frames and leave gmc and qpel off. This will take a big load off your processor when you decode the files and will definetley look better than any 4.x avi.
Hope it helps,

“If it ain’t broke then don’t try and fix it”. I’ve had nothing but problems with DivX 5.02.

Shoebedobedoo :cool:

I have encoded an azn movie one time with DVDx 2.0 using Divx 5.02 and LAME on this pc. I found that the audio skips like every 10 secs or so. I don’t know whether its the video encoder, as Shoebedobedoo said, or maybe its like the audio, or maybe the conversion program.

I’ll have to experiment a lil bit, but I don’t got much stuff that needs converting these days.