I’ve looked all over the site and couldn’t find anything about free software for converting DVDs to .mp4 format. Can anyone offer any help, or possibly direct me toward something I may have overlooked? Thanks.
Well, you may be lucky to get free software to do the job for you but you could try Magic Video Converter - only $20 but you can trial it first here
handbrake is free and works well
I use 1ClicktoIPOD, its easy and its output is great, it turns a full movie to MPEG.4 in a very short time with excellent quality. I am sure there are other programs that do just as well but this is the one I own. Its not freeware but it is shareware and well worth the small price.