Hi. First of all: thanks because I have a brand new DVD reader and your wonderful guide “How to backup your DVD to VCD” taught me lot of useful infos (ripping, VCD saving).
I just have some comments, that maybe can upgrade your wonderful guide:
I backupped the DVD “Victor Victoria” (not so old) and I didn’t manage to extract the audio in the way you did. That is, making “Demix all tracks” on DVD2AVI it extracted only AC3 tracks, not MPA tracks. And only an english DD sound track was present, therefore I could select “Decode to WAV” only if I wanted an English VCD.
If I wanted a French (or Spanish, German, Italian…) VCD I had to choose, in DVD2AVI, “Demix all tracks” and I had to convert the resulting AC3 audio trace to “MP2 for SVCD” with BeSweet (again thanks, cdfreaks!).
After that, I can use the non-english MP2 audio trace as “audio input” of TMGPenc. Tharefore, and I had to guess it, it seems that one can make a VCD in all languages only converting AC3 --> MP2 with BeSweet, and this is a good add-on to your guide, I think.
I have a couple of questions:
I noticed (maybe I did something wrong in the use of DVD2AVI) that, choosing “Save AVI” with DVD2AVI, I can make a decent (DivX, Xvid) movie, but the movie has no sound. Therefore I can either keep the MP2 trace as backup or add the MP2 to the AVI with VirtualdubMod (again thanks, cdfreaks!), but by losing a little quality due to AVI re-compression. Did I do something wrong using DVD2AVI? Is there a better way to make a AVI (because this way I’m forced to make a 720x480(576) AVI), with sound, too?.
Since I cannot install any software (I’m not an administrator of my PC with WinXP and DVD2SVCD needs to be installed), which are the correct settings to make a SVCD with TMPGenc Plus?