Hi all, longtime lurker, first time poster.
As some of you may know, today Microsoft updated the 360 to allow for streaming of video from WinXP machines (running Windows Media Connect). I own many tv series on dvd and would like to copy them to my computer’s hard drive to have them available for streaming to my 360 when there’s nothing else on (and my wife’s sitting there with me, preventing me from actually playing a game on the 360 lol).
Anyhow, I’ve downloaded a few trial programs to convert my tv shows to .wmv files (which is apparently the only format compatible with the 360) with mixed results. The one that seemed to work best is called iSofter DVDPlatinum as far as the output quality goes, however the program didn’t seem to list all the titles and chapters of the dvd in the main window, leading me to believe I’d have to do each episode individually as opposed to doing the entire dvd at once. I also tried a program from Xilisoft that looked alot like another program I tried called something like ‘ImToo’? and while both programs gave me the option of converting all the episodes on the disk together, neither program ever outputted a file with any video in it (I just got a gray screen regardless of the video settings I used.)
Now on to my questions lol. Are there any good freeware converters to copy dvds into .wmv files? If not, what would be the software that you would recommend to do these conversions? I really don’t want to spend a lot of money on a conversion program considering that once I’ve got all my tv series dvds converted, I doubt I’d have much further use for the program in the future (with the obvious exception of when the tv series I collect release new dvds). I’ve spent most of today searching on google, reading tutorials, and trying to find anything I can on how to make this process as simple as possible, and if the iSofter program was able to extract all the episodes from a dvd in one shot, I wouldn’t even have to post here. I would’ve just bought that and would be ripping away right now, but I haven’t been able to get it to do that. The information about the additional titles/chapters simply does not show up in the main window, and if I hit the “dvd” button several times, it just keeps adding the same title and chapter over and over to the list. The other two programs just wouldn’t give me any video output at all, and I’ve given up on them in complete frustration.
Would it be easier for me to rip the dvds to my hard drive first, using something like dvd decrypter (not really needed, at least not for the dvd I’ve been testing with, Three’s Company Season One, as there’s no copy protection on the disc), and then use some other conversion program to convert the files from the hard drive, or is there some other utility out there, freeware or otherwise, that would give me the “batch” processing ability from the Xilisoft program, with the quality from the iSofter program?
Thanks in advance for any help on this subject, and I apologize for the length of my post, I tend to ramble when I get confused and want to make sure I’m getting my points across. lol.