[QUOTE=MProcun;2672063]I really do appreciate all the help you two are providing.
So, here is the update thus far, using the instructions you have provided:
I used DVDFab to “copy” an entire movie. I was rather stuck between their “Copy” function and “Rip” function - but went with copy. ?? It seemed to indicate that if I chose “Rip” I would get conversion automatically and you indicated that I did NOT want DVDFab to convert files; only to rip.
I next used DVDShrink to cut the desired clip from my copied movie. The output I got was a VOB file - which I was not expecting. For some reason, I was expecting it to produce an mpeg4 but that is probably due to me being “green” and still very fuzzy.
I can see now, why I will, perhaps, need DVDReDo. I can think of some clips I have in mind that are not perfect chapter cuts - more like scenes or chapter and a half cuts. It doesn’t look like DVDShrink will allow for that. I’ll have to give that some thought.
I managed to play the VOB file that DVDShrink produced twice: once in Windows Movie Maker and once in Windows Media Player. It was much better (actually, no comparison) in Windows MP. Movie Maker seemed to have lower resolution and stutter on a few frames. Media Player was much clearer w/ a better resolution and played fluidly from start to finish.
So…now what? Do I need to convert the clip from VOB into mpeg or avi? Or is that just overkill?
Also, I actually ran the clip through DVDShrink twice. The first time I used DVD-5 and the second time I changed the setting to DVD-9. Is DVD-9 better?
But…the day is only half through AND…I have a usable clip. Yay!
Thank you so much! :)[/QUOTE]
A VOB file is a Video Object file. It can contain several formats but as far as DVD-Video is concerned it’s nearly always MPEG2 Video.
So if you want to convert to MPEG just change the file extension to .mpg or .mpeg and try playing it as before.
The DVD-5s are single layer discs and DVD-9s are dual layer disc and therefore have a higher capacity.
If you’re copying a DVD-9 (dual layer disc) selecting the DVD-5 option will compress the video to fit a DVD-5 (single layer disc).
If you’re only producing clips then you’ll not be exceeding the DVD-5 size anyway so you won’t notice any difference.