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I want to start digitizing my DVD collection, and I have used AnyDVD and CloneDVD to rip my DVD's contents to my disk. At the moment all the films look like this on my hard drive:

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All I know at this stage is the .vob files hold the actual movie, and I can use the VIDEO_TS.IFO file to play the movie as a whole. But I want to convert these files down to a single, smaller filesize file.

What codec and container would people reccomend for this? I want it to be able to play on my PC without installing anything other than the K-Lite Codec Pack, but still have a decent filesize. Also the frame should be 720 in width, and 576 in height (same as the .VOB files).

I have ffmpeg installed, too.

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Toolwise - Handbrake is the least painful way to go from .vob to a usable format. I'd suggest going with MP4 for formats - runs on most things these days.

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Handbreake is exactly what I wanted, thank you! I'll convert them to mkv though, as it works on all the devices in my home and I think it has better quality than mp4... i'll see after I play around anyways :) Thanks again. –  Joshua Jerome Apr 14 '11 at 1:48
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Just for clarification, both mp4 and mkv are just container formats. Handbrake encodes the video using the x264 codec regardless of whether you choose mp4 or mkv. As such, the quality between the two would be identical. –  Ryan Bolger Apr 14 '11 at 5:00

I use handbrake and it does the job very well. Converts straight from DVD to any desired format (by using the video_TS file) and has presets for ipods/iphones etc. Worth a look in!

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K9Copy is a powerful tool that can read a VIDEO_TS directory structure (or a DVD) and produce (re-encode) MPEG-4 video files. It also supports MPEG-2 extraction, which is useful for creating lossless backups (one MPEG-2 video file will be created for every episode/video on the DVD). It is possible to only copy the English audio track and subtitles.

To install K9Copy on Ubuntu, you need to enable the multiverse repository, either by changing the config file or by using the Software Sources gui. Other distributions like Fedora have it in their default repository.

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Is this your software? This reads a bit excessively on the self-promotion side/spam, which is not acceptable. –  studiohack 13 hours ago
    
@studiohack: No, it is not. What exactly makes you say that and why the downvote? I thought it might be helpful for future readers, as this software is an alternative to HandBrake as it should do what the op is asking for. –  basic6 6 hours ago

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