I am hoping to finally watch the Star Wars movies (yes, yes, I know) and intend to watch them all in a row as a marathon. I would prefer not to have to constantly get up and change discs, so I thought it would be convenient if I could rip my discs to AVI files and put them on a single DVD+RW (6 movies × 700MB = 4200MB; DVD+RW = 4482MB, leaving enough space for some extras or rather to make them each 747MB or—somehow—dynamically adjusting their sizes to fit).
I ripped one of the movies to the hard-drive (yes, I took encryption into consideration), and ran it through AutoGK, making sure to select 700MB for the size.
Unfortunately the end result was not 700MB in fact, at 660MB, it was not even sort of close. I tried a different one and got a 750MB file.
Whenever “the Scene” releases an (XviD) video, they always seem to get it almost exactly at the target size, give or take perhaps two three megabytes at most.
I was going to try AVIDemux, but the latest version doesn’t seem to be of much use for this. Yes, I have seen plenty of (overly) simple programs, including free ones, but I don’t trust their quality—even though the converted files are temporary this time, I don’t want to have cheap, poor quality if I don’t have to.
How do they get such tight results?