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I'm currently going through my DVD collection, and digitising it, to allow me to watch it on a media streamer (I'm NOT a filesharer!!)

I want to know what software i should use, to convert my DVD's to AVI divx format.

I currently use Xilisoft DVD ripper, however this creates a "letterbox" at the top and bottom of the file - and there doesn't seem to be a way to turn this off.

I'm a novice at video encoding, so would need something fairly simple / well documented.

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marked as duplicate by quack quixote, Ivo Flipse Mar 22 '10 at 9:41

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For windows? – Troggy Oct 12 '09 at 21:26
For linux? – Troggy Oct 12 '09 at 21:27
up vote 2 down vote accepted

Handbrake all the way. Open source, free, and available on every major platform.

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To your original question, as you already have a copy of Xillisoft I am trying to do a solution without requiring anything extra

Look on the right settings column. There is a option saying something like target aspect ratio. If you do match original, it will create the file to whatever your source is.

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+1 for helping use the software he currently uses and knows. – Troggy Oct 12 '09 at 21:31

decrypting with RipIt4me or DVDFab HD Decrypter

and encoding with MeGUI

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Not the easiest one but easy enough and powerful.

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