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Windows 7: Free Converter for dvd to pal or avi format

24 Apr 2013   #11

Windows 7 64 bit

Hi Jimbo,
I checked that out and it seems good but it is seriously expensive as I would need to get the clone dvd option.
I am a newbie at doing this. Basically I copied and pasted from the original dvd to my videos files in Windows. I got none files:-

All the files with extensions ending in .vob are to be opened with programme Windows Shell Common and there is an icon with a lock beside them so I am presuming they are encrypted.

The file VTS_01_0.ifo actually plays the video on my computer even though the file size is only 56 KB.

My question is if I got the softwear you recommend I have to copy the dvd onto my computers hard disk first I presume before cloning it and it has copied in the format above so how would I get around this? I have looked at most of the free video converters now and I think I'm stuck because some of the dvd seems to be encrypted

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24 Apr 2013   #12

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

If the DVD is in NTFS format, it will likely need to be converted to PAL and burned to disc for use in PAL players and visa versa.

Its not so much a region code issue as it is a format incompatability, unless you have a DVD player than can play both formats.

You need to use AnyDVD to decrypt the disc. 2 ways to do this.
1. Rip the Disc to your Hard Drive (This method will make the conversion process much faster)
2. Just start anyDVD and let it scan the disc.

Then use a authoring program to convert to PAL format, such as FreeMake, and burn to a blank disc.
If you choose option 1, choose the folder on your Hard Drive. If you chose option 2, choose your DVD drive and save to Hard drive.
Option 1 will make the conversion process go much faster.

You'll want to choose the option DVD to DVD, and make sure the Output options are set to PAL.

You can not just copy/paste the original DVD.
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25 Apr 2013   #13

W7 X-64 W8.1 X-64 Opensuse 13.1 W2003 Server

Hi there
Most monitors will display both NTSC / PAL without a problem - at least the ones here do - I'm using a standard LG TV LCD monitor and our TV system is PAL (and HD) but loads of NTSC DVD's are also in circulation -- NATO / US Base also not far away.

That's the advantage of cloning the DVD -- simply copy the DVD to ISO -- don't bother with rip to Disk and then mount the ISO just as you would a physical DVD and play it with VLC. (W8 mounts iso's directly, Windows 7 use free virtual drive software like alcohol 52%).

The DVD ISO you make is an EXACT copy of the original DVD with the CSS decryption and regional restrictions removed.

If you want the DVD as a physical DVD then simply burn the iso image to a DVD. it - it will play on your commercial DVD player (complete with menus, subtitles , languages etc) but all the css encryption will br removed as well as region restrictions.

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06 Jul 2013   #14

Windows 7 64 bit

Thanks Wishmaster and Jimbo45 for your comprehensive responses - am just getting onto this now
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