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SOLVED: Re: how to convert DVD to something uploadable to youtube?

  thanks to all who responded, in the end here's what I used:

  dvdrip to rip dvd (got *vob files)

mencoder (see the command line quoted below, I just changed the scale=352:288 to be as close as possible to 320x240 which youtube.com wants, keeping the same x to y ratio as original vob file)

  avidemux to cut the avi

(there were quite a few failed attempts, using different codes/programs etc. so hope this will help...)


Carl Fink wrote:
On Wed, Nov 29, 2006 at 11:42:51AM -0800, Erik Steffl wrote:

  any pointers to solutions? Programs to use? Settings? Howtos?

Well, mplayer's mencoder works on VOBs if you're willing to dig through the
options.  Something like:

	mencoder -ovc lavc -lavcopts vcodec=msmpeg4 -lavcopts vbitrate=1000
	-oac mp3lame -lameopts q=3 -lameopts mode=1 -vf scale=352:288
	-o mymoviename.avi VTS_01_01.VOB

would produce a good file for YouTube.  They recommend DivX video
compression and mp3 audio compression and a frame size close to 320x240
because they're going to resize to that, anyway.  Maximum length is 100
megabytes, and maximum duration is 10 minutes.  Once the file is an AVI, you
could use Avidemux to chop it up.

Of course, converting a protected DVD is a violation of the US Digital
Millennium Copyright Act if done in the USA.

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