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Old Feb 23rd, 2008, 06:26 PM   #1
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Req advice, video DVD

Hi All,

A friend is stuck, and it is outside my field of expertise (video/dvd) as well.

He borrowed a couple of anime DVDs and somehow managed to rip them to his hard drive. (They work fine with DVD player.) But now understandably he wants to burn them back onto blank DVDs and remove from the HD.

Handbrake doesn't even see the folder, only looks for a DVD in the optical drive. VisualHub does not recognize 8 of 19 files (.bup, .ifo). If you go ahead and say process, it just goes to a point (about 25%) and does not move any more.Toast 8 also gave up.

By the way, each folder is bigger than 5 GB so I don't know what settings he used to rip. VLC plays them back at 16:9 (850:480 pixels)

I don't know what else to suggest to him. And I don't think he can get his hands on the original DVDs again. Some compression is fine, but it is not for iPod use.

Any advice would be appreciated.

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Old Feb 23rd, 2008, 08:07 PM   #2
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If he really wants these files, he should buy the f'ing DVD(s).

I'm not being morally superior here, I'm being realistic. What's a few bucks compared to the time and effort ALREADY wasted on this?

If he likes the anime that much, sending a few bucks to the creator/rights holder is likely to result in more anime he'll like, and the cost of anime DVDs is trivial compared to the cost of the hard drive space, electricity, blank media, peripheral equipment and time/effort expended. Just buy the damn things.
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Old Feb 23rd, 2008, 08:19 PM   #3
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If you can play the files using VLC, then try the VLC export wizard.
I had a .bup file that Visual Hub etc. wouldn't recognize - it played fine in VLC and the VLC export wizard conveted it into MP4.
You just need to be careful which options you select in the export wizard and then not do anything else with VLC.
I received no process bar or any indication anything was happening, but after a while (maybe hours) the file name showed up as an MP4 file and could then be converted to a DVD or what ever - even burn the MP4 file if your DVD player will play MP4s
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