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DJ M
Has anyone had any success in ripping dvd's to avi's for use on an AV 700. I've tried a few but they either simply refuse to work or won't produce a file that the AV 700 will read. If anyone has used a software program that works could you let me have the name/link?

Cheers

Matt
Archos700Fan
I acquired an Archos700 about a month back and have been on the journey to figure out how to load DVD video. I came across an article on a website called Ask Dave Taylor which specifically addresses this subject. Link here:

http://www.askdavetaylor.com/how_do_i_copy...chos_av700.html

The two software products he recommends - - AnyDVD and CloneDVDMobile - - both work well (cost about $50 or so for pair). These are supplied by Slysoft at www. slysloft.com.

I have moved a bunch of TV episodes with no problem and have been enjoying these on my treadmill and airplane flights. However as I scanned various forums (this one, CDFreaks, and even comments under Dave Taylor's article), there is a problem with longer movies. I used the two programs above to move The Bourne Identity today and the .avi file was about 1.3GB and indicated 1 hr 58 mins duration. When copied to the Archos700 (do this as a USB Drive), the file info will also show same length and duration, but when started in Video Player, it shows length as 1hr 37 mins - - the remainder is ignored. I think this may coincide with hitting a 1GB barrier or something which Archos will need to address.

For recording with the Archos700 directly from a video source using composite video, there is a 2GB file size limit because of FAT32 operating system - - but Archos700 is smart enough to close the first file and start a second one and so on.

Back on the DVD subject, there is a workaround available in CloneDVDMobile where you can cut down the number of chapters grabbed (I think it is on 3rd screen and shows scissors on bottom of preview window) so that you can grab the first set of chapters and convert and then grab remaining chapters and convert. Hopefully Archos will step in to figure it out soon. Everybody should start asking them to fix this -- I sent an email earlier today and will see if they respond.

With regards to two other forms of video movement that I would like -- DV video from a camcorder and MPEG2 video captured with a TV capture card, I am still on the journey to perfect this. The Archos is very fussy about the format of the .avi file - - video is MPEG4 (comes from an XVid or DivX converter) and audio is MP3 which is lower quality than some other forms. I am in process of trying AutoGordianKnot, IMTooMPEG4 encoder, and AllokMPEG4 Converter.

Mike
pi24uk
You could always try dvd decrypter in iso mode to rip the dvd. Then use fair use 2 lite to convert to xvid (mpeg4) format to compress the file ready for playing on the archos av700. I've used this on plenty of dvds for my archos and the quality is excellent. Best of all both progs are free.
DJ M
Thanks for the replies. I finally ended up using clone dvd mobile. Makes a change for a program to actually do what is says it does and so easily & quickly. I rip using dvd shrink, re-auther just to get the movie and then convert with clone dvd. I must admit, I haven't checked that the films run their course but they are all about 1.5g in size. Perhaps I'd better check! I've transferred them via Windows Media player as I couldn't figure out how to change the player to show up as a hard drive!
tripdad
QUOTE(DJ M @ Jul 25 2006, 04:01 AM)
Thanks for the replies. I finally ended up using clone dvd mobile. Makes a change for a program to actually do what is says it does and so easily & quickly. I rip using dvd shrink, re-auther just to get the movie and then convert with clone dvd. I must admit, I haven't checked that the films run their course but they are all about 1.5g in size. Perhaps I'd better check! I've transferred them via Windows Media player as I couldn't figure out how to change the player to show up as a hard drive!
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Display Setup Screen, System, USB Port, then select Hard Drive.

Question for you; Why do you use DVD Shrink, etc.. ? Why not simply use Mobile Clone DVD with AnyDVD for copywrite protection?

Tim
DJ M
Thanks Tim. Never tried or seen AnyDVD. (have now, just looked at the slysoft site)I assume it will still require a process as does dvdshrink. Plus I can reauther with DVDshrink so I only get the movie. Plus dvdshrink is free!

Seems odd that clonedvdmobile won't convert copywright dvd's and gives you a message. But they will sell you an add on program that will!!
tripdad
QUOTE(DJ M @ Jul 25 2006, 05:18 AM)
Thanks Tim. Never tried or seen AnyDVD. (have now, just looked at the slysoft site)I assume it will still require a process as does dvdshrink. Plus I can reauther with DVDshrink so I only get the movie. Plus dvdshrink is free!

Seems odd that clonedvdmobile won't convert copywright dvd's and gives you a message. But they will sell you an add on program that will!!
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What does DVDShrink do? I went to the site, but it was down. What do you mean by re-author?

I can't figure how Slysoft gets around copywrite as well. Perhaps since the individual program does not work without the other they can claim it isn't breaking any laws. I only use the program with DVDs that I have purchased so I think I am OK.

Tim
DJ M
I use DVD shrink to make backups of dvd's. As most 9.4g blanks are too expensive I buy the usual 4.7g. What dvdshrink does is compress the 9.4g dvd to fit a 4.7g one. By re-auther I mean I can chose only to compress the film and if I want to make a backup without all the other languages I can, thus not compressing the film so much. You can actually totally re-auther the dvd to exclude particular menu's etc. I then burn the dvd's with burnatonce.

It's also a good way of getting dvd's on to my hard drive but using less space.

However, after checking out anydvd I see that this actually reduces the amount of time I need to spend converting dvd's to avi, so many thanks for the heads up!
forkart
QUOTE(DJ M @ Jul 21 2006, 01:11 AM)
Has anyone had any success in ripping dvd's to avi's for use on an AV 700. I've tried a few but they either simply refuse to work or won't produce a file that the AV 700 will read. If anyone has used a software program that works could you let me have the name/link?

Cheers

Matt
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You can use yasa dvd ripper platinum to rip dvd movie to avi for av700. It works great to me.
http://www.yasasoft.com/dvdripperplatinum/
varnajames
I have just got my AV700 TV (in the UK) and have filled it up with digital TV films. The capacity seems to be only 20 hours, not the 35 as advertised. Thanks to everyone for the advice on here which I will use as I experiment with the 700. I now know that I need a big external HD and also maybe a (little !!) Lacie 100GB to store files.

James
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