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dvdcatalyst
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I've been working on the article, but havent managed to finish it just yet. I should have it finished hopefully later today or tomorrow.

 

Sorry about that Atomant.

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And don't forget to budget some time to port this great software over to Linux. :smileyhappy:

Just kidding.  Sorta.

 

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I use DVDFab (free version) to rip movies and TV series to the HD, then encode with Handbrake (using one of the iPod presets).  Very fast, excellent quality.  I keep them on an 8GB micro SD card, putting the TV shows in folders appropriately named. 

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As promised:

 

http://www.tools4movies.com/2011/02/how-to-make-a-dvd-from-video-files/

 

It probably contains a lot of info you already know, but you might get a few pointers from it.

 

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DVDCat

 

I have been merrily ripping my DVDs for the past few days, probably up to 30+ so far.  The only problems I have had are Transformers 2 and Men in Black 2.  Any suggestions on those?

 

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I don't have Men In Black 2, but Transformers 2 has given me some issues in the past. It is listed in the "Problem DVD" section on my website.

 

For some reason I never gotten to put in the correct track selection, but I did manage to make it work just now.

 

My version lists in "My Computer" as "TRANSFORMERS2_D1_VANILLA"

Using Windows Media Player, the correct track for the movie is 47 (DVD Cat select 30 because that is the longesty track)

 

start DVD Catalyst 4 without the DVD in the drive.

enable "power user" and then in the "Boosterpack" tab in Global Settings, enable the 2 previewfix checkmarks.

Then insert the dvd and if the 99track dialog comes up, just select the correct track.

 

the same should work for MIB2 as well.

 

Edit - I updated the listing in the "Problem DVD" section for it, including screenshots.

 

http://www.tools4movies.com/2009/12/transformers-2/

 

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Thank you very much for the info. The black bar removal section will come in handy.

 

Just finished watching Secret Agent X-9 (1945 serial) with the legendary Commander Cain. Charlie Chan's two sons are in it too. Good serial movie if one is into older movies.

 

 

http://www.archive.org/details/secret_agent_x_9_ep1

 


dvdcatalyst wrote:

As promised:

 

http://www.tools4movies.com/2011/02/how-to-make-a-dvd-from-video-files/

 

It probably contains a lot of info you already know, but you might get a few pointers from it.

 


 

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dvdcatalyst wrote:

Star Trek (the 2009 one) is a bit tricky unfortunately.

 

For most versions, (different regions) DVD Catalyst 4 selects the correct track, however it is possible that it doesn't do this in your case.

 

If you play the movie on an actual DVD player, when the movie is actually playing, the correct "track" should be visible on the DVD player's LCD screen. This is the correct track to select in DVD Catalyst for the conversion.


 

Thanks dvdcatalyst. I'll put Star Trek in my DVD player and get the correct track. I'd really like to have it on my NC since it's one of my favorite movies. 

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You are welcome,

 

I just tried mine (in my computer it shows as "STAR_TREK_XI_DOM"), and it nicely started the conversion using the default settings. DVD Catalyst does show a warning, but just click Yes, and it will work. The track for mine is 21, and is actually selected correctly.

 

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Actually, I did have 2 settings changed. I thought I was using the defaults, but I wasn't.

 

it needs the same setting-change as mentioned here:

 

http://www.tools4movies.com/2009/12/transformers-2/

 

Sorry about that

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Awesome, thanks.  I will try that tonight.  I am working through my entire DVD collection with CAT4 having a blast.  Having these on MP4 will make my travel hours much more tolerable.  Now I need to pick up a 32gig SD...

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:smileyhappy:

 

I'm glad you are getting good use out of DVD Cat.

32Gig's are a bit too pricy for me, I'm currently using a cheapo 8GB myself, but then again, I don't get out much either.

If you want to save a few bucks, have a look at this article I wrote a few months ago:

 

http://www.tools4movies.com/2010/12/dvd-catalyst-4-quality-difference-between-different-profiles/

 

The samples there will streamif you visit them on your NOOK, and should give you an idea on how to adjust your settings a bit to get more movies on your NC. Its written for the Droid X, but the same settings apply for the NC.

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YES!!  It worked on track 47 exactly as you said.  Thanks again for this fantastic program.. 

 

Any idea why Terminator 2 stops at 57 minutes?

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Glad it worked.

 

As for your T2, I replied to your other post here:

 

http://bookclubs.barnesandnoble.com/t5/NOOKcolor-General-Discussion/Dvd-to-Nook-Dvd-Catalyst-4-Thumb...

 


dvdcatalyst wrote:

Hi k2nax,

 

I'm glad you enjoy DVD Catalyst 4.

 

I dont have Terminator 2 or Leatherheads myself, but for the others:

 

Aliens SE (ALIEN2 as the DVD label in "My Computer", 2h34m16s length) seems to convert just fine. I started a conversion, and let it go through to 5minutes before I stopped it.

 

Transformers 2, I updated my blog on that one a few days ago, and you already found my post about the setting-change needed for that one here (I'm posting the link to it for completeness):

 

http://bookclubs.barnesandnoble.com/t5/NOOKcolor-General-Discussion/Movie-Conversion/td-p/846562

 

T2 might be an issue with either the DVD or the DVD drive. if it is a dual-layer DVD, it might be that the drive briefly pauses when the movie switches to the second layer. If you have access to a different drive, try that one. Burners are usually better in reading DVDs.

 

For Leatherheads, the Transformers 2 fix might help.

 

 

DVD Catalyst 4 has a few different methods of accessing the DVD. By default it uses the "Faster DVD Access" mode, however not all DVDs seem to like this mode and freeze the conversion when used. If this happens, after a few seconds, DVD Catalyst switches to a slower but more reliable DVD access mode. Besides the way the DVD is accessed, the rest of the settings remain the same, so you will not notice any quality difference. The conversion is just a bit slower when this happens.

 

If all you convert is movies, there is a setting you can turn off (I enabled it in 4.0.2.4, but will turn it back off in the next update) to speed up the conversions a bit. In Global Settings > Conversion, you will find a "de-interlace" setting. Turn that off.

 

 


I had Aliens convert overnight, and it worked fine. End-size is 1GB for the 2 1/2 movie using the standard NOOKcolor profile.