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01-27-2005, 06:08 PM   #1

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DVD to Pocket PC One-Step

No – that was NOT a typo. Here is a FREE ONE-STEP process to take a DVD that you own, ‘rip’, decode, encode and convert to a usable format… all with a few simple keystrokes to XviD or DivX.

What you will need BEFORE you begin:

After downloading the Fair Use Wizard go ahead and install BEFORE you proceed to the actual process. Fair Use will need your machine to restart before continuing.

STEP ONE:

  1. Place your DVD into your DVD drive
  2. Start up Fair Use LE
  3. In the FINAL FILE SIZE box enter in the amount of space you want to allow for the movie. The more space you allow the higher the quality. I did Tomb Raider with a 300MB setting (100 minute movie)
  4. You can choose to encode in either XviD or DivX format – I chose XviD
  5. It is NOT necessary to click the ROTATE 90 * button!
  6. Click FULL AUTO MODE at the bottom left
  7. Click NEXT at the bottom right
  8. Click the CREATE NEW PROJECT radio button and name the DVD – then select the output folder.
  9. After selecting NEXT there may be a pop-up screen asking which drive you want to use. Select the proper drive and select OK

Once started, the process will run for as little as an hour or as much as 3 hours depending on the length of the movie, speed of your computer, etc. Allow the program to run to fruition and be sure that the program is finished. Once encoded transfer the *.AVI file to your PDA. You can open the resulting file with either WMV or BetaPlayer.

Sit back and enjoy the movie.

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02-10-2005, 04:55 PM   #2

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Stephen, I could not get past the a pop-up screen asking which drive you want to use. It would not allow me to select anything except the.iso(?) file for an previously decrypted dvd. The box for drive was greyed. The DVD I was using was verified not to be encrypted by running DVD Shrink. Any Ideas? TIA

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02-15-2005, 04:37 PM   #3

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Are you working with a previously ripped ISO file? If so – this will not work. The software has to do the operation “From cradle to grave” for it to work properly.

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02-15-2005, 05:23 PM   #4

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Nope, Was trying to rip from a bought DVD of “My Man Godfrey” with William Powell. was doing it as a test. Also set up your two step procedure and it is working well. Have made about 6 PPC movies. I can send you a screen shot of the stoping point with Fair Use if it will help. I just tried to attach a .jpg to this message and failed:-)

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02-17-2005, 06:37 AM   #5

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Thanks for all your input so far on this… Got 1Gb card Tuesday and was looking for exactly this kinda thing ! Been extremely helpfull.. Tried FUL and not sure if it was something I did or something on the film but it’s creating avi file with subtitles… Not particularly usefull on a 3.5″ screen !!!
Any suggestions would be apreciated !

 
02-17-2005, 06:49 AM   #6

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Beware activesync 3.8

Just a warning… The new version of activesync has regained the old aversion to large files… So I’ve had to revert to v3.7.1 which seems to work fine…

 
02-20-2005, 11:37 PM   #7

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All worked, except for playing it on the PPC!

Went through the process, seemed to work well. But after I transfered the file to my ipaq 3115 (which I checked on my pc first–seemed to be functioning), Windows Media Player couldn’t seem to find it, I guess because it’s a .avi. Is there something I have to do to allow it to be played by WMP? Also, when I click it, it launches some random image on my PPC in HP Image Zone app (?). Finally, tried to download BetaPlayer–seems like their site isn’t functioning…

Tell me I’m doing something really stupid (and easy to fix) after hours of transfers! Thanks.

 
02-21-2005, 10:19 AM   #8

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Quote:

Originally Posted by dapnyc

Went through the process, seemed to work well. But after I transfered the file to my ipaq 3115 (which I checked on my pc first–seemed to be functioning), Windows Media Player couldn’t seem to find it, I guess because it’s a .avi. Is there something I have to do to allow it to be played by WMP? Also, when I click it, it launches some random image on my PPC in HP Image Zone app (?). Finally, tried to download BetaPlayer–seems like their site isn’t functioning…

Tell me I’m doing something really stupid (and easy to fix) after hours of transfers! Thanks.

AFAIK you cannot open up the *.avi file with WM Player. I downloaded the BetaPlayer and it works flawlessly. Try the site (linked above) again. Sometimes their site gets overrun with hits.

HTH–

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02-21-2005, 01:28 PM   #9

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Thanks Stephen, that confirms what I thought. I’ll try betaplayer again as well, but in the meantime, found Pocket DVD (www.pqdvd.com), which also has a solution which may be the best, if you’re willing to spend $32. The reason I say that is because their software converts to a .wmv format, AND it does it in about 5x the speed direct from the DVD. So if you want to use Microsoft’s movie viewer, that is a great way to go. Impressed with quality of picture/sound as well. (But ultimately, I can’t believe that I can use my Tivo to record great movies, get it to my PC, and then down to my little PPC. What an amazing thing!!) Thanks again for the feedback.

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03-17-2005, 11:03 PM   #10

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04-09-2005, 01:48 PM   #11

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I just wanna say thanks. I finally did it. Wanted to watch dvd’s on my ipaq since I bought it on feb. 11 and its april 9th. Thank you so much! I watched my first movie last night and it was great. Well the movie wasn’t that great, but the experience was.
thanx again

 
04-14-2005, 01:38 AM   #12

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I use the unstable version of Betaplayer, does that have any bearing on play?

 
04-28-2005, 10:10 AM   #13

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I have one quick and quite stupid question, though…

Is it possible to do all these without a DVD Drive?

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04-28-2005, 11:21 AM   #14

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Well you could – because you can record the movie thru Tivo or Replay. Not too sure , but how about movies you can download from Movilelink.com.

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Where do I download xvid, beta player for ppc dvd movies

May seem to be a silly question I am sorry for that but were am I downloading these programs beta player.exe, xvid, and fair use my computer or Ipaq? Please explain. Been tring to get movies on my Ipaq for some time and your thread sound great. On step 8 you say choose your output folder, would that be something like my downloads or my documents on my computer or something different. Also on step 9 you say to choose your drive, would that be your hard drive or something else. Lastly, how do I get this movie to the ipaq? via activesync please explain that process if possable.Thanks for your help.

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Beta player is installed on the iPAQ. Xvid and fair use are installed on your desktop computer. The output folder should be on the desktop. Once the movie is done I copy it to my SD card and open it with Beta player on the iPAQ.

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thank you

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Originally Posted by agent680

Beta player is installed on the iPAQ. Xvid and fair use are installed on your desktop computer. The output folder should be on the desktop. Once the movie is done I copy it to my SD card and open it with Beta player on the iPAQ.

Thank you for the info and quick response I will try it tonight.

 
05-06-2005, 08:21 AM   #18

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No sound with transfer

I used the one step method to transfer my dvd to my ipaq. (took forever) all seems to be ok except for the fact I got no sound transfer. I can’t figure it out. any suggestions would be appreciated. Also why did I download xvid to my computer? Also I have inter-actual to play dvd’s on my computer however it does not work because it states I need a decoder. Any ideas where I can download a free decoder to play with inter-actual or even a stand alone like win dvd. Thank you

 
05-07-2005, 11:01 AM   #19

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reduce the dvd file size while keeping video quality

Can anyone tell me if there is a way to compress the dvd file (and keep enough video quality for my ipaq) to be sure it will fit on my card? I used Fair use to copy a movie that I bought “SWAT” the movie is 117 minutes long. when it was done it used aprox 783 MB. I only have a 256 MB card. I can see there are loads of settings but I have no idea what they are or mean. In the final file size I entered 240 MB but that doesen’t seem to be what controls the final size of the file. Also are there any types of downloads that will reduce the file while keeping enough video quality, if so aprox what percentage will it reduce? I finally got eveything working including the sound but the file size is hugh.

 
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