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How to Rip and Convert DVD to Xvid / DivX on Mac and PC Machine

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If you're a high quality movie fun, you probably have a large collection of DVD disks placed on a shelf somewhere. A 4.7/8.5 GB DVD allows content providers to store high quality movies with extras and subtitles. Although it doesn't get much easier than dropping a disc into a tray and pressing Play, there are still different of reasons you would want to rip your DVD's to Xvid or DivX video files on Mac machine or PC. You might want to make digital copy of DVD to good quality Xvid movies on hard drive to protect the original disc from scratched by cat, or just extract a part of it for your presentation. In my case I would love to rip the DVD to Xvid/DivX format with the original AC3 audio track on Mac to play on my PS3 so I can have them ready to access without a disc at any moment.

Converting DVD files into DivX or Xvid video formats has always seemed like a tough task, because you'll have to use the software to get around the restriction as they are usually CSS encrypted. But thanks to DVD Ripper for Mac this has been extremely simplified so that anyone will be able to decrypt the disc and convert the DVD movie in one place.

The program lets you rip the DVD contents to whatever file format (of course Divx/ XviD included) that you can then stream to all your players. For a power user, you can even trim out clips, edit your videos to add effects and watermarks. In addition, You can use ready-to-use presets optimized for models of phones and media players to simplify the conversion. Some of you may be using Windows PC, please go head over to DVD Ripper for Windows for converting DVD to Xvid and DivX file.

This following paragraph is about the steps about converting DVD file to Xvid/DivX for Mac. For the Windows users, the conversion process is the same.

Step 1:

To get started, put the DVD you want to rip into DVD drive and fire up the app. Click "Load DVD" option to import DVD files into the project area. The Mac app will automatically scan your DVD's contents and display the main movie.

A neat feature "Merge All Video" you'll notice in the bottom of the screen is the ability to join multiple files to output a single file.

Step 2:

DivX and XviD are just the video codecs used to encode video in a container file, both of them (always along with AC3 audio codec) are mostly wrapped in AVI file container. So in this step, I will choose "AVI" as the output format.

Move to the right side of the screen (highlight with yellow box no.2), click the format under Target, this will bring up the format tray on the bottom, go to Video tab and pick AVI.

More importantly, you will notice an "Output" option on the left bottom for where you save the ripped content.

Next, fine-tune the settings if required. For advanced users, this Mac DVD to DivX/Xvid converter gives you a bit more control over how you configure settings to effortlessly get the resulting video exactly how you want them.

Alternatively, if you are tired of choosing a certain format and then tweaking the settings, you can pick the preset options. This Mac DVD DivX/ XviD converter now offers different conversion profiles based on the type of media player or handheld device, such as iPhone, Apple TV.

Step 3:

When you're ready, click "Convert" on the bottom right corner to start converting DVD to Xvid/DivX video on Mac.

Depending on the size of DVD content and your Mac's specs, it should probably take about a few minutes to a couple of hours. So it's a good idea to let it do its thing overnight.

External links

Xvid - Free and Open Source - Official Site

Playing Xvid Encoded Files

DivX Codec and DivX Player