01-05-2009 08:17 AM
More efficient? No way. Maybe for someone with a slow internet and a really fast computer it would be faster to ripp then convert...then convert again with SMC. But with the internet connection i have, I can download 700mb file in under 1 hour, then use SMC to format it in about 30 minutes. It's about 2-3 hours faster this way.
01-05-2009 08:22 AM
since when is it legal to rip DVD's onto your computer? That's the purpose of DRM, to prevent people from ripping. Last I heard, any deviation from the original format of the media unless expressed by the owner, is illegal. Such us, converting, ripping, or burning...all are illegal unless the media comes with those rights, and as far as I know, no DVD comes with the right to rip or convert even if it is for personal use within your home. Some come with digital versions such as the new prince caspien movie...but that's not ripping a DVD.
01-05-2009 08:38 AM - edited 01-05-2009 08:41 AM
In the US, its not about "deviation from the original format" - its a DMCA violation to remove DRM. Since nearly all commercial DVDs have DRM, this generally means that ripping is illegal. Making or distributing software to remove DRM is also illegal, which is why SMC has to be a separate process.
Of course, its not like anyone will care if its for personal use (particularly if there is no alternate source). Downloading is a different thing, since P2P is set up such that when you download you also offer up what you've downloaded so far (to anyone). The MPAA hasn't sued anyone for personal use that I know of, but you're probably safer with ripping than with downloading.
Back on the original topic - it will be highly unlikely that any digital copies that are distributed with commercial DVDs (in the forseeable future) won't have DRM, and the Fuze doesn't support DRMed video...the message needs to be clear that in nearly all cases, "digital copies" (as well as purchased video) won't work with the Fuze.
Message Edited by bdb on 01-05-2009 08:41 AM
01-05-2009 10:22 AM - edited 01-05-2009 10:33 AM
Many people would probably consider my PC few years past its prime (a 3.0 GHz single-core P4), but I can rip a DVD in 15-20 minutes and convert with AVC in 60-90 minutes. And I don't have to worry about the quality of someone else's work.
Oh, and with the proper setting in AVC, I don't have to convert again with SMC.
Message Edited by gwk1967 on 01-05-2009 12:33 PM
01-05-2009 11:03 AM - edited 01-05-2009 11:04 AM
Please share those settings. I have tried a few different things, including converting the file to avi straight from AVC, but I still had to convert with SMC.
Message Edited by bullitt453 on 01-05-2009 11:04 AM
01-05-2009 01:44 PM
"Many people would probably consider my PC few years past its prime (a 3.0 GHz single-core P4), but I can rip a DVD in 15-20 minutes and convert with AVC in 60-90 minutes. And I don't have to worry about the quality of someone else's work.
Oh, and with the proper setting in AVC, I don't have to convert again with SMC"
Huh, that's pretty fast. I have a laptop with dual 1.8 ghz with plenty of ram and it takes me waaaay longer than that to rip. Dang laptop.
01-05-2009 03:48 PM
Using AVC v2.6.7:
(my movies are converted for my View, but just by changing the resolution, these settings should work for the Fuze as well. My sincere apologies if they don't. It is not my intention to mislead anyone. I had the same audio out of sync/media not supported issues as everyone until I found the right settings.)
Profile: Customized MP4 movie (*.mp4)
Video codec: mpeg4
Video size: 320x240
Video bitrate: 512
Video framerate: 30
Audio codec: aac (this setting can't be changed, but it works even though the manual doesn't say either the View or the Fuze support aac)
Audio bitrate: 128
Sample rate: 44100
Audio channel: 2
Disable audio: No
A/V Sync: Default
Audio track: Default (this setting is also fixed)
01-05-2009 08:34 PM
Thank you so much for your settings, unfortunately those settings did not prevent the garbling!!! If I could attach the file I would.
I have also sent a request to universal, but if they respond it will probably not be for days.
Does anyone know how to load a DVD to the player. Again, I tried to encode the files directly from the disk, but received the error message that sound would not convert.
I chose this player because of the FM transmitter and it seemed to be just as compatible as an iPod, but I am seriously thinking about returning it for an iPod.
01-05-2009 09:09 PM - edited 01-05-2009 09:10 PM
Well, again that wasn't meant for converting the Dark Knight "digital copy". With the DRM involved, I really think it's a waste of time to pursue that goal. Those were just my settings for converting DVD rips for use on my View.
Message Edited by gwk1967 on 01-05-2009 11:10 PM