Compress an old movie on DVD to an MKV file

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  • snifferpro
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    • Oct 2023
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    Compress an old movie on DVD to an MKV file

    Objective - Rip an old DVD (not protected) to a compressed file on disk. Preferably MKV or MP4.
    I have many DVD's that I'd like to rip and save to disk with as little space and size as necessary for a quality movie.

    I’m a complete novice to using ffmpeg to rip a DVD to a compressed (mkv) file.

    I’ve played around with it a little, but there are just too many parameters with the command line switches for this old mind.

    Basically all I want to do is rip some old movie DVD’s to disk creating a compressed file similar to the ones you might download from YouTube.
    I won’t need the physical DVD’s if I can do this and drive space will be limited till I can upgrade (add an SSD just for movies).
    Anyone have a good example of the command line for ffmpeg (with an explanation) to do this that they can share?


    Input file = I drive - DVD drive
    C:\Movies\dvd (dvd copied to this drive)

    Desired output file location

    Output file name
    Movie 01.mkv
  • admin
    • Nov 2001
    • 8922

    Have you tried VidCoder? It's a GUI for Handbrake and handles DVD to MKV/MP4 conversion in a set and forget manner:

    VidCoder is an open-source DVD/Blu-ray ripping and video transcoding application for Windows. It uses HandBrake as its encoding engine.
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