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Ubuntu - Convert DVD to DivX with HandBrake

HandBrake is a nice software to convert videos, such as DVD to DivX.

Here's how to run it under Ubuntu:

Add repository for Handbrake

sudo apt-key adv --recv-keys --keyserver keyserver.ubuntu.com 62D38753
sudo bash -c 'echo "deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/handbrake-ubuntu/ppa/ubuntu jaunty main" > /etc/apt/sources.list.d/launchpad_handbrake.list'

(Jaunty is for Ubuntu 9.04. Adapt depending on your distribution.)

Install HandBrake

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install handbrake-gtk

Making use of

  • Insert the DVD to convert your computer and launch HandBrake. Click "Source":
  • Check "Open VIDEO_TS folder, then select your DVD and click on" Open ".
  • HandBrake will then scan the DVD.
  • In principle, HandBrake automatically selects the longest sequence (the entire film). This should be automatic. Verify that the length is consistent.
  • Under destination, choose the AVI container and then specify the destination file. Use a partition with lots of free space (over 10GB).
  • Under the "Video":
    • Choose the MPEG-4 (Xvid) (which corresponds to DivX)
    • Select "2-pass encoding" for a better quality final image.
    • Choose the final size of the file (E.g 700 MB).
  • Under the "Audio / Subtitles", select the track in French and use the MP3 codec (lame). You have nothing else to edit.
  • Now you can start converting by clicking on the "Start" button.
  • It will take some time to process, but in the end you will get your AVI file of 700 MB.


Note that Handbrake is a cross platform software available for your favorite OS (Windows, Linux, MAC,...)

Click on this link for more information.

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