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DVD to DivX Guide
By: CPUUK
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    2003-10-09

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    This document assumes that what you are about to embark upon, as described in this document, is legal in your country and does not contravene any recording Copyrights. If it does, shame on you, you are a bad, bad, bad person and must not continue to read the rest of this guide.

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    This document assumes that what you are about to embark upon, as described in this document, is legal in your country and does not contravene any recording Copyrights. If it does, shame on you, you are a bad, bad, bad person and must not continue to read the rest of this guide.

     

    Introduction

    This guide is for people with zero time and patience for working things out themselves. To you I say bravo! You’ve got your head screwed on, let someone else do the hard work J . I do not class myself as a guru, rather I think of myself as a midget, standing on the shoulders of dwarfs, who are standing on the shoulders of giants, who in turn are expecting a knock at the door from someone official. Therefore what I know may fill the back of a postage stamp (just), but it is a postage stamp more knowledge that you, so I get to stand at the front of the class today.

     

    The software being used is “Gordian Knot”  and “DivX 5.02pro” which can be found in www.doom9.org “download” section. All times given are rough, and are  dependant on CPU speed and the length of the DVD. This software has been tested with PAL and NTSC.

     

    “Gordian Knot”  should be a two file download, so grab the 0.21~3 and the 0.26update file.

    What you need

     

    • A PC with 128M ram and at 1G or better CPU.
    • This has been tried and tested on Win2K (sp2).
    • Do a disk defrag before and after every successful creation but only after you have deleted all the “old” files that got created but are no longer needed.
    • A sound card that can play MP3.
    • Turn off any power save options that relay on keyboard activity.
    • Have at least 8G (NTFS or FAT32) of disk space.
    • Conversion is almost entirely CPU intensive, and whatever CPU you have will run 100% utilised during the various process’s. So be sure your PC has a fast processor and good cooling. If you don’t have good cooling i.e. You know your pc gets hot, take the PC’s casing sides off, have a fan blow over the m/b if necessary. Once started, you need to let it run, so over-night is the best time.
    • CD-R writer using Nero or Adaptec software if you plan to burn to disc.
    • The files contained in (www.Doom9.org) “Gordian Knot” (.21~3 & .26).
    • DivX 5.02.
    • Adaptec’s 470 ASPI.
    • Working DVD drive & working DVD player software.
    • Microsoft Windows Media player 6.4 or above. It should be noted that DivX comes with it’s own “Player”, try both and see which one works best for you, sometimes WMP will not play the MP3 sound, but “Player” will. Another good DivX players is BSPlayer.
    • A good book to read and a cooler full of chilled beer.
    • What you don’t need is the PC doing any other background processing, so turn off the background stuff e.g. Anti Virus, scheduled tasks etc!

    Only if there is no chance for kids and pets to get inside and electrocuting themselves! 

    I am not going to explain various options, I’m going to run you through a way doing this right first time, every time. There are a gazillion ways of doing this, and there are a gazillion documents to read, I’m not going to mention any of them, if you want to know more and are an insomniac read the guides at Doom9.org.
     


    How to set things up

     

    1.As you actually install very little (wu-hoo!) run “GordianKnot 2.1~3 setup”. Accept the defaults but do not allow it to over-write files that are newer. Then run the update file “GoridanKnot 2.6 update” once again accept the defaults but do not allow the it to over-write files that are newer.


    Unpack the Adaptec ASPI 470
    3.After unzipping the Adaptec software, run the install.


    4.      Reboot.

     

     

    5.      Install the Divx 5.02 codec by running the install exe.

    At this point you need to follow DivX registration routine, which is dependant on which version of 5.02 you are installing- I’m going to assume you successfully work your way through this.

     

    6.      Create a directory \VIDEO_TS   - this directory needs to hold up to 8G of data..



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