"BengalBoy's Bible" How to Burn & Turn your P900 into a Mobile Theatre..
Okay members.....I just got my P900 and let me tell you....it's got a Screen that you won't believe!!! With a powerful battery and video player capabilities, not to mention stereophonic sound,,,,the P900 is perfect for entertaining the busy traveler or vacationist who finds themselves wanting to see their favorite movie. So as a little Halloween present to the loyal HOFO members with P900's,,,P800's or just for people who intend to get one and want to start getting prepared for the big arrivial,,,I present "Bengal Boy's.... How to Burn & Turn your P900 into a Mobile Theatre.."
So,,,,how do you get your favorite DVD onto a memory stick duo??? I am here to show you what you need to rip, encode, and transfer a full feature length movie from the DVD's that you purchase from your favorite video store....Remember, ripping your own commercial DVD's is acceptable behavior,,,but use this information to create files for download or transfer to your friends and you may find yourself the party to a lawsuit by the Movie Industry equivilent of the RIAA....Therefore I give the following disclaimer,,, ""BENGALBOY DOES NOT ACCEPT ANY RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE ILLEGAL ACTIONS OF OTHERS AND PROVIDES THIS INFO FOR EDUCATIONAL USE AND INSTRUCTION ONLY!!""
So,,,,What do you need? Well first of all your favorite DVD would be great and a fast computer with a above average RAM... I am using a Pentium 4 mobile at 2.4ghz, 512mb DDR ram and the coolest current DVD..."Matrix..Reloaded"......you will also need the following:
1. A DVD Movie of your choice.
2. A fast computer with a DVD drive and playback software.
3. A 128mb Memory Stick Duo.
4. A copy of #1 DVD Ripper software.
5. A copy of PVauthor MPEG4 encoding software.
6. A P900 or P800 with stereo headphones.
7. A card reader or USB docking station.
This process can be broken down into 3 distinct parts or processes..Ripping, Encoding, and Transfer........So without further adeww...How to Rip, Encode and Transfer your favorite DVD to your Sony Memory Stick Duo for viewing on your P900!! Please....don't cry ,,,,,,I know I've just answered your prayers...
I. RIPPING A DVD TO YOUR HARD-DRIVE:
Okay, first you need to be sure that you have installed on your computer the following software....A program that enables you to view and play DVD's such as PowerDVD or WinDVD player. A copy of #1DVD Ripper or an equivilent DVD ripping program. A copy of PVAuthor or an equivilent MPEG4 encoding program such as Mpegable.. These programs are either previously installed on your computer or readily available for download on the internet.
First, open your DVD for playback and begin the movie.
This is neccesary in order to avoid the following error message when opening #1 DVD Ripper
......Once the movie is playing, simply press the pause button or right click your mouse and select pause.....
Now open #1 DVD Ripper...the screen will look like this....
Inside of #1 DVD Ripper you will see the different files as set out above....these are the files to the movie, special features, and individual chapters...you should uncheck every single box except the one box at the top with all the chapters of the movie underneath...it will have out-beside it a time of about 2 hours ...more or less. You can rip single chapters in which case you will uncheck everybox except for the specific chapters you want ripped. The reason for doing this is you only want the movie, nothing more,,,,no special features, menus, etc...
Now set your settings for the file type you want to rip your DVD vob file too, select MPEG1 (VCD), MPEG2 (SVCD) avi, divix, mpeg4.
I have tried both avi and MPEG1 and find that the program works faster with the MPEG1 selection,,,regardless,,,be prepared to wait for approximately 3 hours for the movie to be ripped to your hard-drive.
Finish your settings for audio,,,
Frame rate...remember that you want to encode in NTSC format for the frame rate if you live in North America....PAL is the format for Asia and Europe..
Finally, unless you intend to backup your DVD to a VCD, go to the following menu and select custom....at split mode..this will keep the program from breaking the DVD into 2 seperate files for burning VCDs. You just want one to go on your 128mb stick. You can still install the two files on your stick and just click on the second part once the first is finished. But if you just want one continuous movie on your P900, don't forget this menu.....
Now you are ready to RIP.......hit the rip button and the program will automatically begin to rip your commercial DVD into the file format you specified to the output location of your harddrive that you set.
Yes,,,,it's that easy......
But be prepared to wait, depending on the type of computer you are using you will need to give #1 DVD Ripper approximately 3 hours to rip through a feature film..
When you are finished you will have a file like this....