Compressing huge DVD movies to 700mb DVD-rips

Filed Under (guide, movies, optical media, storage, video) by Abbas on 20-08-2008

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Ever wanted to compress your huge 4GB+ DVD movies to 700MB dvd-rips while still retaining the original DVD quality? Well thats what we’re gonna learn today. You might be familiar with the regular 700MB dvd-rips ‘scene’ releases, where most underground DVD movies are in 700mb compressed avi format. Today we’ll learn how to compress your personal DVD movies to small 700MB compressed format like the ‘scene’ releases, so that you can keep your DVDs safe in your drawer and enjoy watching the compressed rips from your hard disk drive.

Now if you’re familiar with the ‘xvid asd’ compression format used for those tv-shows rips, you might know how nicely compressed those videos are. You get a complete 50minutes season video in a 350MB avi file. We’re gonna use that sort of superb compression for our DVD today in this following tutorial. You’ll see that even when our ~4GB DVD movie is compressed to a 700MB dvd-rip, there wont be much difference in the video or audio qualitybecause of the compression softwares and audio/video settings we’re going to use.

We’ll be using this very nice Xvid/DivX conversion tool called ‘Auto Gordian Knot’ for ripping our DVD, head over here and dowload the free full package. Next step is to install the program, so do so. You’ll be asked for permission for installation of a few plugins, tick yes.

After its installed, head over to Start menu > Program Files > Auto GK and run Auto GK. Here’s how it should appear.

  1. Now get your favorite DVD disc and insert it.
  2. Go to My Computer, right click on the DVD-drive icon, and select OPEN
  3. You’ll see the contents of the DVD disc. Go to to VIDEO_TS directory.
  4. You should see files name like VTS_01_1.VOB, VTS_01_2.VOB, the files that are big in size are the ones that have the actually movie, the rest of the smaller files in KBs aren’t of our use (see the image below to have an idea).
  5. The big files are the ones that have the movie, ignore the smaller KB files

    The big files are the ones that have the movie, ignore the smaller KB files

  6. now open the first BIG file in the series ( VTS_01_0.VOB in this case) and open it with your DVD media player, if its a video of the DVD title menu or some other unnecessary file, close the media player, try the next file.
  7. When u find the file from where the movie starts actually, close the media player, and get back to Auto Gordian Knot and select that VOB file in the “Input Area”. Also select where u want to save the compressed dvd-rip. should look something like the screenshot below.
  8. Select the correct VOB file in the input area, make sure its the file which containts the beginning of the movie

    Select the correct VOB file in the input area, make sure its the file which containts the beginning of the movie

  9. In Auto GK’s window, come down to where it says “Step 3 – Select output size”, select Custom Size and input 700 in the text box in front of that option. like shown below
  10. Enter the 700MB size in the cutom size box

    Enter the 700MB size in the cutom size box

  11. Now click on Advanced options, you’ll see a window like the in the image below, set all your options as the appear in the image. i.e. select the audio quality to 128 kbps (its more than enough for a dvd movie), and select video size to 800 (you can keep it around 768 pixels also +- if you want to), in any case the video size should not be more than the dvd’s video size, as ‘upscaling’ the video size in the rip wont make the quality any more better, anyway take a look at the image below
  12. Selecting between the DivX or XviD plugin is your own choice, if your DVD player has DivX support then choose DivX

    Selecting between the DivX or XviD plugin is your own choice, if your DVD player has DivX support then choose DivX

  13. Now click on ‘Add job’, you’ll see the video address appear in the job queue. Press start and the program will start ripping your dvd.

Please be patient now, since compression is an exhaustive process. It’ll take more than an hour for one DVD to be compressed. You’ll see a DOS prompt window pop-up (that’s for the audio compression algorithms), then you’ll see the DUB window pop up for awhile while Auto Guardian Knot uses it for video compression.

End Result, finally a 700mb DVD rip is generated from the 4GB DVD:

In my example, I used my Saw IV movie DVD, on which the video files were around 3.9GB.  My C2D 2.66GHz cpu with 4GB of DDRII ram took 1 hour 40 minutes to make the 700mb dvd-rip. So while Auto GK is making your dvd-rip, you can do something else in the meanwhile. By the way, here’s how the 702mb DVD-rip quality looks like now, a screen shot of the dvd-rip movie (click on the image to see full size in new window).

SAW IV movie 700MB DVD-rip screen shot, the DVD-rip is made from the Original 4+GB DVD

SAW IV movie 700MB DVD-rip screen shot, the DVD-rip is made from the Original 4+GB DVD, click to see in full size

Now you can save all your DVD movies on your HDD in 700MB dvd-rips form, that’d take very little space compared to if you tried saving the original 4GB+ dvd on your HDD. I hope this guide has helped you in someway.

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28 Responses to “Compressing huge DVD movies to 700mb DVD-rips”

  1. thanks you very much it comppresed my harry potter dvd to 700mb.
    good program

  2. KOOL… do axxo and fxg use the same method.?? i tried it with of my dvd and somehow quality is not that good as compare to axxo’s or fxg’s. it is a little less bright.

  3. No Omar they go through a lot of hassle, they have to deal with the nitty gritty of command line and video editing which requires a lot of time and on the other hand auto GK makes this process very easy for us. I have been using autogk for 2 years and it is best even better than paid softwares, infact a lot better!

  4. I keep getting the error message “Too many pictures per GOP (>=500) DGIndex will terminate” any suggestions?

    should the dvd be run through a decryptor first? DVD43 for example.

  5. Also, I think a good question would be when should you up the output size from 700MB? When doing a movie that is 2hr 15min should 700MB still be the target?


  6. @Scott,
    i’m not sure what can possibly cause that error message. you should probably try ripping the DVD with some dvd-ripper, then try compressing it with the method used in this guide.

    I you want to compress a 2.25 Hrs dvd movie, then i think 1200-1400MBs or 1.4GB size would be good enough to have the same quality as a 1.25Hrs 700mb DVD-rip.

  7. Awesome. Thanks for the help.

    I stay in India
    please help

  9. Suhas, i’m not sure if you mean your hardware or software dvd player.

    if its your TV’s dvd player, it must support xvid/divx movies (its normaly written on the dvd player, most chinese player support divx by default).

    If you are trying to play the movie on your PC, try searching and download K-lite codec pack (the bigger version), it’ll install all required codecs/plugins on your PC so almost all the popular movie formats will work on your pc then.

  10. Its really nice. I am gonna check it at at home.keep it up

  11. Hi guys,

    I’ve downloaded this, and followed the instructions, however, it keeps telling me that ‘the application is in use’, and it stops. Any ideas?


  12. Thanks for the guide. really helped me a lot, time to fit more movies onto a dvd to use in my dvd divx player.

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  14. It works. Very easy to use. thanks.

  15. Hi, thanks for the post. While trying to compress my first movie using this method, I couldn’t get the program to read/recognize any subtitles in the movie file. Any idea on how to do that?

    Well, thanks a lot. Great Blog.

  16. What causes the audio not to be in sync with video?

  17. When trying to select to VOB file I get the message: No video streams were found.
    I can’t seem to do anything. Have tried several DVDs and tried all the VOB files on them. no luck. any ideas anyone? thanks

  18. WOW. You dont know how long I have been looking for this. Not too mention I got a free DVD ripper, I had to pay for my first crappy one (DvdCLoner). THANK YOU SOOO MUCH!!!!

  19. Just wanted to express my deep thanks for the wonderful knowledge you have helped me acquire. The method and program used are very easy and simple to use compared to the other complicated processes I have been trying. Thanks again and God bless you

  20. can i just use this as a compression tool.
    because i have a dvd ripper installed already but the output reaches more than 1GB.

  21. So, for a rip from a DVR on a TV broadcast, 4:3, would you want to match the width to 720 rather than 800? Just checking to when you would want to use a different width depending upon what you are ripping.

    Televisions are of the following resolutions:

    SDTV: 480i (NTSC, 720×480 split into two 240-line fields)
    SDTV: 576i (PAL, 720×576 split into two 288-line fields)
    EDTV: 480p (NTSC, 720×480)
    EDTV: 576p (PAL, 720×576)
    HDTV: 720p (1280×720)
    HDTV: 1080i (1280×1080, 1440×1080, or 1920×1080 split into two 540-line fields)
    HDTV: 1080p (1920×1080 progressive scan)

    most consumer DVD Video discs use either 4:3 or anamorphic 16:9 aspect ratio, stored at a resolution of 720×480 (NTSC) or 720×576 (PAL). Course this is for standard DVD, not HD or blueray.

    Also, does anyone know a good scale to use for width verse size? like if you are doing a 720 width then 700mb is a good size, but if doing 1280 width then ?mb is a good size.

    Knowing this information would be a value and help get the best quality you can without over killing the file size without any improvement.

    Thanks for any info someone can give. Also, this is a great blog, good job.

  22. thanks for the useful info. Only one problem, how to join to files into one.?

  23. Anybody got the subtitels to work? i can`t find any ???

    Plzz help! /Jimmy

  24. Grt Thanks

  25. thanks

  26. I Think axxo and fxg use Virtual Dub for making their rips.
    I don’t know how it works but it’s a good compression software.

    MKVMerge can also be used to rip movies or videos in .mkv format (Matroska Video Format) in very high quality and small size.

  27. before i start by only chossin the start of the movie to the gk then doing step three and the other steps would it pick up all other movie files automaticly and turn them in to 700mb or do we have to do it one by one please reply thanks

  28. Why I can’t download it??

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