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Offline silverdreams

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« on: July 25, 2015, 01:03:34 AM »
Hello everyone! I'm Sarah, AKA Silver. I live in Chicago, IL. As the title says, I'm new to this site, but certainly not to Watership Down. I'm 30 years old and have loved WD since I was about 6. Years ago I ran a WD RPG. I have a complete set of the Royal Orleans figurines, plus a couple of the plates. I imported the British DVD box set of the television series. That's actually what brings me here. I've started ripping and re-encoding my video collection for my streaming media center, and I'm stuck. The WD TV series DVD's are PAL and interlaced, and I'm trying to figure out how to fix that. I've already tried every possible combination of deinterlacing options available in Handbrake, with unsatisfactory results. I've been trying different filters in Avidemux with no luck so far there, either. Has anyone done this before and found a good solution? If not, in what section of the forum should I create a topic about it?

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« Reply #1 on: July 25, 2015, 08:37:30 AM »
Hello there, silverdreams. Welcome to the warren and have fun here. :)


I don't know how to help you with this issue, but maybe some other forum-member will be able to offer a solution. If you want to create a new topic for this, then I think it would be good to put it in Bluebell's Banter.
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« Reply #2 on: July 25, 2015, 01:49:19 PM »
Hello and welcome to our warren :wave

As Myrkin said, I also suggest to post this question in Bluebell's Banter ;)


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« Reply #3 on: July 25, 2015, 04:31:22 PM »
Welcome to our warren, have a terrific time here :)

(Also, I love your username).
« Last Edit: July 26, 2015, 05:03:47 AM by Silverweed's Claws »

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« Reply #4 on: July 25, 2015, 09:31:54 PM »
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« Reply #5 on: July 26, 2015, 01:47:23 AM »
Hi Silver. :wave

To answer the question, I simply ripped the DVDs using DVD Decrypter (a real old piece of software) and can play the files back using any video player at all.  The one thing you want to watch is your dvd drive--depending on the drive, it may whine that the region codes don't match.  If you get the dvd to load with VLC Portable first, you should have no trouble then using DVD Decrypter or some other software since VLC Portable doesn't care about the region codes and doesn't check them.

If you're looking to re-encode the files once you have the raw VOB files, I could recommend Freemake Video Converter (its free) and under custom settings you could tell it to output 720x480 at 29.97 fps (the standard for the US).  You'll lose quality doing this though, so you be better just keeping the raw decrypted VOB files on your harddrive if you have 32gb of space or so.
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« Reply #6 on: July 26, 2015, 04:36:59 AM »
If you could change the regional code on your dvd-drive, you could also use dvd-shrink.

First change your region code to 2, then open dvd-shrink.

Click "Open DVD", After dvd-shrink analysed it, click "Create Backup". The choose the preferred region code for the backup.


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« Reply #7 on: July 30, 2015, 04:57:32 PM »
Quote from: silverdreams on Jul 24 2015, 09:03:34 PM
Hello everyone! I'm Sarah, AKA Silver. I live in Chicago, IL. As the title says, I'm new to this site, but certainly not to Watership Down. I'm 30 years old and have loved WD since I was about 6. Years ago I ran a WD RPG. I have a complete set of the Royal Orleans figurines, plus a couple of the plates. I imported the British DVD box set of the television series. That's actually what brings me here. I've started ripping and re-encoding my video collection for my streaming media center, and I'm stuck. The WD TV series DVD's are PAL and interlaced, and I'm trying to figure out how to fix that. I've already tried every possible combination of deinterlacing options available in Handbrake, with unsatisfactory results. I've been trying different filters in Avidemux with no luck so far there, either. Has anyone done this before and found a good solution? If not, in what section of the forum should I create a topic about it?
Welcome to the board Sarah! :)