.mp4 conversion

scotscot Virtuoso
in History Posts: 657

Is anyone here experienced at converting various forms of digital video - .vob etc - into .mp4, and can give me some advice on how to do it? Things I need to know about: a good easy to use program (doesn't have to be a free one), required computer capability, and how to know what the various files on a disc might be. Things like that. I have discovered that over time, discs that I recorded from VHS, in fact most of my "homemade" DVDs will no longer play on my various home DVD players. They'll still play on my computer DVD drive, but who knows how long they'll last as the internal substrate on the disc deteriorates. I have a lot of gypsy jazz video going back 25 years and I don't want to lose it. If you can help please PM me. Many thanks!!



  • billyshakesbillyshakes NoVA✭✭✭ Park Avance - Dupont Nomade - Dupont DM-50E
    Posts: 1,337

    Good luck! I have nothing to offer but my support and well wishes.

  • Russell LetsonRussell Letson Prodigy
    edited May 27 Posts: 360

    I haven't had to mess with this for a while, but for non-commercial (that is, non-copy-protected) DVDs there are quite a few solutions. I refreshed my memory by Googling "convert dvd to mp4 free" and found this three-year old PC Mag article:

    I notice that VLC is mentioned--I've not used its conversion function, but it's otherwise my workhorse video player, and it's been around long enough that any tricky bits are probably documented somewhere on the web.

    There's also this guide (from the Minitool site):

    It's hard to know exactly what to recommend without knowing a bit more about your computing platform (Windows? Mac? Hardware power/age?), but Googling around should give you a good idea of what works. (But watch out for those sponsored links at the top of the search results.)

  • rudolfochristrudolfochrist Worms, GermanyNew Dupont MD-100
    Posts: 141

    Handbrake fulfills all my video conversion needs.

  • bbwood_98bbwood_98 Brooklyn, NyProdigy Vladimir music! Les Effes. . Its the best!
    Posts: 676

    Scott, I've used handbrake for a lot of this as well . .

  • scotscot Virtuoso
    Posts: 657

    Thanks everyone who made suggestions, I'm having some success at this project. Handbrake seems to work quite well.

  • PapsPierPapsPier ✭✭
    Posts: 428

    I did not know about handbrake but vlc worked for me most of the times

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