The best program for converting dvds to Xvid/DivX (or reencoding avis). It is designed for beginners in mind and it can't get any easier than this - plus it's free!
I own Mediatek based standalone player and still get some smearing artefacts on my avis (using MTK/Sigma support in hidden options) so I use ESS option instead and with it picture is perfect on my player.
I highly recommend this program to anyone wishing to backup dvds fast without wanting to learn more complicated stuff about video conversion.
AutoGK (Auto Gordian Knot) 2.20 stable on 13 November 2005, reviewed by: steve
I want to take back what I wrote about AutoGK earlier. It is nothing short of excellent. It's only fault is, as I discovered, is that it does not halt the program when an error is discovered.
AutoGK is a front end for a variety of programs including VirtualDUB, DGIndex and LAME. One of these programs, Azid.exe detected an error using a CRC check which was the cause of the delay in the audio that I noted before. The cause of this error was that the VOB files on my hard drive had become scrambled, possibly through copying from a badly scratched original. The solution to the problem was to rip the DVD again but with Smartripper rather than DVD Decrypter.
Another problem I noted was that changing the output resolution from Auto Width to 720 caused the movie to play back jerkily so it is best to stick to Auto Width. The auto output audio type for two CD output sizes is AC3 so it is OK to change to constant bitrate MP3 which leaves more space for video.
I cannot rate this program too highly. It is the answer to all your DVD ripping prayers and it is equal to anything you could pay money for.
AutoGK (Auto Gordian Knot) 2.13 beta on 02 August 2005, reviewed by: Motorcycleboy
At first this program seemed like a DVD rippers dream come true because it is a no-brainer that works every time. However there is a flaw that makes it useless. This is the sound being out of sync with the video. I tried to correct this after finishing the output file using VirtualDUB but I received an error message saying that there was no suitable audio decompresor installed. I am using divX521 and Radium MPEG Layer 3 with Media Player Classic. I have tried Xmpeg and MPG Convert but they don't work either. The latest Flaskmpeg crashes all the time so the only free option left is the incredibly slow Flaskmpeg 0.58.
It seems to me that unless you are willing to pay for this kind of software you are going to get rubbish.
AutoGK (Auto Gordian Knot) 2.13 beta on 18 July 2005, reviewed by: Pakal
Look in the AutoGK FAQ :
"5.10 During install of AutoGK my antivirus software picked up file dae.exe/dae.dll and reported it as a trojan. Is it really infected?
- no, its an adware package that is bundled with the installer (see disclaimer during installation). Search the forum for more info - it has been extensively discussed already. *Update* versions 1.96 / 2.08+ are no longer bundled with DAE.