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Well, a few days silence, while I shift operations back to the desktop. Gecko's awaiting delivery of a fresh hard disk, and I have a new amusing paperweight in the form of the old one. The only data casualty I've noticed so far is a cache of emusic downloads which I'd forgotten were being stored in a random folder somewhere. Fortunately, emusic being a civilized and rational mp3 reseller, reobtaining such tracks as I care about shouldn't present major problems.

OK, though -- I am interested in a couple of personal recommendations for two utilities I find myself in need of: a DVD ripper and something which yanks tracks off an ipod. Anyone on XP and using something that works? My needs aren't great -- I'm unlikely ever to be ripping more than 15 minutes at a time, e.g.

In other news, I'm currently drinking about a pint of iced tea and I'd recommend anyone else in the UK to do the same; oh, and going outside barefoot wasn't the smartest idea, either. I was hopping from foot to foot like one of those crazy lizards.

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oxfordhacker
9th Jul, 2010 14:04 (UTC)
I would thoroughly recommend SharePod. You can run it directly from your iPod, and it will cheerfully sort, edit and export your tracks.
cleanskies
10th Jul, 2010 22:37 (UTC)
Thanks! That seems to be working nicely :)
e_pepys
10th Jul, 2010 01:46 (UTC)
Ripper
I use MediaCoder for most A/V operations, since it does nearly everything in one tool. It is probably more cumbersome to use than most, mainly due to the plethora of different de/encoding options. That's what I'd use to make an AVI from the DVD, but there are probably more convenient options.

If you want to rip, but keep the files in DVD format (or burn another copy), then the venerable DVDShrink is easy and works well. As the name suggests, it allows you to shrink the output to fit to burn a DVD+R copy.

Both those tools are free and first on a Google search by their name.
cleanskies
11th Jul, 2010 10:32 (UTC)
Hmmm.It's possible I could hit on the right solution to my problem (5 1/2 minute long Nero Showtime DVD*) by randomly changing settings, but given how many settings there are, that could take a while.

I'll try something else.

*This wasn't my idea.
cleanskies
11th Jul, 2010 10:47 (UTC)
Re: Ripper
Ah-ha, googling "alternative to Mediacoder" did the trick. Thankyou, Xmedia recode !
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