A DVD has two main folders: a Video TS and an Audio TS folder. You may have a stand-alone TS folder stored on your computer, or a DVD you need to rip. Converting your TS folders to AVI requires you to download a program that can read a TS folder's contents and rip all the files to your computer (since no software capable of this comes standard with your PC or Mac computer). These programs include HandBrake, AVS Video Converter and DVD Ripper for Mac. HandBrake is a free program, while AVS and DVD Ripper have free trial periods. Please note that converting DVD quality files to AVI may result in some loss of quality.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Download and install HandBrake, free of charge. Agree to the licensing terms and launch the program.
Click the "Source" button to direct HandBrake to the desired TS folder in the new pop-up window. Highlight the entire folder (or all its contents) and open in HandBrake.
Choose which chapters or tracks you want converted and select "AVI" from the drop-down menu of output format options.
Click the "Browse..." button to choose your file's output destination (where HandBrake will save the file to) and click "Start" to begin converting your TS folder.
Click the "Browse..." button next to "Input File Name" to direct AVS to the TS folder on your computer. Choose to open it in AVS.
Press the "To AVI" button, located in the upper left-hand side of the screen.
Click the "Browse..." button next to "Output File Name" to choose a location on your computer where you want to save your new AVI.
Name your file in the "Output File Name" line and press "Convert Now!" to begin the conversion.
AVS Video Converter
Download and install DVD Ripper. Agree to the licensing terms and open.
Click "Load DVD" and direct DVD Ripper to open the Video TS folder.
Select all the chapters or tracks you want to convert in the program's main screen.
Select "Xvid AVI" from the "Format" drop-down menu, located in the lower left-hand corner of your screen.
Click the "Browse" button under the "Format" menu and set your file's output destination (where DVD Ripper will save the newly converted file). Press the large "Convert" button to begin converting your TS folder.
DVD Ripper for Mac
Tips and warnings
- Please allow several minutes to several hours for conversions to finish. The time it takes is based largely on the size of your input files.
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