If you have VTS files from a DVD you decrypted and you’d like to watch your film with Windows Media Player, convert your files to WMV with free software. According to the website Tech FAQ, Microsoft developed WMV files for Internet streaming, although the format also works with hard-drive-based video playback. The WMV file container reduces the size of audio and video files for Web streaming, which also saves hard drive space. With WMV versions of your videos, you can watch them on your PC or your Windows mobile device.
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Download and install the software converter from Koyote. Click “Start” in the lower-left corner of your screen and click “Free Video Converter” to run the program.
Click “Add Files” to search for the VTS files on your hard drive. Open the folder containing the files, and double-click the file with the .IFO suffix (VTS_01.IFO) to add it to the converter.
Click the “Output Path” tab at the bottom of the screen. Click “WMV” in the selection window. Check the box next to “Preview Video” if you’d like to view your conversion in progress. Click “Convert Video.”
Download and install the freeware from the Any Video Converter site. Click “Start” and “AnvSoft” to launch the program.
Click “Add Video” to find the VTS folder on your computer. Open the folder and double-click the .IFO file to add it to the program. Click the “Profile” menu and choose “Customized WMV Movie.”
Click “File” and drag the mouse to “Set Output Folder.” Double-click the file folder where you want to save your WMV file or use the default “Any Video Converter” folder in “My Documents.” Click “OK” and “Convert.”
Download and install the freeware converter from DVD Video Soft. Click the “Start” menu and “Freemake Video Converter” to open the program.
Click “Video” in the upper left corner of the window. Find your VTS folder and double-click the .IFO file to load it in the video editor. Click “to WMV” at the bottom of the window.
Click the “Preset” menu. Choose a video resolution from “320 x 240” to “1920 x 1080,” depending on the size of your screen. Click “Convert.”
Tips and warnings
- Convert VTS files to WMV at the same time as decrypting your DVD. Set the output format of your DVD-ripping software to WMV and click “Rip.”
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