Extracting video from a DVD gives you VIDEO_TS files, which occupy a lot of hard drive space and won't play in some video players or cellphones. By converting VIDEO_TS files to AVI, XviD or DivX, you can keep only the main DVD feature and discard the extras to save room. AVI, or Audio Video Interleave, acts as a file container for a video codec such as DivX or Xvid. Free video converters for Mac allow you to convert, compress and resize your digital video.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Visit ffmpegx.com to download the latest version of the free XviD and DivX encoder. Install and launch FFMPEGX.
Click "Open" to search for VIDEO_TS folders on your computer. Click a folder to select it, and click "Choose" to load the folder in the converter.
Click the "Video Codec" menu. Click "XviD Encoder" or "DivX Encoder," depending on your preference. Both video formats will create an AVI file.
Click "Encode." The conversion progress displays in the "Progress" window.
Visit trac.handbrake.fr to download the Mac OS X version of the free conversion software. Double-click the DMG file and install Handbrake.
Run Handbrake. Click "Source" in the upper left corner of the screen. Search your hard drive for VIDEO_TS folders and double-click a folder to see its contents.
Double-click the IFO file inside the VIDEO_TS folder. The IFO file has the file name "VIDEO_TS_01," and adding this file to Handbrake loads the entire video in the converter.
Click "Profile." Choose "Xvid" or "DivX" from the menu. Click "Start" to convert the video or click "Add to Queue" to create a list of several videos to convert together.
Visit 4easysoft.com to download the Mac XviD and DivX converter. Install and launch the converter.
Click "Add Video" and add the IFO file from a VIDEO_TS folder. Click "Preferences" and choose "Xvid" or "DivX" as your output format.
Click "Effect" to open the video-editing preferences menu. Drag the sliders up or down to adjust the brightness, contrast and saturation of your video.
Click the blue arrow button in the lower right corner of the screen to start the conversion.
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Tips and warnings
- Convert VIDEO_TS files in the background while working in other applications. According to the FFMPEGX website for Mac OS X-compatible Unix open-source video and audio processing tools, Mac OS X uses processing resources as needed and will not crash.
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