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Date Posted: 05/01/05 Sun
You can use download software which will solely convert DVDs (such as PocketDVD Studio, mentioned above). However, you could also look to get two separate tools- a DVD ripper, and a format converter (for example, PocketDivXEncoder). The quality will largely depend upon the codec you use (DivX / XviD are the most common), and upon the output file size- obviously, if you are cramming a couple of gbs of data onto a 128mb SD card, you are going to lose a lot of the quality, whereas if you can afford to spare an entire 512mb card per film, the quality will be much better.
In terms of playback, I'd be tempted to have a look at Picard's latest offering, CoreCodec- I am a huge fan of his WM player, BetaPlayer, and a sure that CC will develop into an equally powerful application. An alternative would be MMPlayer. Kinoma is also a possibility, but, as far as I know, this will only convert into a proprietary format, which tends to be comparatively large.
It may take some time to come up with a formula that works for you- you have to balance framesize, framerate and audio quality, all against output size. High-quality video playback is processor intensive, and dropped frames are a nuisance.
My final comment would be just to keep aware of possible legal implications- in the UK at least, you are not allowed to rip and copy a DVD for playback on a PDA, although I am sure that this is a risk many people take. Just a heads-up, really.
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