AutoGK (Auto Gordian Knot)
A very simple and powerfull tool for making dvd rips. AutoGK comes with almost all that youll need to create excellent quality backups of your DVDs.
This program puts the VOB files onto your hard drive, and in the process breaks the encryption and Macrovision protection which DVDs have, and which is illegal in many countries. Youll have to get it and install it yourself.
But the AutoGK Installer will install everything else that you need. Just designate a folder for the installation, and everything will be taken care of. Optional programs include the XviD Encoder, AviSynth, and VobSub.
If you already have the most recent versions of them, then you dont need to install them again. If you dont already have them, arent sure if you have them, or have no idea what they are, then go ahead and install them. Youll need them for your encoding.
1. DVD/VOBs(unencrypted from hdd), MPEG2, MPEG1, transport streams (including multi-program ones) and AVI/DV input sources
2. XviD or DivX(5/6) output formats
3. AC3, DTS, PCM, MPA input audio tracks
4. AC3, DTS, MPA, CBR/VBR MP3 output audio tracks
5. two audio tracks in AVI
6. external (vobsub) or internal (burnt-in) subtitles (with support of forced subs)
7. HDTV input/output resolutions(upto 1920x***) and frame rates (50/60fps)
8. automatic crop and resize based on compressibility of the source to achieve best results
9. automatic detection of input source: PAL, NTSC, FILM, HYBRID
10. automatic deinterlacer and IVTC
11. automatic split into CD-sized chunks for main video and external subs
This software product was tested thoroughly and was found absolutely clean, therefore it can be installed with no concern by any computer user. However, it should be noted that this product will be retested periodically and the award may be withdrawn, so you should check back on this page from time to time.
Hello, and welcome to Auto Gordian Knot (from here on known as AutoGK). We hope you'll enjoy using it, and that you'll learn to back up your DVDs or captures easily and with good quality, to be played in your DVD/MPEG4 player, or on your computer, or perhaps from your computer to your TV set through a TV out on your graphics card.
Before getting started, there are some things you should know. First and foremost is that the laws of different countries vary when it comes to backing up your personally owned DVDs. But almost none allow the backing up of borrowed or rented DVDs. So please familiarize yourself with the laws of your own country regarding the backing up of DVDs. Once more to make this perfectly clear; this guide will take you through the process of backing up your personally owned DVD disks and it was not written to be used for piracy. The author assumes that you own the DVD and that you will be using the copy for your own personal use. It is illegal to even give away copies of movies with copyrighted material. The author does not take any responsibility for the illegal use of this guide or of AutoGK.
Enough of that unpleasantness. We'll keep this as simple as possible, and assume that you've never done this before. Next we'll tackle the hardware and software requirements.
You'll need a computer with either a DVD-ROM or a DVD burner. CD-ROMs can't read DVDs. In addition, you'll need lots of hard drive space, up to as much as 10 GBs per movie. This will vary, depending on the total size of the VOB files (the files that make up the DVD), the number of CDs you're going for, whether or not you're converting the audio to MP3, and a few other things. But nothing is worse than spending all that time to do the encoding, and then running out of space when the final .avi is being written.
So, how powerful of a computer will you need As powerful as possible. It's possible to do this with a 500 MHZ processor, but the total time involved may be as much as 24 hours, depending on a number of factors. A 1 GHZ processor may take up to 12 hours. An Intel 2.4 GHZ processor may take a total of 5-6 hours or so, and the fastest of today's processors may take 3-4 hours. But there are other variables involved, including the length of the movie, the resolution at which you're encoding, how your system is set up, so these are by no means hard and fast rules.
In addition, the quality and amount of RAM is an important factor. Make sure that your computer is as stable as possible. Overclockers, especially, should be aware of this. The fact that you can play Counter-Strike all day with no problems means nothing when it comes to video encoding. There is very little that you can do on a computer that stresses it as much as video encoding. One sign of an unstable computer is if the audio or video encoding causes the computer to crash at random places; that is, at different places during subsequent attempts. These crashes may take the form of a complete freeze up, a blue screen, or a reboot. The cause is often heat buildup, but it may also be brought about by CPU or memory problems, or something more obscure.
These problems don't just happen to those people that build their own computers. Many "store-bought" computers may also have these problems. It's not really our responsibility to diagnose and fix computer hardware instabilities. If you suspect CPU problems, you might run Prime95 to test the CPU. If you suspect memory problems, then you might run MemTest86 to test the memory. If you suspect overheating, then take the case cover off of your computer and run a table fan blowing towards the CPU while encoding. If you can get through the encoding when doing that, but couldn't before, then heat buildup is probably the problem.
The solutions might include checking to see if the CPU is seated properly, putting on some fresh heat sink paste, installing more fans, or, if overclocked, turning down the OC or the RAM settings. Both Intel and AMD processors work well for video encoding. Apple computers can't be used with AutoGK. In sum, use the fastest CPU that you can afford, have high quality memory, and lots of it. Lockups and crashes, if they occur, are almost certainly the fault of your computer. AutoGK and the programs it uses have been tested thoroughly and used, in many cases for years, by many thousands of people. These warnings aren't meant to scare you away from video encoding, but just so you'll understand if something does happen. The chances are excellent that you'll sail through this.
AutoGK comes with almost all that you'll need to create excellent quality backups of your DVDs. If you choose to use the DivX 5.2.1 Codec, you'll have to get and install that as well (link at bottom). But the AutoGK Installer will install everything else that you need. Just designate a folder for the installation, and everything will be taken care of. Optional programs include the XviD Coder/Decoder, AviSynth, and VobSub. If you already have the most recent versions of them, then you don't need to install them again (although with regarding of codecs - AutoGK is meant to work only with codecs that are bundled with it or mentioned in this tutorial or FAQ. Newer versions of codecs are not automatically supported, so only use them if you know for sure that they work with AutoGK). If you don't already have them, aren't sure if you have them, or have no idea what they are, then go ahead and install them. You'll need them for your encoding.
The license of this software is Freeware, you can free download and free use this dvd utility software.