If you’re like me, you start too many prologues with the phrase “if you’re like me”. Apart from that, you probably own many movies but hate getting up and reaching for the DVDs when you want to watch one. Well, you’re in luck, because I’m about to teach you how to copy them to your computer and compress them using XviD so they take up less space.

For this howto you will need two programs, DVD Decrypter, which you can get from Doom9, and Auto Gordian Knot. A good piece of software I always recommend is the Combined Community Codec Pack, it will allow you to play most media formats in existence today (or, the VLC player is equally good). Install all the software and move on to the next step.

So, to begin, you should copy the movie to your hard disk using DVD Decrypter, as illustrated below (you need Macromedia Flash to see the animations).

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After you have copied the movie, you have to compress it using AutoGK, as shown below.

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That’s all there was to it. Happy watching!