download dvd to my topshiba laptop

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March 1, 2010 at 10:50:16
Specs: Windows 7
I have windows 7 and a dvd that I want to
download and remake the home movie, it says it
is a .avi.....can this be done? The people I paid to
have this on a dvd says yes, but I am having
problems. Thank you

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March 1, 2010 at 13:17:34
What type of player (Home DVD, PC, Portable) do you plan on playing the movie on when you're done editing? An .avi is a type file that requires a codec to play it back. Thus your editing software would first have to work on those types. Most operating systems have software (generally freeware) to play back on a PC. If you plan on remaking it and watching it on a standard (non-DivX) DVD player, then you'd have to convert it back to a DVD format after editing, or convert it to a different format if you're restricted by a portable player. You could purchase a DivX player (which handles DVD's and other formats) in lieu of finding software to convert back to DVD, mp4 or whatever, but that wouldn't be of much help if you're planning to give the video away to friends (who don't have such a player)...

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March 2, 2010 at 04:44:07
Windows Media Player will play .avi just fine.

Simply insert the DVD while holding down th eleft Shift key until all lights go out on the DVD player itself.

Then use Windows Explorer to view the DVD contents.

Then simply copy the .avi file to your hard drive.

Then use your video editing software to open and edit the file.


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