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NewsForge: Transcoding and Streaming DVD Films with VLC Media Player

May 05, 2006, 05:30 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Dmitri Popov)

"The VLC media player (VLC) is a versatile tool. It can handle virtually any media file, it can play network streams such as Internet radio stations, and it can stream media contents across the network. But that's not all; VLC can also 'stream' media to a file in a user-defined format, which makes it a handy transcoding tool. The most obvious use of this feature is to backup your film DVDs, a process that VLC makes straightforward. While VLC doesn't support so-called DVD shrinking (fitting a film onto a single-layer DVD or even CD), it's perfectly capable of converting an entire film into a single file that you can play in any media player, including VLC itself..."

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