I want to rip some dvd movies off the disks and put them on the hard drive, in a playable format obviously. I do not however want each movie to take up the full 4GB if picture quality can be preserved half decently.
I'd imagine what I'm asking is there any good free way to get a DVD into the necessary MPEG 4 AVC/SP file format?
I don't know of a one step solution, but to get your file size down, use DVD Shrink. You can shrink the entire DVD or just the main movie. A small loss of quality but if saving space is what you're after, this should do the job.