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How to use DVD Fab for ripping DVDs for the Sansa View

OK First off I want to say I'm no expert.  Everything I'm posting is what I learned by expermenting with the DVD Fab program and what I found has worked very well on my Sansa View.  To start with you will need the DVD Fab program which you can get at www.dvdfab.com.  I am using the latest version of DVD Fab Platinum. 

First you need insert your DVD and open your DVD Fab program.  Once you have done that you need to click where it says DVD to Mobile.

Now you need to click on the iPod / iPhone option.  At the top where it says target you need to select a folder where you want your video to go or use what ever default folder that the program use.  You will also see where it says Subpicture, this is the subtitles.  If you don't want the subtitles in your video then uncheck this option.  Now you need to click on Next.

Now you will see the DVD title shown.  Click on Coversion Settings.

Now click on Advanced Resolution Settings.

Now under Resolution List make sure you select Supported by Device.  On the Resolution setting make sure you set that to 320 x 240.  Next select Crop Settings at the bottom.  (Sorry I forgot to arrow that one)

If you select Automatic your video will fill the screen of your Sansa View.  Some people may not like it that way because it streaches your video a little to make it fill the screen such as if you are using a widescreen format DVD.  Some people may not like that setting because it streaches the video to fit the screen.  It is all a matter of your personal like or dislike.  If you want to to stay in the original format then check the Disabled option.  Now click on OK .

Now I leave the Video Format set to Fixed Bitrate.  Under the Split option if you want your video split into chapters then you can select it to do that.  If I am just doing a regular movie then I set this option to No Split.  If I am doing a DVD with several shows like I did one of the Three Stooges or some I had of music videos or episodes of Beavis and Butthead then I set this option to Split Chapters.  This way I will have each episode as a seperate video.  I set the framerate to 30 fps.  I then set the Audio Format Bitrate to 128 kbps and the Channel to Stereo.  Then I make sure my frame Resolution is set at 320 x 240.  Now click OK.

Now this screen will appear and show that your DVD is now converting.  After this process is done then I just take the finished video and drag and drop it in the video folder on the Sansa View.  I hope this works well for everyone and I hope that I explained it well enough.  If anyone has any questions or comments feel free to contact me.

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June 18, 2009 10:55 AM

I have an older version of dvd fab platinum which does not have all the dvd to mobile selections that is in the article. My selections are like generic, Ipod, and psp.

I am going to try and see if I can do the same thing with my version as it has done here.

June 19, 2009 11:20 AM

I misread this article that it was for the view and not my fuze.
My older dvd fab platinum does not have all the adjustments that the one on the article does but it did work on the fuze after the encode was redone by the SMC. I still have audio/video sync issues, The first part of Star Wars EP3, AUDIO/SYNC are fine but a little ways into the film the sync is off. Could be my computer or the old software is not up to the task.

June 24, 2009 12:57 PM updated: June 26, 2009 4:36 PM

UPDATE. I did 2 things to add to the process for my FUZE. I downloaded Divx for Windows and Any Video Converter ( free edition) I ripped my movie with dvd fab 3, used the settings that I had that matched up to this article, then I had the file converted with any video converter( I used avi format and the same specs for video/audio from the article. I transferred the converted file to my fuze with sansa media converter. When I played the file back on my Fuze, it flashed a small DIVX symbol in the lower corner for a few seconds but all audio/video were in sync throughout the film.

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