Use DVD2AVI to create a reference AVI
Now that we have the vob files, we can load them up into DVD2AVI (homepage). You should check each of the VOB-IDs and see which ones you need. Look at the filenames of the vob files. The number after the V indicate a VOB-ID. Load up each VOB-ID set into DVD2AVI and look at the content. In our example, it ends up with:
The V01 contained the publisher intro sequence so it was cut. This often also cotains FBI warnings and other items which can mess up video/audio sync. V03 contained english credits in alternate angle, which we've replaced with V04 which is the original Japanese credits.
Make note of which VOB-ID you've loaded, as you'll need this info when using VobSub filter.
Select Dolby Digital -> Demux to use original AC3 within AVI.
If you want to use MP3 or WMA, select Decode and turn on normalize. For WMA, you may want to turn on 48->44.1 Khz conversion. (otherwise, you'll need to do this in VirtualDub) You can keep 48khz for MP3.
Check to make sure Japanese audio track is being ripped. It's generally track 2, but some can be track 1 (Cowboy Bebop) or in Mononoke Hime's case track 4. You can check this using SmartRipper and most home DVD player sets.
Check other settings (such as iDTC). When set to go, do File -> Save Project. This will create a D2V and a WAV/AC3 file.
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