AVI is a high-quality type of video file that is uncompressed, which allows it to retain its high quality. While this isn't the type of file you would typically upload to sites like YouTube, it is a good starting point for creating your own video files. To turn your DVD into an AVI, a couple of connections will get you up and running in no time.
Locate the output ports on your DVD player. These will be on the back, color-coded yellow, red and white and be labeled output. Insert the RCA wires into these ports using the appropriate color coding. Insert the other ends of the RCA wires into the input ports on the Digital Video Converter (DVC) using the same color-coding.
Locate the Firewire port on your computer. This will be small, rectangular and have two indented corners. It might also be labeled "1394." Insert one end of the Firewire cable into this port, then insert the other into the digital output of your DVC.
Plug your DVC into a power outlet, and set to analog in. This will allow your DVC to receive a signal from your DVD player.
Open your movie-making software and set it to capture from an external device. Choose your DVC as the source. Start the capture and your DVD simultaneously. Allow the DVD to finish, then stop the capture. Most movie-making software does not ask you what type of file you would like to save your movie as it does during the capture process, but if it does, choose AVI.
Follow the instructions of your movie-making software to finalize the movie. Have the software save it as an AVI.
- If your computer does not have a Firewire port, you can install a Firewire port for your desktop or laptop. These are readily available at most computer parts stores, including Amazon.com.
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