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Wrapped in the same interface you would find in the Pro version, Leawo Free DVD to AVI Converter is, actually, a taster for its full-featured not free companion. With this tool you will be able to create AVI versions of the VOB files contained in your DVDs. You can choose between one-to-one conversions (one AVI for each VOB file) or creating a single merged AVI file containing the whole movie. Together with its main video re-encoding functionality, this tool offers you the possibility of extracting the soundtrack of any DVD in multiple audio formats.
This flexibility will also allow you to convert specific VOB files or just a fragment of it. Likewise, when needed, you can select which soundtrack, subtitle stream, or angle you would like to have in the AVI file. Though the program includes multiple settings that would allow you to fully customize the output video, most of these options have been disabled. In exchange, you are offered the possibility of upgrading to the commercial fully-functional Pro version. You can try them, and see how they would work, but it is clearly stated that none of those settings will be applied to the converted file.
One thing you can do for sure is to make use of any of the conversion/extraction profiles provided. Video encoding is restricted to AVI files, but these can vary depending on how and where you want to use them. Thus, among others, you will find presets for XviD movies, lossless uncompressed AVI, AVI with DV codec, H.263 AVI files for mobile phones, or specific settings for Archos and iRiver devices. Audio extraction is even more flexible, allowing you to convert any of the DVD’s audio streams into WAV, MP3, MP2, WMA, AC3, or M4A.
Its elegant interface includes a useful viewer, which you can use to check the quality of the original DVD file, or to make sure you have selected the right file to convert, or even to take screenshots of your favorite frames (which you can save in BMP, JPG, or THM).
- Large collection of profiles for controlled output
- Audio extraction capabilities
- Well-structured interface