Now that studios have all gathered around Blu-ray as the high-definition movie disc format of choice, it’s time for early adopters to consider what to do with their HD DVD movie collection. Of course, one option is to try and unload them on eBay to unwitting buyers. An other is to just keep them, as is, for playback on your shiny, relatively new, HD DVD player. And Wired’s How-To Wiki is now suggesting for enthusiasts to convert their HD DVDs to Blu-ray. The catch: you’ll have to pull out your credit card once again to buy a Blu-ray disc burner for your PC and acquire loads of conversion software (some free, some you have to pay for) so that in the end you’ll have the final result you’re looking for.
However, I say wait and get ready for the next crop of conversion software to rip your HD DVD movies to industry standard h.264 / MPEG-4 AVC video. I wouldn’t be surprise if an application like Handbrake gets this functionality in the near future. But, if you can’t wait, a quick search on Google revealed an excellent guide at Doom9 on how to convert your HD DVD movies, once ripped to a .EVO file, to .mp4.
Popular HD DVD to .EVO conversion tools:
AnyDVD HD (€ 49) any DVDFab HD Decrypter (free)
It’s important to note: Which ever conversion method you choose, (as far as I’m aware) you’ll be losing all interactive features and disc extras that were accessible via the on-screen movie menu guide.
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