This guide will show you ho to use a new tool from SlySoft called CloneDVD Mobile to convert normal PC files to play back on Creative ZEN Vision players (creative players capable of video playback). This is commercial software from the same company that brought us CloneDVD, AnyDVD and CloneCD, so the sheer respect for this company on the forums is a testament to their products. CloneDVD Mobile has a unique ability to make these conversions, which seem impossible to most users at first, very easy and straight forward.
What are the capabilities of CloneDVD mobile?
CloneDVD Mobile can open a DVD folder stored on your Hard Disk Drive and then give you an option of what you want to convert to MP4. Besides supporting converting for Creative Players, it can also output video for a Sony PlayStation Portable (PSP), iAudio X5, iPods, Windows Mobile SmartPhones and more.
One possible problem for users however, is that CloneDVD Mobile, like CloneDVD 2, cannot handle copy protected DVDs. For this reason, most retail DVDs have to be decrypted and "ripped" before you can open them with CloneDVD Mobile.
A word about DVD Ripping
The AfterDawn Administration was forced to remove content that provided details on copy protection circumvention (even though they were meant for use while making legal backups and other processes protected by fair use) and tools that were capable of circumvention to comply with Finnish copyright laws that went into effect on January 1st 2006. For this reason, this guide cannot provide you with in depth details of using such software to rip DVDs and assumes that your DVD is already unprotected (or already ripped) to your HDD. For more information, please read http://www.afterdawn.com/guides/archive/afterdawn_guides_copyright_law.cfm.
If you would like to know a little more about the copy protection found on 99% of retail DVDs, check out our Glossary entry for Content Scrambling System (CSS).
Introduction & Requirements
CloneDVD Mobile - You can get a trial of this software from AfterDawn, but to buy the fully unlocked software, visit the SlySoft homepage. Our users swear by the quality of SlySoft products, which are affordable to pretty much everybody, and you can always rely on free updates to keep the products in line with advances in technology.
This guide assumes that you can at least transfer the videos to your Creative player using the software you got with it. That part isn't covered in this guide, just the conversion so you can make video files capable of being played on a Creative player.
I recommend that for long conversions you disable any screensavers or scheduled tasks. Scheduled tasks could include virus scans, updaters, malware scans etc. These could slow down the conversion to a crawl.
Written by: James Delahunty