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forty-two is the definitive tool for MacOS X for converting a DVD into either an avi DivX movie, a folder of ready to burn bin/cues for VCDs and SVCDs or a ready to burn .iso DVD disk image.

File size:8.8MB
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  Latest version:
1.6.2 (November 28, 2003)

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Supported operating systems:
Mac OS

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DVD to SVCD - Read
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Simply does not work!!! Will someone please create something that will work with Mac OSX!!

Posted July 04, 2004 by . Tool version 1.6.2 using OS MacOSX
Ease of use 1 of 10 Functionality 1 of 10 Value for money 1 of 10 Overall score 1 of 10

In order for disappointment to be truly devastating, first grand promises have to be made. Forty Two manages both sides of this depressing equation masterfully. It appears to do everything you need: rip, convert, and prep your DVDs. It offers a slick setup interface, several nice adjustable options, support for subtitles, etc.

Then you run it, wait about 15 hours, and get an empty folder. Woohoo! I have been around the bend with this program and I canNOT get it to do anything. I have RTFM, I have installed the supporting applications, I have ensured that my directories don't have spaces in their names, etc ad nauseum.


I will probably not be able to discourage you from enduring the pain that is Forty Two. If you have a need, there really isn't anything else out there in the Mac world that offers one-click DVD->VCD functionality. You're going to want to try it. I just hope you have better luck than I had.

Worst of all, this program appears to be the side project of a very busy person, perhaps two people. Don't expect any updates, support, or answers.

Posted January 26, 2004 by . Tool version 1.6 using OS MacOSX
Ease of use 10 of 10 Functionality 1 of 10 Value for money 1 of 10 Overall score 4 of 10

Oops. Neglected to mention in my last post that MPEG2 Works requires you to first rip the VOBs off the DVD which can be done quite easily with 0SeX. Forty-Two, on the other hand, does both ripping and transcoding.

Still, MPEG2 Works should be examined and considered seriously as one of the essentials in your toolbox.

Posted November 29, 2003 by . Tool version 1.6.2 using OS MacOSX
Ease of use 10 of 10 Functionality 9 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 10 of 10

DL'd the latest version (v1.6.2) and installed per the directions. RTFM! Without the required supplemental programs installed, Forty-Two will not work and will simply error out.

I never used Forty-Two in Jaguar (10.2.x) but just tried this latest version in Panther (10.3.1). Prepare to wait a while for the results. It took a little over 5 1/2 hours to rip a 1.75 hour DVD. When it was finished, the folder in which the finished mpegs should reside was empty. The intermediate ".avi" files was also gone. I've contacted the author about this.

Luckily, the two separate streams (audio and video) were still there and, once multiplexed (using the excellent MPEG2 Works from Serbian), were perfectly in sync and the quality was superb. The mux'ing process is pretty short so it's not too much of an inconvenience. Hopefully, Forty-Two's author will resolve the "disappearing files" issue. I don't know if this is something that was introduced with v1.6.2 or if it's due to my running under Panther.

Why would I use Forty-Two instead of MPEG2 Works? When I have DVDs with subtitles which MPEG2 Works does not support (yet).

Posted November 28, 2003 by . Tool version 1.6.2 using OS MacOSX
Ease of use 10 of 10 Functionality 8 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 9 of 10

Tried this program with several DVD's. It couldn't see anything. It couldn't find anything. It went to a "ripping" progress bar which didn't progress for hours. Checking around several other Mac forums, many other people have had the same result. Now, I notice that the producers of this non-functional product are selling shareware "upgrades" of the program with supposed added features. Guys, until you get the freeware version working, you shouldn't even try to sell anything based on this product. (Using a 400 mHz G4 with Sawtooth motherboard, 512 megs memory, oodles of disk space. Comparative slowness I could handle; nonfunctionality I can't.) As the ratings go, it was really easy to use - it just doesn't DO anything.

Posted September 22, 2003 by . Tool version 1.5 using OS MacOSX
Ease of use 8 of 10 Functionality 1 of 10 Value for money 2 of 10 Overall score 3 of 10

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