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FairUse is a DVD backup software designed to be very easy to use. It makes turning DVD into high quality DivX, XviD, H264 avi or mp4 files a breeze by guiding you in a step-by-step "wizard" interface. Conversion profiles for Apple TV, iPod, iPhone, PS3, Xbox 360, Tivo, Zune and standalone DivX DVD players.

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Version:3D R2 History
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  Latest version:
3D R2 (August 21, 2012)


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The lite version is free, if you want all features it costs $30 or download the old free full version 2.8 here(ADWARE!).


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DVD to AVI/DivX/XviDDVD to MP4/MKV/H264Portable/Mobile/PSP/iPod

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Version history / Release notes / Changelog:
3D R2
Fixed:
- fixed loss of focus when defining file size on the encoding screen.
- fixed an IFO parsing bug which would result in mixing content across chains

Added:
- Now works on Windows 8!

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Alternative to FairUse Wizard:
AutoGK
HandBrake
SimpleDivX
StaxRip
XviD4PSP



Guides and How to's:
DVD to iPod with subtitles burned into mp4 format using FairUse Wizard - Read
How to Backup DVD's for your GM PhatNoise MiniVan - Read
How to convert DVD TV episodes to AVI Xvid or MP4 H264 with optional subtitles - Read
How to convert DVD with FairUse Wizard to MKV with VC1 & AC3 - Read
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Acronyms / Also Known As:
FUW

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I should have noted that in my files, the audio/video is not synced when .avi is the output. Like I said, the syncing is fine when the show is watched from the beginning, but when cueing, the audio stream is hopelessly lost. This is with DivX...
WinAmp seems to be able to handle this, I guess it interleaves the file when it's loaded (if I'm using the word correctly)...
If anyone



Posted May 22, 2011 by . Tool version 2.3d using OS Windows 7
Ease of use 7 of 10 Functionality 7 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 8 of 10


Solving problems of asynchrony in DVD files:

1) PgcDemux --> Joining VOBs
2) DVDAuthorgui --> File --> Creat ISO after Authoring

or

1) tsMuxeR --> Demux
2) DVDAuthorgui --> File --> Creat ISO after Authoring

or

Single process... Download DVD Shrink
1) Open DVD Shrink -> Edit -> Preferences -> Output Files -> uncheck the last two items
- Split VOB files into 1GB size chunks (recommended)
- Logical remapping of enabled streams.

2) Then click the tab Re-author
In "DVD Browser" find the DVD folder with VOB files.

3) Find the directory with the files on DVD

4) The VOB will appear aggregated into a single file -> click 2x on the file.

5) Double click "Title 1" to create the DVD file structure
The file is totaled transported to the window to the side.

6) In the Compression Settings tab -> Video -> change to No Compression

7) File tab -> click Backup ...
Once you open the window DVD Backup -> Target Device tab -> under Select backup target: leave as "ISO Image File"
Choose the destination to save the ISO image.



Posted May 21, 2011 by . Tool version 3D using OS Windows 7 64-bit
Ease of use 10 of 10 Functionality 10 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 10 of 10


I have one problem with FairUse Wizard, which I've had with multiple machines: the fact that the audio is not correctly synced with the video. If I watch a show from the beginning it plays through fine with no problems, but if I try to cue or skip ahead, the audio is hopelessly out of sync, never to be gotten back, and the only fix is to watch it from the beginning again.
Now, the playing software makes a difference-- if I use WinAmp it can be cued or paused, but with DivX-- even the very latest versions, this syncing problem is terrible.
Can anyone come up with a suggestion, perhaps alternative encoding software?
Thanks ahead...



Posted May 21, 2011 by . Tool version 3d using OS Windows 7
Ease of use 10 of 10 Functionality 6 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 7 of 10


I emailed FairUse explaining my problem of not seeing the correct chapter,not expecting a reply or to be told the problem is at my end.
Well I got a reply the next day asking for the logfile which I duly sent. The following day Fairuse (thats how he/she signs the email) directed me to a French download site to try out a new version of the FU exe file.

I did and it worked! I swapped the exe files around to make sure it wasn't a happy coincidence and tested it on some other dvds. It worked perfectly.
Expect a FairUse upgrade soon.
I'm impressed



Posted September 30, 2010 by . Tool version 2.11b using OS WinXP
Ease of use 10 of 10 Functionality 8 of 10 Value for money 9 of 10 Overall score 9 of 10


I agree with the poster below. Every version since 2.9 has had problems selecting the main chapter. I find about 1 in 5 dvds to be like this.

I really like this program but this bug is driving me mad.
I have reloaded 2.9 from here but I've lost access to the fully paid up version now!!!



Posted September 22, 2010 by . Tool version 2.9 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 10 of 10 Functionality 5 of 10 Value for money 5 of 10 Overall score 6 of 10


i love this program but the newest version (1.10le) is a bit buggy (will not read certain chapters of some disks/isos)
i dont know if this also applies to the full version.
i uninstalled it and reinstalled version 2.9le and it is great

the ONLY thing that this program is missing is an option to add jobs, so that you could initiate multiple movies and leave it running for a day



Posted June 11, 2010 by . Tool version 2.10le using OS Vista
Ease of use 9 of 10 Functionality 8 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 9 of 10


this software is wonderful, it maybe getting old, but it is still far superior in quality to nearly all other converters out there (ASP codecs only, NOT AVC codecs)

to achieve maximum quality, you need to put the Quality Slider in options to MAX

[Encoding Speed] mode,

be warned, maximum quality will push the DivX/Xvid codec to it's very limit (DivX seems to be able to be pushed more than Xvid) and in doing so will sigificantly slow the encode down,

if you set the Quality slider to MAX, then encoding will take 3 times as long, but the quality will be well worth it,

and for the record, AutoGK doesn't come close to fairuse wizard in sense of quality, AutoGK as said by the developer himself does a compressibility check, and balances quality vs speed,
in other words, AutoGK will not push the codec to it's limit just to gain an extra 15% in quality but adding 85 to 150% in encoding time, AutoGK was not designed for maximum quality, that's what GKnot was for.

it should be said though, AutoGK is a lot older than Fairuse Wizard,
also Fairuse wizard allows direct control of codec settings, and has a quality slider setting which manipulates the codec mode DivX and Xvid has many variables and settings that can be adjusted, fairuse wizard can adjust settings to the codecs to achieve a higher quality video but at a significant cost to encoding time.

AutoGK DOES NOT have the ability for the user to control encoder quality settings, this is decided by AutoGK, which always takes into account encoding speed.



Posted April 27, 2010 by . Tool version 2.9 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 10 of 10 Functionality 7 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 9 of 10
Guides: http://www.dvd-guides.com/content/view/160/59/ http://www.dvd-guides.com/content/view/34/59/


I always wanted to get this to work for me but it never did, no matter which tool I used for ISO images eg PowerISO or MagicISO etc it just would not read images unless the dvd had been ripped by DVD Decrypter. A shame it would not read stored dvd2s off one's hard disc. A very limited tool now and the audio boost feature just overamplifies audio to the point of clipping, plus converting from your DVDROM drive all the time does it no good. VERY OVERRATED software and contrary to popular belief it does not produce better quality looking avi's than good old AutoGK.


Posted April 26, 2010 by . Tool version 2.9 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 3 of 10 Functionality 2 of 10 Value for money 1 of 10 Overall score 2 of 10


Used it for years, never had a problem.


Posted March 15, 2010 by . Tool version 2.9 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 8 of 10 Functionality 10 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 10 of 10


Crashes with message 'Pass Handling Error'


Posted March 14, 2010 by . Tool version 2.8 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 1 of 10 Functionality 1 of 10 Value for money 1 of 10 Overall score 1 of 10


Great tool indeed! Used it for 3 movie-backups so far (.avi/XViD) and even in two-pass mode - template "encoding speed" selected - speed and quality are awesome on my system: 1.8 Ghz Intel Pentium 4, 512 MB RAM, 80 GB HDD. A 1:42 h movie took less than three hours in two-pass(!) mode, result veeery satisfying.
Picture is crisp and in addition there seems to be a subtle color-adjustment taking place(?) that makes those movies look better on the TV-screen (mpeg4-certified standalone) as well as on the CRT. I give it a 9 for 'Ease of Use', since I think for experienced users like myself it is really easy, but newbies might get confused, if unchecking "automatic mode" (am using German translation, correct English term used in the app might be slightly different.)



Posted May 18, 2008 by . Tool version 2.8 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 9 of 10 Functionality 10 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 10 of 10


I've recently evaluated FairUse 2.8 and HandBrake 0.9.2 for my DVD to H264 conversion. Conclusion is that I will use FairUse at the moment and wait for HandBrake to improve on its usability in Windows. Some advantages of FairUse over HandBrake:
1. Automatic detection of telecine or interleave content.
2. Preview window for cropping and checking of subtitle. HandBrake do not have a preview window for Windows.
3. Using the "H264/AAC/MP4, Slow" profile and quality setting, the speed of conversion is slightly faster than HandBrake quality preset.
4. Appears to be more stable than HandBrake.

Disadvantages of FairUse:
1. Cannot convert DVD files on hard disk rip by other programs, e.g. DVDFab Decrypter. You have to convert the DVD-Video files to an iso image before FairUse can read it.
2. Limited documentation and community support. HandBrake on the other hand has great documentation and forum support.
3. HandBrake seems to be more actively developed.



Posted April 14, 2008 by . Tool version 2.8 using OS Vista
Ease of use 9 of 10 Functionality 8 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 9 of 10


With this new version (2.8) that adds xbox 360, ps3, etc. functionality, Fairuse Wizard is simply awesome. No hiccups, hangups or any problem at all. I encoded 2 movies for the xbox 360, and the quality is superb. While no program is perfect, this one comes close.


Posted March 11, 2008 by . Tool version 2.8 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 9 of 10 Functionality 9 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 9 of 10


excellent program worked perfectly all the time. It would be very nice if it can take DVD directory from hard disk. If possible file mode like Auto GK.


Posted August 03, 2007 by . Tool version 2.6 using OS Vista
Ease of use 10 of 10 Functionality 8 of 10 Value for money 8 of 10 Overall score 9 of 10


Updated FairUse Wizard to version 2.6. Used DVDFab Decrypter to rip main movie to ISO file.Converted movie to 700Mb avi file using the internal x264 codec. Amazing quality result. This program rocks


Posted July 04, 2007 by . Tool version 2.6 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 10 of 10 Functionality 10 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 10 of 10


Celtic Druid's 2.6 Version works perfectly fine on Vista.

Did over 3 continuous days of coding of 8 films (lil slow computer).

needs external x.264 codec (recommended anyway to use the latest)
NOTE: uses vfw x264. latest (r654) has good visual improvement over the build included in FUW2.5





Posted May 22, 2007 by . Tool version 2.6 using OS Vista
Ease of use 8 of 10 Functionality 7 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 8 of 10


Celtic Druid's version 2.6 doesn't contain trojan.
Great program, better than AutoGK (sync issues, expecially with stand alone players)).

1) Rip with DvdFabDecrypter
2) Make .iso with dvdshrink using NO COMPRESSION (less than 10 minutes)
3) Make xvid with FairUse.



Posted May 21, 2007 by . Tool version 2.6 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 8 of 10 Functionality 9 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 9 of 10


This is an excellent program which delivers quality results in your conversions. I compared the output from this program with that of AutoGK, and I have to admit the results from FairUse Wizard were superior. The video was sharper, and retained better detail overall. I honestly can't think of a better program than this if you want to make high quality Divx or Xvid files.


The only gripe I have is that if your source files are stored on your hard drive, FairUse wants them to be in the ISO format. This is unfortunately completely unnecessary. All this does is to add a needless extra step and is a complete waste of time. I have DVD compliant videos stored on my drive and whenever I want to compress them into an Xvid or Divx avi format, I am first forced to bundle these files into the ISO format.

I find this extra step, which FairUse requires, useless, burdensome, and extremely irritating. No other DVD to avi converting programs out there require this unnecessary and ridiculous step.

I gave this program an 8. It would have earned a 10 from me if they had dropped the ISO source file requirement and let me load DVD folders normally, and not make me waste my time on an extra step. Well, maybe in the future they will, like all other programs, allow us to load the files normally. Then this program will really earn a 10 out of 10.



Posted May 05, 2007 by . Tool version 2.6 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 8 of 10 Functionality 8 of 10 Value for money 9 of 10 Overall score 8 of 10


To drakesis:

You review is right on the money in that FairUse Wizard dominates! However, you're really wasting a step + 50 minutes + quality by using DVDShrink before using FairUse Wizard. I highly recommend that you (and anyone else who comes along and reads this) pass on that step in the future as it is not only unnecessary, but can and probably does result in slightly lower quality.

Why?

Because the conversion from DVD to DivX/XviD is lossy compression, as is using DVDShrink to compress the MPEG2 streams. What this means in simplest terms is that you are compressing (FairUse) an already compressed image (DVDShrink) thus loosing quality on what you would wind up with if you skipped the DVDShrink step entirely.

By all means pop your DVD in, fire up FairUse Wizard and copy straight from disc.



Posted April 02, 2007 by . Tool version 2.5 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 8 of 10 Functionality 9 of 10 Value for money 9 of 10 Overall score 9 of 10


Excellent .. produces very compatible files for standalone players. BUT it does lack some of the subtlties of AuTOGK in that the tweaking of the codec and sound quality are more difficult to access. My only gripe really is that there is no option to keep the original ac3 sound.. If I have 192k ac3 stereo sound then I gain virtually nothing by converting that to 128k mp3, and sometimes the original ac3 sound is what you wish to keep. All in all tho, good, and easily understandable, with enough control to ensure hi quality output files. Commercial status cloudy.


Posted March 22, 2007 by . Tool version 2.5 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 8 of 10 Functionality 8 of 10 Value for money 6 of 10 Overall score 8 of 10


I like converting DVD's to fit on 1 cdr disc (700mb) if I can and Fair Use produces the highest quality out of all the all-in-ones I've use (and that includes AutoGK) The conversion process takes a bit longer, but the quality of the encode when using XviD is exceptional.


Posted March 10, 2007 by . Tool version 2.5 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 8 of 10 Functionality 9 of 10 Value for money 9 of 10 Overall score 9 of 10


I have tried tons of other tools to convert Dvd's to Xvid (ie. AutoGK, Gordian Knot, etc..) and they were crap, or didn't work at all. After using Fairuse Wizard for the first time, it worked perfect! Audio is insync. Picture quality is still great!
I was worried it would lose quality, after all the different process's.

Here's what I do:
1. I rip with DVDFab Decrypter as a DVD9 (~20 mins)
2. I use DVDShrink to compress (w/ Deep Analysis) into a ISO (~50 mins)
3. Open the ISO in Fairuse Wizard, followed through the step by step wizard, it made the Xvid Avi (~2 hours)



Posted March 09, 2007 by . Tool version 2.5 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 8 of 10 Functionality 10 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 10 of 10


To gonwk:
...There is absolutely no trojan in Celtic Druid 's build.
Don't know about the original version,haven't used it,
at least in the latest versions.But I bet that even for them,
it's just a stupid false positive by some AV products.
FU,as the FairUse executable is called,
is also the name of a old,easily detectable nowadays rootkit.
My guess,that this would be the main reason for these warnings?
Money for nothing:
this pretty much shows the quality of nowadays AV products,
as most of them frequently detect NSIS installers or say,
UPX packed executables,as infected,"suspicious" etc...

FairUse is open-source,
everyone can download the code and compile it for him/herself,
why should they put a trojan in it?
The one edition/version is sold when in binary form,
therefore targeted as a supplemententary for making a living,
celtic_druid on the other side,
a well-known/respectable member on various video-related forums,
decided to share/make publicly available his personal build,
since he made a lot of interesting modifications in it.
You can read all about it here:
http://forum.doom9.org/showthread.php?t=60358&page=13

To the rest of the people,that stated there is a virus/trojan:
a)Learn how to use your OS.Period.
b)Learn to interpret your "super-secure" AV product's results,
before spreading wrong impressions in the rest of the world...



Posted February 04, 2007 by . Tool version 2.5 by Cetic Druid using OS WinXP
Ease of use 8 of 10 Functionality 9 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 9 of 10


An awesome program that provides excellent results. I'm using celtic_druid's version 2.5...simply superb.


Posted November 22, 2006 by . Tool version 2.5 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 8 of 10 Functionality 9 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 9 of 10


Latest version has a trojon in it,reported buy AVGfree,all so been taken down by softpedia maybe because it has a trojan,gave 6 overall because it does work but has a trojon.


Posted October 14, 2006 by . Tool version 2.5le using OS WinXP
Ease of use 10 of 10 Functionality 10 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 6 of 10

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