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fluxDVD is a is a highly compressed file type, containing all the contents of a DVD-Video movie, the format is commersial, patented, closed source and proprietary. It is currently available only for the Microsoft Windows operating-system. The ratDVD program (transcoder and GUI) works by compressing a full DVD-Video into a .ratDVD file and then playing its contents by decompressing the file and using a DirectShow-compatible DVD-Video player, (including DVD-Video all features like like navigation, multiple audio and subtitle tracks, video angles, seamless branching, etc.). The .fluxdvd movie files compressed by ratDVD are usually one to two GigaByte in size. If the DRM (Recordable CSS) license permits, you can uncompress/burn a fluxDVD to DVD-R to get a 100% compatible DVD-Video that plays in every hardware or software DVD-Video player.

fluxDVD was previously available for free under the name ratDVD, (also closed source and proprietary), ratDVD developed by the Danish Aarhus University was kind of a preview version of the now commercially sold fluxDVD. While ratDVD contained the features that allowed the home user to create their own archived DVDs, this function has been removed from fluxDVD, allowing only content owners to make and sell fluxDVD archives. Unlike ratDVD which acording to their authors used a homebrew video codec, fluxDVD uses a video codec variant based on the H.264 standard.

Video codec

Video codec variant based on the H.264 standard.

Audio Codec

Standard Dolby Digital AC-3 audio format.


ratDVD uses a ZIP based container format, containing all the contents of a DVD-Video movie. The .fluxdvdDVD files are usually one to two gigabytes in size. Additionally a fluxDVD can contain tagging, cover and label data to enable you to create a cover for the DVD-Video movie.

> unzip -l example.fluxdvd

   Length     Date   Time    Name
  --------    ----   ----    ----
        94  09-23-05 13:59   Version.xml
      4497  09-24-05 01:12   AV_TS\StreamData.xml
     10240  09-24-05 01:12   AV_TS\VIDEO_TS.IFO
    106496  09-24-05 01:12   AV_TS\VTS_01_0.IFO
     14336  09-24-05 01:12   AV_TS\VTS_02_0.IFO
     14336  09-24-05 01:12   AV_TS\VTS_03_0.IFO
     14336  09-24-05 01:12   AV_TS\VTS_04_0.IFO
       243  09-23-05 14:07   AV_TS\VTS_01_0.VSI
     16723  09-24-05 00:59   AV_TS\VTS_01_1.VSI
       159  09-24-05 01:04   AV_TS\VTS_02_1.VSI
        63  09-24-05 01:05   AV_TS\VTS_03_1.VSI
       191  09-24-05 01:12   AV_TS\VTS_04_1.VSI
  11692032  09-23-05 14:07   AV_TS\VTS_01_0.XVO
1073739776  09-23-05 14:17   AV_TS\VTS_01_1.XVO
 321810432  09-23-05 23:06   AV_TS\VTS_01_2.XVO
   9205760  09-24-05 01:04   AV_TS\VTS_02_1.XVO
   1929216  09-24-05 01:05   AV_TS\VTS_03_1.XVO
  13617152  09-24-05 01:12   AV_TS\VTS_04_1.XVO

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