SPB Software House recently released SPB Mobile DVD, software that will get your legally owned DVD videos onto your mobile device. The $24.95 software will re-encode a DVD movie into either WMV or XVID formats, although WMV is native to Windows and Windows Mobile. According to Arne Hess, "On a new PC it is possible to convert a 2 hour long DVD film in about 20 minutes" which is fantastic! One of the drawbacks in early versions of similar software was the encoding time: in some cases you could have actually watched the movie on DVD in less time!
I’ll be giving the free trial a shot in the next day or two simply because the Zune supports WMV files as well. It should be a simple matter of outputting the encoded video file to a folder that I have my Zune software monitor for changes. For more info, check out the SPB Mobile DVD product page or give the 15-day trial a download. The software is supported on Windows 98, 2000, or XP and you can output your video for square screen Windows Mobile devices as well; a nice touch.