No way it had anything to do with DVD Decrypter since that doesn't do any compression at all. It merely strips away the copy protection, UOPs, and allows you to selectively copy. But what is copied is exactly the same size it was on the DVD. That's why you need a separate app to compress if using DVD Decrypter.
FYI- Handbreak is a very good piece of software, it honestly is a very simple tool to use.
When you've ripped the film to your computer, open Handbreak up, drag the film into Handbreak.
Before you get excited and hit the convert button, look to the right hand side, there is a settings tab. There is also a default setting for the iPhone. Once you've selected it, you will see the application change it's settings to accommodate the iPhone. Then hit convert.
On my laptop it takes roughly 30 minutes to convert a 700-800mb .avi file into .mp4
HB is seriously easy to use. Have a go again and I'm sure you'll be fine. It automatically optimizes video for the iPhone, thereforee making the video size smaller to fit the screen.
I don't rip my DVDs to my PC or MAC. I just stick a DVD in my computer and open Handbrake. My conversions take right at an hour but it beats ripping it twice. Once to the computer format and then once to the iPhone format.
Yes that would be sweet. Yeah I just rip the DVD to MP4 to my external hard drive and then add the file to my iTunes library. I have almost 450 movies in my iTunes library and all of them are stored on my external hard drive because I only have a 320 GB hard drive on my MAC and it would be full.
Dude I have no idea why yours is making your output file so big.