I saw this question today so I'm posting my response here for everyone.
> I am seeking a way to covert my dvd's to a video file format.
> I am looking to use mp4 or divx...
In the USA it is illegal to circumvent the copy protection found on most commercial DVDs. However, if you have an unprotected DVD, you can use DivX Converter to convert the DVD to a DivX file.