Marty O'Brien on 14 Jul 2008 08:55:14 -0700

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Re: [PLUG] DVD ripping

Hi Sasha,

I have had success using mencoder in the past to rip DVDs to a format that I can watch on my BlackBerry Pearl, since I travel a lot. I used to have a script to do this but the system it was on is currently off and I won't have access to it for a few moinths.

If you think there is a possibility that you'll be doing this with any freaquency, it is worth understanding the mencoder command line syntax and using it. Otherwise, there are GUI frontends available, but I haven't used any so I can't recommend one. The links at the bottom of its Wikipedia page may be helpful:

You will need to make sure that you can read the DVD (will require 'libdvdcss2' library installed in almost all cases) and this can be tested by trying to play it with MPlayer (since mencoder is "part of" the mplayer package and uses the same libraries and mappings to read). You can encode it to pretty much any format possible, from what I have seen, and if you do a multi-pass encoding, you can get even better quality. For my purposes, a single pass is usually fine, though.

FFMpeg can also do what you are loking for but I have always used mencoder.

I hope this information is valuable and helps you reach your goal.

--Marty O'Brien

On Mon, Jul 14, 2008 at 11:35 AM, TheWonk <> wrote:
So I own a couple DVD's I bought legitimately and I was trying to find a way to rip them in my favourite OS into a video file [MP4, AVI, any video file, Im not fussed]. I got the program Avidemux, which made the video file perfectly but corrupted the audio pretty horribly.

I was wondering if any of you do this regularly and exactly what settings you use to get a useable rip. I was hoping to rip in the highest possible quality [I dont care how much space my rips take as long as each is under 10gb].

Can anyone reccomend a program/specific rip settings that produce a watchable product?



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