dvd ripper

Search for a DVD Ripper

|

DVD Copiers

I included K9Copy and xDVDShrink in the chart above even though they don't transcode because I wanted to point out some options for maintaining a full DVD structure and truly copying a DVD (for personal use only of course). K3b also contains this functionality. This section does not contain full reviews, but should provide enough information to get you started.

If you already use K3b, it's likely you'll just want to stick with it, but if you want a single function app that easy to use then K9Copy should be right up your alley. There's not much you can do to mess up this one. Three steps are all you need.

K9Copy Title Selection

Select the desired title and soundtrack from the DVD.

Step-by-step (with default file size and options):

  1. Open the DVD
  2. Select the tracks to copy
  3. Start the copy
K9Copy ripping DVD

K9Copy ripping the DVD.

That's it. It doesn't get much easier. If you do want to burn the iso back to a DVD then what do you use? Why K3b of course. K9Copy has an option to integrate with K3b for the burning process.

xDVDShrink is a little more involved, which is why I prefer both K9Copy and K3b over it. In addition to a standard preferences page, xDVDShrink makes you enter options into a console at runtime. I'm not clear why these settings needed to be separate, but it's very annoying.

Search for a DVD Ripper

|

Linux App Finder's first multi-page article is now available. Check out Search for a DVD Ripper for reviews of some of the top GNU/Linux alternatives. The goal was finding the best app for converting the main movie of a DVD to a single file playable on any computer. As a bonus I threw in a few apps targeted at creating DVD ISO's for burning back to a rewritable disk.

Search for a DVD Ripper

|

AcidRip

AcidRip is a solid program that uses the Gtk toolkit, and therefore may appeal more to Gnome users. I tested with version 0.14-0.2. My rip of WarGames took about 4.25 hrs to complete, which places it in the bottom half, but comparable to other MEncoder based apps.

It is a full-featured program with room for a lot of tweaking, however, this flexibility comes at the price of a cluttered interface that could be intimidating to novices. My biggest issue with this program is that progress status was not properly reported. The correct window popped up, but none of the statistics ever updated. Not knowing that the encode is working or having any way to estimate how much work is left can be very annoying.

On the plus side, one of the biggest advantages of AcidRip is a single step that rips and then transcodes. I'm not sure why more apps aren't doing this. It seems like a simple addition that pays off in usability. AcidRip also supports more advanced features like subtitle support.

Even with the multitude of options, AcidRip can still be easy to use if you ignore the features you don't need. Follow along as I show just how simple it is to shrink the a DVD down to a 700MB AVI file. AcidRip defaults to the LAVC codec.

AcidRip General Tab

Set file name, file size, audio, and subtitle options.

Step-by-step (with default file size and options):

  1. Click Load at the top right of the Window read the DVD.
  2. Pick a Track title that will be applied to the filename. I chose WarGames.
  3. Switch to the Queue tab and select the Queue button near the bottom of the window.
  4. Press start and wait for it to finish.
AcidRip Video Tab

Choose video codec, cropping, and scaling preferences.

I'm not going to go through each of the options right now because it is beyond the scope of this review, but I can do that later if there is a need. Please ask any questions or add comments in the forums. There is a link to the discussion at the end of the article.

If you want more than just a default rip and really need to tweak every aspect of your movie then AcidRip is definitely a contender, but for basic ripping I prefer a little more polish. I rate it as 3 stars. It would have received a four star rating if the progress reporting worked.

My Search for a DVD Ripper

|

I'm currently in the process of writing a comparison of available DVD ripping programs for GNU/Linux. I picked the best contenders that I'm aware of and compared their features and ease of use. The goal was finding the best app for converting the main movie of a DVD to a single file playable on any computer and the winner is a surprising one (at least to me since I almost didn't include it). As a bonus I threw in a few apps targeted at creating DVD ISO's for burning back to a rewritable disk. Hopefully it will be ready to go within a week. Keep an eye on the News RSS feed for an announcement.

Syndicate content