Search for a DVD Ripper

DVD's are great and I've spent more money than I care to count on them, but if you are like me and have more movies than you can remember, a few TV series spread out over too many discs, or a desire to watch in whatever way is most convenient, you start to wish for a better way to watch. For many of us that means moving our DVD's to hard drives so we can watch them where and when we want. It sounds reasonable and should be straight-forward, but for many it's still a mystical art that takes knowledge and patience.

Today makes the first full length review on Linux App Finder, and I'm please to report that ripping a DVD to your hard drive has never been easier, and you if you are a KDE user you might already have one of these programs installed and not even know it. Eights apps were compared on their ability to rip and transcode a DVD, with a special focus on ease of use. A ninth, Drip, was originally going to be included in the review, but it had missing dependencies in Debian unstable and I was unable to install it.

My primary focus was on converting the main movie title of the DVD to an AVI that could then be played on a varity of devices, but I also included a couple apps meant for creating a backup to a recordable DVD in case that is your preference. As I mentioned in the previous paragraph, the tests were run on Debian unstable (32-bit). The system I used is a dual Xeon processor with 4GB of RAM. The version of each program is listed in the chart below.

Each of the fully reviewed apps will be awarded between 1 and 5 stars (higher is better).

Before I continue I'd like to mention that there are legal challenges with DVD's. In the United States a law called the Digital Millenium Copyright Act (DMCA) makes it illegal to break any encryption, which makes ripping (and playing in most GNU/Linux distros) a DVD illegal. Some other countries have similar restrictions. These laws are meant to stop piracy, but carry with them the unfortunate side effects of impeding consumer fair use rights. It is for this reason that DVD ripping is not as mainstream as it is with CD's. Now that you know the risks, let's proceed.

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Error transcoding with k3b

I managed to rip a DVD to my hard disk and when I try to transcode it to avi I can see the following error:
"error: this version of transcode supports only
directories containing files of identical file type.
Please clean up directory /tmp/vob/ and restart.
file /tmp/vob/vts_01_3.vob with filetype unknown file type is invalid for directory mode.

Any suggestions?

Config info and steps?

Can you give a little more info about your distro and the steps that led you to that error? I assume you ripped the DVD using K3b by right-clicking on the title and selecting Copy?

Hi friend , I think Cucusoft

Hi friend , I think Cucusoft iPod Video Converter Suite is a good choice , just download it at
You can convert both DVD media and video file media to iPod video.

As far as I can tell that is

As far as I can tell that is a Windows only program.