Converting DVD copy to AVI [SOLVED]

Patrick O'Callaghan pocallaghan at
Thu Jul 8 19:14:43 UTC 2010

On Thu, 2010-07-08 at 19:20 +0100, Athmane Madjoudj wrote:
> Try Mencoder (MPlayer)
> mencoder dvd://1 -ovc lavc -lavcopts vcodec=mpeg4:vbitrate="1200" -oac
> mp3lame -lameopts br=128 -o dvd.avi

I think that still reads from the DVD drive. However I managed it using:

mencoder dvd://4 -o output.avi ... -dvd-device VIDEO_TS

The important option being -dvd-device, which can be a directory. You
still have to figure out which is the "chapter" (4 in this case) but
it's easy to do a test run to check as mplayer takes the same option. Of
course there might be wierd and wonderful DVDs out there that require
more fooling around, but this one worked for me.

> You can see the man page for more options like zooming, scaling and 
> subtitle stuffs.
> man mencoder
> There's also GUI frontends:

None of which seem to be available in Fedora, and the ones I looked at
are all at least 5 years old. I find it odd that there isn't more demand
for this sort of thing.

Thanks for your help.


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