Converting DVD copy to AVI

Bill Davidsen davidsen at
Sun Jul 11 20:47:52 UTC 2010

Chris Kloiber wrote:
> On 07/08/2010 03:08 PM, Patrick O'Callaghan wrote:
>> On Thu, 2010-07-08 at 12:01 -0700, jack craig wrote:
>>> On 07/08/2010 11:16 AM, Patrick O'Callaghan wrote:
>>>> On Thu, 2010-07-08 at 11:02 -0700, jack craig wrote:
>>>>> On 07/08/2010 10:21 AM, Patrick O'Callaghan wrote:
>>>>>> I have a DVD structure (VIDEO_TS etc. etc.) on my hard disk and would
>>>>>> like to convert the main feature to an AVI file, i.e. basically what
>>>>>> rippers do but without the physical DVD. I know I can use ffmpeg or
>>>>>> transcode to convert individual VOB files, but this seems error prone
>>>>>> (e.g. how do I know I got all of the main feature?). Does anyone 
>>>>>> have a
>>>>>> script for this sort of thing? Unfortunately K3B is no good as it
>>>>>> insists on there being a physical DVD to rip from.
>>>>>> poc
>>>>> you might look at mencoder, it takes .mov, it might take the dvd 
>>>>> format too.
>>>> Good idea. The manpage says it can read DVD structures, VOB files etc.
>>>> Guess I'll have to invest some time in understanding the gazillion
>>>> options.
>>>> poc
>>> I recently ripped a DVD we got from a manta ray night dive event and
>>> found .vob files.
>>> I was surprised that vlc played the .vob out of the box!
>> mplayer will do that too.
>>> Its great to see multimedia blossoming in Linux land.
>> Indeed.
>>> Also, i got a blurb about a new Fluenda DVD play program for Linux, just
>>> fyi...
>> Yes, I got that. $20 or so, no thanks.
>> poc
> $20? Try $39 EUROS. Ridiculous. You could buy a dedicated DVD player for 
> that.
What's the connection? Are you saying there's a DVD player which would convert 
to AVI for him, or just telling him a solution which would be handy if he was 
trying to do something else?

Or is this an in joke referring to that British web comedy show where the guy is 
always giving directions to somewhere else? I have a friend sending me kinks, 
but I miss half the stuff because much of it uses Cockney slang.
   Q: can you tell me how to get to the Tower of London on foot?
   A: No, but if you want to take the tube, I can tell you how to get to the
   Q: No, I want to walk to the Tower of London, how do I do that?
   A: Right foot, left foot, same as walking to the palace.
      {pause} or the tube station, if you want to walk to the tube station
      I can tell you how to get to the palace.

Bill Davidsen <davidsen at>
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