I'm trying to digitize my extensive DVD library, but I'm having trouble finding a good way to rip them to AVIs or MP4s. So far I've been using VLC to stream them to a file, but the performance is less than optimal and the settings are finicky to say the least.
What is the best way to rip a DVD on Linux?
I heard Handbrake works like a charm for some people, so I highly suggest you try that before anything else. It's really good with ripping and such, and it should work fine. Good luck with that!
If Handbrake doesn't work for you then it may be that the DVD that you are trying to rip is a newer DVD and new DVDs sometimes have a special feature on them to block anyone from ripping the movie from the DVD. Handbrake has failed me multiple times with DVDs like this but sometimes it works just fine. I guess it really depends on which DVD you are trying.
Maybe you should try DVD::RIP or Acid Rip, With Acid RIP you can rip and encode DVD's in MPEG-4 and AVI in a simple way, i think you can set the bitrates and it'll do the rest for you. DVD::RIP is more or less the same.
Handbrake is also good, i think it could rip even BlueRay DVD's and original DVD's.
Here is an excellent tutorial on it. I would go with whatever program has the best tut. Use handbrake.
linux on disk or "linux live" is the way to go. check out knoppix at http://www.knoppix.org/ just download it, burn it to disk, place it in the drive and reboot. will run from the disk drive. if i might make a suggestion... if you plan to rip a dvd, you'll need to have your dvd drive available, so hopefully you have more than one drive. there is a cd version and a dvd version. just get whichever one you can use without tying up the drive you need to do the ripping. if you have only one drive, you can install the live cd to the hard drive or even the ram and run it from there. just read the cheats that come with the program.
best of luck to you.
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