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Ubuntu Hacks by Bill Childers, Kyle Rankin, Jonathan Oxer

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Hack #35. Rip and Encode DVDs

The acidrip utility gives you access to many of the common mencoder functions so you can use a GUI to rip and encode a DVD to a file.

As with many things under Linux, there are a number of ways to rip and encode a DVD. For instance, some people use the mencoder tool (part of the mplayer suite) with two-pass encoding to turn VOB files they have extracted from a DVD into an MPEG4 .avi file. This method works great; however, some people are turned off by the thought of doing encoding entirely from the command line. If you want to use mencoder to encode a DVD but would rather have a GUI, the acidrip utility provides you with a GUI interface for most of the major mencoder options you might want.

Before you install acidrip, follow the instructions in "Install Multimedia Plug-ins" [Hack #28] and "Play DVDs" [Hack #30] to make sure that you have all of the multimedia plug-ins you'll need. After that, use your preferred package manager to install the acidrip package (it's in the Multiverse subcategory); if you use , type:

$ sudo apt-get install acidrip

With acidrip installed, click Applications→Sound and Video→Acidrip, or type acidrip from the command line to start the program. The default screen that greets you (see Figure 3-8) can be a bit intimidating at first, because it has so many options. For basic ripping, however, there are only a few options you need to worry about, and the nice thing is that acidrip will remember your settings for next time. ...

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