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There are a number of utils for moving DVD data to disk. They all seem to do about the same, but for some reason continue to be maintained. My guess is the authors are familiar with them, and so continue to recommend them in conjunction with other tools. Of course, comments are welcome and if there is a better reason, feel free to remove my theory.

vobcopy http://lpn.rnbhq.org/projects/c/c.shtml

 vobcopy  [-b  size[bkmg] ] [-e size[bkmg] ] [-f] [-F fast_factor ] [-h]
       [-i input-dir ] [-l] [-m] [-n title-number ] [-o output-dir ] [-O  sin-
       gle_file(s)_to_rip ] [-t name ] [-v [-v]] [-I] [-V] [-1 aux_output_dir1
       ] [-2 aux_output_dir2 ] [-3 aux_output_dir3 ] [-4 aux_output_dir4 ]

vobcopy copies DVD .vob files to harddisk, decrypting (if you have libdvdcss installed) them on the way (thanks to libdvdread and libdvdcss) and merges them into file(s) with the name extracted from the DVD.

Normall usage:

Copy main title to DiskName_01.vob: vobcopy -i /mnt/dvd Mirror whole disk to DiskName/VIDEO_TS/: vobcopy -i /mnt/dvd

(it figures out DiskName)

cpdvd http://www.lallafa.de/bp/cpdvd.html

 cpdvd: $Revision: 1.10 $ $Date: 2004/01/31 09:53:41 $
 Usage: cpdvd [options] <targetDir>

  -t <num>  copy title <num>    (repeat for more titles/none: whole disc)
  -m <mnt>  set DVD mount point (default: DVD_MOUNT or "/dvd")
  -d <dev>  set DVD device      (default: DVD_DEV or probe automatically)
  -v        use vobcopy for data transfer   (default: cpvts)
  -c        use tccat for data transfer
  -f        force mount and unmount of dvd device
  -i        only fetch info and exit
  -n        dummy mode (do not execute copy commands)

Normall usage: You simply give a target directory (will be created automatically) insert a DVD and that's all:

 cpdvd MyMovie

 (doesn't use the DVD's name.)

dvdbackup - http://dvd.chevelless230.com/dvdbackup.html

dvdbackup will create a DVD-Video structure under /my/dvd/backup/dir/TITLE_NAME/VIDEO_TS.

To backup the main feature of the DVD:

 dvdbackup -F -i/dev/dvd -o /my/dvd/backup/dir/

To back up the ENTIRE DVD:

 dvdbackup -M -i/dev/dvd -o/my/dvd/backup/dir/

Note: On some linux distributions, the symbol UDFFindFile is no longer exported from libdvdread, and instead has been made a static function. It seems that the dvdbackup utility needs to link with this function. As a workaround, one can still download the older version 0.9.3 of libdvdread from:

One could configure this version of libdvdread to build it in a local directory, using for example:
  ./configure --prefix=$HOME/libdvdread-0.9.3
You could then link dvdbackup with this local version of libdvdread using something like this:
  gcc -o dvdbackup.o -c dvdbackup.c -I$HOME/libdvdread-0.9.3/include
  gcc -static -o dvdbackup dvdbackup.o \
    $HOME/libdvdread-0.9.3/lib/libdvdread.a -ldl
You may prefer not to use the -static flag, and instead set LD_LIBRARY_PATH to include the local $HOME/libdvdread-0.9.3/lib directory.

StreamDVD http://www.badabum.de/streamdvd.html

StreamDVD is a fast tool to backup Video DVDs 'on the fly', there will be no ripping, demultiplexing, recoding, remultiplexing .... You can select the wanted title, chapters, video, audio and subpicture streams and also a resize factor and StreamDVD will write a 'ready to author' vob file to stdout.

StreamDVD is slower for 'basic' ripping, but is the only one that does simple (fast) requantizing.

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Edited November 27, 2004 5:28 am by PeterKnaggs (diff)