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I have a dvd back up on my hard drive which is 8.5 GIG, I want to shrink it down so I can burn it on 4.7GB DVD. Using transcoder is not an option because its giving me major dependency problems on Suse 9.2. I have DVDSHRINK but it wont open files from my hard drive (it only shows my dvd recorder in locations where I can open files from). Any help would be appreciated.
Odd that DVD shrink wouldn't work. On my wife's box (DVD shrink 3.2), she can hit "open files" and it shows all our hard drives.
I'm afraid I don't know of any Linux software that does this - but we could really use one. You might want to check this thread out, and ask Steel_J if there's any way to make his script do it. His dvrequant script is, to the best of my knowledge, the only DVD shrinking program we have for Linux. It does rely on transcode, though, so it may not help you if you can't get it installed.
Thanks for the reply.. you said that on your computer you can see the whole hard drive through dvdshrink.. could it be possible that I can do the same by making changes to some configuration file? That would be really nice. Any ideas?
Hmm, try going to "Edit->Full disc backup" and see if that shows you any extra options. On mine, when you choose that, it enables the "open files" button where I can browse the hard drive. If it's set to "re-author", it doesn't let you use the hard drive - only a disc.
p.s. - there also appears to be a button in the toolbar for "Full disc".
Aha! Didn't realize you were running it under Wine.
Probably I would think if you had hard drives configured in Wine, you'd be able to see something at least. See if you have any hard drives specified; you can treat your home directory like C:, or your root directory as D: or whatever. Ordinarily, some of those are already in there; can you use hard drives from other programs under Wine? But yeah, your ~/.wine/config (or whatever wine config you use) is the place to look.
1) Download dvdshrink (version 3.2 is the latest, I find that version 2.2 works best with linux but its upto you to try both and see which one works for you).
2) run this command in shell (console)
wine /path_to/DVDShrink2.2.exe /path_to/VIDEO_TS.IFO
3) It will open up a dvdshrink window.. and you can take it on from there.
Ofcourse you need to put you paths in. If it's on hard drive you have to point it there. I found that version 3.2 did not do this for me.. it gave me an error and refused to do anything.. so use version 2.2 if that happens to you. DVDShrink is the best dvd copying program out there and beats all linux native programs hands down. Good luck people!