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Okay, so, here's a question in the newbie section of the universe, because I'm at a loss here...and I'm always on the lookout to learn something.
In this day and age, I rarely turn on the TV set anymore, let alone the DVD player to "sit down and watch the movie"...my focus point seems to be the PC more and more. So, watching a movie on the PC would be ... kinda cool.
I tried dvd:rip (yep, it seems THAT is how you spell it...) but it freezes...
Anyhow, in the Arch part of the Light...what other piece of kit could do the trick? Something to read the DVD and output an MP4 or avi, or...something...
PS : this is not a question to (in the end) spread illegal copies of movies around! Dont worry - hey, some of these are the result of years of searching...I'm not gonna give THAT away...
well I stopped writing acidrip about 5 years ago, but I still get a lot of email about it, so you might want to give that a whirl. note that it is nothing more than a gui wrapper to mencoder, so you might well prefer to just use mencoder directly.
Also depending on the size of your storage, you might just want to rip the DVD image itself to an ISO rather than converting to AVI's. most media centers will happily read a DVD image as a DVD if you want that.
check out xbmc for an excellent media center too, although personally I recently just bought a decent win7 system to run WMC on under my TV, as it was so much simpler and "just works" (apart from the fact it actually doesn't!)
I use ogmrip, and if you have a license or if it's permissable in your region, you can go download libdvdcss2 and use that to be able to use it with encrypted discs. I like ogmrip because it has various profiles you can install to rip videos specifically for things like PC, XBox 360, Playstation 3, iPod, etc. It uses a gtk interface so it looks best in Gnome. Also, you don't have to have the disc, you can make an ISO of your DVDs, and then use that ISO as input for OGMRip.