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I copied (unencrypted) on my HD a DVD I can't buy because it is sold out. I would like to know if there is a player that can play it as if it was a real DVD (i.e. with the DVD menus, subtitles, etc...)
for reference : I currently use a PII 400Mhz with xine with the d5d plugin. I didn't find information about the minimum requirements of xine, but it works pretty well on my machine.
I believe you are going to wanna get MPlayer. With all of the applicable codecs, you'll get subtitles etc, ... All the options you need. I've also heard of this program called ogle that does menus and so forth but never tried that one.
When I copy DVD's to hard drive, I do so without menu (still keep all the sound tracks and all the subtitles though.) the problem with this approach is that DVD's with multiple viewing angles will mess you up. (This is also used by many movies to display credits in multiple languages.) I use transcode to copy from the DVD to Harddrive only Angle 1 (I still keep all sound tracks and subtitles.)... I use cdplit (part of cdbkup) to save the Movies onto CD's. If I want to watch them again, is Use cdcat (again, part of cdbkup) to extract the archive movie files into 1 large file. (ex: cdcat -d /dev/cdrom | tar -xO > movie.vob ) I can then start watching the movie while the system is restoring the file. (still have to switch the 5 to 7 cd's while the movie is playing, but that's ok). If you have Creative Labs DXR3 card, you can even use your computer to output to TV.
Oh, and I suggest using Xine as a movie player. Although Mplayer might have a few technical advantages, I would be surprised if they are worth the installation.
man you are sooooooooooooooooooo missing out on mplayer if you think it's not worth the trouble... bleurgh. mencoder is THE best divx encoder i've ever used, certainly nicer than transcode's obtuse methods. and it's got native scaling, croping, expanding, multiple codecs to use, and damn fast results. all that for playing as well, and Xine sucks. everyone knows that!
Acid, just for you, next time I have a weekend with 5 hours to kill, I'll install Mplayer and see for myself what I'm missing out on..
Please note, I am *not* using transcode to Make DivX. only extract a clean .vob file (Mpeg 2, isn't it?). If all you do is pass the vob files through a DeCss Utility, the video sequences can be dis-jointed, and you will need a movie player that supports DVD navigation (from file instead of from DVD device) to play them.
mplayer is an doddle to install! IF you have a nice, well set up system. if it's in a mess then yes it'll take a while, as will most other source packages. RPM's are available now tho aswell. if you're only copying and decrypting the dvd, then try: