DVD Playback Issues on Ubuntu
Hello all. I'm sure this is a pretty common issue on these forums and I've searched high and low for an answer for my current predicament but right now, I'm at a total loss as to what to do next.
Before I continue, I'm running Ubuntu 10.10 64-bit and my optical drive is internal.
From what I've been able to piece together, DVD playback on Ubuntu requires three primary pieces of software: libdvdcss2, any of the ffmpeg or gstreamer codecs, and a good playback software (I'm more keen toward VLC). Searching through the default software repository, I've found that libdvdcss2 is included in the ubuntu-restricted-extras package, which is what I typically install in any Ubuntu installation from the get-go. I next install gstreamer and ffmpeg codecs and then install VLC. Now according to a lot of sources, once I get this far, I should have no problems. libdvdcss2 should work around the DVD encryption issue. Here's what I've put together from my experience.
I decided that I wanted to convert one of my movies to H.264 for playback on a portable device. I found that Handbrake (which I used on Windows) had a GTK port so I downloaded and installed that. I inserted my DVD into my optical drive and Ubuntu was able to mount the device and read the media, so I know that it can in fact be mounted and recognized. Handbrake also recognized that there was a mounted optical drive and that there was indeed media inside (it was reading the metadata on the DVD). After performing project-specific modifications in Handbrake for the rip/convert, I pressed the button to start the process and this is where it died. Handbrake didn't freeze but the progress bar just stopped moving period. I checked the debugging log and it kept throwing sector read errors on the DVD. So curiously, I decided to try and simply play the DVD back with VLC which didn't work. VLC isn't too verbose so I tried Totem next and what do you know: a "can't read from source" error occurred every time. I checked the documentation on Totem and other sources which say that that error in Totem means that the CSS encryption on the DVD is keeping it from being played. But I thought that libdvdcss2 was already installed on my system so I checked with the Software Source Manager and behold it was installed.
So I'm completely lost at this point. If anyone could help me with this issue, I'd greatly appreciate it.