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Old 12-18-2007, 06:35 PM   #1
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Play DVD without insert the DVD record


I want to store all my DVD movie on the hard disk and then play them direct from the hard disk.
How should i do this ?
Note: The DVD records are "protected")
Should i install any type of "virtual" DVD player and
create some sort of *.iso file ?
Or should I rip the DVD record direct to the hard disk and then play the file from the hard disk ?
Please, help me !


I have already install the libdvdlss2 and using Debian.
Old 12-19-2007, 05:38 AM   #2
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Most of the main mulitimedia players on linux can play dvd images or directories from HDD. All you have to do is use the correct launch syntax.

mplayer dvd://1 -dvd-device /path/to/dvdimage
(The '1' being the first title on the disk)

xine dvd://path/to/image*

These will work both on .iso images and on any directory containing a VIDEO_TS folder. Other players probably have similar commands. Check the player man pages for info.

Whether to go with an .iso image or to rip the files to a directory is really up to you. A directory full of image files is a bit easier to manage, but a copied dvd structure can be more easily accessed (you can play the .vob files directly, for example, instead of the whole disk).

Of course, you do realize that the average dvd is about 8-9 GiB in size, don't you? If you want to save yourself some room, at the expense of some quality, you can use a program like k9copy or dvdrip to shrink the image down to a smaller size as you rip it. Or you could always simply rip the titles to compressed video like ogg theora or .mp4 instead.

*Here's a useful trick for you. The xine command especially requires the full path to the device and won't accept relative paths like '~/myvideo'. But you can easily insert the necessary parts by simply using '$HOME' or '$PWD' (for the current working directory) instead:

xine dvd:/$HOME/myvideo

Last edited by David the H.; 12-19-2007 at 05:39 AM.
Old 12-27-2007, 12:49 PM   #3
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you could use mount

`mount movie.iso /mnt -t iso9660 -o loop=/dev/loop0`

or do you know `oggconvert` it should be able to convert movie streams using gstreamer to ogm - I think so. I've read about it on on debian it's avaible from main repository


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