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Old 03-03-2007, 09:57 AM   #1
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Preserve Menus - Mencoder Rip

Hi I am basically using 3 pass encoding to rip a DVD. However I cannot find an option to rip in a way that will preserve the DVD's built in menus system, So what is happening is that I am ending up with a great backup but without menu's. This is what I am using.

rm frameno.avi
mencoder dvd://N 1 -ovc frameno -o frameno.avi -oac mp3lame -lameopts vbr=3
mencoder dvd://N 1 -ovc lavc -lavcopts vcodec=mpeg4:vpass=1 -oac copy -o movie.avi
mencoder dvd://N 1 -ovc lavc -lavcopts vcodec=mpeg4:vpass=2 -oac copy -o movie.avi
Is there an option I can add ?

Well I have already added a few other options so that it now loooks like this
mencoder super2fixidx.avi -ovc lavc -lavcopts vcodec=mpeg4:vbitrate=800:vhq:vpass=1 -oac copy -o super2.avi

Last edited by flebber; 03-03-2007 at 09:59 AM.
Old 03-03-2007, 12:34 PM   #2
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No, there's no option at all. video files don't contain menus... a DVD menu and a video track are totally seperate, in fact each movement in a dvd menu is a video in it's own right.
Old 03-03-2007, 02:45 PM   #3
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to preserve menus is easy, the trick: don't encode, just copy. Like so
cp /dev/dvd ./dvd.backup
walla, menus preserved, but not disk space.


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