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Old 05-28-2008, 11:37 AM   #1
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Copy DVD's Locally?


I have a few DVD's that I purchased from Bestbuy and I want to keep them locally on my hard drive. I have plenty of room however I hate keeping the media disks on my desk where they can become stolen and or damaged from constant shuffling around. Can I take the media from the DVD and move them to my local drive and play them from my drive as I want?

When I open the DVD drive, I see two folders:

1 - AUDIO_TS
2 - VIDEO_TS

As far as I can tell the AUDIO_TS folder is empty however the VIDEO_TS folder has plenty of data and when I play the DVD from disk on my PC, I can hear audio fine.

Thanks for any help and or info!
 
Old 05-28-2008, 11:50 AM   #2
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If the DVD is unencrypted, you can make an image of the medium, or you can copy those files. I find images easier to manage. dd will copy a disk for you:
Code:
dd if=/dev/dvdrom of=/home/Carlwill/my_dvd_backup.iso
mplayer can then play these files (iso or vobs) directly:
Quote:
Originally Posted by man mplayer
Play from a different DVD device:
mplayer dvd://1 -dvd-device /dev/dvd2

Play DVD video from a directory with VOB files:
mplayer dvd://1 -dvd-device /path/to/directory/
Replace /dev/dvd2 with /home/Carlwill/my_dvd_backup.iso and it should play fine.

dvd://1 is the title, so adjust as necessary.
 
Old 05-28-2008, 11:54 AM   #3
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What you want to do is to 'rip' a dvd. There are hundreds of howtos out there, just search google for 'linux dvd rip'. Several frontend programs can do this: dvd::rip, acidrip, k9copy, to name a few. I personally found no satisfactory frontend, so I read the documentation for various encoders/media players (mencoder, transcode anf ffmpeg are the main options) and built my own script. Basically, what you have to do is to transfer the dvd content to your computer, then re-encode it to a more media player-friendly format and container (eg. mpeg2/4, avi, divx, xvid, h.264, etc.).
 
Old 05-28-2008, 11:56 AM   #4
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Originally Posted by pwc101 View Post
If the DVD is unencrypted, you can make an image of the medium, or you can copy those files. I find images easier to manage. dd will copy a disk for you:
Code:
dd if=/dev/dvdrom of=/home/Carlwill/my_dvd_backup.iso
mplayer can then play these files (iso or vobs) directly:Replace /dev/dvd2 with /home/Carlwill/my_dvd_backup.iso and it should play fine.

dvd://1 is the title, so adjust as necessary.
I'm quite sure a dvd bought at bestbuy will definitely be encrypted.
 
Old 05-28-2008, 11:59 AM   #5
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I'm quite sure a dvd bought at bestbuy will definitely be encrypted.
I wouldn't know - we don't have bestbuy here in the UK.
 
Old 05-28-2008, 01:58 PM   #6
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I did the following:

Code:
cwilliams@tunafish:~$ dd if=/media/cdrom0 of=/home/cwilliams/survive_kaleidoscope.iso
dd: reading `/media/cdrom0': Is a directory
0+0 records in
0+0 records out
0 bytes (0 B) copied, 0.00025047 s, 0.0 kB/s
cwilliams@tunafish:~$ dd if=/dev/scd0 of=/home/cwilliams/survive_kaleidoscope.iso
6559808+0 records in
6559808+0 records out
3358621696 bytes (3.4 GB) copied, 250.523 s, 13.4 MB/s
Then I just "right clicked" the .iso file and told it to open with Totem (Movie Player) and it plays fine!!!

Thanks!
 
Old 05-28-2008, 02:02 PM   #7
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Glad it worked

Just for reference - do you know if the DVD is encrypted? I read that snippet of information just as I was composing the post, and wasn't sure if it was a problem or not...
 
Old 05-28-2008, 02:11 PM   #8
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How do I know if it is encrypted? I don't know if it is or isn't. Its not a motion picture movie release but a purchased a new CD release and it came with an extra DVD bonus concert.
 
Old 05-28-2008, 02:28 PM   #9
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Hmmm... good point! I don't know really. Oh well!
 
Old 05-28-2008, 02:48 PM   #10
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MPlayer can dump DVD's with ease, this will create a single (huge) file:

mplayer dvd://1 -dumpstream -dumpfile mydvd.mpg
 
  


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