[linux] linux DVD episode jukebox

Marshall Bjerke mbjerke at u.washington.edu
Tue Dec 28 13:50:43 PST 2004

You might check out dvd::rip. Its a gui frontend to a bunch of backend
tools (like transcode) that I think does what you are asking. Check it
out here http://www.exit1.org/dvdrip/ . I use gentoo and its in
portage, it is likely in other package repositories depending on your

Good luck!


P.S. We need to have a UWLUG meeting sometime this quarter!
Joshua Daniel Franklin wrote:

> The holidays have made my DVD problem worse. It is very

> frustrating to me to have lots of episodes on DVD

> (Simpsons, Transformers, Rocky+Bullwinkle, etc.) but to

> watch a particular one I have to :

> 1) Find the DVD box and open the awkward trifold container

> 2) Look on the contents paper (or online) for the proper disc

> 3) Put disc in, wait 30 seconds for everything to start

> 4) Watch another minute of commercials, FBI warnings, and

> cute-the-first-time-but-now-annoying startup sequences

> 5) Click through 3-5 levels of menus to get to the episode

> (each of which may have a startup sequence)


> Now, I haven't really done anything with video on Linux

> yet (or on computers, for that matter), so I'm not aware of

> what's out there. A quick Google search was all warez as far as I

> could tell, and that's not what I'm looking for.


> What I'd like is a generic script that reads the menus and

> extracts the episode locations and puts each in an appropriately

> named file, so I can store all the files and watch them as

> I please, but that's probably asking too much. What I'm thinking will

> be necessary is a text file to map meaningless numeric locations to

> meaningful names. Anyone heard of a similar project? Or just have some

> pointers

> to command-line tools to rip a DVD into individual episode

> files?


> By the way, I am aware of the legal issues surrounding DeCSS

> and am not worried about it for this personal project. But if anyone

> is concerned about giving me advice because of this, I also have this

> clearly legal application: My parents got a guy to put

> our old silent movies from when we were kids onto DVDs. The only

> problem is that they're out of order, so in one "episode" I'm

> 8, then a newborn, then 12, then 5, and so on. I plan on ripping

> these too. There's no CSS, and my parents own the rights.


> Thanks,


> Joshua Daniel Franklin

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