[linux] linux DVD episode jukebox

Garrett Cooper youshi10 at u.washington.edu
Wed Dec 29 11:52:34 PST 2004

Anytime you watch DVDs on Linux you are using deCSS unless noted
otherwise. It's just because no commercial corporation to my knowledge
supports DVD playback on linux yet or the open source community doesn't want
to use those programs. RealPlayer for Linux might not use deCSS, but I'm not
sure... One thing cool about deCSS is that it is region free in terms of
decoding/encoding to my knowledge, so if you run down to Uwajimaya, rent a
DVD, or just order an international movie, you don't have to worry about
running out of region switching tries or having to use 3rd party programs to
watch international DVDs.
Try vobrip if you want. It's a command line dvd ripping program. After
that you can just play the individual vob files in mplayer/VLC if you wish.
vobrip is fairly linear to figure out, but since I unmerged it I can't
comment on the proper syntax. This is the most consummate website that I
have come across for DVD ripping:
http://www.bunkus.org/dvdripping4linux/en/single/. The only thing I found
annoying about vobrip is that it ripped my vobs from a Japanese DVD and
combined the vobs with the subtitles instead of making them separate.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Joshua Daniel Franklin" <joshuadf at u.washington.edu>
To: <linux at u.washington.edu>
Sent: Tuesday, December 28, 2004 1:43 PM
Subject: [linux] linux DVD episode jukebox

> 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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