[linux] linux DVD episode jukebox

Joshua Daniel Franklin joshuadf at u.washington.edu
Wed Dec 29 17:46:58 PST 2004

Thanks everyone for the hints, I'll let you know how it goes.

Minor note: actually Kinokuni-ya has DVDs, not Uwajima-ya, which is
the grocery part. :)

Garrett Cooper wrote:

> 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.

> -Garrett



> ----- 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



>>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.




>>Joshua Daniel Franklin



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