There are legal issues around your rights when you purchase a movie on
DVD. It would seem reasonable that having purchased a movie on DVD the
owner has the right to watch that movie however and wherever they
choose and to have a backup copy in case of accident. In some
countries, this right might also actually be the law.
Making a backup of your own DVD is simple with the right tools.
Because of uncertainties around the legal issues the required packages
for Debian are only available from a particular archive (by adding the
following to /etc/apt/sources.list using
deb ftp://ftp.nerim.net/debian-marillat/ sid main
A variety of tools have been developed for processing DVDs. Many of
these tools use the very sophisticated transcode
A simple tool to extract a single title from a DVD and to resize it to
fit on a 4.7GB DVD+RW is dvrequant
A command line tool to help backing up a DVD to an avi
file is ripmake
(Section 28.2.4). This provides
a simple to use command to read a DVD and to covert it to an
avi file for viewing on a computer or into
svcd format for burning to one or more CDs perhaps for
use in consumer VCD players (svcd tends to be of lesser
builds a script file that
attempts to capture default values used in processing the video with
transcode, and you could fine tune the script file if you
(Section 28.2.1) provides a
clean, simple and self documenting Gnome GUI for backing up DVDs. It is
used to generate an avi file, which is generally
quite good quality. This can be converted to svcd, if
wanted, using ripmake
(Section 28.2.2) provides a
tab-based GUI interface to transcode, with the idea of progressing
through the tabs for each step of the process of creating your
Ogmrip is a Gnome application, currently (March
2005) under development, for ripping and encoding DVD into DivX/OGM
files using a wide variety of codecs.
A simple script from the Internet
(mencvcd) also provides a
one stop shop for backing up a DVD as SVCD. The underlying command
line tools (Section 28.2.4) provide direct access
to the same functionality.
To create a new DVD from your video files use tovid
see the recipe at http://tovid.sourceforge.net/howto.html.
Tovid (Section 28.2.5) can be used to build
a DVD iso image from any video format to burn to a DVD
for playing in a consumer DVD player. A great way to transfer your
digital home videos to DVD.
With these tools you can make backup copies (in numerous compressed
video formats) for your personal use of videos that you own. You can
copy the video onto your hard disk for archiving and watching
directly. You'll need lots of disk space though (a DVD movie contains
up to 9GB and converting needs further disk space).
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