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    [Lossless] Ripping DVDs to Matroska (MKV)

    I am triying to transfer a small collection of DVDs, without losing anything in quality, to the hard drive. Here is what I have came up at, although there seems to be a problem in that no subtitle streams at all get worked with using mkvmerge.

    (As a rule, would be desired in the output are the video stream, original-language studio audio, and soft-coded, bitmap-type, English subtitles.)

    install applications: sudo apt-get install libdvdread4 mplayer mkvnixtools & sudo /usr/share/doc/libdvdread4/install-css.sh

    ripping all of video, audio, and subtitles, contained in the first title: mplayer dvd://1 -dumpstream -dumpfile <rippedfile>

    to have a look at the details of audio and subtitle streams featured on the ripped file: mplayer rippedfile -v

    identify which audio and video tracks are contained inside the ripped file: mkvmerge -i <rippedfile>

    build mkv with desired tracks: mkvmerge -o <output.mkv> -a <audiotrackid> -d <videotrackid> -s <subtitletrackid> <rippedfile>
    I am willing to update the quote field with any hints, tips, or fixes, one might provide.

    Notes: (1) mplayer decrypts files on the fly while ripping them, I believe.

    (2) One needs not to separately install libdvdread4, as mplayer installs it by default.
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    Re: [Lossless] Ripping DVDs to Matroska (MKV)

    Why don't you just use Handbrake? You can encode to MPEG2, the same codec as the DVD uses, though I bet you'd be hard-pressed to discern a difference between that and H.264 which is the default.
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    Re: [Lossless] Ripping DVDs to Matroska (MKV)

    Quote Originally Posted by SeijiSensei View Post
    Why don't you just use Handbrake? You can encode to MPEG2, the same codec as the DVD uses,
    Well, I guess I could. But then, I already have done most of the way using the posted apps, and I think using the CLI looks cool.

    Quote Originally Posted by SeijiSensei View Post
    though I bet you'd be hard-pressed to discern a difference between that and H.264 which is the default.
    Actually, I have been meaning to encode using HEVC when it goes out, but have recently chosen to go the way of lossless transferring. Besides, I have chosen to go with DVDs instead of with Blu-ray, because few movies I own (which are mostly old movies, by the way) really gain from it. In fact, most, through my own taste standards, suffers from it. An exception to this rule is Casablanca, which seems successful on Blu-ray.

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    Re: [Lossless] Ripping DVDs to Matroska (MKV)

    My suggestion would be either Acid Rip or DVD::Rip (they are located down the following list) :

    http://debianhelp.wordpress.com/2012...cise-pangolin/

    Quote Originally Posted by twipley View Post
    I am triying to transfer a small collection of DVDs, without losing anything in quality, to the hard drive. Here is what I have came up at, although there seems to be a problem in that no subtitle streams at all get worked with using mkvmerge.

    (As a rule, would be desired in the output are the video stream, original-language studio audio, and soft-coded, bitmap-type, English subtitles.)



    I am willing to update the quote field with any hints, tips, or fixes, one might provide.

    EDIT: Also, mplayer decrypts files on the fly while ripping them, I believe.

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    Re: [Lossless] Ripping DVDs to Matroska (MKV)

    Ultimately, it seems that it is MakeMKV combined with mkvmerge GUI that is doing the job the way I am wanting it to be done.

    restricted-extras (featuring the MPEG-2 decoder) is to be installed. Suggestion steps for installing MakeMKV (beta) and mkvmerge:

    # first off, download both the binary and the source packages
    # over at: http://www.makemkv.com/forum2/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=224

    # then, this script file, placed into the same folder as downloaded package files, is to be "ran in terminal;"

    sudo apt-get install build-essential libc6-dev libssl-dev libgl1-mesa-dev libqt4-dev

    tar -xf makemkv*oss.tar.gz && tar -xf makemkv*bin.tar.gz

    cd ./makemkv*_oss
    make -f makefile.linux && sudo make -f makefile.linux install

    cd ../makemkv*_bin
    make -f makefile.linux && sudo make -f makefile.linux install

    cd ..
    sudo rm -r makemkv*_oss && sudo rm -r makemkv*_bin
    # run the following line from the terminal (ctrl-alt-t): sudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list && exit
    # then, add the two following text lines to the end of the therefore-opened text file:

    deb http://www.bunkus.org/ubuntu/precise/ ./
    deb-src http://www.bunkus.org/ubuntu/precise/ ./

    # then, open this file this time not using the "display," but the "run in terminal" button;
    # take care, though, to input the account password moments after having opened this file that way;

    wget -O - http://www.bunkus.org/gpg-pub-moritzbunkus.txt | sudo apt-key add -

    sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install mkvtoolnix mkvtoolnix-gui
    Last edited by twipley; May 3rd, 2012 at 01:10 AM.

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    Re: [Lossless] Ripping DVDs to Matroska (MKV)

    Taxi Driver, Apocalypse Now, and Raging Bull amateurs on the quest of tweaking their future non-DNRed release possessions:

    Code:
    # run the following line from the terminal (ctrl-alt-t): sudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list
    # then, append the two following lines to the end of the therefore-opened sources-list file:
    
    deb http://www.bunkus.org/ubuntu/precise/ ./
    deb-src http://www.bunkus.org/ubuntu/precise/ ./
    
    # then, open this file this time not using the "display," but the "run in terminal" button;
    # take care, though, to input account password moments after having opened this file that way;
    
    wget -O - http://www.bunkus.org/gpg-pub-moritzbunkus.txt | sudo apt-key add -
    
    sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install mkvtoolnix mkvtoolnix-gui
    source: http://www.bunkus.org/videotools/mkvtoolnix/

    http://www.dvdbeaver.com/film/dvdrev...dvd_review.htm
    http://www.dvdbeaver.com/film/DVDCom...ragingbull.htm
    http://www.dvdbeaver.com/film/DVDCom...alypsenow3.htm

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