Ripping DVD’s has been well covered for Windows users who have plenty of options, but what about those running the Linux operating system? The options are far less, but it is still possible to back up your DVD collection so you can stream straight from your hard drive as part of a home theater setup. Remember that copying a DVD is illegal in a lot of Countries, but if you are just backing up your collection then most people believe it is fine to do.
I decided earlier this week I needed to rip a DVD and looked into the available options on Linux. I’m not overly experienced at doing this sort of thing on linux, but I have done this on windows, using makemkv to copy the DVD to hdd and handbrake to encode to mp4 file.
You can setup makemkv on linux but it does require having installed gnu compiler, headers, libraries & tools.
A Mac using friend of mine who really like using makemkv and likes to remind me how good it is for ripping DVD’s & Blu-Rays. Handbrake is free and open source software, so I thought i would give it a go.
Installing the makemkv and handbrake was fairly simple to do on Linux Ubuntu. After going to handbrakes website its just a matter of going to the downloads page and clicking on Ubuntu PPA link. if you want you can download the source code and build the program yourself. Once installed the application should just appear on your menu, for me it was in the Ubuntu Menu under “Sound & Video” so it’s likely to be in a similar place even if you’re using a different flavor of Linux.
Once you have everything installed you can start ripping the dvd.
Open up MakeMKV and insert the DVD you want to copy, after a bit of disk activity you should see information on the DVD you inserted and the disk drive just below that becomes active. When it has click on it and a new screen should appear that shows the processing of the disk, after this another screen appears with titles for the DVD if you don’t want everything copied deselect everything except for the first largest title in my case it was the title has 5.0GB size, this is the movie. When that is done in the Output folder put where you want it saved to and click Make MKV button and now wait until its ripped, this can take a long while.
When the ripping has finished you should find a large .mkv file in the Output folder you chose, if all is OK then you can quit MakeMKV.
Now its Time to run Handbrake, when it shows itself make sure on the right hand side Presets->Regular->Normal is selected. Now click on source top left of display and click Open File and navigate to the Output folder you saved the .mkv file to and select that .mkv file an wait a while, while it processes it. When finished make sure Container is Mp4 and click on video tab where Video Codec should be H.264 (x264). In the File box just above the Container you chose earlier enter the Output file. Now click Start and wait for the encoding process to complete. If you have a slow system this can take a few hours to complete.
Now you can start transferring those video files and watch on your Linux, windows or android systems with ease.
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