having problems copying a dvd

Adam Vande More amvandemore at gmail.com
Wed Sep 2 16:40:54 UTC 2009

On Wed, Sep 2, 2009 at 12:19 AM, Roland Smith <rsmith at xs4all.nl> wrote:

> On Wed, Sep 02, 2009 at 04:41:24AM +0000, af300wsm at gmail.com wrote:
> > Hi,
> >
> > I'm trying to make a copy of a dvd that I have, video, using a technique
> > that I gleaned from this list nearly two years ago that has always worked
> > but now I'm having problems. (When I say always, please bear in mind that
> I
> > don't do this every day or even frequently). You'll also see calls to dd.
> > These were attempts at "last ditch effort." I usually just use the copy
> > command (got it from a thread entitled, "copying a dvd video," from
> > November of 07). If dd will work but I just forgot to get the block size
> > right, what is that supposed to be.
> My preferred technique is to use mplayer:
> mplayer dvd://1 -dumpstream -dumpfile dvd.mpg
> Be sure to play the DVD with mplayer to check which track is actually the
> movie. Usually it is track #1, but not always.
> After copying the stream, I tend to re-encode it for backup purposes with
> the
> H.264 video codec with MP3 sound, which makes it a lot smaller. The first
> step
> is to watch the mpeg and see if there are black stripes around the picture:
> mplayer -vf cropdetect dvd.mpg
> This will give you a continuous list of crop lines, e.g:
> [CROP] Crop area: X: 1..719  Y: 74..500  (-vf crop=704:416:10:80).0
> Next step is to re-encode the mpeg file in two steps for enhanced quality,
> including the crop information, if any:
> mencoder title.mpg -ovc x264 \
> -x264encopts subq=4:bframes=3:b_pyramid:weight_b:qp=18:threads=auto:pass=1
> \
> -idx -oac mp3lame -vf crop=704:416:10:80 -o /dev/null; \
> mencoder title.mpg  -ovc x264 -x264encopts \
> subq=6:partitions=all:8x8dct:me=umh:frameref=5:bframes=3:\
> b_pyramid:weight_b:qp=18:threads=auto:pass=2 -vf crop=704:416:10:80 \
> -idx -oac mp3lame -o title.avi;
> If you want to include a specific language or subtitle, don't forget to
> include the correct options for that; see the mplayer manual.
> Roland
> --
> R.F.Smith                                   http://www.xs4all.nl/~rsmith/<http://www.xs4all.nl/%7Ersmith/>
> [plain text _non-HTML_ PGP/GnuPG encrypted/signed email much appreciated]
> pgp: 1A2B 477F 9970 BA3C 2914  B7CE 1277 EFB0 C321 A725 (KeyID: C321A725)

multimedia/transcode is good option as well.  tccat will dump track vob
without borders, use tcprobe to find track you wish to dump.

Adam Vande More

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