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dvd2mp4rip - A simple interactive DVD rip/video encoding utility

Filed under: My software by Hari
Posted on Wed, Jul 27, 2011 at 10:58 IST (last updated: Wed, Jul 27, 2011 @ 11:08 IST)

I've written a simple command-line, menu-driven, interactive DVD ripping and video encoding script in Python using MEncoder and FFmpeg.

Background: I created this script because I found myself using both MEncoder and FFmpeg alternatively to rip and encode from DVD videos. FFmpeg's drawback is that it cannot access DVD chapters directly and it cannot combine multiple input files to encode into a single file, while MEncoder's drawback is that the lavf MP4 muxer is currently broken and the resultant MP4 file generated from MEncoder is faulty and works only with MPlayer. So a two-step process is required to generate a fully functional and correct MP4 file. This script simply makes the process more convenient and user-friendly.

Check the project page for more information.

2 comment(s)

  1. You never cease to amaze me with your resourcefulness, my friend. I may use this tool, too. :)

    Comment by MrCorey (visitor) on Fri, Jul 29, 2011 @ 08:18 IST #
  2. Thanks, MrCorey. I've now updated this program to use 2-pass encoding, since a single pass rip is not of the best quality and bits would be wasted if you rip at too high a bitrate/quality setting.

    I might add single pass as an option though since there might be situations where a single pass encoding is more appropriate.

    Comment by Hari (blog owner) on Fri, Jul 29, 2011 @ 08:28 IST #

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