[mythtv-users] Ripping DVD's

Jared Greenwald greenwaldjared at gmail.com
Wed Mar 14 23:13:30 UTC 2007

On 3/14/07, Yan Seiner <yan at seiner.com> wrote:
> Bruce Nordstrand wrote:
> > I started ripping my collection of DVD's to hard drive today but space
> > is being eaten at a phenomenal rate.
> >
> > Can anyone tell me what the difference would be in both size/quality
> > would be with ripping a DVD with Perfect, Medium or Good?
> >
> > For example I have been ripping at Perfect and "Lord of the Rings - The
> > Two Towers", for instance, is 7.0Gb. As you can see, my ripping is
> > filling up my 80Gb drive quite quickly. I know I am going to need more
> > eventually but I didn't think so few DVD's would take up so much
> space...
> >
> I tried scrimping on size early on - back in the days when I had an old,
> cheap, beat-to-snot 27" CRT tv.  I could get a DVD down to about 600MB,
> and it looked OK on that TV.
> Now, on a 37" LCD, I cringe and shudder when one of those early rips
> plays.... It's just awful.
> I use mencoder (not myth) to rip DVDs, and I get a full-length DVD into
> about 900 MB - 1.4 GB.  Cartoons take a lot more space than live action.
> I do two-pass encoding, and a single DVD takes about 3-6 hours to
> complete both passes.

Can you elaborate a little more on this process?  A howto on the wiki or

You might get better compression for the same quality if you use
> mencoder; I really don't know.  mencoder gives you about 10,000 options
> and the learning curve is steep.
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