[mythtv-users] high quality dvd rip tip

Nick Rout nick at rout.co.nz
Sun Nov 25 23:52:26 UTC 2007

On Mon, November 26, 2007 12:32 pm, Anthony Giggins wrote:
>> Steve MacLaren wrote:
>>> Thought I would pass along a recent discovery:
>>> I've struggled for some time playing ISOs and vobs ripped with MythDVD
>>> using the internal player.  ISOs sometimes contain much undesired
>>> content forcing you to navigate considerably to get to the movie.
>>> vobs ripped with Myth inevitably have permanently broken seektables.
>>> So I had resigned myself to "Excellent" quality, or .avis - these are
>>> fine for most of my DVDs (kids films) as they are fairly compact;
>>> however, there are a few DVDs in the library that justify a higher
>>> quality rip.
>>> So I have started using k9copy and have been very pleased with the
>>> results.  It lets you choose exactly which title(s) to rip and then
>>> will rip them as ISO files.  That way I get a true reproduction of
>>> only the part of the DVD I want.  And, Myth's internal player handles
>>> playback of these ISOs quite well - no seektable issues.
>> Nice tip. I wonder if k9copy (or the underlying libraries/utilities it
>> calls) can be scripted, so that the behaviour you describe above could
>> be used from mythfrontend rather than having to run a separate GUI app..
>> Cheers,
>> John
> I believe this has already been done in Mythdora....
> Anthony

k9copy's main raison d'etre is to reduce the size of a DVD-9 to fit on a
DVD-5 for backup purposes. It uses vamps to requantise the video to make
it smaller, plus as mentioned you can cut out the annoying bits.

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