[mythtv-users] "Perfect" DVD Rip -> small picture

Bob Sully rcs at malibyte.net
Sun Dec 21 02:10:35 UTC 2008

On Fri, Dec 19, 2008 at 10:45:40AM -0500, Rod Smith wrote:
> On Friday 19 December 2008 12:16:49 am Bob Sully wrote:
> >
> > Pardon the question if the answer's obvious, but I didn't find a quick
> > fix in the list archives.
> >
> > I just ran a "perfect" rip on a letterboxed DVD.  The job ran cleanly
> > (6.6GB file).  When I play back the resultant .vob file, however, the
> > picture is significantly smaller than when playing the DVD, with a thick
> > black box around the whole picture rather than just the typical
> > letterboxed black bars above and below.
> [deletia]
> As an unrelated suggestion, you could try using non-Myth tools to do the
> extraction. I'm not positive, but I think that the dvdunauthor program
> will extract the individual recordings. The dvdbackup program backs up a
> DVD to your hard disk, but it keeps the DVD's structure, which means
that > you won't have easy access to individual items; they'll be
> together in a way that may be hard to extricate just one item.
>  The dumpstream option of mplayer works pretty well too.
>  You can use something like lsdvd to see what tracks are on the disk
>  and extract individual tracks based on that. My personal ripper script
>  does that. Any tracks of a certain size get ripped, others don't.

Actually, I found a non-Myth app last night that works quite well - and
it's really configurable:


It has a nice GUI version, AND a CLI version, which I'm thinking might
integrate well with Myth.  Has anyone looked into trying to use Handbrake
through the Myth interface??

It solved the "postage stamping" problem above.  It has many different
options, will do several different container formats, will even rip a disc
into an iPod-compatible file.  Check it out!


Bob Sully - Simi Valley, California, USA

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