[mythtv-users] video formats

Nick Rout nick.rout at gmail.com
Fri Jul 30 02:53:58 UTC 2010

On Fri, Jul 30, 2010 at 12:04 PM, Brian Wood <beww at beww.org> wrote:
> On Thursday, July 29, 2010 05:37:37 pm Nick Rout wrote:
>> On Fri, Jul 30, 2010 at 11:28 AM, Christopher Kerr
>> <mythtv at theseekerr.com> wrote:
>> > On Wed, Jul 28, 2010 at 10:15 PM, Tim Coote <tim+mythtv.org at coote.org> wrote:
>> >> Hullo
>> >>
>> >> I've got a separated mythtv frontend/backend based on a couple of acer
>> >> revo boxes + fedora 12 standard packages (mythtv 0.23). These devices
>> >> don't have dvd drives, so I'm ripping on macs and pulling the files
>> >> into the startup directory for mythvideo.  For some dvds I can just
>> >> copy across the VIDEO_TS directory and all's well (once I installed the
>> >> libdvdcss package, which was non-trivial to work out as a necessary
>> >> component). For others this doesn't seem to work, so I'm ripping the
>> >> dvds to mpeg ts encapsulated video stream using vlc, ignoring the dvd
>> >> menu and just playing the video. However, when I rip like this, I get a
>> >> 6GB file (clumsy to move around the house) and the forward / backward
>> >> arrows just crash the internal video player.
>> >>
>> >> Should I be using a different encoding and/or encapsulation?  Or is this
>> >> a known bug (I've seen something that may relate to left/right arrow in
>> >> video playback.
>> >>
>> >> It would help me if I understood how to pull out small segments of a
>> >> dvd, to run tests on, if that's possible, so that I don't spend a
>> >> couple of hours ripping/transferring before I realise that I've got the
>> >> wrong format. Is it possible to pull of bits of a dvd - I cannot seem
>> >> to just transcode the VOB files, for instance, as these do not play
>> >> back reliably.
>> >
>> > I think most of us are now using MakeMKV - just google it, it's a free
>> > tool which can take a title from a DVD, ISO or VIDEO_TS folder and
>> > remux it into an MKV which works perfectly in the internal player.
>> Nice product but closed source and when they get out of beta I suspect
>> you will have to pay for it. It may or may not be worth it.
>> It must check home too as periodically I get a message "this version
>> is out of date, you must update" or words to that effect.
>> As far as just ripping a dvd, try:
>> mplayer dvd://n -dumpstream -dumpfile mydvd.vob
>> where n is the title you want to rip.
>> Then you can use avidemux or handbrake to transcode if desired. I
>> prefer h264 in a mkv, it comes out much much smaller.
> I confess I haven't been following this thread, but I just use handbrake to rip the main title from a DVD to an h264-
> encoded MKV file, it even gets the chapters right.
> Did I miss some problem with doing that?

No I just didn't know it would do it straight from the dvd, having the
chapters is excellent.

> I looked at MakeMkv, but having to answer "yes" to something that looked like it was written by the Microsoft Legal Dept.
> just went against the grain for a Linux application. I won't use it, especially as I have a working alternative.

Yes, but useful for post dvd material (bluray etc).

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