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August 21, 2009

Turning DVDs into AVI Files the Easy Way: Acid Rip

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , — spectralcat @ 6:28 am

One of the easiest way to create AVI files in GNU/Linux is to use Acid Rip.  Unfortunately, Acid Rip does not seem to scale .avi files properly.  Getting a quality .avi file at a low bitrate often requires one to scale the frame size of the movie down.  The resulting frame size should be multiples of 16.  Acid Rip does not keep the resulting frame size multiples of 16; therefore I would advise against using it if you’re concerned about creating the best quality AVI files.  If just want an easy way to create .avi files, may still be useful. (more…)

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Turning DVDs into AVI Files the Hard Way: Mencoder

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , , — spectralcat @ 6:03 am

There are lots of GNU/Linux programs for turning DVDs into AVI files.  The two most popular ones are Acidrip (a frontend for mencoder) and DVD:Rip (a frontend for transcode).  I’ve run into problems using both of these programs, though.  I’ve found that the more reliable way to create .avi files is to use mencoder directly. Below I’ve provided a series of mencoder commands that you can copy and paste into the command Terminal. (more…)

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