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How to convert a DVD to avi using Linux

Posted by on Sunday, 15 August, 2010

To convert a DVD to avi I use the following command:

mencoder dvd://1 -alang en -ovc xvid -xvidencopts bitrate=1500:autoaspect -oac mp3lame -lameopts br=128 -o ~/OUTPUT_FILE

The dvd://1 can change depending on the DVD. What I do is to enter mplayer dvd://1 and check if that starts the main movie. If it does not, I try dvd://2 and keep incrementing until I see what I want to save. You might also want to change -alang en to get the audio for other languages.

Change OUTPUT_FILE to whatever file name you like with the avi file extension, “movie_title.avi” for example.

Sometime however, we have and ISO and not a physical dvd. For that, you need to change the dvd://1 to something like dvd://1/ISO_FILE

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