Linux DVD Video

bombono_dvd_logoIn this tutorial I will describe how you can create a DVD by using your own videos in order to play it on a standalone DVD player. The software I am going to use is Bombono DVD, a freeware utility for bot Windows and Linux. Here I have used the Linux version. Download Bombono DVD, install it and let's get started.

 

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Linux DVD Video

imagination-logoLet's say you have returned from vacation and you have shot a bunch of photos. It would be nice to create a DVD slideshow with those photos and watch it with your friends. In this guide I will explain how to do so in Linux. We are going to use Imagination, a lightweight and simple DVD slideshow maker in GTK+2. Of course it is free. So, install it through your distribution's package manager, apt, yum, pacman, whatever, and let's start!

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Linux DVD Video

avidemux_logo.jpgIn this guide I will describe you how to convert a video file to Xvid/H264 using Avidemux. For those who haven't heard it before, Avidemux is a free video editor for Windows, Linux and MAC. In this tutorial I have used the Linux version.

The idea of writing this guide came to my mind while I was copying videos from my digital camera to my computer. I own a Canon Digital Ixus which although it is and old model I am very satisfied from its images quality. However it captures video using the MJPEG format and PCM audio codec. This means that for a 30 seconds video at 30 frames per rate it needs about 53MB of space in my hard disk disk drive. Although that there are very cheap hard disks nowadays I thought of reencoding these videos so that don't need so much space. So let's move with the guide.

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Linux DVD Video

2mandvd_logo.jpgDVD authoring is an issue that concerns many users. Users who want to convert their video files, tv series, movies etc. into DVDs and watching them in a big TV on a standalone DVD player. For Windows there is a very good DVD authoring tool. You can read more in my ConvertXtoDVD guide . However there also many great applications for Linux users as well. In the past I have written a DeVeDe guide . This time I will present you another software called 2ManDVD .

2ManDVD is the successor of ManDVD, based on Qt4. It uses some command line tools such as ffmpeg, transcode, mencoder, dvdauthor, mjpegtools, dvdautor and others combined in a nice and easy to use graphical interface. I noticed that there isn't a manual for this program and the developer is French so I decided to write this guide. But let's get started. Install the package for your distribution and launch 2ManDVD. For this tutorial I have used 2ManDVD version 1.0RC2.


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Linux DVD Video

avidemux_logo.jpgIn this guide I will explain how to extract subtitles from a DVD disk and save them to a .srt file e.g. a text file containing the subtitles along with the timecode they appear in the movie. srt files can be easily edited or even translated to another language so that other users can view the movie. To do so we must first extract an .idx file from the DVD along with a .sub file. The .idx file contains the time codes of the subtitles and the .sub contains information about the image that contains the subtitles. The program I am going to use to rip the DVD subtitles is Avidemux. Avidemux has versions for Windows, Linux and Mac OS. In this tutorial I used Avidemux 2.4 on Archlinux running KDE4. The program has the same interface in all operating systems though. So, install Avidemux (if you are using Linux install it through your distributions Package Management System e.g. for Ubuntu sudo apt-get install avidemux and for Fedora su -c 'yum install avidemux' ) and lets extract the subs!

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Linux DVD Video

In this step-by-step tutorial I will explain how to transcode a DVD using DVD::Rip. DVD::Rip is a graphical DVD ripper based on Transcode for Linux users. In other words it is a fully DVD copy program written in Perl that allows you to control all aspects of the ripping and transcoding process. Transcode is yet another linux text-console utility to encode raw video/audio streams extracted from, for example, DVD or Digital Video sources to DivX;-) or OpenDivX AVI files.

By default this free ripping software doesn't support copying encrypted DVD's which is illegal in many countries. If there are no legal issues in your country you can install libdvdcss2 to decrypt encrypted DVD's. Here are two tutorials for Ubuntu Intrepid Ibex 8.10 and Fedora Cambridge 10.


How to install libdvdcss2 in Ubuntu

How to install libdvdcss in Fedora


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Linux DVD Video

pspiphone.jpgIn this Linux guide I will describe how to rip your DVD movie disks and convert them to be played in your Apple iPod and Sony PSP. The software I am going to use is OGMRip. I have previously used OGMRip in my How to rip DVD subtitles to .srt in Linux tutorial. For those who haven't read it I should introduct OGMRip again. OGMRip is a free software developed for Linux Operating System. In general it is an application for ripping and encoding DVD into avi, ogm, mp4 or matroska files using a variety of codecs. For iPod and PSP we will need its MP4, X264 and AAC support.


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Linux DVD Video

In this guide I am going to show you how to rip (extract) subtitles and their timings from video files (VOB) or DVDs and save them as a plain text file. This text is the .srt file. This way you can have selectable subtitle files that you can use alongside with a ripped DiVX/XviD movie (which you legally own) and format them by your media player to your needs. Moreover you can merge them to containers like mkv so can have audio, video and subtitles in a single file.

Till now this procedure in Linux you had to use a few different CLI (Command Line Interface e.g. Linux Console) programs and type many commands. However here I will use OGMRip which will allow us to easily extract the subtitles. It's main purpose is to rip and encode DVD into avi, ogm, mp4 or matroska files. However with a little "trick" we will just rip the subtitles without having to rip the movie as well.

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