Friday, June 13, 2008

Converting DVD9 to DVD5 In Linux

Iam a big movie freak. I have loads of dvd's that i share with friends. The Problem is, more often than not the dvd's tend to get scratched. So i decided that i will make a copy of all my dvd's and will share that backup copy thereby reducing the risk of my dvd's getting scratched. In india we have DVD5's (4.7 GB) available quite easily. But most of the dvd's we buy today are DVD9 format. I was on a lookout for the best tool to do the job. In windows there is a funky application called dvdshrink. On linux i found that dvdshrink does run well on wine. Iam a linux purist so i was not happy with that solution. I stumbled upon this neat application called k9copy. Its a KDE app and works absolutely well. I have not really dug into this app as it has numerous settings. For most of us the default should be good to go.
The next step is to back up the dvd. Pop in the dvd you wish to backup and watch the application read all the titles and display them as shown below.

Here one can select/deselect title set. Remember if you are not de-selecting any title set then your most likely to have the full dvd converted to DVD 5 format but at the cost of picture quality.
That it!! Now click on "Copy".


It creates you a lovely iso image that you can later burn or you can also directly burn into a dvd on the fly.

Word Of Caution : I found that this app crashes when trying to rip from rc2 protected dvd drives. The only way to get rid of the problem is to use rc1 drives. If not you need to search on the net for rc1 firmware for your drive to crack it :-)

5 comments:

ben2tak said...

lkThe problem isn't to find software that will do this from DVD, but to do the job from a DVD9.iso image. Once it's mounted, these programs all seem set to look at '/dev/dvd' and cannot do the job from a mounted ISO in '/media/ISO'.

I am confused.

ben2tak said...

lkThe problem isn't to find software that will do this from DVD, but to do the job from a DVD9.iso image. Once it's mounted, these programs all seem set to look at '/dev/dvd' and cannot do the job from a mounted ISO in '/media/ISO'.

I am confused.

Chirag "Cheezo" Jog said...

Unfortunately for me k9copy got stuck for a encrypted disc, so finally used dvdshrink.

hurt said...

You should also try looking into Brasero. It is a great Gnome application that does a decent job.

Kevin said...

I had problems using k9copy. It installed fine but would show errors with no explanation when using it. The solution was to install libdvdcss2 through synaptic before installing k9copy. I wish it told you this was the case!