AcidRip presents a clean Gnome graphical interface for converting a DVD directly to an avi file (without temporary copies of the DVD).
Generally, creating a 1GB file for every hour of video produces a good quality backup.
If we specify more than a single file then Acidrip will split at chapter breaks (we can, later on, use avisplit to split a video into smaller chunks, and avimerge100.5). The Queue tab of acidrip displays the mencode to combine video clips--see Section command line that is generated and run. Extensive use of tooltips provides excellent interactive advice on using the tool.
- Startup acidrip and it will read the DVD and select the longest title--be patient and pay attention to the status bar at the bottom since it may take a few seconds while it determines information about the DVD;
- Change the Track title if you like (this is used as the filename stem - the %T);
- Choose the File size and # Files. Perhaps 1000 for each hour of video to get a reasonable Bits/Px (about 0.2) on the Video tab;
- Set Info to name the movie;
- Select a Subtitle if desired;
- On the Video tab, click the Detect button for cropping to the correct size;
- On the Video tab, check that the Scale option is off so that you get the original size;
- On the Preview tab you can choose to watch a bit of a preview of the resulting movie;
- When you are ready, click the Start button and over the next few hours the work will be done. Note that the main window collapses to a progress window while the work is being done.
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