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hpr1031 :: Backing up your dvd collection using mencoder

Using mencoder from the command line

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Hosted by BrocktonBob on 2012-07-16 is flagged as Explicit and is released under a CC-BY-SA license.
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Hello HPR BrocktonBob here with another short but sweet episode about backing up your dvd collection using mencoder a terminal command program.In this episode i tell you how to back up your dvd's using a small mencoder command.You will end up with a very nice .avi file about a third the size of your original dvd movie size.So just copy and paste the command below into the terminal after you have inserted the dvd into your drive.make sure to close movie player by hitting cancel.so copy the code below

mencoder dvd://1 \
-alang en \
-vf crop=640:480:0:0,scale=640:405 \
-ovc xvid -xvidencopts \
bvhq=1:chroma_opt:quant_type=mpeg:bitrate=3000 \
-oac mp3lame \
-lameopts br=96:cbr:vol=6 \
-o HarryPotter.avi

Just replace HarryPotter.avi with the name of the movie your backing up enjoy.


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Comment #1 posted on 2012-07-19T13:02:21Z by dave


Great info BrocktonBob

Another thing that may need to be changed is the -vf crop=640:480:0:0,scale=640:405 option

Some movies will have different crop boundaries. I use mplayer dvd//:1 -vf cropdetect to to get this info before ripping.

Another tip is for the scale option. Here is your original code -vf crop=640:480:0:0,scale=640:405

Here mencoder can preserve the aspect ratio whether the movie is full screen or wide screen by using a -2 like so

crop=640:480:0:0,scale=640:-2

Hop these tips help



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