Tuesday, April 7, 2009

RIP encrypted DVD's to ISO (and play them) in Ubuntu

There are some good packages for encoding DVD movies into other formats on linux, but what if you just want to rip to an uncompressed .iso like DVDDecrypter or DVDShrink does on Winblows? I wandered across this helpful post and was ripping in minutes.

Install software:
  • sudo apt-get install lsdvd gddrescue

Decrypt DVD contents:
  • lsdvd /dev/dvd (or whatever your drive path is)

Rip that sucka:
  • ddrescue /dev/dvd image.iso dvd.log

PLAYING: (I found out the fuseiso bits here)
Install software:
  • sudo apt-get install vlc fuseiso

Configure fuse for iso mounting (only do this the first time):
  • sudo adduser your_user_name fuse (close and reopen the terminal to update your group status)
  • sudo mkdir /media/fuseiso (create mount point)
Mount the .iso as a drive:
  • sudo fuseiso isofile.iso /media/fuseiso
The drive may mount somewhere else like /dev/cdrom0 (it will contain the telltale audio and video folders). You can unmount it if you need to with sudo umount /media/fuseiso.

Play it already:
  • Applications -> Sound&Video -> VLC Media Player
  • In VLC Media -> Open Disk -> Browse... -> /media/cdrom0 (or wherever it was mounted for you) -> Choose
  • Enjoy.

I do not condone piracy, and I am posting these tips for making bit-perfect backups of movies you own.