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Pdvdrsab-0.1 - a gtkdialog dvd rip/shrink/author/burn gui
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plinej

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PostPosted: Wed 06 Aug 2008, 19:47    Post subject:  

Right, I get that. I just wanted to make sure the entire video was burned and it didn't stop short making it unplayable. I'm not sure what the problem may be. I'll have to try to use it with all the options sometime in the next couple of days to see if it works for me.
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PostPosted: Thu 07 Aug 2008, 07:43    Post subject:  

Alright, I appreciate your work by the way. It's a really great program. You should look into DVDShrink which is a Windows program as said earlier in the thread. Try it using Wine or something it works very well and is quite similar to this program. Might help you in your work.
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lakedude

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PostPosted: Tue 21 Oct 2008, 23:51    Post subject:  

I've been attempting to get Puppy to rip and burn DVDs for a few days now.

Of all the things I've tried so far, I had the best luck with Wine (including cabextract) and DVDShrink.

Now I have DVD files on my HD, how can I burn em to make a single layer DVD that will play in a stand alone player? Last time I tried Pburn it made a data disk that does not work in a stand alone.

TIA

BTW

DVDShrink is a pretty darn cool program and is worth checking out, unfortunately development has been discontinued so it is hard to find. Of course I have a copy if you are interested ...
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plinej

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PostPosted: Thu 01 Jan 2009, 19:16    Post subject:  

I haven't really messed with this program in quite some time but I do see a potential problem. I'm using the large file support option in vobcopy when ripping and if the partition your saving the ripped file to doesn't support files over 4 gigabytes the rip will abruptly stop with no explanation (well vobcopy explains the problem but my gui doesn't). I didn't realize this until I just tried to rip to an external FAT32 drive. It works fine on my internal EXT3 drive though. I'll probably do some modifications to check the format of the chosen partition and display a warning message. What type of partitions have large file support besides EXT3 & NTFS? I think I'll probably add an option for converting to AVI using ffmpeg too.
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PostPosted: Sat 10 Jan 2009, 19:06    Post subject:  

plinej, I seem to be having similar problems to others in the forum.

The ripping part seems to work, In fact it made a single mpg file that works perfectly when played in Gxine. I am not able to burn this to a DVD though as the file is 4.2Gb.

The file is currently sitting on an EXT2 partition. I though EXT2 partitions could handle files over 4Gb!

Also when the authoring process was occurring I noticed there were several error messages to do with sound. Can't remember the exact message but something to do with negative position or similar. Not sure if this makes any sense to you, doesn't to me.

When I put the DVD in a DVD player, not a computer, it will only play the first VOB file and there are five. Obviously the authoring part did not work properly.

On a positive note, the DVD I copied from was also a copy and a bad one at that. When I watched it on my DVD player it had frequent pixelation and often stopped although the counter continued. When viewed in Puppy and Gxine it worked perfectly. The reason I tried to copy this DVD was to see if Puppy could improve things and it did. My copy of the bad copy worked fine on the DVD player except it would only play that first chapter/file.

If I was to reformat the partition to EXT3 do you think the problem would disappear?

I have tried to use Pburn to copy the single file to a DVD and that failed also due to the >4Gb problem.

Any ideas

Thanks

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PostPosted: Sat 10 Jan 2009, 21:26    Post subject:  

The error messages that are spit out by dvdauthor are rather cryptic but most of them don't cause any problems for playing back the dvds. I would say try to do your authoring on an ext3 partition to see if it works. I'm not sure why the dvd won't play for you. The ones I've authored seem to work fine using this program. If you mount the dvd could you list the sizes and filenames of the files in the video_ts directory? If you're ripping a copied dvd you should be able to just drag the files off of the dvd and burn a copy of the video_ts folder since the vob files will already be decrypted.
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PostPosted: Sat 10 Jan 2009, 22:14    Post subject:  

plinej wrote:
If you mount the dvd could you list the sizes and filenames of the files in the video_ts directory? If you're ripping a copied dvd you should be able to just drag the files off of the dvd and burn a copy of the video_ts folder since the vob files will already be decrypted.


I haven't actually tried copying the files from the copied DVD to a new one. Although they have been decrypted I think it must have been a poor job due to the pixelation I mentioned earlier. At least after I used your decryption it seem to get rid of the pixelation.

Is there a way to get around this 4Gb file size problem?

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PostPosted: Sat 10 Jan 2009, 23:57    Post subject:  

You need to use a filesystem that supports large files for now. I'd suggest using EXT3.
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PostPosted: Sun 11 Jan 2009, 00:54    Post subject:  

plinej wrote:
You need to use a filesystem that supports large files for now. I'd suggest using EXT3.


Using an EXT3 file system seem to work.

Are there any user guides available to using this program?

Do you need to copy both VIDEO_TS and AUDIO_TS even though AUDIO_TS directory is empty to make it play on a DVD player?

I didn't copy the AUDIO_TS directory and it plays on my home theater system but not as a DVD in Gxine.

Strange stuff these DVDs. No wonder I haven't had much interest in the past.

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PostPosted: Sun 11 Jan 2009, 01:02    Post subject:  

All you should need is the video_ts directory.
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PostPosted: Tue 27 Jan 2009, 14:48    Post subject:  

Should pdvdrsab meet his need ... ?

Quote:
I'm wanting to rip dvd movies and store them on my computer to play on
my TV. My question is what, if any program preserves the menu
selection features like when you would just normally insert the DVD?

I tried a free program called HandBrake I got it off www.filehippo.com
and it works, but I can't figure out how to keep menu selections.

Any thoughts or ideas?

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Jonathan

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PostPosted: Wed 28 Jan 2009, 13:13    Post subject:  

Here are some of my findings as I worked with my ASUS EEE 900, Puppy 4.1.2, and an external DVD burner/external hard drive as I ripped and re-burnt my own copy of Angel Heart:

First off, this is a great program. I'm amazed at what it can do.

The biggest problem I found was with the initial VOB file. The AH VOB file clocked in at 3.75gb, and I don't have room for that on my ASUS. So I had pdvdsab work with an external hdd (NTFS). I had hoped to simply copy the VOB to an 8gb usb flash drive, but no matter how I formatted the usb drive (ext2, ext3, fat32, ntfs), the file proved too big to copy.

In fat32, the VOB/flash drive would play in Puppy, but freeze at the 2gb mark even though the entire 3.75 file had ostensibly copied.

So if a user wanted to travel with a netbook and watch a movie on a usb flash drive, then s/he must rip, shrink, author to a big-enough drive, then copy the 4 VOB files to the flash drive.

This must be done WITHOUT selecting VAMPS. VOBs ripped with VAMPS did not play on my Puppy's gxine media player. Once the flash drive is ready, open File in gxine, find the flash drive, and choose all, and only, the VOB files. The movie will play.

But if you want to burn a DVD, I found that I had to use VAMPS to get the DVD to play in PowerDVD player on XP SP3, for example. [I have a lousy stand-alone dvd player which would not play the reburnt AH in any form--but I'm hoping that's because it's a crummy machine. I do not have another stand-alone to test.]

As an aside, I'd like to know why, when I formatted the USB flash drive in ext3, I still couldn't copy a 3.75gb file to it. Is that an ext3 limitation, or something to do with my USB flash drive?

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PostPosted: Sat 31 Jan 2009, 15:56    Post subject:  

ext3 will support large files so I'm not sure why it wouldn't copy the whole file. I have not experienced that problem on any usb drives I have that are formatted to ext3.
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PostPosted: Sat 31 Jan 2009, 17:25    Post subject:  

Thanks for your reply, and I figured out what was the problem: dodgy USB drive, even though brand new. Once I tried another USB flash, everything worked: full, shrunk,or authored VOB files.

It was driving me crazy until I figured it out.

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PostPosted: Tue 10 Feb 2009, 15:24    Post subject: shrinking from hard disk  

I would like to shrink author and burn but already have the dvd ripped to a folder on my hard drive. When I choose shrink it asks for an existing vob or mpeg, but the main movie is composed of 5 different vob's. Do I have to choose each .vob that corresponds to the main movie to shrink or is there a way to choose a title number as you would when ripping from the disk and have all the vob's shrunk to fit a dvd 5 in one step?

I hope this makes sense

*Edit*
I see that I can just do a cat command in the terminal to create one .vob from many. I believe this solves my troubles.

i did notice however the vobcopy site mentions using -i /dev/dvd is a bad idea and is better to use a mount point. Should I be mounting the disk then changing the input to /mnt/sr0? (that is of course when I am trying to go from a disk and not the hard drive)
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