Wednesday, September 19, 2012

DVD Ripping

I have a problem with ripping some DVD's, right now it is Ratatouille.
Basically the rip failed with every single DVD ripper on Linux. It seems they have won the DRM battle to get me not to rip this DVD.

That is until I came across this simple "fix". Simple explanation of the problem:
Some DVDs have bad sectors as a copy protection mechanism, which makes some tools choke. However, ddrescue can rip copy-protected DVDs to iso.
Now down to bussiness!
Make sure the DVD is unmounted, then use ddrescue to make an ISO of the disk:

ddrescue /dev/sr0 movie.iso

This may take a while, once this is finished you can use any decoding app, like Handbrake, to rip the ISO.