How to Rip a DVD With Linux

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How to Rip a DVD With Linux
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Ripping is a way of making a backup of a video DVD. The video is copied to a blank, recordable DVD or to the computer's hard drive. K9Copy, DVD::Rip and AcidRip are three graphical software programs that will rip a DVD on the Linux operating system. To rip a commercial DVD, you must also have the "libdvdcss2" package installed. The software is available through the "non-free" software repositories for most distribution. The non-free software repositories contain software that cannot be included in the regular repository due to licensing agreements.

Skill level:
Easy

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Instructions

    K9Copy

  1. 1

    Download and install the "libdvdcss2" and "k9copy" packages from your distribution's software repository. Ubuntu users type the command "sudo apt-get install libdvdcss2 k9copy" to install the packages. Fedora and CentOS users type the command "yum install libdvdcss2 k9copy" to install the packages.

  2. 2

    Open the K9Copy program.

  3. 3

    Insert the DVD into the computer's DVD drive.

  4. 4

    Click the "Open" button at the top of the screen.

  5. 5

    Click the check box next to the DVD name in the "Title" window to select the entire disk to be copied.

  6. 6

    Click the "Copy" button at the top of the window to copy the DVD.

    DVD::rip

  1. 1

    Download and install the "libdvdcss2" and "dvdrip" packages from your distribution's software repository. Ubuntu users type the command "sudo apt-get install libdvdcss2 dvdrip" to install the packages. Fedora and CentOS users type the command "yum install libdvdcss2 dvdrip" to install the packages.

  2. 2

    Open the DVD::rip program.

  3. 3

    Insert the video DVD into the computer's DVD drive.

  4. 4

    Click on the "Rip Title" tab in the main window.

  5. 5

    Click on the "Read DVD table of contents" button at the top of the screen.

  6. 6

    Click on the "RIP selected title(s)/chapter(s)" button at the bottom of the screen to copy the DVD.

    AcidRip

  1. 1

    Download and install the "libdvdcss2" and "acidrip" packages from your distribution's software repository. Ubuntu users type the command "sudo apt-get install libdvdcss2 acidrip" to install the packages. Fedora and CentOS users type the command "yum install libdvdcss2 acidrip" to install the packages.

  2. 2

    Open the AcidRip program.

  3. 3

    Insert the video DVD into the computer's DVD drive.

  4. 4

    Click the "Load" button in the AcidRip program window.

  5. 5

    Choose the format the you would like the video to be converted to from the drop-down menu next to the "Filename" text box. The choices are "AVI" or "MPG."

  6. 6

    Click the "Start" button to copy the DVD.

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