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AcidRip: Simple GUI for DVD to AVI
AcidRip presents a clean Gnome graphical
interface for converting a DVD directly to an avi file
(without temporary copies of the DVD). Generally, creating a 1GB file
for every hour of video produces a good quality backup. If we specify
more than a single file then Acidrip will split at
chapter breaks (we can, later on, use avisplit to split a
video into smaller chunks, and avimerge to combine video
clips—see Section ). The Queue
tab of acidrip displays the mencoder
command line that is generated and run. Extensive use of tooltips
provides excellent interactive advice on using the tool.
The AcidRip interface for converting a DVD to AVI,
showing a sample DVD with the longest title selected and File
size reset to 1700.
- Startup acidrip and it will read the DVD and select
the longest title—be patient and pay attention to the status bar
at the bottom since it may take a few seconds while it determines
information about the DVD;
- Change the Track title if you like (this is used as the
filename stem - the %T);
- Choose the File size and # Files. Perhaps
1000 for each hour of video to get a reasonable Bits/Px
(about 0.2) on the Video tab;
- Set Info to name the movie;
- Select a Subtitle if desired;
- On the Video tab, click the Detect button for
cropping to the correct size;
- On the Video tab, check that the Scale option
is off so that you get the original size;
- On the Preview tab you can choose to watch a bit of a
preview of the resulting movie;
- When you are ready, click the Start button and over
the next few hours the work will be done. Note that the main window
collapses to a progress window while the work is being done.
There is a bit of a strange interaction between setting the number of
files and the file size, and the Bits/Px value. Bits/Px changes if
you change the 700 to 1400 with 1 file. But change 1 file to 2 files
at 700 and the Bits/Px do not seem to change? Should be the same as
1400 by 1 file, and it is if you change the 1400 back to 700 and 2
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