GNU/Linux Desktop Survival Guide
by Graham Williams
Dvdrip: Comprehensive Gnome GUI for DVD
Dvdrip is a GUI to numerous command line tools including mplayer and transcode which do the bulk of the work. Dvdrip provides a comprehensive and intuitive interface and a reminder of the vast array of options available. There are many options, but let's hope we can get bye with the defaults!
Generally, the steps involved in converting your DVD to avi start with loading your DVD, starting up dvdrip, opening a new project (which then displays a bunch of tabs for you to work through). After specifying where you want the files to be saved, go to the RIP Title tab, select the title you are interested in (perhaps it is the longest time) and perhaps View the video to check it is the one. When ready, click the RIP button. The vob files will be in the directory you selected, under vob/, and the title number.
Now proceed to the Clip & Zoom and then Subtitles tabs to see if there is anything you want to change (e.g., add subtitles). Then on the Transcode tab, click the Transcode + Split button and the avi files will be in the avi/ folder (after a few hours for a decent length video).