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Rip and Encode a DVD With K9Copy in a Few Easy Steps April 29, 2009

Posted by tasthius in Uncategorized.
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With the current advanced state of Linux software and it’s “newb friendliness” there is no need to keep a Windows partition around for doing multimedia tasks.  In this tutorial I will demonstrate how to rip and encode a DVD using an excellent tool called K9Copy.

If you don’t have K9Copy installed, simply search your distro’s package manager and install it.  If you are on Gnome it will probably pull in a lot of KDE dependencies, as K9Copy was created with the QT (KDE) framework.  You will also want to make sure that libdvdcss is installed.  Many distros do not include this package in the official repositories for legal reasons, thus you might have to enable extra repos.

Once you have it installed, all you have to do is insert the DVD you wish to copy into your drive.  Once that’s done, you will want to open the K9Copy “Wizard.”

Wizard dialog in KDE

Wizard dialog in KDE

You can use the other K9Copy option for more advanced configurations, but the wizard is all that is needed and all I use to make backups of my DVD collection.

The first thing the wizard does is ask you for the source.  Like so:

K9Copy Opening Dialog

K9Copy Opening Dialog

K9Copy will automatically detect the DVD and show the source without the user having to select anything (it shows my DVD as being in a folder, which is odd but works nonetheless).  I have noticed that if I select “DVD drive” that it doesn’t work, thus the default folder option should be fine in most instances.

Now hit next and it will ask where you want to output the copy to.

Select where to output the file

Select where to output the file

I selected my “Videos” folder on my home partition.  You can output it wherever you choose.  Now, hit next.

Next up is the main menu where you select what titles you want to keep and which you want to omit.  Since I usually burn my backups to regular DVD 5, I must omit unnecessary trailers, director comments, etc.  If you use dual-layer DVD’s you can simply hit next here.

Select the titles you don't need

Select the titles you don't need

This title selection will be trial and error.  Luckily K9Copy provides a preview box so you can watch and see what each title is.  I usually omit all trailers, directors comments, etc.  The only thing I leave is the main title (usually around 4GB or larger) and the small (less than 1MB) titles.  I recommend you leave the small titles alone as I have noticed that if I omit them that the DVD will hang in my player.  They don’t take up much space, so it wont hurt to leave them.  Once done, hit next.

The next screen is the audio selection:

select the audio tracks you want to keep

select the audio tracks you want to keep

You will want to do the same thing in this section as the last.  If you don’t need the foreign language tracks, then remove them.  Otherwise they will take up precious space.  On this DVD, I removed the French language track.  You can also remove the “director’s comments” track.  Once you have removed what you don’t need, then go to each title and select what track you want to be the default for the title in question (click on the boxes to the right of the screen).  Be sure to only select one track per title as the default!  Now, click next.

The next page simply asks whether you want to keep the original menus.  I like to keep the menus.

Select whether you want the original menus

Select whether you want the original menus

Make your selection and click next.

The last screen simply shows you how much compression each title will have.  In most cases you don’t have to do anything but click “Finish.”

Click Finish unless you want to configure the compression

Click Finish unless you want to configure the compression

The “settings” at the bottom of the screen provide more options but that is outside the scope of this tutorial and should usually not have to be used.  I never use it and just click finish here.

That’s it.  K9Copy will begin ripping and encoding and it will output the files into the folder you specified.  On my dual core Athlon, it takes about 10-15 minutes.  When it’s done you can open your favorite burning software (I use K3b) and copy the files from the “video_ts” folder into the burning software.  You will find the “video_ts” folder inside the folder that you specified for the outputted files to be stored.

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