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MEncoder is a media editor, part of MPlayer. It is often used for compressing files and capturing video. This program is part of mplayer a media player. This program has been ported to almost every operating system including Microsoft Windows, Mac OSX, and all forms of Linux, BSD, and UNIX. Using mencoder to rip DVDs allows you to avoid dealing with VOB files, coping large video files, and many other troubles.

There are many different video and audio codecs combinations to compress files. Here are some common ones.


Xvid, 2 stageEdit

Xvid video compression, and mp3lame audio compression



  • DVD_TRACK is the DVD track number to rip
    • Example: 2
  • BIT_RATE: is the video bitrate
    • Example: 1000
  • VIDEO_FILE: is the video output file name
    • Example: movie.avi


  • Stage 1
    • mencoder DVD://DVD_TRACK -ovc xvid -xvidencopts pass=1 -alang en -oac copy -o /dev/null
  • Stage 2
  • (mencoder DVD://DVD_TRACK -ovc xvid -xvidencopts pass=2:bitrate=BIT_RATE -alang en -oac mp3lame -lameopts vbr=3 -o VIDEO_FILE


h264/x264Edit

H264 compression with ACC audio compression

See: http://gentoo-wiki.com/HOWTO_Rip_DVD_mencoder#H264_.28MPEG4_Part_10.29


Divx (3 stage)Edit

Using 3-stage Divx ripping

  • NB: This gives a rather average rip! No cropping
#!/bin/sh

VIDEO_WIDTH=640
DVD_DEVICE=/dev/dvd
TWOPASSFILE=divx2pass.$$.`date +%Y%m%d%H%M%S`

script=`basename "$0"`

track="$1"
brate="$2"
name="$3"

if [ "$track" = "" ] || [ "$brate" = "" ] || [ "$name" = "" ]; then
    echo "$script: Rip a DVD track to DIVX"
    echo "$script: Arguments <track#> <bit-rate> <output-filename> [dvd-device (or rip directory)]"
    exit 1
fi

if [ -f "$name" ]; then
    echo "$script: [$name] exists, overwriting in 3 seconds ..."
    sleep 3
    rm -f "$name"
fi

if [ "$4" != "" ]; then
    DVD_DEVICE="$4"
    if [ ! -d "$DVD_DEVICE" ]; then
        echo "$script: Can't find DVD Device (directory) [$DVD_DEVICE]"
        exit 1
    else
        echo "$script: Reading from 'DVD' [$DVD_DEVICE]"
    fi
fi

mencoder dvd://$track -passlogfile $TWOPASSFILE -dvd-device "$DVD_DEVICE" -oac copy \
    -o /dev/null -ovc lavc -lavcopts vcodec=mpeg4:vbitrate=$brate:vhq:vpass=1:vqmin=1:vqmax=31 \
    -vf scale -zoom -xy $VIDEO_WIDTH -vf pp -alang en
mencoder dvd://$track -passlogfile $TWOPASSFILE -dvd-device "$DVD_DEVICE" -oac copy \
    -o "$name" -ovc lavc -lavcopts vcodec=mpeg4:vbitrate=$brate:vhq:vpass=2:vqmin=1:vqmax=31 \
    -vf scale -zoom -xy $VIDEO_WIDTH -vf pp -alang en
#echo "dvd://$track -passlogfile $TWOPASSFILE -dvd-device \"$DVD_DEVICE\" -oac copy \
#   -o \"$name\" -ovc lavc -lavcopts vcodec=mpeg4:vbitrate=$brate:vhq:vpass=2:vqmin=1:vqmax=31 \
#   -vf scale -zoom -xy $VIDEO_WIDTH -vf pp -alang en"

if [ -f "$TWOPASSFILE" ]; then
    rm $TWOPASSFILE
fi
echo "Ripped track [$track] to [$name]"




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