DVD/Blueray Knowhow

Look out for the supported plattforms of the programs - some are available
on every plattform others only on Windows or MacOsX.

Screen Sizes - an offline copy of the Wikipedia entry Display Resolution

Top Players and Converters


copies the whole DVD Video to the disk

$ vobcopy -i /media/<Disk Label> -m
or more general (keep the disk unmounted!) - /dev/cdrom is often /dev/sr0 nowadays
# dd if=/dev/cdrom of=/tmp/<label>.iso
# dd if=/dev/cdrom of=/tmp/<label>.iso bs=2048         # e.g. MacOsX 10.5
and sometimes with some force...
# readcd dev=1,0,0 -clone -nocorr f=<label>.iso
# cdrdao read-cd --read-raw --datafile <label>.bin --driver generic-mmc-raw --device /dev/cdrom <label>.toc 
p.s. bin/toc are pure raw formats including also the error correction bits.
in case you even encountered a cue/toc pair - convert and burn it ;-)
# bin2iso <label>.cue -c <label>.bin
# cdrdao write --device ATAPI:1,0,0 <label>.toc

get to know the device

# modprobe ide-scsi                   # sometimes not automatically loaded
# cdrecord -scanbus
1,0,0	100) hp       DVDRAM GT31L     MR52 Removable CD-ROM
# cdrecord dev=1,0,0 -checkdrive
create the data iso for testing and validation
# mkisofs -J -v -T -o test.iso <sample directory>
# cdrecord -v speed=8 --dev=1,0,0 test.iso       # e.g. CD-ROM
# cdrecord -v speed=2 --dev=1,0,0 test.iso       # e.g. DVD-ROM
# cdrecord --dev=help
sometimes, special ISO formats are needed (-J Joliet, -R Rockridge)
# mkisofs -J -R -iso-level 4 -joliet-long -v -o test.iso *
# mkisofs -iso-level 4 -v -o test.iso *
dvd videos need the VIDEO_TS sub directory - indeed with capital letters!
# mkisofs -dvd-video -o <label>.iso <prepared video layout directory>

mount an image on the fly

# mount -o loop -t iso9660 <label>.iso /mnt/iso
or simply list its content
# lsinfo -l -i <label>.iso


tutorial - Multi-Session

more Players and Media ripping and/or converting

DivX player and library
MPlayer Home

DVD Shrink original [WIN]
vobcopy [UX]
DVD2one (commercial version*) [MAC]
dvd::rip Opensource [UX]


MacTheRipp and mac3dec [MAC] - Specification

  • cdrdao - burns disc-at-once (DAO) - audio discs without gaps
  • cdda2wav - CD audio sampling utility
  • cdparanoia -v -B - rip audio disc


Pimp your drive ... MediaCodeSpeedEdit
wanna remove RPC-2?


DVD FAQ - Blue Ray Wiki - Doom9.net Forum - 5 best Open-source-tools

* commercial applications are not allowed to copy encrypted DVD discs or play titles
restricted by the owner using Region Code or content encryption.