[MPlayer-users] mencoder problems

D Richard Felker III dalias at aerifal.cx
Tue Apr 1 06:45:49 CEST 2003

On Mon, Mar 31, 2003 at 07:31:52PM -0800, upgrdman at mindspring.com wrote:
> [Automatic answer: RTFM (read DOCS, FAQ), also read DOCS/bugreports.html]
> i have been ripping and compressing dvds for a while now with
> mencoder. only recently has mencoder been producing compressed
> dvd-rips with a bad, or missing index. heres what i do for a typical
> dvd-rip and compression:
> mencoder -dvd 1 -alang en -oac copy -ovc copy -o /movies/riptemps/file.avi

This is very bad. For one thing, any framerate weirdness in the source
DVD will lead to A/V desync or damaged picture in the output file.
This is especially problematic if the movie is a fake-telecined NTSC
DVD, or even worse, mixed fake and real telecine. Also AVI files can
only be 2 GB at most (otherwise you can't have index and stuff might
get screwy), and most DVDs are much bigger than 2 GB.

Instead, use: mplayer -dvd 1 -alang en -dumpstream -dumpfile foo.vob

Or better yet, if you can keep the DVD for the entire duration of the
encoding (i.e. if you're not a cheapskate who rented it from
blockbuster to rip ;))) just encode straight from the DVD!


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