[MPlayer-users] Force mplayer to use video decoder for DVD?

Francois Visagie fvisagie at za.spescom.com
Thu Oct 4 08:28:34 CEST 2007

> -----Original Message-----
> From: On Behalf Of Richi Plana
> Sent: 03 October 2007 17:17
> > Forgive me if I misunderstand your question...
> > 
> > AFAIK, a "DVD Movie" is always Mpeg 2, and recorded in a specfic 
> > fashion with specific control files, etc etc.
> > 
> > If however, you have something homemade and burned to a 
> blank DVD disk 
> > that you want to play, you have to mount that disc on your computer 
> > then instruct Mplayer (or any other video player) to play 
> the file you want.
> I'm sorry. I guess I should have mentioned what I really had 
> in mind instead of musing "out loud".
> I'm just wondering if there's a way to create a ratDVD-like 
> filesystem so that I can make DVD backups complete with menus 
> but use an encoding scheme that compresses better than 
> Mpeg-2. I don't intend to play back my video archives on 
> standard video players, anyway, but I would like to keep 
> menus. In fact, I have some DVD's where the videos are all on 
> different tracks (making having a menu an attractive solution).
> As well, if it actually works, I might be able to get mplayer 
> to play the ratDVDs I DO have. If I need to get into the code 
> to do it, well, so be it. There IS a demand.

Hi Richi,

If it's for archival purposes, from a longevity point of view I'd be very
wary of doing anything non-standard to the DVD format. I'd strongly consider
remuxing the content into some other container format. Alternatively, you
could consider something like using XviD or even WMV in the DVD format which
are increasingly being supported by "appliance players" (tm).


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