Mystery crashes on many DVDs.
Acidrip is better
Honestly, I have trouble understanding why dvd::rip seems to be more popular than acidrip because as far as I have tried the former, the latter is much simpler AND faster.
First I find options present in acidrip are self explanatory and if not a tooltip appear when you're above explaining what the option does.
Second, ripping a dvd to a divx is really a matter of one click in acidrip whereas it seems to be more complicated in dvd::rip.
Third, acidrip allows you to rip subtitles wheither you encode dvd on the fly or not and I don't understand that limitation in dvd::rip
Last but bot least, acidrip encodes a 2 hours dvd in 50 minutes on my machine whereas I tried a on the fly encode (correct me if I'm wrong, but I guess this must be the fastest method) with dvd::rip and few minutes after launching (to let the software computes accuratly the remaining time), it displayed 3 hours remaining. I must admit I did not complete the process to see if it would have really taken 3 hours :-). The preceding test was made using ffmpeg codec.
I must admit dvd::rip seems to have some more advanced features than acidrip like cd burning, and whole bunch of video options not present in acidrip. But I feel most of the time the simple options present in acidrip are enought and if you need more you can always add some command line options that will be passed to mencoder. And above all I think the price that must be payed for those advanced features if too high if I consider the peformance and simplicity loss.
Re: cluster mode svcd
installing transcode from source is indeed no easy task, but you should find anything important in the INSTALL document and on the wiki at http://www.transcoding.org/.
The dvd::rip _"ABCD" error message you mentioned look like you're missing the Locale::TextDomain module, but dvd::rip should have complained about that already during installation.
Also I'm not sure if a Beowolf cluster is the right environment for dvd::rip, but I don't know any details about Beowolf, so I may be wrong.
Please don't answer on this Reply inside freshmeat.net, I don't like the interface (sorry guys, but it's really an anachronism...). Use the dvdrip-users mailiing list or send mail straight to me. You find the relevant information in the SUPPORT section on dvd::rip's homepage.
Re: cluster mode svcd
I am very much interested in your project especially as I am having a Beowulf Cluster, I am looking forward to utilise a program such as yours to fully harness the power of my machines. Unfortunately, I cant install your s/w because of too many dependency problems and though I did all I could to prevent the dependency problems, I was not successful. I am having a tuff time trying to install Transcode, its shoing too many dependecy problems one after the other. Is there some manner by which I can resolve this? Also though installed dvd::rip especially the dvdserver and player, on execution I am getting compiler errors stating the there is a string where an operator was expected etc. @myvariable=_"ABCD"; in statements like these the above error keeps on cropping up. Can u help me solve this problem?
> I hadn't the time to check this out
> until now, but currently I'm working on
> the cluster anyway, so I'll take a look
> at it. If it works as expected, adding
> (S)VCD support shouldn't be too hard.
> Don't know if it gets into 0.45, but
> 0.46 should be no problem.
dvd::rip has everything you need all in one
dvd::rip has made it easy to convert dvd to divx. Instead of using several applications to do one task, dvd::rip has made it where all I do is put a dvd disk in, resize it, clip it, and encode directly from dvd to a divx avi file. I recommend this for anyone.
I use it from 0.40 version and now in 0.46 it has changed a lot. It's developers add constantly more and more features. So now I can rip my DVDs in harddisk and create divx, xvid and ffmpeg movies with a lot of options (deinterlace, antialise, mp3, ac3 and more), with axcellent quality (HQ and fast resize) and WITHOUT delay of my sound. Now I wait the next version with subtitles and Ogg Vorbis support :) Do you want anything else? Two friends installed Linux only because of it,after their failure with Flaskmpeg, DVDx, Easydivx and others :))
Re: cluster mode svcd
I hadn't the time to check this out until now, but currently I'm working on the cluster anyway, so I'll take a look at it. If it works as expected, adding (S)VCD support shouldn't be too hard. Don't know if it gets into 0.45, but 0.46 should be no problem.
cluster mode svcd
transcode's mailinlist http://www.theorie.physik.uni-goettingen.de/pipermail/transcode-users/2002-April/001737.html tells about
next transcode snapshot will feature a new long option
"--cluster_chunks a-b" for convenient
selection of a chunk range a-b in addition to existing cluster
encoding options. This will make (S)VCD/DVD cluster encoding work.
this was a posting from Thomas Oestreich himself and the option mentioned above is already implemented at version v0.6.0.
I haven't prooved it on the console, but I am wondering when dvdrip enables this feature or the faq about this updated.
I am really looking forward for clustering mode when producing svcds with dvdrip using transcode.
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