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    Problems creating .iso file from DVD ( looking for alternatives )


    I want to be able to copy DVD disks directly to an ISO file from the command line (via bash script).

    I have such a script that I have refined over time that works quite well about 80% of the time.

    About two DVD's out of ten will not burn to an iso file, and the script hangs on one of the commands.

    A larger percentage shows some sort of error at the beginning, indicating a problem, but eventually it
    does create the .iso file.

    For these DVD's I really need an alternative, hopefully something I can run on the command line.
    I am not looking for a GUI replacement where I would be required to click. I am looking to make an
    exact and complete image of the DVD for backup purposes.

    The problem does not lie with the DVD but with the software used to create the .iso file. I have
    tried getting another DVD (exact one), and it hangs in the exact same place, I have tried up to
    four DVD's at one time returning each one to the store where I purchased it saying that it was "not playable".

    In truth it was playable in a DVD player, but I could not rip it to a .iso file.

    What are my alternatives here? Is there anyone out there maintaining these utilities that could fix the bugs?

    I have even tried putting the same DVD into a windows box and having HandBrake read it, but even HandBrake
    cannot read the DVD.

    They are clearly bugs and when I search on the error messages they have been reported many, many, many, many
    times and the utilities remain outdated.

    These are the commands I am using in my script (if there are better/updated utils or even alternatives that would give me the same output, please advise):

    To get the DVD title (that I use later in as a variable to mkisofs):
    TITLE="$lsdvd /dev/sr0 | head -1 | awk '{print $3}')"

    The above command works most of the time. On older DVD's it consistently returns "DVD_VIDEO" or sometimes nothing at all, but most of the time it returns something meaningful.

    To mount the DVD:
    mount /mnt/dvd0

    This is the entry in my fstab file:
    /dev/sr0 /mnt/dvd0 iso9660 noauto,user,ro,unhide 0 0

    (any suggestions with the above entry?)

    To copy the DVD onto disk:
    vobcopy -m -l -i /dev/sr0

    This creates a directory with the name of the video onto my hard disk drive. Ideally would like to go straight to .iso if that would be
    quicker, but not sure how to skip this step, if anyone is aware of alternatives, please let me know.

    I then unmount the DVD
    umount /dev/sr0

    I then eject the DVD (but many times the tray will not stay open - I want it to stick open, but it retracts and closes (any ideas here?)
    eject -r /dev/sr0

    The last step is to create the .iso file from the folder that was created, then I delete the folder
    mkisofs -quiet -dvd-video -V"${TITLE}" -o ${TITLE}.iso ${TITLE}

    After this command completes, I usually have my .iso ( 8 out of 10 times)
    rm -rf $TITLE


    Much of the time, the script simply starts creating the directory on disk and then hangs. Sometimes my machine will reboot (using the latest version of CentOS).

    The last thing I see in the terminal window is something like:
    454MB of 1024MB written ( 44.4% ) and it will sit there overnight and go no further.

    I have purchased an advanced DVD cleaner, purchased the DVD new (multiple times) and get the same message each and every time with every DVD.

    The above is the more common case.

    Less common is an error message from libdvdread:
    *** libdvdread: CHECK_VALUE failed in /builddir/build/BUILD/libdvdread-4.1.4/src/ifo_read.c:1147 ***
    *** for data[i] + sizeof(ptt_info_t) <= vts_ptt_srpt->last_byte + 1 + 4 ***

    It repeats the above over and over and then craps out.

    any ideas on a replacement for 'libdvdread' that is being maintained?

    Sometimes I get this:
    libdvdread: Using libdvdcss version 1.2.11 for DVD access
    Please send bug report - no VTS_TMAPT ??

    This message ( "Please send bug report...") gets repeated over and over and has been logged countless times with no remedy.

    I have thought of learning how to program to pick up this project and fix the issue. It would be pointless to report the problem at this point.
    At this point I am looking for an alternative.

    I get various errors from time to time, but the offender seems to be 'libdvdread' and it's libraries. I have updated my system and am on the latest/greatest rpm's specifically
    for my Linux version.

    If there are utilities that I can run from the command line as a libdvdread alternative, or you have any suggestions, please advise.


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    Linux Guru Rubberman's Avatar
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    I can be found either 40 miles west of Chicago, in Chicago, or in a galaxy far, far away.
    Well, with Linux there are at least 10 ways to go around this barn. Myself, I use dvdbackup (make sure you have the libdvdcss package installed to rip copy-protected DVDs) to copy the DVD to a directory in AUDIO_TS/VIDEO_TS formats (vob files). Then I use something like K3b to create an ISO image which I then use to burn to disc, either with K3b or Brasero. I prefer K3b because it gives me better control over the copy process, such as disc write speed, cache size, etc. I never burn from VOB to disc directly because I get too many coasters that way. Burning to ISO first allows me to set the write speed to some fraction of the rated drive speed, resulting in better copies for running on legacy DVD players. When I burn them at full speed that the disc may be rated for, it may play on my system, but if I am sending the disc to my sister or friends it may not play well on their hardware.
    Sometimes, real fast is almost as good as real time.
    Just remember, Semper Gumbi - always be flexible!

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