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how to copy and/or rip DVDs with Debian?

Hi everybody,

First happy new year to all!

Second - please bear with me, I am a DVD-issue newbie & ignoramous,
but I need some help.

I am DESPERATELY trying to copy encrypted commercial DVDs but nothing
works.  Programs such as k9copy or k3b get cold feet with encrypted
DVD so I decided to use the very good and simple CLI tools dvdbackup
and growisofs. This is what I did:

First I make an image of the source DVD with:

dvdbackup -i /media/hdc/ -M -o /home/vees/DVDBackups/ -n NameOfTheBackupedDVD

And that works great.

Then I tried burning the image to a DVD+RW with:

  growisofs -Z  /dev/scd1 -dvd-video

This worked great too, as long as I copied small DVDs, less than the
4.7GB of a typical DVD+RW.  When I tried with a bigger DVD, the first
part worked, but the burning did not.  Here is the error message I

:-( /dev/scd1: 2295104 blocks are free, 3589847 to be written!

I tried overburning with the -overburn  flag, but each time I got the
same input/output error several times.  Here are two examples:

63.93% done, estimate finish Fri Dec 29 21:19:15 2006
    :-? the LUN appears to be stuck writing LBA=230540h, keep retrying in 23ms
    :-[ WRITE@LBA=230540h failed with SK=5h/ASC=63h/ACQ=00h]:
Input/output error
:-( write failed: Input/output error
/dev/scd1: flushing cache
    /dev/scd1: writing lead-out

    63.79% done, estimate finish Sat Dec 30 10:55:15 2006
 63.93% done, estimate finish Sat Dec 30 10:55:15 2006
 :-[ WRITE@LBA=230540h failed with SK=5h/ASC=63h/ACQ=00h]: Input/output error
     :-( write failed: Input/output error
 /dev/scd1: flushing cache
 /dev/scd1: writing lead-out

I turns out that I needed either a Dual Layer DVD+R (DL) or a Double
Layer DVD-R(DL) which each have  8.5GB of space (This is the first
time I had heard of such double-layer DVDs)

Today I bought three DVD+R(DL) and all went perfectly until I stuck
the DVD into my regular (living room) DVD player which could not read
it!  I tried on my computer with mplayer and it could read it with no
problem whatsoever so the DVD itself is not at fault.  I can only
conclude that some DVD players do not play DVD+R(DL).

Except.  Except that I was given several copied DVD by friends which
my DVD player *did* play.  Which brings me to the only logical
conclusion: there must be a way to "squeeze", for example, a 6.9GB
movie into a "regular"  4.7GB DVD+RW.  (This is what the software of
my windoze-using friends seemed to have done.)


Also - the computer I work on is an ancient 300MHz machine without
soundcard (too old) so there is no way for me to "check" a DVD on it.
I can run it on anther computer (using a live-CD of BSD with mplayer)
or I can try the living room DVD player attached to my TV.  This is
the reality of not being rich and I cannot afford anything better.  In
any case, I do believe that  dvdbackup and growisofs do not care about
encryption in the least and they simply copy byte-by-byte regardless
of what it is they are copying (yet another reason to use them instead
of a GUI copying program).

My burner is not the problem.  It can handle both DVD+R(DL) and
DVD+R(DL).  Just in case, here is some info about my Maddog MegaSTOR
18X Triple-Format DVD-RW DVD burner (which supports Double Layer
DVD+R/DL and Dual Layer DVD-R/DL at 8x)

dvd+rw-mediainfo /dev/scd1
INQUIRY:                [TSSTcorp][CD/DVDW SH-S182D][SB00]
    Mounted Media:         1Ah, DVD+RW
Current Write Speed:   4.0x1385=5540KB/s
    Write Speed #0:        4.0x1385=5540KB/s
Write Speed #1:         2.0x1385=2770KB/s
    Write Performance:     4.0x1385=5540KB/s@[0 -> 2295104]
Speed Descriptor#0:    00/2295103 R@8.0x1385=11080KB/s  W@4.0x1385 =5540KB/s
Speed Descriptor#1:    00/2295103 R@8.0x1385=11080KB/s W@2.4x1385=3324KB/s
    Speed Descriptor#2:    00/2295103 R@8.0x1385=11080KB/s W@2.4x1385=3324KB/s
Media Book Type:       00h, DVD-ROM book [revision 0]
    Media ID:              MKM/A02
Legacy lead-out at:    2295104*2KB=4700372992
    Disc status:           complete
Number of Sessions:    1
    State of Last Session: complete
Number of Tracks:      1
    BG Format Status:      complete
    formatted:             2295104*2048=4700372992
26h(0):                2295104*2048=4700372992
Track State:           complete
Track Start Address:   0*2KB
    Free Blocks:           0*2KB
Track Size:            2295104*2KB
Track#1  :             14@0
    Track#AA :             17@2295104
Multi-session Info:    #1@0
READ CAPACITY:          2295104*2048=4700372992

Many thanks in advance for any pointers on how I can FINLLAY copy my DVDs!!!!

==>>Also - how can I 'rip' a DVD into an mpeg or avi file?<<==

Kind regards & may thanks in advance!


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