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What software is out there there to help me convert to AVI from DVD?

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Don't use avi container, use MKV or OGM. – Let_Me_Be May 28 '11 at 11:07
@Let_Me_Be: why? – Tshepang May 28 '11 at 18:22
@Tshepang For one, you can actually replicate the DVDs functionality 1:1 with MKV and OGM containers (that's not possible with avi). – Let_Me_Be May 28 '11 at 19:42
@Let_Me_Be: someone said you can't do menus. – Tshepang May 29 '11 at 13:08
up vote 5 down vote accepted

I've become a very avid fan of handbrake - which comes in windows and linux flavors, with or without GUI - mostly because when I rip DVDs it's generally to load the movies onto my iPad, and handbrake comes with a set of presets for exactly that purpose, but it supports pretty much every format known to it or the underlying transcode layer.

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Seconding the handbrake recommendation. – Faheem Mitha May 29 '11 at 11:06

Take a look at OGMRip for a very intuitive GUI utility.

I always got rips I was happy with when using OGMRip.

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This one comes with builtin profiles, eg. ogg theora, avi etc.. good. – Peter.O May 28 '11 at 13:18
@fred - It's a really nice feature of this program. You can go with one of a variety of profiles or tinker around. I tended to use .mkv containers with x264/AAC inside. Seemed to work very well. – boehj May 28 '11 at 13:25

Personally, I love Acidrip. It shows the final command that does the action - Nice to learn and to know what's going-on at the backend.

In case of Ubuntu, its available in the repo as well (not sure about fedora)
apt-get install acidrip

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It looks good.. youtube has some how-to vids..eg. youtube.com/watch?v=QmwqEajaVt4 – Peter.O May 28 '11 at 13:04

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