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I have been using Brasero to rip my DVD collection to .iso. However, I've discovered some errors in some of the DVDs through playback e.g. VLC player would just stop playing the iso file when a bad section in playback is met (half-way through a film).

The worst thing is that no errors or warnings were thrown during the ripping process - I could have . Is there a method or application that will monitor DVD/file data integrity and avoid such scenarios in the future?

Anything equivalent to Exact Audio Copier or CDparanoia for DVDs?

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I believe EAC and cdparanoia are needed for music CDs because CD-Audio doesn't include the error-correction data in higher-level formats like DVD-Video. It should suffice to just copy the bits directly, as Neojames suggests. – Mechanical snail Dec 19 '12 at 0:21
@Mechanicalsnail That's not correct, the encoding of a CD has functionality like parity, but there is also functionality in a drive to read a CD less accurate which EAC and cdparanoia disable or force the drive to verify the read data to get accurate results. – LiveWireBT Dec 15 '15 at 17:31

I think you can use dd to copy disks well. Using

dd if=/dev/cdrom of=image_name.iso

I can confirm it works well with CDs and should work well with DVDs too.

Edit: I just used this to rip a DVD, so I can confirm it works with DVDs too.

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Should the DVDs itself be faulty, I can only recommend gddrescue as it will automatically skip over unreadable sectors (the default is to try around thirty times, if I recall correctly, which just takes forever and fails if it does not succeed in reading the disk). – sup Feb 13 '13 at 12:11
I can confirm that it works, later burnt with brassero to a new dvd, and they seem identical. – uval Jul 11 '13 at 17:08
@sup ddrescue tries by default at most two times. – landroni Feb 4 '14 at 15:28
That did not work, failed with input/output error, though nothing seems to be wrong with the CD. – mikewhatever Apr 11 '14 at 18:53
Worked for me (for DVD), using: sudo dd if=/dev/sr0 of=image_name.iso – david6 Aug 16 '15 at 1:58

You have several Options, all work well in Gnome

AcidRip Install acidrip is an automated front end for MPlayer/Mencoder (ripping and encoding DVD tool using mplayer and mencoder) written in Perl, using Gtk2::Perl for a graphical interface. Makes encoding a DVD just one button click!

sudo apt-get install acidrip

dvd-rip Install dvdrip is a full featured DVD copy program written in Perl i.e. fron end for transcode and ffmpeg. It provides an easy to use but feature-rich Gtk+ GUI to control almost all aspects of the ripping and transcoding process.

It uses the widely known video processing swissknife transcode and many other Open Source tools. dvd::rip itself is licensed under GPL / Perl Artistic License. You can install dvd::rip as follows under Debian / Ubuntu Linux:

sudo apt-get install dvdrip

K9copy Install k9copy is a KDE DVD Backup tool. It allows the copy of a DVD9 to a DVD5. It is also known as a Linux DVD shrink. It supports the following features: The video stream is compressed to make the video fiton a 4.7GB recordable DVD. DVD Burning. Creation of ISO images. Choosing which audio and subtitle tracks are copied. Title preview (video only). The ability to preserve the original menus.

sudo apt-get install k9copy

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None of these will rip to an ISO as the original question asked. – HDave Jul 20 '12 at 5:11
k9copy does, but it's no longer available in the Ubuntu repository. – Joey Adams Dec 28 '13 at 0:43
Neither is acidrip, for that matter. :-( – tudor Jan 6 '15 at 4:07
@JoeyAdams: K9Copy should be available in the Ubuntu multiverse repository, see this help page. – basic6 Jul 6 '15 at 7:40
mkisofs -r -o file.iso /dev/cdrom

This is just one example, feel free to check mkisofs --help to check all the other options.

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This command does not works for me. It returns: I: -input-charset not specified, using utf-8 (detected in locale settings) Total translation table size: 0 Total rockridge attributes bytes: 264 Total directory bytes: 0 Path table size(bytes): 10 Max brk space used 0 175 extents written (0 MB) – PHP Learner Feb 12 '15 at 17:26

Brasero will accurately copy DVDs. You must first install 'libdvdcss2' from the VLC website. This allows Brasero to defeat the 'CSS' (Content Scramble System) which is used in commercial DVDs to prevent unauthorized copying.

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This may be a stupid question, but can you copy a DVD without decrypting? Essentially making a raw copy of the encrypted disc where the copy is also encrypted? – thomasrutter Jul 21 at 5:43

I add SimpleBurn ( ), a minimalistic free Linux application enabling you to make ISO file from DVD disc easily and quickly. Of course, you will have to install libdvdcss2 in your Linux if you want to extract media content from the copy-protected DVD discs. For more DVD/Blu-ray digitizing tools and knowledge, visit my site at:

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mkisofs -pad -J -R -oDVD.iso -graft-points "/AUDIO_TS=/media/sr0/AUDIO_TS" "/VIDEO_TS=/media/sr0/VIDEO_TS"

mount -t iso9660 -o loop,ro DVD.iso /mnt

growisofs -dvd-compat -Z /dev/dvd=DVD.iso -speed=2
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You may want to add exactly what this does to help the original poster in order to improve your answer. – Oyibo Sep 29 '12 at 14:33

I have extracted to an .iso file with k3b (KDE based tool)

K3b Main Menu -> Tools -> Copy Medium

On the left, check "Create image" if not already checked and uncheck "Remove image" if it checked.

Click on the Image tab and pick a path for "Write image file to:"

E.g. "/home/me/tmp/myDvd.iso"

Click "Start"

Then just cancel the copy after the file has been extracted.

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Brasero is known to be buggy, so you can use XFburn which is available in USC. Although it is an XFCE application, you should not have trouble using it in Gnome or Unity.

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Isn't Xfburn for burning only? I'm looking for ripping applications. – johnnyturbo3 Jun 7 '12 at 14:22
Sorry,my mistake.There are a couple of options to choose from including Sound Juicer, ABCDE and rubyRipper. – Rrjrjtlokrthjji Jun 7 '12 at 16:50
@Nick Aren't the entries in your last comment Audio-only? – hexafraction Dec 5 '12 at 20:26

None of you mention DeVeDe, which is my favorite and readily available in the repositories.

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Without a little more detail this is almost a comment rather then an answer. – bodhi.zazen Apr 18 '15 at 13:46

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