I am currently backing up (ripping) my dvd collection onto my server harddrive, to allow streaming throughout my house. I am using Acidrip to do the ripping. My problem is that the quality video of the rip is not as good as I would like, and the file size is a little too big. I downloaded an .avi rip of the blu-ray movie "black hawk down" the other day, and the quality was very good. I believe it was a 720p rip. But the file size was only 700mb. When I rip regular dvd's I choose a high bitrate (around.22) but my file sizes are anywhere from 1000mb to 1200mb, and the quality is nowhere near as good. How can i use acid rip to rip a high quality video at a 700mb file size? Is there better software, or is there something I'm missing in Acidrip?

  • Are you asking how to use AcidRip or a different recommendation for additional software?
    – Ringtail
    Commented Mar 10, 2012 at 4:08
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    Give HandBreak a try, which is a cross-platform DVD ripper, that gets the job done in decent quality. Another advantage is the wide variety of functionality and MKV + MP4 support. launchpad.net/~handbrake-ubuntu/+archive/ppa
    – v2r
    Commented Mar 10, 2012 at 7:14
  • For anyone else looking for this, this is the new handbrake launchpad.net/~stebbins/+archive/handbrake-releases
    – user99643
    Commented Nov 4, 2012 at 17:14
  • Just to make sure everyone knows, the old ppa has only old versions of Handbrake. Use the repository @DoDoGo published. Just installed Handbrake on Ubuntu 13.04 and it works like a charm.
    – conualfy
    Commented Aug 9, 2013 at 15:12
  • There is k9copy as well, as explained here. Seems to only be supported up to 12.10.
    – Wilf
    Commented Feb 9, 2014 at 15:05

4 Answers 4


Check out this page. It's a poll of various different Linux DVD rippers - the most popular being Handbrake, followed by dvd::rip, and then some others.

  • I found OGMRip to be extremely user friendly. It's not the fastest, but the results are just as good - and ease of use is important to me, so it's a winner. Commented Oct 4, 2014 at 8:20

I used acidrip. I find it much simpler then dvd::rip or handbrake.


I've found handbrake to be a lot easier to use, and it has more/better presets that you can use. You can try using its "target size" setting to control the output size but potentially lose some quality. It's very likely that the existing rip you found had done this, and your version should be higher quality.


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    I had problems getting dvdrip to do any ripping. acidrip ripped but the quality was terrible, no doubt because i used default settings since i don't know what half the settings are about. handbrake wouldn't install initially because it's repository has no directory for saucy, but following the instructions here ubuntuhandbook.org/index.php/2013/10/… got me going and it worked great first time.
    – Adam
    Commented May 25, 2014 at 15:22

DVD::RIP is great - you can select a DVD image directory, and it copies into your harddisk before ripping. I think it's useful when you get DVD and want to rip it.


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