Ripping Encrypted DVDs

Client wants his DVD published to his video streaming website.

First I worked for a while with effmpeg, but kept getting errors.

ffmpeg -i concat:VIDEO_TS.VOB\|VTS_01_0.VOB\|VTS_01_1.VOB -vcodec libxvid -q:v 5 -s 640x480 -aspect 640:480 -r 30 -g 300 -bf 2 -acodec libmp3lame -ab 160k -ar 32000 -async 32000 -ac 2 ~/Documents/Clients/Client/test.mp4
[ac3 @ 0x7fae3c027400] exponent 25 is out-of-range
[ac3 @ 0x7fae3c027400] error decoding the audio block
Error while decoding stream #0:4: Error number -16976906 occurred

Realized it’s because the DVD is encrypted.

Came across this post suggesting that if I brew install libdvdcss, then use the France-based Handbrake application (free) I’ll be able to export decent quality mp4 files (same file type as m4v–you can actually just swap out the extension).

So maybe we won’t need to purchase Wondershare or MacX DVD Ripper.

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