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Recently I’ve been busy digitizing my video and music collection to store on my new FreeNAS machine. I’ve been using HandBrake a lot and haven’t been satisfied with the options for automated ripping on Linux. So I wrote a simple handbrake text-based user interface (TUI) in bash that I thought others might find useful.

You can download it here. It should work on any machine that runs bash and HandBrakeCLI.

Here’s a `screenshot’ of it in action:

$ ripdvd.sh

[selected] [ismainfeature] [ id]     Title...
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
   [x]           [x]       [  1]     Title: 01, Length: 02:19:52.153 Chapters: 40, Cells: 40, Audio streams: 03, Subpictures: 03
   [x]           [ ]       [  2]     Title: 02, Length: 00:00:12.033 Chapters: 01, Cells: 01, Audio streams: 03, Subpictures: 03
   [x]           [ ]       [  3]     Title: 03, Length: 00:00:12.000 Chapters: 01, Cells: 01, Audio streams: 03, Subpictures: 03
   [x]           [ ]       [  4]     Title: 04, Length: 00:00:07.000 Chapters: 01, Cells: 01, Audio streams: 03, Subpictures: 03
   [x]           [ ]       [  5]     Title: 05, Length: 00:00:21.020 Chapters: 01, Cells: 01, Audio streams: 03, Subpictures: 03
   [ ]           [ ]       [  6]     Title: 06, Length: 00:01:13.033 Chapters: 01, Cells: 01, Audio streams: 03, Subpictures: 03
   [ ]           [ ]       [  7]     Title: 07, Length: 00:00:00.176 Chapters: 01, Cells: 01, Audio streams: 03, Subpictures: 03
   [ ]           [ ]       [  8]     Title: 08, Length: 00:01:20.220 Chapters: 03, Cells: 03, Audio streams: 03, Subpictures: 01
   [x]           [ ]       [  9]     Title: 09, Length: 00:00:00.176 Chapters: 01, Cells: 01, Audio streams: 02, Subpictures: 03

Menu:
xN      : Toggle rip selection for title N
            (omit N to select/deselect all)
pN      : Preview title N
eN      : Toggle title N as a main feature
q       : Quit
<enter> : Go!

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Some features include:

  • Easily select titles for ripping
  • Quickly preview titles using mplayer
  • Automatic detection of “Main” feature titles based on their length (this can be overridden if you don’t like the decision)
  • Rip from a DVD (saving an iso as an intermediate step) or rip straight from an iso

Honestly I didn’t spend a lot of time refining but it’s actually pretty flexible as it is. I really think it’s the easiest way to use HandBrake.


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