First of all, how to play DVD and VCD using mplayer?
mplayer -fs dvd://1
The line shows the play dvd first track in fullscreen, further more if you wanna play in certain language?
mplayer -fs dvd://1 -alang de
The same way goes to vcd.
mplayer -fs vcd://1
Sometimes certain VCD doesn’t play well, due to the format of certain tracks of VCD is invalid, you may facing problem such as seek error. Or it couldn’t able to play by default media player totem when it automatically loaded up, illustrated here. Play video through command line added flexibility, if track one is corrupted, you still able to play track 2 and the rest of the tracks.
No mplayer installed? If you have xine installed, you may wanna try
Another ways to watch the videos is ripping out, there are many cases where you wanna extract out certain tracks from dvd or vcd and watch it later. You can do it with mplayer, as simple as you can extract audio from online stream or video files.
The same way you play dvd or vcd, but this time, you added -dumpstream option to it.
mplayer -dumpstream dvd://2 -dumpfile coldplay_clock.avi
As the command line explain itself, you wanna extract the stream from dvd track 2 and dump it into an avi file with name coldplay_clock.avi.
I find ripping video with mplayer convenient, as the command line is not too hard to remember too.
Any alternatives software in linux for ripping video?
[tags]video ripping, dvd, vcd, ripping tools, video creator[/tags]