For a long time I have been struggling on Linux to easily create backup copies of my favorite movies, until I finally found k9copy.
Before k9copy, backing up dvds was darkness
On one hand, there are many fancy video tools available for Windows. However, nearly all of them have some kind of embedded spyware or virus. On the other hand, Linux tools are all written for command line, and require a lot of expertise just to understand what they do.
I really wanted to find a tool really easy backup DVD. Googling around, I also found several non-understandable scripts that promised to do certain tasks, but were of no use. Even worse, these scripts had not any kind of support.
After a while I learned and tried Mencoder, which had produced the best results. I also tried transcode, using dvd:rip. Although being slower than Mencoder, transcoder had less issues than Mencoder. However, I could not figure how use those tools to backup a DVD.
Some relief with DVD Shrink
At least, there has always been DVD Shrink for windows. However, due to many legal issues, this software has been discontinued and no other reliable and spyware-free software has been developed in replace.
I have read several articles and how-tos suggesting to use wine to run DVD Shrink on Linux. Although reasonable, I wondered if there was another more updated software.
Finally, light: k9copy!
I am really impressed. K9copy is available on most popular Linux distros. It is trivial to install. The tool is really simple to use and understand. It does it task really fast (about 40 mins for a DVD on an older computer). Its output is of good quality.
I wonder why few poeple know this software.
Unfortunaly k9copy, like most other dvd software, does not burn the copy. It only produces an .iso file, that can be easily burned to a DVD using any dvd tool, like k3b.
In order to watch the video on the computer, kaffeine player can open the iso file.