This will take you through the steps to making backup copies of purchased movies on Linux. Windows has several commercial options available but Linux is of course, all free and open source. There are several options on Linux but today I’m looking at two: HandBrake and Shrinkta.
HandBrake (v 0.9.2) is handy for converting the movie into different file formats (MP4, MKV, AVI, OGM). This allows you to take the movie along on an iPod or just keep them all your laptop while you travel. The downside to HandBrake is copying to another disc. HandBrake’s default setting is for DVD and will create a “video_TS” folder when ripping. I just wish it would be also burn the disc. You can download HandBrake direct from their website www.handbrake.fr but it is a tarball for Linux. Mac and Windows installers available too. I will soon have a DEB file available for download. Keep in mind you need to also install Mono to meet the dependencies. In the short time, Linux Crypt has the how to for installing HandBrake. The easier way: download the two deb files and open them once they’re downloaded on your system. Skip the terminal business that’s mentioned.
The other option is Shrinkta. This app is vastly simpler than HandBrake. Shrinkta never did work for me though. It had trouble recognizing my DVD drive. When it finally did, it locked up and I was done with it. If it works for someone, it looks promising. A DEB file is availlable at GetDeb. Oddly, this program is also called DVD Movie Backup at some sites and it shows up that way once its installed.
Note! All my work was done on Ubuntu 8.04 Hary Heron. I cannot say what will happen on an older system.