I have a sizable DVD collection that it's time to rip to the computer. I still believe in owning your media, but the convenience of online services makes it easy to stop caring about these things...

For the arguments about the environmental impact of physical media- I agree, but DRM and "streaming" make it such that only by owning your media can you be assured you'll have it!

@emacsen I did a bit of ripping in recent years. Here's what I ended up with, as far as tools and methodology is concerned, in case it helps.

CDs: abcde in Debian. There are lots of tools for this. Five years ago, ripping a CD is fast enough that I didn't even bother trying to optimise.

DVD: rip to ISO using dd or gddrescue, then transcode that to save disk space with Handbrake. This allowed me to rip several disks to ISOs during a work day, and then let Handbrake transcode overnight.

@liw @emacsen have you happened to puzzle out a workflow for ripping Blu-Ray discs? I haven't really settled into a groove yet for those.


@gnomon @emacsen I've used MakeMKV (proprietary commercial software) and it's worked OK for Blu-Ray.

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