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Wladimir Mutel [mwg at mwg.dp.ua]
Sun, 19 Nov 2006 15:14:50 +0200
I have a DVD with several short films glued together into one big video-stream (and of course then split into 1GB VOBs). There is a menu on this DVD, which buttons trigger play of this stream from certain offsets (starts of separate shorts). On the ending of a short, playing continues into next one.
My problem now is how to split this DVD structure back into separate mpeg/avi files, one for each short ? I.e., first, to read starting point data out of DVD menu buttons, next, sort these points in advance order, and last, extract resulting pieces/intervals from big DVD stream.
I would prefer to solve this problem by using free software (transcode/mplayer/mencoder/mjpegtools/xine/wharever). I also would not mind writing a little program myself in C/Perl/shell if there are no existing command-line utilities to achieve this goal. And I would appreciate some initial directions from you. What is better to read and learn before I start ? I found out that DVD menu is plain MPEG2 file, but no great details about these buttons/actions. May be I should use libdvdnav ? What good examples to look into ?
Thank you in advance for your reply.
Benjamin A. Okopnik [ben at linuxgazette.net]
Sun, 19 Nov 2006 08:55:43 -0500
On Sun, Nov 19, 2006 at 03:14:50PM +0200, Wladimir Mutel wrote:
> Dear people, > > I have a DVD with several short films glued together into one > big video-stream (and of course then split into 1GB VOBs). > There is a menu on this DVD, which buttons trigger play of > this stream from certain offsets (starts of separate shorts). > On the ending of a short, playing continues into next one. > > My problem now is how to split this DVD structure back into > separate mpeg/avi files, one for each short ?
I'm not an expert on DVDs/multimedia at all, but the solution seems pretty straightforward: read up on the format in which DVD menus are stored, write a programming structure to match that format, and extract the offsets. Since you can read C, there's a project that you might want to look at - http://sourceforge.net/projects/html2dvd/ - that encodes an HTML menu to a DVD menu. Assuming that the code is actually written in a readable manner, you should be able to see the format definition in one of the header files.
The other approach would be to dig into the resources at mpeg.org - e.g., 'http://www.mpeg.org/MPEG/dvd.html'. Plenty of reference material there, including lots of off-site links to FAQs, etc.
If anyone here has more specific info on how to do the specific thing you're asking about, great. If not, I hope these general pointers will be useful.
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Karl-Heinz Herrmann [kh1 at khherrmann.de]
Sun, 19 Nov 2006 16:43:45 +0100 (MET)
On Sun, 19 Nov 2006 15:14:50 +0200 Wladimir Mutel <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> I have a DVD with several short films glued together into one > big video-stream (and of course then split into 1GB VOBs). > There is a menu on this DVD, which buttons trigger play of > this stream from certain offsets (starts of separate shorts).
That would be either titles (top level) or chapters (second level) structures.
If you don't care for a DVD with the same menu but just want to get every sinlge short movie into a single file mencoder (part of mplayer) can handle this easily. At the bottom of the man page are some examples including the following one:
EXAMPLES OF MENCODER USAGE Encode DVD title #2, only selected chapters: mencoder dvd://2 -chapter 10-15 -o title2.avi -oac copy -ovc lavc -lavcopts vcodec=mpeg4If you would prefer to keep the original mpeg2 encoding instead of recoding into mpeg4 you might want to grab transcode and have a look at tccat
tccat -i name [ -t magic ] [ -T title[,chapter[,angle]] ] [ -L ] [ -S n ] [ -P ] [ -a ] [ -d mode ] [ -v ]which can extract title/chapters from the DVD stream.