Thanks for letting me know (by implication) that there’s a CLI version of Handbrake. Normally, I detest Handbrake–and most front-end GUIs–since they make things a lot more complicated than they should be. But in this case, the CLI build is a pretty cool tool.
It’s an AIO (all-in-one) type like mencoder, but also does auto-crop/IVTC. Haven’t test these much, but looks like new DVDs w/ no weirdness should work OK.
Caveats are that it uses an old x264 build (Nov09), and its options haven’t reflected the simplified x264 presets, so you have to specifically set the x264 options. Also, it can be pretty slow. I’ll have to see where the bottlenecks are.
And of course, it’s a CLI, so GUI folks will be oblivious to it. All it needs is a shell script wrapper for drag-drop use.
My brother is suffering along with SimpleDivX (which is a Win GUI for mencoder). I think I’ll adapt my script for this for him.
Any Sansa View owner out there interested in a drag-drop converter?
Oh yah, don’t use Handbrake as a ripper. It’s not good. Use a real ripper, like DVDFab HD Decrypter.
Newbies’ step-by-step guide to video conversion:
Step 1) Use Search. Type in keywords like: video converter
Step 2) Read a lot, until, er, your head is spinning.
Step 3) Read some more.