I don’t have a lot to say about Acidrip on Ubuntu except that I was messing around with DVD ripping to reduce my physical video collection. Also, I wanted to convert some VOB files to avi. Yes, those VOB files were just conspicuously lying around. I really have no idea where they came from!
Anyway, Acidrip is pretty straightforward. It’s really just a graphical interface for command line utilities mencoder in conjunction with mplayer. So instead of figuring out a bunch of crazy command line parameters, Acidrip gives you a nice interface to use. However:
There isn’t really an option available for merging multiple avi’s once they’ve been created from your VOBs. At least I didn’t find any. Basically, use your trusty mencoder command to merge your avi’s into one single file.
mencoder -oac copy -ovc copy -idx -o output.avi video1.avi video2.avi video3.avi
So in effect, the title of this post is kind of misleading since we’re going back to basics and really just using mencoder from the command line the way it was originally intended to be used.