Monday, March 23, 2009

Play DVD from harddrive

This is one of those things you can spend hours on figuring out:

You got a backup of a DVD on your harddisk; simply a directory with the AUDIO_TS and VIDEO_TS directories in it where the DVD data is stored. You got MPlayer installed and you want to watch the video. How do you do that? MPlayer doesn't support playing from harddrive out-of-the-box like many Windows based players nowadays do.

Well, you basically got two options; one laborous and one easy one (if you can remember the syntax ;-):
  1. Create and iso filesystem from the directory tree the DVD is stored in with mkisofs, mount the iso image and fire up MPlayer to watch the content;
  2. Use this command and you're off immediately:
    # mplayer -dvd-device /home/chuck_norris/wherever/ dvd://1
This post is also ment to be an easy to find reminder for myself...

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