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dvdbackup(1)		    General Commands Manual		  dvdbackup(1)

NAME
       dvdbackup - Tool	to backup DVDs

SYNOPSIS
       dvdbackup [OPTION]...

DESCRIPTION
       This  manual page documents briefly the dvdbackup command.  This	manual
       page was	written	for the	Debian distribution because the	original  pro-
       gram  does not have a manual page.  dvdbackup is	a tool to extract data
       from video DVDs.	 It has	the advantages of being	small, fast, and  easy
       to use.

OPTIONS
       A summary of options is included	below.

       -h, --help
	      print a brief usage message

       -V, --version
	      print version information

       -I, --info
	      for information about the	DVD

       -M, --mirror
	      backup the whole DVD

       -F, --feature
	      backup the main feature of the DVD

       -T X, --titleset=X
	      backup title set X

       -t X, --title=X
	      backup title X

       -s X, --start=X
	      backup from chapter X

       -e X, --end=X
	      backup to	chapter	X

       -i DEVICE, --input=DEVICE
	      where  DEVICE  is	your DVD device.  This switch only needs to be
	      used if your DVD device node is not /dev/cd0

       -o DIRECTORY, --output=DIRECTORY
	      where DIRECTORY is your backup target.  If not given,  the  cur-
	      rent working directory will be used.

       -v, --verbose
	      print more information about progress

       -n NAME,	--name=NAME
	      (optional) set the title - useful	if autodetection fails

       -a 0, --aspect=0
	      to get aspect ratio 4:3 instead of 16:9 if both are present

       -r {a,b,m}, --error={a,b,m}
	      select read error	handling: a=abort, b=skip block, m=skip	multi-
	      ple blocks (default)

       -p, --progress
	      print progress information while copying VOBs

Option notes
       -a is option to the -F switch and has no	effect on other	options
       -s and -e should	preferably be used together with -t

General	backup information
       If your backup directory	is /my/dvd/backup/dir/ specified with  the  -o
       flag,   then   dvdbackup	  will	create	a  DVD-Video  structure	 under
       /my/dvd/backup/dir/TITLE_NAME/VIDEO_TS.	If the -o flag is omitted, the
       current directory is used.

       Since the title is "unique" you can use the same	directory for all your
       DVD backups. If it happens to have a generic title dvdbackup will  exit
       with  a	return	value  of 2, and you will need to specify a title name
       with the	-n switch.

       dvdbackup will always mimic the original	DVD-Video structure. Hence  if
       you  e.g.   use	the -M (mirror)	you will get an	exact duplicate	of the
       original. This means that every file will have the  same	 size  as  the
       original	one. Likewise also for the -F and the -T switch.

       However the -t and (-t -s/-e) switch is a bit different the titles sec-
       tors will be written to the original file but not at the	same offset as
       the  original one since there may be gaps in the	cell structure that we
       do not fill.

EXAMPLES
       dvdbackup -I
	      gathers information about	the DVD.  /dev/cd0 is the default  de-
	      vice  tried  - you need to use -i	if your	device name is differ-
	      ent.

       dvdbackup -M
	      backups the whole	DVD.  This action creates  a  valid  DVD-Video
	      structure	 that  can  be	burned	to  a  DVD-/+R(W) with help of
	      genisoimage.

       dvdbackup -F
	      backups the main feature of the  DVD.   This  action  creates  a
	      valid  DVD-Video	structure of the feature title set.  Note that
	      this will	not result in an image	immediately  watchable	-  you
	      will  need  another program like dvdauthor to help construct the
	      IFO files.

	      dvdbackup	defaults to get	the 16:9 version of the	 main  feature
	      if a 4:3 is also present on the DVD.  To get the 4:3 version use
	      -a 0.

	      dvdbackup	makes it best to make a	intelligent guess what is  the
	      main feature of the DVD -	in case	it fails please	send a bug re-
	      port.

       dvdbackup -T 2
	      backups the title	set 2 i.e. all VTS_02_X.XXX files.   This  ac-
	      tion  creates a valid DVD-Video structure	of the specified title
	      set.  Note that this will	not result  in	an  image  immediately
	      watchable	- you will need	another	program	like dvdauthor to help
	      construct	the IFO	files.

       dvdbackup -t 1
	      backups the title	1.  This action	backups	all cells  that	 forms
	      the  specified  title. Note that there can be sector gaps	in be-
	      tween one	cell and another. dvdbackup will  backup  all  sectors
	      that  belongs  to	the title but will skip	sectors	that are not a
	      part of the title.

       dvdbackup -t 1 -s 20 -e 25
	      This action will backup chapter 20 to 25 in title	1, as with the
	      backup  of  a title there	can be sector gaps between one chapter
	      (cell) and on other.  dvdbackup will backup all sectors that be-
	      longs to the title 1 chapter 20 to 25 but	will skip sectors that
	      are not a	part of	the title 1 chapter 20 to 25.

	      To backup	a single chapter e.g. chapter 20 do -s 20 -e 20.
	      To backup	from chapter 20	to the end chapter use only -s 20.
	      To backup	to chapter 20 from the first chapter use only -e 20.

	      You can skip the -t switch and let the program guess  the	 title
	      although it is not recommended.

	      If you specify a chapter that is higher than the last chapter of
	      the title	dvdbackup will truncate	to the highest chapter of  the
	      title.

EXIT STATUS
       0      on success

       1      on usage error

       2      on title name error

       -1     on failure

AUTHORS
       dvdbackup  was  written	by  Olaf  Beck <olaf_sc@yahoo.com>, but	is now
       maintained by Benjamin  Drung  <benjamin.drung@gmail.com>  and  Stephen
       Gran  <sgran@debian.org>.  This manual page was written by Stephen Gran
       <sgran@debian.org>.

0.2				  2008-03-18			  dvdbackup(1)

NAME | SYNOPSIS | DESCRIPTION | OPTIONS | Option notes | General backup information | EXAMPLES | EXIT STATUS | AUTHORS

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