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ripmake Introduction

The Beginning

The idea of ripmake is to write a tool which automatically (i.e. with as few user interaction as possible) selects the best parameters for a given ripping task. It should inspect the source (e.g. a DVD or an AVI file), extract all important information, calculate the missing parameters and generate a parameter set for transcode that will create an output file of high quality.

First I thought of a tool that performs all the necessary steps itself and calls transcode for the real work. But I soon found out that often a bit of manual intervention is required to achieve the best results. So a different approach came to my mind: Why not write a tool that generates a makefile for the rip and that embeds all automatic options as parameters in it. You can then call different rules for different rip tasks (e.g. render a sample, render whole movie...) and you can overwrite the parameters by redefining the make variables.

So here it is: ripmake - A makefile generator for your ripping tasks.

The first version was quite alpha and simply tried to prove the concept. The current version is an almost complete rewrite of the first version and is quite useful.

Current Status

Supported Sources:

Supported Targets/Flavors:

Some Technical Detail

The following steps are performed by ripmake: