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Tue - Dec 09, 2008 : 11:08 am
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VLC Gripe
Awhile back, I found that many DVD titles released by Sony weren't able to be viewed with mplayer.  This annoyed me.

So, I investigated a bit and found that VLC (another wonderful media player) could not only play them back, but also rip them with ease.  Up until a bit ago, this has been the case since the writing of that article.

When version 0.9.6 of VLC was released, evidently a new scripting syntax was implemented which isn't backward compatible with the version 0.8.6i I've been using for months.

Try as I may, I cannot get VLC to rip any movies at all, let alone movies with Sony's stupid DRM installed.

Case in point:  I go grab my shiny new copy of The Dark Knight this morning and try to rip it using mplayer -dumstream.  It fails.  I try the new version of VLC and it fails.  I pound on it for 2 hours trying to get it to rip anything.  It fails.  So...

I revert back to the trusty old 0.8.6i version and try ripping it.  It works without a hitch.

So...  Why, Videolan, did you upgrade your program so drastically that now it won't do what I need it to?

Or maybe I just need to pound on the syntax a bit more to see if I'm missing something.  But sheesh... I really don't like learning the same thing twice, just because someone makes a program backward incompatible.