Mplayer is a great media player that can play a huge variety of file formats mplayer
Mencoder: This is part of the mplayer package that will encode from video and other sources.
I should point out at this point that I fully support paying for media, be they DVDs or CDs etc. I have a large collection of DVDs that I have paid for.
I find it much more convenient to play these directly from hard disk so I do not have to suffer the pathetic menus offered by by the majority of studios. In addition I do not share my encoded films they are for personal use only. It maybe that someone else may like to do the same with this script. While I may seem slightly paranoid at this disclaimer I am not happy with the tactics employed by the media companies over their ‘alleged’ losses. I do not see knife manufacturers warning you not to kill people with them; however it seems this is the stance taken to the decss code.
In short I am only suggesting that this script be used for legally owned DVDs and to be used within the local law.
I would also suggest that you provide as much financial support to the EFF (see Organisations) as you do to the media industry. The media industry is working very hard to restrict your freedoms. It is essential in my view that you support organisations that defend your liberty if you want to retain your freedom.
If you have problems then email me.