I want to see what kinds of content a DVD has without having to play it.
June 26, 2014 5:48 PM Subscribe
I'd like a Win7x64-compatible tool that can dump the structure
of a DVD: like, a list of the disc's titles/chapters with their durations, each title's native resolution/display aspect radio, details on the audio tracks each title has, etc. If it can report on details like the menu/program hierarchy—what titles/other menus are accessible through each menu, which titles are set for mandatory playback—and where playback goes next when a specific title ends, so much the better, but that's not required.
posted by Lazlo Nibble to Computers & Internet (4 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I would use this information when setting up the final encodes; I want to know going in which parts of the disc have commentary tracks, where the bonus features have different resolutions from the main program, and so forth. Handbrake isn't smart enough for me to be able to say, for example, "if there's a commentary track, always include it in the encode, otherwise just give me the program audio"—so I need to know that ahead of time. (I have a few TV season sets that are just awful about this, where only certain "special" episodes have commentary, and while it's almost always mentioned on the packaging it isn't always obvious which titles on the disc correspond to those episodes.) Right now I'm opening titles one by one in the Handbrake or VLC GUIs to check their format/contents by hand, which gets really tedious really quickly.
I encode out of a pre-ripped VIDEO_TS hierarchy, but if the analysis tool wants ISO or something, I don't mind changing the workflow as long as Handbrake can encode directly from the same format.
A friend suggested lsdvd but I haven't had any luck getting it built in cygwin.
I've also tried MediaInfo and while it gives the kind of information I want, it reports on the individual VOB/IFO/BUP files from the DVD's filesystem. I need the info on a title-by-title basis.
Related question: is there any way to extract/encode the DVD menus themselves in Handbrake?