What is dvdbackupgtk?

dvdbackupgtk is a GUI for dvdbackup, for more information about dvdbackup have a look here.

Are there any similar programs?

Yes, of Course. The main intention of this program is to "Shrink" a DVD with DVDShrink(decrease size; DVD-9 to DVD-5) and keep the whole DVD-Menu. If your intention is to RIP a DVD to an avi(without the DVD-Menu)then there are some better programs, for example Winki, dvd::rip, OGMRip or RipperX.
But as a GUI for dvdbackup, it still makes sense, even if you want to use some of the above mentioned programs.

Which license does dvdbackupgtk use?

dvdbackupgtk is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation, either version 3 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.

Who are the authors?

dvdbackupgtk is written and maintained by Marcus Sombek.


Where can I download dvdbackupgtk?

Currently, there is only an beta version available, which should work fine under Linux/UNIX (v0.1.5). For Gentoo there is also an ebuild available.

Browse all releases on the Sourceforge Download section.

What works in version 0.1.5?

What does not work in version 0.1.4?

May I have a look at the source code?

Yes, simply open the file dvdbackupgtk.rb with your favorite editor, ruby is an interpretive language, so there is no binary file and no compiling.


Gentoo users who want to use the ebuild above should have a look at the ebuild README, they should not use the here called emerge command.
Installation is pretty easy, just Install Ruby, Ruby-GNOME2(http://ruby-gnome2.sourceforge.jp/hiki.cgi?Install+Guide) and dvdbackup as dependencies.

For example on my preferred distribution (Gentoo) it will be a simple
# emerge dvdbackup ruby-gnome2
The Installation of the GUI is pretty easy then; just put the executable dvdbackupgtk.rb somewhere in your system path.
The step by step explanation:
1. Download the File dvdbackupgtk.rb somewhere on your computer
2. Make the File executable: # chmod +x dvdbackupgtk.rb
3. Copy or move the File to your system path, for example /bin or /usr/bin
4. Type: "gem install open4"
and: "gem install yaml"
in a console(as root)
5. Run the GUI from a Console(simply typing dvdbackupgtk.rb), or make some link to that executable, depending on your Desktop Environment(KDE, GNOME)
or download the dvdbackupgtk.desktop file from the Misc directory in the sourceforge download section and put in anywhere your Desktop system will find it.
6. Install your preferred Version of DVDShrink.


Have a look at the README, I didn`t think any other explanation is necessary-


If you have found a bug you should first start with a report on the Support Tracker

Sourceforge project page: http://sourceforge.net/projects/dvdbackupgtk/