One of the most famous programs in the Windows world - and the one that its guide has the most hits on - is DVD Shrink. Until recently there wasn't a program good enough to serve as a good replacement for DVD Shrink under Linux, so most users used DVD Shrink itself via Wine or booted into Windows to backup their DVDs. However with the latest versions of k9copy we could say we have a native Linux program that can compete with DVD Shrink in terms of features and ease of use.

You can install k9copy easily as it is in the repositories of most Linux distributions. You can find packages as well as the source code in the project's web page here. Note that for k9copy to read DVDs you'll need to libdvdread package and to read encrypted DVDs libdvdcss. Check your distro's instructions on how to obtain them.


This is the main k9copy window. First of all you need to select the drive that has the source DVD (1). Then you can select the output device (2), where you can either burn right away or create an ISO image to burn later. Finally click Settings (3) and then k9copy Settings and move to the next step.


In the Settings window we just need to setup the DVD section as we won't be using k9copy to rip the DVD to another format, just DVD9 to DVD5 copy. First of all make sure you select an output directory that you have at least 5GB of free space. Keep in mind that after creating a DVD, k9copy will not remove the temporary files, so remember to remove them manually. DVD size should be fine at 4400MB, and you may want to select "Burn with k3b" if you have it installed and need some extra control at the burning options. Click OK and move to the next step.


To load the DVD info you have to click the first button in the tool bar (1). Now you should have the DVD structure loaded. You can select if you want to include the original menus or not. (2). Then you should remove all the extras and stuff you don't need by removing the right Title sets. In this screen shot I have removed everything but the main movie (you can check which the main movie is by a look at the size column).


By clicking the small plus (+) sign next to each title set you can select which languages and subtitles you want to keep. I suggest removing all the audio you don't need as they take quite some space.


Another option if you want to keep all the videos including extras etc would be to leave all title sets checked and move to the Selection tab in the right (1). There you can select which languages and subtitles you want and they'll be applied globally (to all title sets). That way you can easily backup the whole DVD and yet remove stuff that you don't need improving quality.

When you are done selecting what you want to include in your new DVD click the copy icon (2) to start the backup process.


If everything goes smoothly you'll soon have the final DVD or ISO file.

In case you need any help please use our new Linux forum to ask, just remember to add what your distro is and the version of the program you are using.


#13 GaryABer 2011-08-23 18:18
Natty 11.04, K9copy V2.3.6 Newbie on 5 year old pc. Tried the new Wizard on K9, after 4 hours, I aborted that. Followed instructions here (some differences). Thought I selected ISO, but when finished (35 mins or so), program told me to "insert blank dvd" and it proceeded to burn it. Then media player started playing the newly created dvd. Unfortunately, dvd would not play in two different stand alone players. Guess I'll make another try for an ISO.
#12 markjan 2011-06-07 14:42
Stopped crashing once I had installed libdvdcss.
This was on Kubuntu 10.10.
#11 iRip2 2010-04-22 12:06
Never works for me. Crashes all the time. :sad:

On Kubuntu 9.10
#10 JE 2010-03-13 10:39
it will be helpful to see the overall size of the DVD while adjusting shrink factor. Currently it only display per title.

This is helpful to see the overall effect of the changes made.
#9 knottaguru 2010-01-16 12:09
I am using Suse 11 edu-life & am currently ripping & encoding dvd's to mpeg 4. Final size is set to about 1GB. I prefer not to have subtitles so I found the info on this page to be helpful. I am a relative newcomer to Linux.
#8 JuanFermin 2009-05-06 07:39
Works fantastically for converting DVD9 to DVD5, but sometimes I just want to rip the Movie as a Divx and so far, every attempt has caused a crash.
#7 Krisbee 2009-05-03 06:38
Never a problem, never a crash, works quickly and flawlessly. It's always interesting to see how some DVD's are put together, and its' not the movie taking up the room, its' the crap that is forced in there...
#6 LM 2009-04-26 22:48
Works fine on Ubuntu Jaunty under Gnome
#5 Num in Annapolis 2009-04-14 16:26
Ubuntu Hardy here. k9copy crashes once opened when attempting and function within any menu.

Video and audio are the only two reasons I use windows for anything, and infortunately must continue to use...
#4 bobo987896767 2009-03-25 23:29
thanks bro.

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