Rip Your DVDs Using Chrome OS

Chrome OS has come a long way from just a few years ago. With Project Crostini running Linux apps, it has flung the door WIDE open for Chrome OS. A good friend of mine is always telling me Chromebooks aren't "real" computers, but I beg to differ. Honestly, two things that I wish I could do with my Chromebook is less about Chrome OS and more about Microsoft being stubborn and not wanting to fully support for other platforms. Psh. Unreal.

Ok, so you want to digitize your old home movies but you own a Chromebook and need to rip those DVDs? Easy. Well... It was slightly harder than I originally anticipated. If I wanted to use Handbrake, this was super easy to do. Type in sudo apt-get install handbrake and boom it was installed. Crazy simple thing to do.
  1. I put my DVD in my external cd/dvd player
  2. Opened up the file explorer and double clicked on the ejectable disc
  3. copied and pasted the files into the Linux Files directory
  4. Opened Handbrake
  5. Browsed to the files and selected them
  6. Determined where I wanted to the new ripped files to be placed on my hard drive
  7. Clicked Start
That was it. It was super simple. But Handbrake and MakeMKV are different from one another. Handbrake compresses the already compressed files. MakeMKV keeps the original quality and doesn't rec-compress anything. This is just the short version. I didn't know there was a difference, but after much reading it turns out there is! 

If you're still with me let's jump right in, but first some house keeping. If you plan on using this to rip Hollywood produced movies, don't. It's pirating and if you get caught I am in no way liable so don't come crying to me. Capisce? I'm using this to digitize my wedding video and old skateboarding footage.
  1. First go to MakeMKV.com and follow these directions. I'll list them below to save you the leg work. You're welcome :). You'll have to download 2 packages.
    1. Download MakeMKV-bin
    2. Download MakeMKV-oss
  2. After you download these packages, open the Linux terminal and type 
  3. sudo apt-get install build-essential pkg-config libc6-dev libssl-dev libexpat1-dev libavcodec-dev libgl1-mesa-dev libqt4-dev zlib1g-dev
  4. While this is running/installing, launch Chrome OS' file explorer and move the 2 packages (bin and oss) into the Linux Files directory.
  5. You'll have to extract the contents from the .tar package. Easy steps are found here showing how to do it using the terminal. 
  6. Once steps 1-3 are finished, change the directory to your makemkv-oss (example, cd makemkv-oss-1.14.1) directory in the terminal and run
    ./configure
    make
    sudo make install
  7. After you've run those 3 commands, change directory to your makemkv-bin (example, cd makemkv-bin-1.14.1) folder and run the following 2 commands.
    make
    sudo make install
  8. You'll have to type "yes" to both of these commands because it's MakeMKV's terms and you must agree to them to use their product. 
  9. After you've agreed to their terms and conditions, type makemkv in the terminal to launch it

  10. Plug in your external dvd player and open up Chrome OS' file explorer
  11. Click on the dvd drive to view the contents on the disc
  12. There will most likely be 2 folders, a video and an audio folder. Copy these 2 folders, but if you have more then just make sure you copy everything to be on the safe side.
  13. Go to the Linux Files directory in the file explorer (left hand navigation) and create a new folder and give it a name
  14. Paste the files into this folder

  15. Go back to MakeMKV and click 
    1. File
    2. Open Files
    3. Navigate to your newly created folder with the video contents
    4. Go to the video folder and find the largest file in the list. This will be the main movie file.
    5. Click open
    6. Then click MakeMKV (it's MakeMKV's icon near the top right-hand corner of the window)
  16. It'll prompt you to create a "raw_movies" folder so just click yes. 
  17. To view the movie on your Chromebook is a little more tricky than I anticipated. You'll have to download VLC play through the Google Play store, or some other software that will play MKV files. By default, Chrome OS' default video player will only give you the audio (at least it did for me)




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