Playing licensed ubuntu DVDs

    A small disclaimer:
    1. I am a loyal user of ubuntu and do not criticize this OS while sitting under Windows. It is important.
    2. I didn’t write it on Linux blogs, since it covers a cross-platform topic.

    After my last story about buying DVD gift editions, I thought that the topic of hemorrhoids playing them in Linux was not disclosed. The mess.
    Let's start with totem. I don’t know what the miners of my beloved distribution thought about when they included it in the kit precisely as a DVD player. What he does with the disks is just awful. This is how the "Dawn of the Dead" opens for me:
    Dawn of the Dead in a Totem

    The screenshot shows that I was trying to rewind the movie at some more interesting moment. I immediately had to forget about it. I also had to forget about the menu, respectively, about the subtitles, the choice of parts and the names of tracks. This is exactly what the distribution developers offer me to watch a movie.

    Okay. In principle, I rarely use totem, and a bunch of players still live in the repositories. My favorite VLC megaplayer showed me a warning and refused to play further. Apparently, there is nothing to watch any license when there are a bunch of pirated videos on the screw.
    Dawn of the Dead in VLC
    Next came all kinds of mplayers, Ogle, and so on. As a result, only gxine normally opened the DVD. I personally have never loved this player for its inhuman interface. But he perfectly lost the entire film with rewind, opened the menu, showed additional materials and connected Russian subtitles to them. Unfortunately, this is not a happy end. I have a number of other DVD discs, which on the contrary for some reason open nicely in VLC, do not work in other players. Therefore, a question arose that was voiced in the same previous entry: “Is there really no standard for developing a DVD menu?” It turns out there is. A quick Wikipedia search immediately answered:
    Dawn of the dead in gxine

    “Each DVD hardware or software developer must first obtain a license for one of the DVD specification books from the DVD Format and Logo Licensing Corporation (DVD FLLC). For various DVD formats, there are separate books with format descriptions; Each book contains hundreds of pages and costs about $ 5000 . After obtaining a license for the book, the developer must become a licensee, and this procedure is also paid. Otherwise, the book for which the license is obtained can only be used as reference material, and not to create new programs or equipment.
    The DVD specifications were originally written in Japanese, and only then were they translated into English for use in America. The translation turned out to be confusing and comparable in complexity with legal documents. Today, DVD players of different manufacturers do not always meet the same requirements - all this because different developers when creating equipment understand the existing DVD specifications in their own way. "

    From the above, in my opinion, everything becomes clear and clear.
    As always, the original on my blog

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