If you want to get info about a movie (e.g. rating, cast, etc.), there is imdbpy, which collects data from IMDb. I just found that Rotten Tomatoes has an API too: http://developer.rottentomatoes.com/.
Update (20150622): about two weeks ago I asked for an API key. I’ve got no response since then…
Update (20150623): I got an answer from them! Here it is:
Thank you for your interest in the Rotten Tomatoes API. Unfortunately, we are unable to grant access at this time. Due to changes in our syndication program, we're currently only offering free API access to domestic students. This may change in the future as we add additional tiers to the program. -The Rotten Tomatoes Team
I was looking for a software for cataloging my movies at home. Griffith seems to be a nice piece of software for this purpose.
“Griffith is a media collection manager application. Adding items to the collection is as quick and easy as typing the film title and selecting a supported source. Griffith will then try to fetch all the related information from the Web. Griffith is a cross-platform application and is known to run on GNU Linux, Microsoft Windows and MacOS X systems.” (source)
You have a CD/DVD and you want to store its content on your hard drive in an .iso file. That is, you want to rip the CD/DVD.
Here I explain how to rip a CD. In the case of an unprotected DVD the method is the same. If the DVD is protected by a region code, you can still rip it but you cannot play it back normally :( For ripping protected DVDs, you need more sophisticated techniques but that’s out of the scope of this post.
So, either you do it in command-line or in Gnome (I use Gnome).
time dd if=/dev/sr0 of=/tmp/ripped.iso
It’s a good idea to add the
time command, then you’ll see how much time the process took. In the example
/dev/sr0 is the filesystem of my CD, you will have to replace it with a value that is specific to your machine. To figure it out, use the
df command. In my case I got the following output:
$ df Filesystem 1K-blocks Used Available Use% Mounted on /dev/sda1 230598832 159681596 59203444 73% / /dev/sr0 424112 424112 0 100% /media/cdrom0
In Gnome just do the following. On the desktop right click on the CD/DVD icon. Choose Copy Disc… from the popup menu. Under Select a disc to write to, choose Image File. Click on Properties, and at the bottom of the file selector, next to Disc image type, choose “ISO9660 image”. Specify the output file and start ripping by clicking on the button “Create Image”.
Playing back a DVD iso file
If you ripped a movie from an unencrypted DVD, playing back the iso file is very simple. Use the VLC media player and pass the iso file as if it were a normal avi. Example:
When you insert a DVD, it is mounted automatically under
/media, for instance in the folder
/media/Holiday. In the
/media/Holiday you will find two subfolders,
VIDEO_TS (or something similar). How to play it with VLC? Nothing is simpler:
$ cd /media $ vlc Holiday/