I have had a lot of trouble using the built in DVD ripper on LMCE. I get a lerrors saying either DVDCSS is not install or cannot read disk. Im confident it is working ok but just some of the DVDs i use screw it up.
So now i use dvd::rip. Its a wrapper written in perl that takes care of everything from ripping thru to a finished avi. It uses a bunch of open souce video tools. Its at:http://exit1.org/dvdrip/
It rips pretty quick but the transcoding can take a couple of hours depending on CPU etc. It has options for clustering but I havent tried this. Maybe the sequence dvd::rip follows could be integrated into LMCE so that when ripping you can select a couple of options and have LMCE do it in the background.
It supports all the popular compressors DIVX, XVID etc and seems to work well. It also reads many discs that LMCE wont/cant read and also images that have been compressed with cloneDVD as LMCE doesnt like playing these either. To uses dvd::rip on your existing .dvd files you can mount them using:
martin@dcerouter:$ sudo mkdir /iso
martin@dcerouter:$ sudo mount 'Big_Daddy_WS_P&S.dvd' /iso/ -t iso9660 -o ro,loop=/dev/loop0
If anyone knows of an easier or faster solution then post away...