Kuro5hin: Linux Box as Digital VCR: A success StoryFeb 01, 2001, 23:26 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by DontTreadOnMe)
"I have recently been working on a project, the goal of which is to enable me to capture any arbitrary video to hard drive, edit it using one or more Non-Linear Editing (NLE) tools, and then archive the result to digital video tape, DVD-RAM, CD-R, or, most ideally, DVD-R."
"While affordable DVD-R remains promise-ware from Apple (note the 7-10 week delivery schedule if you actually try to order one of these), I had great success in recording an episode of Star Trek Voyager, editing out the commercials, moving the intro sequence to the very beginning, and then saving the result in a 450 MB file of surprisingly near-DVD quality on a single 50 cent CD-R disk. All of this under Linux, using either free software or, where necessary, very inexpensive commercial software."
"The details on how I did this follow...."