"One of free software's premier applications, KDE's CD and DVD
burning suite K3b, is about to hit the big 1-0. This milestone
touts rewritten DVD video ripping and a refocused interface design.
The new release represents a level of feature-completeness and
stability that surpasses all previous K3b releases and, perhaps,
all free software competitors.
"For the 1.0 release, K3b founder and maintainer Sebastian Trueg
rewrote K3b's DVD ripping front end. It still does not offer the
breadth of features that competitor dvd::rip does, but it should
prove easier to use for most purposes. Configuration is essentially
constrained to video and audio track selection, video rescaling,
and bitrate and codec specification. K3b tries to provide sensible
defaults so that users need not worry about even these
technicalities. Dependencies for K3b DVD ripping include libdvdcss,
libdvdread, transcode, and a video encoder such as Xvid..."
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