I don't every watch TV on board (except sometimes when I am alone on board and like the sound of human voices for a change once in a while), but watching movies is a favorite evening activity, especially in the winter time when you don't want to be on deck
in the evening.
I have about a million DVD's on board and just bought a whole bunch more on sale
of them is actually starting to be a problem. I wonder if it wouldn't make sense to start ripping them to a hard drive and leaving the actual disks at home?
Does anyone do this? With storage
these days, you could store hundreds of DVDs, I think, on a $180 1.5 terabyte external drive.
I located, downloaded and installed DVDDecrypter, and have successfully ripped a few test DVD's to my laptop
hard drive. They end of as a folder full of a bunch of files. I can play them with various movie
player programs, but I'm not yet sure that the quality is up to snuff -- it looks like perhaps some video processing step has been skipped.
Does it make sense to reprocess these directories into single
MPEG4 or AVI files? Or does that just lead to further reductions of image quality? I have a high def TV on board and would mind the loss of quality. My laptop
has an HDMI port and so there is no real reason why I shouldn't be able to achieve high quality.
Anyone else struggle with this? Any tips? Any favorite utilities or programs?
By the way, in case anyone is wondering, all this is perfectly legal
if you own the DVD
disk and are using the ripped copy only for personal use, as I am.