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Old 27-12-2011, 21:27   #1
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Ripping DVD's

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. Storage 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 so cheap 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.
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Old 27-12-2011, 21:36   #2
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Great question and looking forward to answers! I was just researching this today with no good solutions. I'm tired of taking up space with DVD's.

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Old 27-12-2011, 21:36   #3
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Re: Ripping DVD's

I ditched the physical media a long time ago and put everything on hard drives. We have a few 500MB ones floating around that have all our movies and music. If they crap out it's not the end of the world, but so far so good and we treat them gently and keep them in ziplock bags away from known leaks.

We just watch stuff on our laptop/netbook so the quality loss isn't so bad. What are you using to play it back? I try to rock VLC whenever I can.
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Re: Ripping DVD's

I’m a Mac sochist and Apple has some neat software for ripping DVD and music CDs. Windows I can’t help with!
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If you want to get really geeky you can build a micro computer that does nothing but run a stripped down web server that serves up your media files over wireless. We have a wirieAP so accessing other devices onboard is pretty easy. Way geeky, but pretty trick. Theoretically you could even have neighbors in wireless range watch stuff as well. You'd be a popular boat.
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Re: Ripping DVD's

When using DVDDecrypter, select Mode >> ISO >> Read. This will rip the DVD to an .iso image file instead of the VOB dvd folder structure.

The DVD .iso file can be played directly from VLC Media Player. It just like having the DVD in a drive.

If you're paying $180 for 1.5 TB you're not shopping around.
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Re: Ripping DVD's

I use Download Magic DVD Ripper and Magic DVD Copier onto Western Digital external hard drives and playback through the TV with a Western Digital Media Player.....

External Storage Overview

Home Entertainment Overview

Very easy, even for me....
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Re: Ripping DVD's

Been using this for years and its free
HandBrake

Just about anything plays with VLC, which is also free
http://www.videolan.org/vlc/

No need to buy additional devices like the Western Digital Media Player mentioned above.
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Okay I'm going to go on a minor rant.

It's the future now. Hook the PC directly to the display/audio system, and disintermediate all of these media player/roku/whatever boxes that sit between the PC and display. Trust me on this one.

If you're solely interested in DVDs, all you need is DVDDecrypter (free) and XBMC (also free) which will stream your files to any UPnP/DLNA compliant device, which includes just about everything. No need to overcomplicate things.
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If you're solely interested in DVDs, all you need is DVDDecrypter (free) and XBMC (also free) which will stream your files to any UPnP/DLNA compliant device, which includes just about everything. No need to overcomplicate things.
I think you already have using xbmc (my opinion)
I ditched it a wile ago ad went simple with VLC

Should add that I currently have more than 15 terabyte's of video in my library
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Re: Ripping DVD's

I fully recommend Handbrake: HandBrake

It will convert the DVD to a mp4 or mkv file that is about 1/3rd of the size while maintaining excellent picture quality.
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I think you already have using xbmc (my opinion)
I ditched it a wile ago ad went simple with VLC
XBMC is only if you want to stream media to other devices. VLC if you just want to play the ripped DVDS.

The flaw in this plan is that the OP has an HDTV on board and DVDs aren't HD. If you want HD files to play that are a manageble size that means ripping and transcoding Blu-Rays which is another story.
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No need to buy additional devices like the Western Digital Media Player mentioned above.
Yes there is if if you don't want to clog up your computer (and don't carry your laptop everywhere) also if like me you work at sea, or some other remote area, all i need to take is my WD devices in my carry bag (both fit together in a toilet bag) and plug them into the TV and watch the content....

So yes, there is a need, otherwise people would not buy them.....
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+1 for HandBrake and VLC.
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Yes there is if if you don't want to clog up your computer
Thats why god made portable harddrives that are so very cheap.

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(and don't carry your laptop everywhere)
But you still have to carry something.
If I had to carry something, a laptop would be of more use (multifunction) than a media player

But that's my opinion and my reasoning, as I did actually look at buying a WD media player at one stage.
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