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Old 12-01-2012, 04:10 PM   #1
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First I have a 2gig external HD. I would somehow like to take our 200 dvds and through my PC copy, just the movie, onto the HD.

Second I would like to connect this HD to something that would connect to my TV and allow us to watch the movies. We would like some type of library feature so it is just not a bunch of file names. Would a ROKU or other box like this do that?

What do I use, program, to get just the movie off the disk and onto the drive. I do not want all the extras just the movie.

I do not know how to make any of this happen. Can anyone, with clearly more knowledge then me, help me?

Appreciate the help and god bless.

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Old 12-01-2012, 05:32 PM   #2
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What you're looking to achieve is fairly easy. First, i'm going to assume you have an 2TB external hard drive and not a 2GB external hard drive. If it is in fact a 2GB hard drive, you're going to want to upgrade to a 2TB external hard drive or larger to allow for future growth.

You are going to need to purchase AnyDVD HDin order to remove the copy protection from the DVD or blu-ray you are wanting to backup or convert. Next you are going to want to use HandBrake to convert the dvd or blu-ray to your desired format (ie mp4, mkv, etc.)

Once you have converted your movies you can access them from whichever streaming device you decide on. I personally use the Apple TV to stream my entire movie collection from iTunes. Keep in mind that if you use an Apple TV you will need to make sure your converted movies are in MP4 format (just select the Apple TV 2 or 3 preset in HandBrake).

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Old 12-01-2012, 06:19 PM   #3
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Yes it is a 2TB not 2gig, sorry about that.

I do not want to stream them I would rather connect the external HDD to soemthing like a WDTV, if that works, and just play them from the drive. I see it allows you to connect an external HDD to it.

Thank you for the software info. So anydvd HD to get movie off of disk and onto PC. Then handbrake to convert it to a playable format. Thats a big help.

So at that point could I just save them to the external HDD, plug that into a device like WDTV and watch the movies? Would it have menues, like a picture of the film or would it just be a file view?

Thank you so much for the help. Sorry about more questions.
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Old 12-01-2012, 07:08 PM   #4
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Yes it is a 2TB not 2gig, sorry about that.

I do not want to stream them I would rather connect the external HDD to soemthing like a WDTV, if that works, and just play them from the drive. I see it allows you to connect an external HDD to it.

Thank you for the software info. So anydvd HD to get movie off of disk and onto PC. Then handbrake to convert it to a playable format. Thats a big help.

So at that point could I just save them to the external HDD, plug that into a device like WDTV and watch the movies? Would it have menues, like a picture of the film or would it just be a file view?

Thank you so much for the help. Sorry about more questions.
Using something like WDTV will allow you to connect an external drive to it and play the movies from there.

AnyDVD does not get the movies to your computer but simply removes the copy protection. HandBrake will convert the dvd or blu-ray to a playable format that will then be on your computer. Once the file is on your computer you can move it to the external hard drive and plug it into the WDTV and enjoy.

I haven't personally used the WDTV so i'm not sure how it lists the files on an external hard drive. If you are wanting cover art and other metadata, you can use MetaX.

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Old 12-01-2012, 07:18 PM   #5
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Out of the box a WDTV Live does not use cover art and such. It uses a list of files presented in much the same manner as the PC does for folders. There is a hack that allows for cover art, however. If you are not familiar with hacking, I would not recommend doing it. If you were to be able to go with the lists method, the WDTV Live would allow your PC to copy new movies to the attached hard drive over your network.

Another possibility would be to get an inexpensive laptop and use XBMC or Windows Media Player software. You can get a remote control to operate the PC so it does not look like a computer at all. A bit more expensive, but very versatile. You can get a Samsung Chromebook for $249.00 that has a HDMI port which should play most, if not all, videos from DVDs. That's not much more than a media player and you can set the internal display to turn off when you are using it as a media player. They are very quiet as well.

I use AnyDVD with VideoReDo Suite V4 to do what you want to do. By loading the .vob files directly from the DVD and using the join function of VideoReDo a single video file can be created. The output file can be a mpg (mpeg2) file which can be played by most anything. VideoReDo will also allow file conversions to other file formats like mp4. I have used this method on my home movies that I had on DVDs.

You should be aware that technically using AnyDVD to get around the copy protection is illegal. It in violation of the digital protection act. Another way to make video files from the DVDs that is legal would be to get an analog capture device like the Hauppauge PVR 1212. With this device you would play the DVDs out of a DVD player via the component outputs and allow the 1212 to capture the analog signal. Since you are recording an analog signal it is completely legal. You wind up with mpeg4 based video files that can be renamed to the movie name.

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Old 12-04-2012, 07:08 PM   #6
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Thank you for all of the tips. I was not aware it would be illegal to put my dvds on my pc. I thought it would be like my music cds. Thank you for all the tips, god bless and happy holidays!
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Thank you for all of the tips. I was not aware it would be illegal to put my dvds on my pc. I thought it would be like my music cds. Thank you for all the tips, god bless and happy holidays!
CDs don't use copy protection so copy those to your portable player, hard drives or whatever for personal use. The DMCA made defeating digital copy protection a crime and despite the clarity of the law, the matter was taken to the Supreme Court recently which affirmed the law. I will assume it was as simple as, yep that is exactly what the law states. It isn't ambiguous so I wasn't sure what was being challenged.

Almost all commercial DVDs and Blu-ray discs use copy protection although I do have a few dozen DVDs that do not. I believe it is at the discretion of the rights' owners as to whether or not copy protection will be used but as a practical matter, you can assume all do.

I have several media players I like, Google TV, PS3, LG BD590, a PC, and Oppo BDP-93 and use all of them, no one box comes close to covering my needs. I don't have a WD TV Live box but it is a popular box and does a nice job.
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