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Old 12-19-2007, 02:23 PM   #1  
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I have a 7 terabyte RAID 5 array in my media server. It contains a bit over 500 of my DVDs (yes, I purchased all of them and still own the discs so I'm completely legal and not condoning piracy) on this server so I can watch movies in my main living room and upstairs. I've used DVD Decrypter and DVDFab to copy my DVDs to my array. I use PowerDVD to play back my DVDs.

I have recently purchased an LG GGC-H20L and was hoping to do the same with my Blu-Ray and HD-DVD discs. From what I can gather reading various forums, it appears that this is a bit more problematic than DVDs are (getting them ripped and getting software that has the ability to play them back).

Has anyone achieved this, and if so, how? Again, this is only for discs I already own - I do not condone piracy - it's simply a matter of personal convenience. Thanks very much!
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I have tested this using the xbox addon.
I used AnyDVD, to rip the disks, and PowerDVD to play the image.
It works very nicely. I just don't have the disk space, or the dedicated PC to use as a permanent HTPC.

I don't have a blu ray player, but the docs say PowerDVD can play blu ray rips and disks as well.
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As to how. Once AnyDVD is installed, ripping is as easy as clicking on the system tray icon, and selecting rip to disk, or what ever is says.
And playing the images, is as easy as droping down a listbox, and selecting the directory that the movies was ripped to.
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Old 12-19-2007, 03:08 PM   #4  
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Thanks! Is there any specific version of PowerDVD that allows playback of HD Blu-Ray/HD-DVDs? I heard rumor of newer versions removing the capability of HD playback. Thanks!
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Thanks! Is there any specific version of PowerDVD that allows playback of HD Blu-Ray/HD-DVDs? I heard rumor of newer versions removing the capability of HD playback. Thanks!
By all accounts that I can find, PDVD Ultra, 3319a build or prior.

I'm looking to do the same thing in a couple of weeks...
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Old 12-19-2007, 03:47 PM   #6  
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Can I still get older PowerDVD builds if I upgrade to their HD version?
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Can I still get older PowerDVD builds if I upgrade to their HD version?
Google is your friend

EDIT: The other option that I've found uses Slysoft, imgburn and daemontools...
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FYI guys, anytime you decrypt or remove any copy/content protection from a movie, it is a violation of copyright law no matter whether you own the original or not.
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I have not followed it since I picked up PowerDVD Ultra version 7.2. Wich works fine.
It is disapointing to hear they have / may have removed this support.
Can anyone confirm this?
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FYI guys, anytime you decrypt or remove any copy/content protection from a movie, it is a violation of copyright law no matter whether you own the original or not.
You're absolutely right, breaking the encryption on BD/HD DVD for copying to a HDD represents an unlawful breach of an "access control technology," as opposed to a "copy control technology."

Well, so much for that idea...
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Old 12-19-2007, 08:57 PM   #11  
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I don't know that the AnyDVD HD process does that. If it's just making a copy onto a local hard disk with access mechanisms intact, it's still perfectly legal.
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Not in the US it isn't if it is used to remove any copyright or content protection which is what it is used for. It is illegal to use it, not to buy it.

" The Digital Millennium Copyright Act, Public Law 105-304 (1998), added a new Chapter 12 to title 17 United States Code, which among other things prohibits circumvention of access control technologies employed by copyright owners to protect their works. Specifically, section 1201 provides that "No person shall circumvent a technological measure that effectively controls access to a work protected under this title." This prohibition on circumvention became effective on October 28, 2000. Prior to that date, the Copyright Office conducted a rulemaking proceeding in which the Register of Copyrights recommended, and the Librarian of Congress determined, whether there were particular classes of copyrighted works that should be exempted from the prohibition because persons who are users of those classes of works "are, or are likely to be in the succeeding 3-year period, adversely affected by virtue of the prohibition in their ability to make noninfringing uses of that particular class of works under this title."

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Okay, I tried Google for the 3319a version (after purchasing PDVD Ultra) and I found tons of sites that bounce me around from ad to ad, and references to torrents and whatnot, but nothing that allows me to download 3319a from anywhere. ;-( Is there one, or is the Torrent the way to do it?
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Not in the US it isn't if it is used to remove any copyright or content protection which is what it is used for. It is illegal to use it, not to buy it.

" The Digital Millennium Copyright Act, Public Law 105-304 (1998), added a new Chapter 12 to title 17 United States Code, which among other things prohibits circumvention of access control technologies employed by copyright owners to protect their works. Specifically, section 1201 provides that "No person shall circumvent a technological measure that effectively controls access to a work protected under this title." This prohibition on circumvention became effective on October 28, 2000. Prior to that date, the Copyright Office conducted a rulemaking proceeding in which the Register of Copyrights recommended, and the Librarian of Congress determined, whether there were particular classes of copyrighted works that should be exempted from the prohibition because persons who are users of those classes of works "are, or are likely to be in the succeeding 3-year period, adversely affected by virtue of the prohibition in their ability to make noninfringing uses of that particular class of works under this title."
Sounds like you're bitter that you can't do it
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I certainly don't like the restriction. I believe that once I purchase a movie I should be allowed to make a backup if I so choose as long as I don't sell it, use it for public display, sell it or lend it out. Not bitter per se just frustrated with the restrictive legislation. DRM is evil.
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