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 Post subject: Digitizing DVDs - Advice?
PostPosted: 16 Dec 2019, 00:05 
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A solid fifteen years plus ago I looked into digitizing my then meager DVD collection for the purpose of being able to take just digital files with me on my laptop when traveling, but never could manage to get anything to work exactly right, even the "DVD Ripper" PC software Wal-Mart was selling back then couldn't manage to keep audio in synch. Haven't messed with this since.

But now I've got at least a thousand DVDs, and reading over things here I have to realistically wonder about the potential disc rot, as the DVD format is now approaching 22 or 23 years old, and I have DVDs from all the way back in 1998. And lets be perfectly honest, data storage is super cheap now, and A/V compression technology has become pretty amazing. So once again, would be incredibly to digitize titles I'd like to watch and see them on a tablet or my laptop whenever I felt like watching them, wherever I feel like watching them.

What's out there these days for ripping DVDs and converting DVDs to MP4?
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PostPosted: 16 Dec 2019, 04:13 
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I use anydvd. It's great but not terribly cheap since I use it for BD. I think there is a free version just for dvds though.
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PostPosted: 16 Dec 2019, 04:34 
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Isn't VLC well equipped to do it automatically?

https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/rip-dvd-vlc

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 Post subject: Re: Digitizing DVDs - Advice?
PostPosted: 16 Dec 2019, 06:01 
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gypsy wrote:
I use anydvd. It's great but not terribly cheap since I use it for BD. I think there is a free version just for dvds though.


I think anydvd is gone now. They have something else I can’t remember the name. It’s the same people though. They literally sold life time updates subscription to a ton of people and then they changed the name so they can sell you another lifetime subscription.

I switched to dvdfab. It is much easier to use and has a ton more functions.
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PostPosted: 16 Dec 2019, 06:46 
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HandBrake.

Source needs to have copy protection removed first though.
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PostPosted: 16 Dec 2019, 07:00 
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deadlegion wrote:
HandBrake.

Source needs to have copy protection removed first though.


That can be achieved and, depending on where you live and if it's for personal use, you might have a case where it's acceptable.

https://www.toptenreviews.com/when-is-dvd-ripping-illegal

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 Post subject: Re: Digitizing DVDs - Advice?
PostPosted: 16 Dec 2019, 13:53 
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I use DVD Decrypter. It still works for a lot of DVDs that I get from the library ( music DVDs, documentaries, rare movies, etc. ). I don't like DVDFab because it is a Chinese product.
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 Post subject: Re: Digitizing DVDs - Advice?
PostPosted: 17 Dec 2019, 07:21 
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I use DVD Decrypter. It still works for a lot of DVDs that I get from the library ( music DVDs, documentaries, rare movies, etc. ). I don't like DVDFab because it is a Chinese product.


Yeah I've used DVD Decrypter for years. Great for making iso copies of DVD and removing copy protection for archival purposes.
I've got an old WD TV Live media player here that supports a lot of old video codecs (that my newer tv doesn't support) and it can also play DVD iso images.
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PostPosted: 17 Dec 2019, 17:22 
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A couple years ago I set out to rip all my DVDs (about 1000) so I could watch them on my Apple TV. I had a tower with six 48x DVD drives. I then ran 6 instances of Handbrake. It used all of the 128GB of RAM I had installed to do it. I eventually gave up after 2 weeks only having ripped 200 discs. I should have done them in order of importance rather than in alphabetical. :think: It almost seems faster to download the movie in HD from questionable sources.

I now just rip the occasional TV show since you get more content for your efforts. I remember I had to add a read me file or something to handbrake to get around the copy protect.
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makmak16 wrote:
A couple years ago I set out to rip all my DVDs (about 1000) so I could watch them on my Apple TV. I had a tower with six 48x DVD drives. I then ran 6 instances of Handbrake. It used all of the 128GB of RAM I had installed to do it. I eventually gave up after 2 weeks only having ripped 200 discs. I should have done them in order of importance rather than in alphabetical. :think: It almost seems faster to download the movie in HD from questionable sources.

I now just rip the occasional TV show since you get more content for your efforts. I remember I had to add a read me file or something to handbrake to get around the copy protect.


For 1000 DVDs I'd just make 1:1 iso dumps with copy protection removed. If your media player doesn't support iso (no idea if Apple TV does) then use an old laptop with hdmi output.
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I actually had never thought of that. Thank you! I think I will be revisiting that endeavor.

I might even pick up a "Sony Vaio VGP-XL1B 200 Disc CD/C+DVD Changer" with Firewire output to speed up the process. Just load it full of discs and let it run without even having to look at it. Do that 5 or 6 times. Done.
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Thanks for all the replies!

Absolutely funny where this lead me. So I went on YouTube to lookup and watch videos on using Handbrake, and in the side bar suggestion for the very first video I clicked to watch was a video on using VLC Media Player to rip DVDs. Mind, this grabbed my attention as I've been using VLC Media Player now a good five years and had no idea it did anything besides file playback... but sure enough, DVD ripping is a feature in the program, how insane is that?

Have already test ripped several of my DVDs and only encountered a problem with one thus far, that being with a Sony Pictures released foreign sub-titled movie that for reasons I can't figure out VLC attempts to overlay all three language subtitle options together instead of just one of them. Test ripped a sample from two other subbed releases from other publishers and didn't have any problem with those, so guessing this is either a issue with how the subtitles are handled on this one title or potentially with sub-title only releases from Sony Pictures.
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 Post subject: Re: Digitizing DVDs - Advice?
PostPosted: 11 Feb 2020, 21:11 
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MakeMKV.

Personally I just dump all my media 1:1 to MKV container files. Put them on my NAS and play them in Plex.

May not be to everyone's tastes but it suits my needs.
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PostPosted: 12 Feb 2020, 08:52 
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makmak16 wrote:
"Sony Vaio VGP-XL1B 200 Disc CD/C+DVD Changer"


I had one of those, I could never get the main unit to recognise it so sold it on.
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