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My sons and I have amassed quite a large number of DVDs. Some of these I have started to shift into CD wallets. As I was wondering if it's even worthwhile storing any cases I thought about maybe storing the movies digitally. Might be a silly question but I haven't really looked into this. I thought, before I start researching, that maybe some of you have gone through the process and could give me some pointers.
What sort of software/hardware should I be looking at? Any cons to converting and having the physical disc as a backup only? What sort of devices do you use to stream movies from PC? Currently I've only got home movies and a few movies that I converted from tape on my hard drive. I either use my PS3 or one of the Blu Ray players to watch those. Are there standalone units for in-home streaming any of you could recommend? Any suggestions are appreciated.
from what I have seen Blu Ray rips can take up a lot of space, up to 4 gig per movie I think.
I use the same DVDFab/Handbrake combo, as well, but I'd like to make it clear that DVDFab rips and Handbrake converts.
As far as ripping and converting goes, if your computer can run Photoshop seamlessly (that's what I assume you use to make your avatars, Labs), your computer should be able to rip and convert files in no more than 45 minutes to an hour. That's the longest I've ever had to wait for both ripping and converting any of my dvds.
Uploading them to stream, to say something like the Yuutoobs, that's another story. There were times I've had to wait days for them to fully upload my cinema-pictures.
I use DVD shrink to rip the DVDs (standard movie ends up being about a 4gb file). You can then run them through a program called Next Video Converter which allows you to choose whatever format you want the video to be in. Some formats will keep the video larger and some will shrink the file size. You can then transfer them to an external hard drive to save space on your computer. I have a Dell Zino (with HDMI output) connected directly to my television. I haven't played a DVD in almost a year!
Chucky G pretty Much hit the Nail on the Head, we even use the same program. I don't usually take the time to make the initial rip smaller, because I bought three 2 tb external hard drives with the specific intent of filling them with movies, and music. They were about 130 dollars a piece. I have hundreds of VHS, and Dvds stored, and it felt great to put cabinets full of tapes into the attic, and out of site.
The only thing I use a player for is my Blu Rays. Which really don't look, or sound as good when you convert them. I'm sure that is because of my limited computer.