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Ripping DVDs 'a huge pain in the ass' by chuckles (2.00 / 0) #1 Thu Jan 08, 2009 at 05:04:52 PM EST
I take it you haven't tried HandBrake? (On Windows you will also need a DVD decrypter, such as DVD43.)

"The one absolutely certain way of bringing this nation to ruin [...] would be to permit it to become a tangle of squabbling nationalities"
haven't tried that one by clover kicker (4.00 / 1) #2 Thu Jan 08, 2009 at 06:19:22 PM EST
That looks like a ripper/transcoder, does it build DVD .ISOs (or whatever the hell they're called) as well?

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I haven't made DVDs from ripped files by chuckles (2.00 / 0) #3 Thu Jan 08, 2009 at 08:02:38 PM EST
so I don't know how well that works. I just rip the DVDs as h.264-encoded files and leave them sitting on a NAS at home.

"The one absolutely certain way of bringing this nation to ruin [...] would be to permit it to become a tangle of squabbling nationalities"
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I use ripit4me and DVD Decrypter by Dr H0ffm4n (4.00 / 1) #6 Fri Jan 09, 2009 at 04:39:34 AM EST
Store the results on my ReadyNAS and watch them via my TVIX.

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I may be missing something here.. by LinDze (4.00 / 1) #4 Thu Jan 08, 2009 at 10:32:53 PM EST
but I thought DVDs only supported MPEG2+AC3? In which case the only way to get a "better" bitrate was to transcode into a lower MPEG2 quality/resolution. Which kind of defeats the entire purpose of MPEG2.

I'd definitely go with the MP4/h.264+AC3 dumped to a nas. For a DIY NAS solution FreeNAS & Nexenta would be my personal two picks. Based on FreeBSD+geom & Solaris+ZFS respectivly.

For a head unit I can also vouch for the folks at MVIX. I have one of the 1st gen 760HD boxes and its done everything I've ever wanted. All the outs you need, multiple local storage types, supports network shares, every format I've asked it to play, full support for DVDs (including ISOs, menus, subtitles etc). For $300 it's 100% worth it compared to a roll your own media box.

-Lin Dze
Arbeit Macht Frei

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already got a home server by clover kicker (4.00 / 1) #7 Fri Jan 09, 2009 at 03:08:36 PM EST
OpenBSD + Samba + Imap/fetchmail/procmail

The home email server is almost as nice as the file server, me and the missus can both be browsing/sending email at the same time, no matter which machine we're using or what OS is booted.

The MVIX box looks nice, and is much smaller (and presumably cooler) than anything I'd be able to build at that price point. Hmmm....

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Sounds good then. by LinDze (4.00 / 1) #8 Fri Jan 09, 2009 at 05:15:30 PM EST
In the interest of full disclosure I have had issues with the box playing some DVDs from a USB DVD drive. It seemed to "hang" when loading some DVDs, other times it might take a few minutes to load into the main menu. Once it actually loaded the DVD everything was fine. No issues with playback/audio/subtitles/chapters.

And, like I said, mine is first gen hardware from ~3 years ago.

-Lin Dze
Arbeit Macht Frei

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If you're dumping to a MythTV box by wiredog (4.00 / 1) #5 Fri Jan 09, 2009 at 02:41:50 AM EST
Then h.264/mpeg 4 should be fine. Handbrake (on the Mac, anyway) does that beautifully.

Earth First!
(We can strip mine the rest later.)

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