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    Best way to rip a DVD

    Am trying to put all of my DVDs onto a hard drive that is attached to my WDTV live.

    Any recommendations for software?

    I've used DVD Shrink, seems to take quite a while and produces lots of files/folders (Video_TS, Audio_TS) etc.

    Trying MakeMKV now, which seems to work quite well, only took about 30 mins to convert the copy of Pulp Fiction i have, but it's 6.5 GB, not entirely necessary imo!!

    Basically i am looking for something that converts DVDs to a simple format, which my WDTV will play, the end file shouldn't be too large (transfer times to NAS) and it shouldn't take too long to encode.

    Oh, and should be simple enough to do so my wife can do something productive while on her maternity leave......... (/tongue in cheek)

    Thanks in advance!!

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    For exactly the same purpose i use Handbreak.

    1650 fixed bitrate
    2 pass encoding, turbo first pass. takes about 2-3 hours per film though.

    so i usually rip the films using anydvd to the hard drive then when i have a load i encode them overnight or whatever :P

    Original Poster

    Thanks for reply

    What sort of file sizes come out of it?

    The best option space wise would be to compress them using something like XviD, which gives file of 700mb - 1.4GB. But this is both time and resource intensive. Otherwise you might be best off just ripping the ISO files in DVD Decrypter or something and just storing those!

    sancho1983;7425845

    Thanks for replyWhat sort of file sizes come out of it?



    Usually 1-1.6 gb depending on the film in what looks like DVD quality on my 32" LCD

    Get it for free till 5th Jan ]WinX DVD Ripper Special Edition I use DVD Decrypter and change the .VOB to .mpg NO re-encoding...file size @ 1.5-2GB per hour...if your Media player can handle .mpg :-D

    I dont bother ripping DVD's anymore, waste of time so I just run them through the shredder.

    Use DVD Shrink but set to save files as ISO and this is one file. My dad plays these on his WDTV. You can also choose to increase compression if you want smaller files and don't mind the drop in quality. If you have trouble with copy protection Anydvd run in the background wil deal with it.

    Plum;7426949

    Use DVD Shrink but set to save files as ISO and this is one file. My dad … Use DVD Shrink but set to save files as ISO and this is one file. My dad plays these on his WDTV. You can also choose to increase compression if you want smaller files and don't mind the drop in quality. If you have trouble with copy protection Anydvd run in the background wil deal with it.



    [FONT=Verdana]Linking into the DVD Shrink post, I use the following script that I had found over at Lifehacker - it's handy for me as I have more than enough disk space capacity available but also I can use it to backup technical multimedia DVDs that come through.

    - DVD Rip Automates One-Click DVD Ripping - Autohotkey - Lifehacker -
    lifehacker.com/355…ing

    Cheers, Scotty Boy! :thumbsup:[/FONT]
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