I would like WD’s philosophy and other user ideas/ recommendations on this topic.
I have a number of DVDs which I would like to back-up on my USB-drive or NAS and be able to easily watch them on my TV. I want high video quality and small file size. High quality is priority 1, but I do not accept file sizes of 7 GB for a regular DVD.
I would also like to skip the commercial junk which shows up on a DVD prior to the disc menu.
So, this can be achieved by MKV converting by using e.g. Handbrake ( www.handbrake.fr) but it takes an awful lot of time on my computer, and I have not found the settings to be used for all DVDs.
Another way is to back-up the DVD using “DVD Decrypter”, with files either in ISO file or VIDEO_TS folder structure.
But in the first step the back-ups are quite large, e.g. 7 GB.
The VIDEO_TS files can be compressed with good results by using “DVD Shrink”. Subtitles and audio in strange languages can be removed to save file size.
The ISO file I have so far not been able to compress.
With the latest firmware the WD HD TV Live does play the ISO file with navigation and audio/ subtitle options - but not the VIDEO_TS folder structure. (It does play the individual VOBs, but without all must-have options…)
Of course these DVD back-ups can be converted into MKVs, but that’s too much work thinking of the DVD back-ups already on my hard disc…
What great ideas are there out there and at WD???