Ripping


#1

So I have the WD TV player.

I need to know the best way to get all my series DVD’s downloaded on to my external hard drive and have them on there as individual episoides. So far all 4 episodes of each disc are in one file and play continually without skip points to miss out the titles etc.

What is the best format for normal DVD series and films so that I can fit them on the hard drive without losing quality?

What is the best format for Blue ray?


#2

AlClarke wrote:

So I have the WD TV player.

I need to know the best way to get all my series DVD’s downloaded on to my external hard drive and have them on there as individual episoides. So far all 4 episodes of each disc are in one file and play continually without skip points to miss out the titles etc.

 

What is the best format for normal DVD series and films so that I can fit them on the hard drive without losing quality?

 

What is the best format for Blue ray?

 

 

I personally (and a lot of people here, also) use Handbrake, which is free software. There is also a free front end called VidCoder you can use if you just want to click a couple buttons and start the rips, without tweaking all sorts of settings.

 MKV files are what I rip to, and the WD plays them fine from everything I have thrown at it, even MP4s…

Handbrake website here:

http://handbrake.fr/index.php

Vidcoder frontend if you want it, here:

http://vidcoder.codeplex.com/

As too how to rip each episode, the easiest way is to build a queue in handbrake (at least that is how I do it). Pretty simple to do and figure out. HEre is a link to a good “Getting Started” tutorial, the episodic rip info is about halfway down…

http://www.macinstruct.com/node/109

 Hope that helps!