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analog andy

join:2005-01-03
Surrey, BC

30 dvd's down 100's to go

So time came to convert my dvd collection to a digital format. I have so many I didn't even know I had 700+ dvd's always just called it 500 till I counted them :P

I got 24 done in the last two days taking about 25-35 min per each one using Handbrake. If I do them at work I can get 16 done per day at work and maybe 4 more at home. Its just half of the time I forget that I'm ripping them Usually an extra beer keeps me on track.

I'll probably need 2+ TB for my dvd collection movies/shows and have another 1.5 TB of downloaded shows.

If I keep an extra copy of each drive and replace them every year I think that should be enough to keep them redundant/safe.

Riplin

join:2002-05-13
canada
Only thing about dvd's is the low resolution. Should be allowed to dl 1080p rips of all your paid movies and not face the wrath of the likes of Volta$$ and Morganturd

Oh yea forgot Caniprey


lugnut

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reply to analog andy
Figure you're going to burn out at least three or more DVD drives ripping them all as well. Check how hot the disks are coming out after you rip two or three in a row and you'll see what I mean.

That's what's been stopping me from ripping and archiving all my DVD and Music CD collection.

If it weren't for bill C-11 I'd say just get on bittorrent and download them but the 5-OH have ruined that option for everyone now.

Riplin

join:2002-05-13
canada
misread..


elwoodblues
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reply to analog andy
I've been there, I then just ripped the movie and transcoded to h264.

analog andy

join:2005-01-03
Surrey, BC
reply to lugnut
said by lugnut :

Figure you're going to burn out at least three or more DVD drives ripping them all as well. Check how hot the disks are coming out after you rip two or three in a row and you'll see what I mean.

That's what's been stopping me from ripping and archiving all my DVD and Music CD collection.

If it weren't for bill C-11 I'd say just get on bittorrent and download them but the 5-OH have ruined that option for everyone now.

Yah figured my laptop dvd drive will eventually go. Depending on how long it'll take I might torrent some of them.

analog andy

join:2005-01-03
Surrey, BC
reply to elwoodblues
said by elwoodblues:

I've been there, I then just ripped the movie and transcoded to h264.

I'm converting straight to mkv RF:19. So far they look pretty good and range from 800MB - 1.5GB


Juggernaut
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reply to analog andy
said by analog andy:

Depending on how long it'll take I might torrent some of them.

That would be a very bad idea. Get an external DVD drive, and save the laptop drive. They're cheap.
--
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lugnut

@communications.com
reply to analog andy
After another 30 to 40 rips consider your laptop drive to be scrap. They're simply not designed to handle that kind of load.

Ripping 70 to 100 even on a desktop without taking enough breaks in a marathon session will toast any drive. Even a desktop.

Personally I got a Roku set-top box this xmas and have started watching my movies on Netflix and Crackle and about thirty other free services. I wouldn't even bother with collecting movies anymore unless they're really exceptional. And pretty much all of the exceptional ones can be had for peanuts or free on the Roku.

Anyway, if you insist on ripping all your movies, stop destroying your laptop and buy a $200 beater computer to handle your ripping jobs. It's just not worthwhile destroying a good laptop to create an archive you'll probably only watch once again if at all.


Last Parade

join:2002-10-07
Port Colborne, ON
reply to analog andy
DVDs are already a digital format

analog andy

join:2005-01-03
Surrey, BC
reply to lugnut
said by lugnut :

After another 30 to 40 rips consider your laptop drive to be scrap. They're simply not designed to handle that kind of load.

Ripping 70 to 100 even on a desktop without taking enough breaks in a marathon session will toast any drive. Even a desktop.

Personally I got a Roku set-top box this xmas and have started watching my movies on Netflix and Crackle and about thirty other free services. I wouldn't even bother with collecting movies anymore unless they're really exceptional. And pretty much all of the exceptional ones can be had for peanuts or free on the Roku.

Anyway, if you insist on ripping all your movies, stop destroying your laptop and buy a $200 beater computer to handle your ripping jobs. It's just not worthwhile destroying a good laptop to create an archive you'll probably only watch once again if at all.

Eh I'd rather spend the time copying my dvd's then be dependent on a third party. Looking at external dvd's they're $24 so will probably go that way.

I get all my dvd from local pawnshops. At $2.99 per dvd plus buy 5 get one free I'd be stupid not to buy all I can.

Between the kids and me we watch tons of movies.

Riplin

join:2002-05-13
canada
are you watching them on a large fp tv?

analog andy

join:2005-01-03
Surrey, BC
On a 47" and 50' at work.


urbanriot
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reply to analog andy
said by analog andy:

I'm converting straight to mkv RF:19. So far they look pretty good and range from 800MB - 1.5GB

Many years ago I did mine to VIDEO_TS folders as its what Windows XP Media Center used and it took me considerably less time... but your way fits on less media so I suppose that's a plus.

I went so far as to find folder.jpg's for every DVD so when browsing my collection, it was like browsing what nearby them in cases.


elwoodblues
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reply to analog andy
A 50ft TV at work?

analog andy

join:2005-01-03
Surrey, BC
reply to urbanriot
said by urbanriot:

said by analog andy:

I'm converting straight to mkv RF:19. So far they look pretty good and range from 800MB - 1.5GB

Many years ago I did mine to VIDEO_TS folders as its what Windows XP Media Center used and it took me considerably less time... but your way fits on less media so I suppose that's a plus.

I went so far as to find folder.jpg's for every DVD so when browsing my collection, it was like browsing what nearby them in cases.

With the smaller size it won't be as hard to keep backups. I can't imagine having more than 4 TB of movies and 4-5 of TV series.

analog andy

join:2005-01-03
Surrey, BC
reply to elwoodblues
said by elwoodblues:

A 50ft TV at work?

Sorry 50" although were thinking of getting a projector and have a nice 10x10 foot space where we could project it.

Riplin

join:2002-05-13
canada
reply to analog andy
said by analog andy:

I can't imagine having more than 4 TB of movies and 4-5 of TV series.

If you don't mind the reduction of picture quality yea. I find too much of a difference especially on 50"+ tv with dvd quality opposed to even 720p or 1080p rips. It just looks like crap

markf

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reply to analog andy
I did about 200 on my HTPC a few years ago, uncompressed.

Filled a 1.5TB drive and started on a second 2TB drive.

I barely buy movies anymore. With US Netflix, we get all the entertainment we need. I've started compressing the less watched movies and deleting some. I figure there is no point in keeping a lot of older crappy cheap DVD's from years ago.


spock

join:2012-07-08
Is it illegal now break the digital encryption and make a copy of your DVD ?

Riplin

join:2002-05-13
canada
If you bought the dvd imo you should be able to do whatever the (pardon the expression) you want with it.

You know what peeves me, I pay for a cable sub and you can't even legally dl a show you missed cause its illegal? wt?

analog andy

join:2005-01-03
Surrey, BC
reply to spock
said by spock:

Is it illegal now break the digital encryption and make a copy of your DVD ?

Yes but they can kiss my ass and send me to jail for using my own property any way I want in the privacy of my home.

zod5000

join:2003-10-21
Victoria, BC
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reply to Riplin
said by Riplin:

Only thing about dvd's is the low resolution. Should be allowed to dl 1080p rips of all your paid movies and not face the wrath of the likes of Volta$$ and Morganturd

Oh yea forgot Caniprey

It would be nice in theory, but I sort of think of it differently. Why would movie studios bother going through all the effort of upgrading a movie to new technology if people didn't have to buy it?

If everyone who bought a DVD was entitled to a free 1080p copy of the movie (and maybe 4k when that comes out), whats the incentive for the movie studio to bother doing high def masters of older films.

I think you should be able to back up in the same quality, and format shift in the same quality. I don't think the copyright should extend to an upgrade though. As a fan of movies, I think the studios need incentives to upgrade to new technology. They won't do it pro bono.

Sukunai
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reply to analog andy
I went the route of dvd to stored images, and then the drive died.

Let me tell ya, seeing a dead drive with 2TB of movies just gone, is VERY discouraging.

Seeing more than one drive die in a years time, was also enlightening.

Sure I have all the original dvds, and sure I can always just do it again. But, I noticed, I watch the movies just as often from a disc as I did from an image. Not enough times.

Then I discovered Netflix, and yes we have all heard how they suck for movies. Well according to some. I have watched several movies for the first time with them though. I recently watched Red Tails (2012) as a first time on Netflix.

Yes I realize, Netflix is streamed and not always in gorgeous mega resolution. But in my case, 90% of what I am watching, I am only watching because I am bored. And it is often old content, and a TV show, and resolution is not even important.

I think in the end, there are just not enough movies made in the last 20 years to merit 'decent resolution', and with most old films it doesn't matter.

And unless you watched the film twice in a year, it likely is wasting drive space, even if you are swimming in drive space.


elwoodblues
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I dropped a drive, managed to get about 60% of it back, the rest I obtained elsewhere....


urbanriot
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reply to zod5000
said by zod5000:

If everyone who bought a DVD was entitled to a free 1080p copy of the movie (and maybe 4k when that comes out), whats the incentive for the movie studio to bother doing high def masters of older films.

Yea, but a real pisser when you're a legitimate buyer of movies and you discover that the new transfers were the same source as the original and your fancy new blu-ray disc has the exact same content and quality as the DVD that came before it. There are plenty of discs where there's no difference between laser disc dvd HD DVD blu-ray.

Sukunai
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reply to analog andy
I prefer to watch old stuff in the manner in which I watched it originally myself.

When I first started watching Netflix one of the first shows I watched was Kolchak the Night Stalker. Man it was cool watching that schlock again, and it was not a problem watching it in totally crappy resolution like I remembered it.

I watch a lot of documentaries also, and often crappy is all you have to look forward to.

In some cases, all a blueray disc is to me, is several gigs worth of data storage capacity. What bothers me about blueray, is how you can get a film set on dvd and it is 10 dvds, and then you get the same collection of media, and it is still about 10 discs.

WTF? I thought blueray was supposed to hold about 40 gigs of data? So why is it not possible to put 10 5 gig discs in 2 blueray discs? Especially considering most dvd films are about cramming on a lot of schlock that would not even be required to do multiple times on blueray sets.

analog andy

join:2005-01-03
Surrey, BC
reply to analog andy
I finally got around to setting up my 50 LG Plasma at work and been doing some testings with the MKV files from Handbrake.

After changing some setting on the TV the dvd version of Happy Feet the Handbrake RF 19 setting MKV looked pretty good, not quite DVD quality but at 15 feet away you couldn't tell the difference.

I also tested it out with 2 Fast 2 Furious DVD one converted at RF 19 and the other at FR 18. The RF 18 looked a little cleaner and file size it was only 200mb more so I'll keep converting MY DVD with RF 18 instead of 19.

gnumantsc

join:2003-07-23
reply to analog andy
With that much time vested in converting DVDs to a digital format one would have to be crazy not to have a NAS with Raid 1 which would mirror the contents of one drive to another.
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analog andy

join:2005-01-03
Surrey, BC
said by gnumantsc:

With that much time vested in converting DVDs to a digital format one would have to be crazy not to have a NAS with Raid 1 which would mirror the contents of one drive to another.

Cheaper just to have a second or third backup and give out a set to friends and family. Someone will always have a disk.

Once BR is replaced with something better and bigger capacity it won't be hard to store a few TB on a few disks. Hell eventually 1tb USB sticks will be common enough.