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marysea



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PostPosted: Tue Mar 17, 2009 11:04 am    Post subject: transfer dvds to hard drive & watch on tv??

anyone know how to transfer dvds to external hard drive and watch on tv?
storage is a problem in home; have over 400 dvds--want to store and have immediate access to all

what recommendations?
any suggestions (besides throwing them all out) will be welcome
mary Confused Confused
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zlim



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PostPosted: Tue Mar 17, 2009 8:15 pm    Post subject:

Easier to just buy a DVD player for $30
http://www.walmart.com/catalog/product.do?product_id=10910024
hook it up to the tv and watch it. The above model is just an example. We bought a Magnavox DVD/VCR combo at KMart for $50 and hooked it up to the tv in the bedroom. We have a Zenith DVD-R/VCR combo in the tv room and a plain DVD player in the kitchen hooked up to the tv.
Storing 400 DVDs on an external hard drive would take at the minimum, (400 x 4.7gb) 1880 GB so you'd need more than a 1terabyte hard drive. This doesn't include all the time you'd need to move everything.
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marysea



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PostPosted: Wed Mar 18, 2009 11:03 am    Post subject: already have 3 dvd players

thanks zim, but already have 3 dvd players

am willing to invest the initial time, if i don't have to store all the dvd cases
plus not having to get out of bed and search for the movie we feel like watching at the time

want to have something that works, preferrably wirelessly
mary
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bern



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PostPosted: Wed Mar 18, 2009 1:47 pm    Post subject: Re: transfer dvds to hard drive & watch on tv?? [Login to view extended thread Info.]

marysea wrote:
anyone know how to transfer dvds to external hard drive and watch on tv?
storage is a problem in home; have over 400 dvds--want to store and have immediate access to all

what recommendations?
any suggestions (besides throwing them all out) will be welcome
mary Confused Confused


I am certain it can be done. It might be informative for you to try an experiment:

I am sure you have looked at DVDs on your computer already. Have you? If so, have you hooked up your computer to your TV?
OK. Now, look at the file structure of the DVD. When you insert the DVD cancel out the request to view the film. Go instead to windows explorer and tell it to "explore" not "open" the DVD. You will see some files there. Copy them all to your desktop. Then, double click on the file with the .iso suffix and see what happens. If nothing happens, try to direct your movie playing software to the files you just moved. Your movie should play.

Same will happen if you store the movie on an external 2 terabyte hard drive.

For wireless control of the computer, I have found the Logitech "mini" to be perfect for controlling media remotely. It is a full, but miniature keyboard that communicated via bluetooth.

There are more elegant solutions to the storage/playback issue than the nuts and bolts approach I have suggested. You might look at Nero for one. And there are others as well.

Good Luck!
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Philocalist



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PostPosted: Fri Mar 20, 2009 5:16 pm    Post subject: [Login to view extended thread Info.]

Hi, have managed to do precisely what you want (I think) quite simply, only a couple of weeks ago.
I got a generic 'multimedia case' from my local supplier, and fitted into it a 1TB drive ... took all of 3 minutes, and costs whatever you are willing to spend. Case cost me about £30 (plenty of more expensive options available) and the drive about £80. We're talking about the finished article being about the size of a large paperback book. Larger cases are available to take multiple drives.
Subject to which case you buy, the options for connecting to your TV vary ... depends also on what connections your TV has.
This unit is then connected to your TV whichever way is most applicable to you, and positioned within sight, somewhere unobtrusive.
Somewhere within the case is on-board software and CODECs that will allow you to play most of the common video-type files, plus typical files found on a retail DVD, and there is also a browsing facility.
Simply copy your DVD's (via your PC) onto this new drive, which in turn connects to your PC via either USB2, Firewire or eSATA, according to what you have / can use.
Disconnect from PC, link to TV and power source, and control with the supplied remote, pretty much like any other DVD player.

A word of warning though ... the new drive MUST be formatted as FAT 32 NOT NTFS etc before copying over your DVDs ... or at least it did in my case!
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zlim



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PostPosted: Fri Mar 20, 2009 7:07 pm    Post subject: [Login to view extended thread Info.]

Question...FAT32 has a size limit of 4GB so how do you get around that when the DVDs are over 4GB?
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Philocalist



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PostPosted: Fri Mar 20, 2009 10:26 pm    Post subject: [Login to view extended thread Info.]

@ zlim Shocked Had not considered that, as it's not causing a problem Laughing If-it-ain't-broke-don't-fix-it sorta thing Rolling Eyes
I guess you are perhaps referring to a single file of max size 4GB under FAT32? I've currently got the entire drive partitioned and formatted under FAT32, with the smallest partition size set at 40GB.
Many of the video files on there are avi files around 700 - 800MB, others go to double that.
Files I've copied directly from a commercial DVD do not (so far?) create individual files anywhere near 4GB each. Typically, I'll create a folder for an individual DVD and copy the files off DVD into there, which usually creates subfolders of AUDIO_TS and VIDEO_TS. The AUDIO_TS file is usually (always?) empty, and the VIDEO_TS folder contains multiple files, the biggest of which are multiple .vob files @ .99GB each.
So ... nothing there even approaching 4GB, so no problem!
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zlim



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PostPosted: Sat Mar 21, 2009 8:36 pm    Post subject: [Login to view extended thread Info.]

I've never really studied the size of commercial movies but I assume that sometime, a movie might reach the size of a DVD which holds 4.7GB and now some movies come on double layer DVDs which hold over 9GBs. I don't know if that is because everything is included (tons of previews, foreign languages in case you want subtitles, both regular and widescreen format...) all those choices just make my head spin.
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bern



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PostPosted: Sun Mar 22, 2009 1:54 am    Post subject: [Login to view extended thread Info.]

zlim wrote:
I've never really studied the size of commercial movies but I assume that sometime, a movie might reach the size of a DVD which holds 4.7GB and now some movies come on double layer DVDs which hold over 9GBs. I don't know if that is because everything is included (tons of previews, foreign languages in case you want subtitles, both regular and widescreen format...) all those choices just make my head spin.


I just looked at the file structure of a couple of DVDs. (note to everybody: no apostrophe)

None contains any file bigger than about 1gB. But they all have several such files, usually about 4, and several much smaller files. You can play these files individually using Nero or other DVD playing suftware (they have the suffix of .vob, and each is a fragment of the whole movie.
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