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Don't know if this is posted in correct section as I am new here so please bare with me.

I have been looking for software to rip my Bluray and regular DVD's into my PC for the theater room for play back only and have had no luck in finding anything out there. Actually I went to Fry's Electronics and bought 123 Copy DVD Platinum version thinking that this software would do this but found that it's only good for burning or copying DVD's including bluray types. That will teach me to leave my reading glasses at home. I have no interest in copying more discs of what I already have. I only want to rip movies into my PC and playback from PC hard drive through my theater system.

I've looked around the internet and found software that claims it can do this but that one would have to buy other software to be able to playback off hard drive. This makes me leary to buy just to find out that it wont work well or would be glitchey.

So my question is if any such software exists; What is available in software to do this? And if available; Which are the best?
 

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As long as you own the physical media and are making backups to your HTPC, I would recommend using:
AnyDVD and/or AnyDVD HD

It isn't free, but it's the best I've found and I have been using it for years. They update the software with new encryption keys almost weekly as new releases go public. It's worth the money if you're going to be doing a lot of this.

Good luck! :T
 

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As long as you own the physical media and are making backups to your HTPC, I would recommend using:
AnyDVD and/or AnyDVD HD

It isn't free, but it's the best I've found and I have been using it for years. They update the software with new encryption keys almost weekly as new releases go public. It's worth the money if you're going to be doing a lot of this.

Good luck! :T
I've looked at AnyDVD/HD and they say to use other software to play it off the hard drive. I'm O.K. with that.

What software do you use for playback?

I have about 800 DVD's, regular ones as well as bluray. My new custom built PC tower has 10 TB's of free hard drive just waiting to be loaded with my owned physical DVD media.
 

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As long as you own the physical media and are making backups to your HTPC, I would recommend using:
AnyDVD and/or AnyDVD HD

It isn't free, but it's the best I've found and I have been using it for years. They update the software with new encryption keys almost weekly as new releases go public. It's worth the money if you're going to be doing a lot of this.

Good luck! :T
I have ripped everything with Slysoft's software. It is great. It has a trial period and I use it for mass ripping during this period. I have not actually purchased the software.

I always rip DVD's as video files NOT ISO format as others like. Windows Media Center has native support for dvd rips, not iso images. iso images can be played directly though WMC but requires some additional work. I chose the most simple approach.

I have about 5.8TB of blu rays and dvd's. Currently it is about 85% HD rips in MKV format (greater than 720P) and 15% dvd rips in standard dvd format.

I use MKV format for HD due to graphics card acceleration. On windows 7 WMC plus the use of Shark 007 Codec package, MKV playback is flawless. I use ATI HD5550 video card, super cheap and plenty of power for HD. WMC does not support MKV out of the box.
 

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I use Arcsoft TMT5 for media playback on my htpc along with AnyDVD HD for ripping.
 

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I'm using DVD Decryptor to rip my ISOs with MyMovies and Virtual Clone Drive to play them through WMC. Alternately, VLC will play ISOs just fine.
 

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Well, i always use wannasoft Blu-ray Ripper to help me rip Blu-ray or DVD movies from disks onto my PC for playback. It is able to rip all the versions of Blu-ray/DVD discs, and the output quality is fine to me.

U can have a try
 

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I bought Sly Soft DVD. It works good, but takes quite a while to rip blu ray to hard drive, but thats just the nature of the beast. I have 231 movies ripped so far with about 540 movies left to go. It'll be awhile before I'm done with my collection.
 

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My video server has over 18TB of DVDs and blurays on it. I use AnyDVD HD and Shrink.
 

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My video server has over 18TB of DVDs and blurays on it. I use AnyDVD HD and Shrink.
I'm affraid if I shrink / compress the movie files I'll loose some picture quality. But what I most fear is loosing sound quality like when I compress music files for MP3 players.
 

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AnyDVD HD to throw away any DRM or region issues. It's your software you paid for it. (just buy the lifetime offer you won't regret it.)
Virtual clone drive for .ISO loading. (this is free)
MPC or VLC to play just about anything with a good codec pack just in case (free)
CCCP or for Win7 Shark 007 codec pack. (free)
http://www.mymovies.dk/ to organize and access in WMC. (basic features are free I recommend $50 in points)

I won't get into Shrinking media but I can tell you 300-700 mb files can look better than non HD content and still retain digital audio. HD content can still be satisfying on the small screen at 1.3-2 gigs but for projecting do your best to leave it be.

Also try JRiver MC as a possible WMC replacement they have a 30day trial and you can do fantastic things with the DSP EQ for room correction.

If you find other ways to do this more power to you I have tried most of them and trouble shot many more.
I listed what works, always, period, for me. (and people pay me to build HTPC's)

I would also suggest if you have any stuttering or playback issues with your current system and you have tried everything else, try backing off memory bus speed and exclude media directory's from resident Anti-virus monitoring and good things will happen. That was experience talkin son.:cool:
 

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I'm affraid if I shrink / compress the movie files I'll loose some picture quality. But what I most fear is loosing sound quality like when I compress music files for MP3 players.
I don't compress anything with Shrink, I just use it to create my .vob files.
 

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You know I have a funny theory on the whole picture quality subject.

I tend to compress the audio less than video when transcoding.
I have been known to compress as much as 70% on lower interest subject matter till it reaches SDTV quality.

Compress things more based on the following in order:
1. If replay value is low. (50% rule)
2. Future expected existence of original media. (-60%)
3. TV series with commercials or DVR content. (-70%)
(DVR weekly content is typically deleted within 30 days anyways.)
4. Kids stuff. (-70% with some exceptions)

Begin semi related rant, :rant:
Keep in mind I own my digitized content so failure is less of a issue. I dry store my disc media and no one gets to handle it unless I want to display boxes, no loans or greasy kids stuff instant access in a moments notice.
Most importantly NO DRM CLOUD SERVERS to disappear years later with no excuses, notice or regard to my rights. :explode:
 

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I never ripped any DVDs I've only worked with BluRays. It takes a while (~30 min), but I've used dvdfab to rip a few movies to MKV and a few as direct ISO and the quality is the same to me (remux). Size is quite large 'cause I don't compress, but 1TB of hard drive space is about the price of a movie or two and will continue to fall.

I rip all of my movies, even the ones I plan on deleting right away, because I like to play with the file and like to be able to navigate without any delay or stutter.
 

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I like SlySoft's AnyDVD HD a lot (I have a lifetime license) but find myself using MakeMKV more often now. It allows you to decide what audio formats to include and cull out all of the things you won't want like previews and just save the movie in a single full quality MKV file. They have a full featured 30 day trial.
 

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The DVD Fab Beta versions have been working GREAT for me. Easy as cake and they even get the XML data for WMC. I rip as full quality since space isn't an issue. You can do blurays too.

For BluRay playback I use Arcsoft TMT5 as stated above. It's foolproof. It integrates automatically and SEAMLESSLY into WMC without you having to do anything. I highly recommend it!
 

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For ripping discs that I own, is there a software that works well for removing the "extra" content? As in previews, other languages, etc., so that I can store just the movie & appropriate audio, thus saving myself some disk space? TIA!
 
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