Home Theater Forum and Systems banner

21 - 32 of 32 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
497 Posts
Yes AnyDVD will do this on physical discs, pretty sure DVDfab will do so as well. Most re-enoding software will allow you to archive just the main movie and a preferred audio track.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
11 Posts
Is there any advantage to converting dvd library to iso files and viewing with software like Virtual Clone Drive?

Doesn't the pc think you put a physical dvd in a physical drive but without any spool up delay?
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
270 Posts
Yup there are advantages, no more leaving your discs where people can damage them or ask to borrow. If you rip them you certainly can skip all the extra fluff on the disc so you can just PLAY the movie and sav some room on your drives. I always DVD Shrink by around %50 for non blockbuster or kids titles "more space saved" hardly noticeable and better looking than some HD content. but the best part is seeing my library on screen ready to watch with tiles and descriptions, categories and integrated with free MyMovies. MyMovies auto downloads all the metadata and Kmplayer opens all the formats until I figure out how to get JRiver MC to work properly as a external player launched by MyMovies XML. Then I will have the best Audio, Video and ease of use interface I can imagine. Plus be able to stream to other rooms.

Question 2, No spooling up, or looking for that disc your kid just lent out without asking either.

I use and recommend WMC7, MyMovies*, AnyDVD HD, KMplayer*, Virtual Clone Drive*, Gyration MCE remote Also see JRiver Media Center as a possible replacement for WMC7, Kmplayer & MyMovies.

JRiver has audiophile level control built in and features that surpass anything else I have tried but they lack a book and are still not quite user friendly and simple to use for other members of the family.

(*Free full or basic functionality) See 181Fm for a streaming audio player I love
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
40 Posts
Thank you so much for this posting! I've been scratching my head for some time now because I took the suggestion of the HTGUYS and used Handbreak to rip the disk to my hard drive but I'm not impressed with the quality of the video afterwards. Now I have some homework to do.

Thanks to all for your ideas!

NB: it! Wish I hadn't already ripped 70 movies! :hissyfit:
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
72 Posts
If you rip to ISO you'll have zero loss in quality because it's essentially an exact duplicate. On the other hand some (but not all) MKV software automatically apply rather drastic lossy compression leaving you with a smaller but lower quality video. Still others leave the video untouched but strip out lossless audio. ISO leaves you with a very large file but nothing is missing or reduced in quality. The rub there is the need to mount the ISO to play the video. On a PC that's easily done with VirtualCloneDrive but I have no clue what you need for a Mac.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
40 Posts
Thanks for the note! I did a quick search and came up with this info from:http://installingcats.com/2007/12/11/how-to-play-watch-iso-dvd-movie-files-in-mac-os-x-leopard/

Thought others might like to see how easy they make this sound.

From that link:
"To play a movie that is saved in ISO file format on Mac OS X, start the built-in DVD Player (find it in the Applications Folder, it won’t be on the Dock at the bottom of your screen by default).

Then in Finder (or on your Desktop) double click the ISO file to “mount” the ISO movie file. Apple DVD Player will automatically recognize that a movie DVD has been loaded and will start playing the movie immediately.

That’s all there is to playing movie DVD’s saved as ISO files on your Mac with Leopard OS X."

Guess I'll have to give this a try!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
40 Posts
On another related issue I found the answer to another Mac problem on that same site. I haven't had time to test them out but the logic seems sound.

Most people have had issues trying to play back .mkv, .avi, and .flv. files on their mac computers but this seems like a nice help for those who like Quicktime.

From that same site:
"Have an .mkv movie file? Wondering what the it is and how to play it?

High Definition movies in 720 or 1080 pixel width format are often encoded and packaged as a Matroska format video with a .mkv file extension.

Apple QuickTime doesn’t handle this format natively so you have to add a package handler for mkv files to QuickTime to play .mkv files.

A quick and easy solution to how to play .mkv files is to install Perian, which makes QuickTime play .avi, .flv, and .mkv files and handles many different and popular encoding formats for video.

Perian for QuickTime: http://perian.org/

Remember to fully quit and re-launch QuickTime after installing Perian (don’t just close the QuickTime window, it’s still running until you Quit the program). This allows QuickTime to reload its list of handled formats and encodings.

When double clicking on an .mkv file to play it, you may have to wait until the entire film is buffered in QuickTime before it will play smoothly. You can tell the progress of the buffering by looking at the grey timeline bar that is inching across the bottom left of the QuickTime window, starting near the 00:00 time marker. This is one of the oddities of the .mkv Matroska video package format. Don’t ask me why this happens, just keep this in mind next time you want to watch an mkv video on your Mac use Perian.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
11 Posts
Question 2, No spooling up, or looking for that disc your kid just lent out without asking either.

I use and recommend WMC7, MyMovies*, AnyDVD HD, KMplayer*, Virtual Clone Drive*, Gyration MCE remote Also see JRiver Media Center as a possible replacement for WMC7, Kmplayer & MyMovies.

JRiver has audiophile level control built in and features that surpass anything else I have tried but they lack a book and are still not quite user friendly and simple to use for other members of the family.

(*Free full or basic functionality) See 181Fm for a streaming audio player I love
I was looking at using XBMC instead of WMC7 for most things, I've heard of JRiver but haven't done much research on it. Are there vast advantages over XBMC or WMC7?

Is it free, inexpensive, pricey to get the same features as XBMC or WMC7?

I'm going to have to put whatever I use (sans WMC7 as it's already there) on three pc's in three separate rooms.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
197 Posts
Thanks for the note! I did a quick search and came up with this info from:http://installingcats.com/2007/12/11/how-to-play-watch-iso-dvd-movie-files-in-mac-os-x-leopard/

Thought others might like to see how easy they make this sound.

From that link:
"To play a movie that is saved in ISO file format on Mac OS X, start the built-in DVD Player (find it in the Applications Folder, it won’t be on the Dock at the bottom of your screen by default).

Then in Finder (or on your Desktop) double click the ISO file to “mount” the ISO movie file. Apple DVD Player will automatically recognize that a movie DVD has been loaded and will start playing the movie immediately.

That’s all there is to playing movie DVD’s saved as ISO files on your Mac with Leopard OS X."

Guess I'll have to give this a try!
Yes, this method works well. Also, DVD rips (non-ISO) will work with Apple's DVD Player too...just tell it where the folder is. It's not Blu-Ray but it's a pretty respectable playback mechanism for DVDs.
 
21 - 32 of 32 Posts
Top