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I finally got my wife onboard for me to build a HTPC. Now that I've done that I am on overload as to what would be the best way to convert my SD DVD's to HDD. I have a lot of DVD's and I want to get them onto HDD with the best compression to quality possible. I have an old 50" 1080i Visio plasma tv for our main tv for now (2ch stereo for audio) but I know that in the future when my kids are grown (twin 3 y/o daughters + 9 y/o son) a bit more and there is less of a concern of them screwing something up I will upgrade and want surround and have a better tv so I want to future proof a bit with the conversion.

I have all sorts of software, DVD Shrink, Nero 12, Handbrake, etc but am unsure what my best option would be.

Thanks in advance for any information that you all can impart on me!! thumb.gif
   
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Nero Vision is what I used to use, if I remember rightly that can recode to avi files..

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nero vision, but it sometimes cannot get around drm and sony's "don't rip this disk" encryptions.

way back when i had dvd's, i used dvdfab, out of the 400+ dvds that i converted (yes, i spent an entire year on it), i had not 1 problem.

if i had to do it over again, i would not waste all that time converting, just to end up with SD movies.
 
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nero vision, but it sometimes cannot get around drm and sony's "don't rip this disk" encryptions.
way back when i had dvd's, i used dvdfab, out of the 400+ dvds that i converted (yes, i spent an entire year on it), i had not 1 problem.
if i had to do it over again, i would not waste all that time converting, just to end up with SD movies.

DVDFab all the way. Flawless working program in my experience(almost 5TB of digital media...)
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Thanks for the suggestions so far. thumb.gif So in DVD Fab, what settings/options are recommended for the best compression to quality ratio? Also, for a roughly 2 hour SD DVD what am I looking for as final file size once they have completed compression/conversion?
   
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I use DVD shrink and keep everything in their ISO formats without actually doing any compression (well I do a little bit of compression on the menu portion), It keeps all the menus and extras too. So you are looking at 6-8GB per movie. XBMC and VLC read the ISOs perfectly.
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Are you wanting to keep the whole DVD in tact as an ISO? DvdFab will do that and like others said VLC Player can read them as if it was a disc.

If you just want the video, I'll throw out VirtualDub with a couple plugins for importing VOB and exporting the video with XVID compression to AVI.
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Just the movies is all that I really want. I never watch the special features and I cannot stand the previews.
   
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I use MakeMKV to rip main movie only doing 3 or 4 movies at a sitting and then use HandBrake to compress them in batch mode.
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You can do a few different things. I use DVDFab because it is easy and I have not found a DVD/Bluray it can't do because of the DRM. However, if you are looking for something cheap, DVDFab offers a free DVD/BR decryptor that is only a month or so behind on the latest DRM codes. Use that to make your ISO's and then use MakeMKV (also free) to compress it. If you load XBMC on your HTPC and use that as your interface it will play either the ISO's or the MKV, whichever you want to go with. On top of that you can add in additional programs to watch movies and TV shows from the internet all for free, so it beacause a one stop shop with an easy to use interface. I have it loaded on two Apple TV's and a Raspbery PI and stream from my server or the internet. We got rid of DirecTV when I did this and it saves us about $100 a month.
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