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Best format to use to store DVD's on PC

Discussion in 'Convert DVD to another format' started by mdavis424, Jul 29, 2007.

  1. mdavis424

    mdavis424 Member

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    What is the best file format to store movies on my PC that will be watched on the PC, but still maintain the full DVD quality? I can rip DVD's to the hard drive using AnyDVD / CloneDVD in the DVD format, but it's clunky to play them. I've tried several converters to avi, mpg, or wmv format, but the quality is significantly lower. I've got plenty of hard drive space, I don't need to compress the file size, but I need a simple interface that shows a list of movie titles you can just click to play to get the wife to use it.
     
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    LOCOENG Moderator Staff Member

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    Use Imgburn or DVD Shrink to create an ISO file on your HDD and then use either Media Player Classic or VLC player to veiw the movies.
     
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    This worked great on my desktop, but when I try to play the file back on my laptop I get "unable to render file". I tried another PC and I get the unable to render file error as well.
     
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    @mdavis424---Does the laptop or other PC have the exact same programs you used or the ones LOCO mentioned?
    .ISO files dont play on all players, they wont open with my Windows media 10 and gives a error message similar to yours.

    I personally leave things as a VIDEO_TS folder because thats what is easiest for me and I already have a program (Nero ShowTime) that will play it. Its all about what you are familiar with if you arent worried about disk space.
     
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    Yes, have AnyDVD and Media Player Classic installed on the laptop.

    Problem is this has to be wife-friendly, if I could find a player which understands the VIDEO_TS structure and would just give her a menu of movie names. Otherwise I need them in some kind of single-file format so when she clicks on a file name, the movie plays.
     
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    How did you transfer from PC to the laptop? Did you put it on a disk? and burn as data, not as a DVD? Cheap disc burnt too fast?
    I'm trying to narrow things down because the same program (Media Player Classic or VLC )should open the same file(.ISO) on two different machines.
     
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    Transferred via network. Also tried a second desktop, it would not play with Media Player Classic either. Downloaded VLC and it would play the ISO on either machine, so had to just be missing a codec or something.
     
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    Stick with VLC if it works...it's just as good if not better.
     
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    Glad its sorted out. I hope this keeps things "wife proof" :)
     

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