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Question Need advice on file formats for storing DVD backups

Discussion in 'Convert DVD to another format' started by Pariah, Sep 26, 2015.

  1. Pariah

    Pariah Regular member

    Aug 29, 2003
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    I have AnyDVD (lifetime subscription), DVDShrink 3.2, VLC Media Player, USB Drives, DVD+RW DVDs (about 5 of them).

    Here is what I am trying to do - I want to rip a copy of my DVDs (and one's from library, netflix, etc) to my computer and then upload them to my cloud storage for later retrieval. I've been finding that neither streaming nor DVD sources tend to have all of what I want and titles come and go, so I want to collect titles while available rather than risk missing out if video source discontinues a title (and/or DVDs become obsolete and title never made it to streaming format).

    I would prefer to be able to put the DVD onto a USB when time to watch, so I can watch on my TV instead of my computer - but may watch on CPU with VLC or Shrink in fullscreen mode.

    Starting with AnyDVD - should I rip as image (ISO) or rip as Video Disc to Harddisk (VOBs and TS folders)?

    For later playback, is there a good way to put on a USB drive so it plays well (ie on my first attempt to see if rip would playback as VOBs, they did but there was a pause between files as it played. Not sure if a large ISO file would transfer to USB (over 4 GB file) or playback on my Sony Bluray player (have not tried yet).

    While computers have DVD drives, and there are still DVD players, I can always rip to my DVD+RW to watch them - but would prefer to be able to do playback via USB as DVDs/players, are going extinct probably sooner than later.

    Please advise on what best way to rip/retrieve using the tools I have mentioned (and minimal additional if needed). Thanks
  2. attar

    attar Senior member

    Jun 17, 2005
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    MakeMKV can rip encrypted DVD's and save as MKV without re-encoding.
    It's free while in Beta.
    Works good.

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