Join Date: Mar 2005
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DVD (movies) storage
I love watching good movies more than once and over time I've accumulated around 200 DVDs. The collection continues to grow and I don't like that it takes a lot of space. Also, some discs get scratched and replacing them is a PITA and waste of money.
The question: is there any good and not too expensive solution that would allow me ripping the DVDs and storing them on a file server? I know I can rip them to one of the video formats, but that doesn't do it for me because all the extras get lost and I prefer watching movies with subtitles (I'm a bit hearing impaired + is English is not my native language, so I use subtitles all the time).
Here are the requirements I have:
1) All files should be stored in one central location
2) I should be able to access file server over the network because I don't want loud and ugly box in my living room
3) DVD backups should preserve all DVD features - subtitles, extras etc
4) It must be very user friendly and easy to use. I am NOT using a keyboard and mouse in my living room. Ideally, I want to be able to control it with a regular TV/DVD style remote.
5) It must be fast. I want to be able to search for a movie title, find it and have it playing in 20 seconds or less.
6) It must work with all DVD regions and formats. I have a bunch of movies from Russia, Germany, England and Japan. It is a fucking PITA because of the region incompatibility and PAL/NTSC conversions.
7) It must connect without hassle to a regular TV
8) It must be compatible with Dolby Digital, DTS and all that crap (should feed the good signal into AV receiver)
9) Excluding the cost of the file server it must not cost more than $1,000.
Basically, it must work as a high-end, multi-standard, multi-region DVD player with the difference of reading the data from a network location rather than from a physical DVD disc.
What I am imagining now is storing DVDs as ISO images - this takes care of preserving all of the DVD features. Storing them on a regular file server somewhere in the house, with Gigabit Ethernet connection. Then I'm thinking small fanless media PC or Apple Mini might work. But then there's the problem with the software. I'm yet to see a software DVD player that would work directly with ISO images and mounting them by hand isn't exactly user friendly.
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