Originally Posted by davidjordan
I just purchased a 70 inch Sharp LED TV with a PC running Windows 7 Pro, connected with an HDMI cable.
I would like to copy my 60+ DVD's of family video to the computer and play them in some organized fashion. They were created in Pinnacle Studio and have chapters. I believe XBMC may be my best bet but really don't know. What about add-ons?
I would love some advise on if that's the best program to catelog my DVD's and be able to search by a specific chapter (ie: Kids 4th birthday party, Disney vacation, graduation, etc.).
Also, what is the best way to rip them and how do I name the files?
Also any tips to save me time would be appreciated.
Ripping DVDs can be done with specific software. Try programs like DVDFab, DVD clone, and DVD Shrink. The dvd will be placed on your hard drive in a file format like this (using generic names) c:\\dvds\\\\video_ts\\
A program like XBMC, JRiver, MediaBrowser can then be directed to the "dvds" folder and it will play the files inside the " folder.
If you were ripping hollywood dvd movies that are recognized by IMDB then the folder name should correspond with the movie name and date. For example dvds\\Avatar (2009)\\video_ts\\ XBMC, mediabrowser, JRiver and others will all recognize this format and download cover art, movie info, and background images. This is called metadata.
But since you're ripping home movies XBMC, mediabrowser, and JRiver will not recognize the name and therefore not download metadata. You will have to create your own. For XBMC I use a program called Ember Media Manager. It allows you to add movie descriptions, personalized cover art, and background images. This data will show up when you add the movie to XBMC.
There's so much more that can't be covered in this reply. All I can say is read, read, read. Good luck