Originally Posted by bamaster
The questions I have now are about ripping software and formats. The research continues. Ha! Thank you for your help!
The ripping software will depend on the format you choose. While there are plenty of formats available out there, for streaming purposes, mkv tends to be pretty universal. It also just so happens to be one of the easiest to rip to. The "downside" to ripping to mkv is that you will lose menus. What you will be left with is movie only. For many, this is not an issue. For full menus, ISO is still probably the best way to go.
If you decide to go with MKVs, then there is really only one program you will need, MakeMKV
. This program is about as simple as they come. It will decrypt, and then rip a 1:1 copy of the movie file. You do have the option of selecting subtitles and extras you want copied as well. Most people I know simply make full copies though. If you want to make changes in the future, or compress the files somewhat to save space, that's where Handbrake
comes in. Personally, I don't use Handbrake. I like my movies as lossless as I can reasonably get them, but that is entirely subjective. Both MakeMKV and Handbrake are free programs.
If you decide to stick with ISOs, AnyDVD-HD
is probably your best bet. It's another simple solution. Insert disc, select make image, done. It will decrypt the data for you and AnyDVD-HD will also address any issues with Cinavia-enabled playback later. AnyDVD-HD is not free, but it does come with an unlimited-use free 30-day trial. After that, there is a pricing tier depending on how long of a license you wish to purchase. Most everyone I know just buys a lifetime key and calls it a day.