Originally Posted by crashnburn_in i.e. Is VOB + Files in Folder <---> ISO conversion non-cryptic both ways? especially after original CSS crap / copy protection was taken care of when backing it up?
Something to consider. Ja Phule's scenario should work for you just fine. But say you sit down on the couch and point your VOB only media streamer to one of your rips. You spend some time clicking around the folder with the remote to find the lowest numbered VOB that is 1gig in size (presumably the start of the movie). You press play, after the studio splash the credit start to roll, and the music swells, music swells, music swells....
then you realize that you are seeing the titles in english, spanish, and french. Alternating in 5 second intervals.
Because the player is playing the raw VOB, it has no IFO information about angles, and the foreign language titles are on alternate camera angles.
I saw this on Dumbo. And on one of the toy story disks they 'interlaced' bonus material into the main movie VOB so that the screen would flash between a scene in full color, and then artists concept sketches in black & white.
I had to go back and re-rip those and pull out the extra angles.
This might be a very rare situation.
I usually play ISOs ( via XBMC ) for things I intend to watch once & then erase. If I want to archive a flick I'll rip main movie and AutoGK it to Xvid (Keeping DTS or DD5.1 fully intact).