Okay, we're having some fun now! Based on the previous post, I ripped a whole mess of my DVDs (30 or so) to *.iso files. My process was, insert disc, let AnyDVD strip encryption, use DVD Shrink to deselect non-english subtitles and audio tracks, then rip whatever is left using no compression to an *.iso file. Took about 15 minutes per disc, as I recall, even with both DVD players in my work machine working simultaneously.
Plugged it all in when I got back home, and the unit brought up the list of movies no problem. However, some work and some don't. Some jump right to the beginning of the movie, and some jump to a deleted scene or other "Extra feature" usually with no sound, and no good way to navigate to the main feature. So, it's back to square one.
I do not have any HD content - no Blu-Ray or HD-DVD, no HD TiVo content, etc. Basically, all I want from this thing is a more convenient way to watch the 400 or so SD DVD movies I've collected over the years. I don't need menus (although that would be cool), I don't need subtitles (although that, too, would be cool - which reminds me, the *.iso files that DID work also had subtitles that worked properly). I am ripping these files from my original DVDs, which I plan to put into storage when I get all of this working correctly. I can live without menus/extras for now, because I will still have the original discs when somebody finally comes up with a good way to get the entire DVD structure onto a reasonably-priced media server, and I can do all of this over again...
That having been said, are *.iso files still the best bet? Will WD eventually come up with a way to attach cover artwork to the *.iso file? Or must I use another format to get artwork? The artwork is not necessarily a deal-killer, but it's pretty important when the wife wants to surf 400+ movies. Seems like my two most promising alternatives are 1) *.iso file with only the main title and subtitle set or 2) *.mkv / *.mp4 file and use iTunes to attach artwork.
I think for now that a working movie-only *.iso file with working subtitles and a cover-art thumbnail would be perfect. I guess my second choice would be the takes-much-longer-to-encode *.mkv / *.mp4 file with no subtitles but a working thumbnail.