I'm looking for the simplest way to make digital backups of my kids DVD's and then play them back on their TV. Navigation/finding of the movies is important since they are young.
My Seagate FreeAgent Theater+ died recently and I figure there has to be an easier/slicker way these days.
Here's what I've done in the past that worked OK:
1) Using DVDFAB I make an electronic copy of the movie in a VOB format (I think that's the right term, the folder structure has VIDEO_TS and AUDIO_TS with the video folder having .BUP, .IFO and .VOB files. I picked this format thinking it was purest in source as to what is on a DVD and I don't care about space so much)
2) To make navigation easier on the FreeAgent I surf the internet to find the DVD cover art and download the image to the root movie folder. The FreeAgent would then pull up that image and show the folder name below that.
3) at this point I end up with a digitized move stored on my PC along with some cover art.
4) I have a 2TB WD external drive that I connect via USB and tranfer the movie to. For organization I group the movies by G, PG, PG-13 with sub directories of the years, 2010, 2011, ect..
5) I manually unplug the WD external drive and walk it into the room with our HD TV setup.
6) I plug the WD drive via USB into our FreeAgent Theater + media player (which is connect to my AV rec via an HDMI cable)
7) Hand the remote to the kids and the FreeAgent software allows them to search by most recent or folder name(I believe) and since I put the dvd cover art in the root folder of each movie, there is a nice little picture for them to see.
I've thought about going down the full media server path with something like Plex but my current wireless router is only 802.11g and my first attempt it didn't seem to stream very well. I also like the fact that if I had another media play at our cabin(no WiFi there) I can just carry the WD drive with me.
Here is what i'm looking for help with:
1) best way to digitize my movies, keep with VOB format for quality?
2) is there the equivalent in video as there is with audio where you have ID tags, artist names, year, genre, cover art, ect.. looking for someway to add that type of info to the storage of the movie
3) media player? they don't seem to be as hot as 3-4 years ago and ones like WD TV don't seem to support VOB or ISO. Popcorn hour looks nice but for $250 i might as well built out a media server.
Thanks in advance for your input and thougths.