Ripping Blu Ray & DVD to Playback Over Home Network - Solutions? Quality Loss?
I have a large collection of mostly DVDs and some Blu Ray movies. I would like to rip them onto my desktop computer so that I can play the movies from my computer and get rid of all the clutter created by the physical discs.
I know there are solutions out there in the form of NAS devices and other server equipment. What I am wondering though is if it is possible to accomplish this with just 1 very high end computer hooked up to a home network that my Sony Blu Ray player and AVR are also connected to. My home network is all connected via gigabit switches and a gigabit router, so transfer speed should not be a problem. I would like not to have to purchase new hardware, if possible. I have a lot of storage already on my computer. I am fairly inexperienced in this area. I have done a fair amount of research on my own, but I feel like at this point I need some guidance from someone with experience as there is a lot of information out there on this topic and I am feeling a bit overwhelmed at this point.
The other thing I would like is to not loose any noticeable quality in picture or sound (particularly sound as I have noticed Blu Ray discs sound amazing on my system, a lot better than just streaming Netflix or the like, but picture quality is about the same on Blu Ray vs Net Flix (notice, I said ABOUT the same, it is better on Blu Ray, but not that different, where I really notice it is in the sound quality because I have a good powerful sound set up that benefits from all that Blu Ray has to offer in the way of high quality sound).
So first I would like to know, is what I want to accomplish even possible? Second, if yes, then how best to do it? If I need to buy some new hardware, I would like to keep it to a minimum, but best if I don't, even though it means I have to keep my PC on all the time while I watch movies.
I should add, I have:
Windows 10 operating system on my desktop PC
AVR: Yamaha RX-V677
Blu Ray Player: Sony BDP-s6700
Network connections - gigabit Ethernet (I have a wireless router but do not use it in the theater or PC, they are all hardwired through CAT6 Ethernet connections)
Last edited by jocanton; 04-21-2017 at 01:03 PM.