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I'm looking to move the hundreds of DVDs we have on the shelf to a single USB external Hard Drive connected to my Samsung BD-C6900 player and create a virtual library similar to what I've started with my music CD collection. The Samsung will play various video & audio formats (sadly not VDO or VOB) I'm looking for ripper/converter software to help facilitate this. Could also be the technology hasn't reached the integration level I'm looking for yet. I'd like your ideas or opinions on my goal and what's worked for you toward this goal. Thanks for any thoughts on this.
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Originally Posted by rrusch1962 View Post

I'm looking to move the hundreds of DVDs we have on the shelf to a single USB external Hard Drive connected to my Samsung BD-C6900 player and create a virtual library similar to what I've started with my music CD collection. The Samsung will play various video & audio formats (sadly not VDO or VOB) I'm looking for ripper/converter software to help facilitate this. Could also be the technology hasn't reached the integration level I'm looking for yet. I'd like your ideas or opinions on my goal and what's worked for you toward this goal. Thanks for any thoughts on this.

Sorry my man; I see you're a noobie and looking for a push in the right direction, but this is a very broad question. Not sure what you mean by "could also be the technology hasn't reached the integration level I'm looking for yet"...but if you mean "is this even possible", the answer is the experienced members in this forum have been ripping and streaming SD and BD files for years, with "integration" such as having all your titles arranged by category, with box cover-art and movie synopsis...so that all you do is scroll to the film you want to start and press a button. So yes, it is certainly possible.

But there are a ton of variables, and this is where you need to roll up your sleeves and do some leg-work...so you can ask more specific questions. OK, so you want to rip SD DVD movies to an external hard-drive, so that they can be played from your Samsung BD-C6900? OK, first question: which formats will the Samsung play?

Once you determine that, you find a ripper that will rip to that format, give it a try...and trial and error from there. I'd probably rip to VOB, convert to MPG, and call it a day.

EDIT- Looks like you might want to spend some time here.

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Very much appreciated. The sad thing is I'm an IT admin, but very much a noob on the AVS side of things and in starting my research there is an overload of information and opinions with much of it being outdated (or updated) every day. Giving me a push into the right direction is exactly what I needed. Thanks muchly. Right now it appears the Samsung is somewhat limited on playable formats, but it's time to start somewhere and LEARN. Thanks again.
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