Originally Posted by Irishdoom
Thanks for all the different methods, everyone. I already see that my initial plan was a bad one - ripping the full ISOs of the DVDs. I'll have to try DVD Shrink or DVDFab and pull out the individual episodes.
Given that I'm pretty sure my Seagate FAT+ will play about any container/file type, what's the best container for the following:
-Good FF/REW capability
-Selectable subtitles (ie can turn on and off as necessary)
-Selectable secondary audio source (should there be a director's commentary track, etc.)
You appear to be only talking about playing DVD's on the FAT+ and from your later post you have gained familiarity with DVD Shrink. Again, the "best" container is whatever works for you and your equipment, but given that caveat and my experience with owning the FAT+ I can make some observations/suggestions.
MKV files are a needless complication when it comes to DVD rips for the FAT+. The FAT+ works very well with the file types and containers generated by the simplest primary rip of the DVD (the .VOB and .IFO files). All the video/audio/subtitle information is contained in the .VOB file set. In the simplest example, you set the preference in Shrink to not
split the .VOB file into 1GB segments. You then use reauthor mode to extract-to-folder the main title or the individual episodes of a TV disk (you can do all of them at once, you know) as single .VOB file(s). Afterwards just rename the .VOB files to title_name.vob, put them on your media storage unit and you are ready to play them on the FAT+.
What is not contained in the .VOB file is the chapter marks for skipping through the title by chapters. The FAT+ has a default 20 min skip function, but if that is not suitable and you want to skip by chapters, you have to include the .IFO file information. To do that you need to extract the titles to an .ISO file. Using DVD Shrink in reauthor mode, you extract one title at at time to a title_name.ISO file and you are done. Transfer the .ISO to your media storage and play it directly on the FAT+. The .ISO will contain the .VOB set and the .IFO file with the chapter point information. Since the FAT+ has full DVD menu support, it will read the .IFO file so when you press the -->| button on the remote it will skip to the next chapter.
In the simplest case, that is all you need to know about ripping and playing DVD's on the FAT+. The primary file types will give you all the capabilities you asked for. I have 3 tools that I use for DVD rips that I have used for many years and never needed any others.
DVD Decrypter (free): I think the best and and fastest DVD ripper that still rips about 80-90% of all new DVD's.
DVD Fab Decrypter (free or pay): an excellent ripper that is updated regularly so it does the 10-20% that DVD Decrypter doesn't.
DVD Shrink (free): extracting, trimming, shrinking tool to pull out the desired titles.
Of course, you can always make it more complicated if so desired.