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DVD Ripping Workflows??

post #1 of 4
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I understand the official stance on this topic and I will not go into the nitty gritty details on how things are done, in hopes that we can still have a fruitful discussion on the topic...

So...

Let's say that I want to migrate my 600+ DVD collection over to my computer and into iTunes. Does anyone have any 'workflows' that work well to the point where I could leave things running overnight and have my systems just churn thru X number of native DVDs that I have copied to the HD?

0 - We don't (shouldn't) need to discuss any copy protection circumventing!! Any discussion of that nature could lead to the thread getting locked so lets all follow the forum policy on this.

1 - I would copy the raw DVDs over to a HD (using various well known tools that do this type of thing) perhaps in an .iso form so I have an unmolested version if I ever need to re-transcode something to some better format (down the road). I'd do say 15 or so in one sitting and then let the auto-pilot scripts take it from there.

2 - I would like to have an automated gathering of meta data and dvd artwork fan art etc. This is the tricky part in my mind....

3 - I would like to have an automated conversion of the .iso to h.264 so I can keep it in iTunes for use by my iPads and AppleTV boxes. (with meta data going with it) - I'm guessing handbrake.

In short, I'd like to somehow:

- (me) Manually copy the DVD .iso's to a staging area that once present would triger...
- A script would activate and move the .iso to a WORK directory
- It would then get the meta data (box art etc) and save it in some form...
- Then trigger an automatic transcode of the .iso into an mp4
- Followed by applying the meta tags to the .mp4
- Followed by moving the mp4 into the iTunes library
- Followed by the .iso being moved to some /Archive-ISO directory.

Does anyone have such an automated system or something close to it? This is all based on OS X being my environment so windows or linux tools might not be helpful... Tho I'm very comfortable in the command line and can compile stuff and edit perl/bash/tcsh/etc scripts without a problem.

Anyone?
post #2 of 4
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I understand the official stance on this topic...Any discussion of that nature could lead to the thread getting locked so lets all follow the forum policy on this

I don't think you do, we've never had a single thread locked in the 7 years we've been very openly talking about backing up dvds and blu-rays that we own. Apps like MacTheRipper, MakeMKV, Handbrake, RipIt, software players and front ends that play back ripped dvds, all openly discussed in hundreds, if not thousands of threads, here at AVS. This is an HTPC forum, how do you think those HTPCs are used...to only play back individual commercial optical discs????

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Does anyone have any 'workflows' that work well to the point where I could leave things running overnight and have my systems just churn thru X number of native DVDs that I have copied to the HD?

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Does anyone have such an automated system or something close to it?

No, here's where I think you're gonna be a little disappointed, it's naive to think it can be automated to that extent. It's worth your time to do it once and do it right, here's why: each dvd is different, differently encoded, different quality, different content type a la TV versus film, some have extras and menu structures you want to keep intact, others you just want the main feature, some have subtitles you need, on others you want commentary tracks, some you don't, many discs have really annoying structures or aspects you'll want to eliminate before transcoding, etc. So, my recommendation, even if automated ripping processes are available, discard them, rip a whole bunch of your dvds, one at a time, while you're sitting at a computer in your house doing something else, then queue them all up and let handbrake do its thing overnight. 600 dvds may seem like a lot but you're late to the party, so that's on you--you should have already been ripping and transcoding for years now.

Personally, I wouldn't do iso if you do Mac, go VIDEO_TS folders instead, easier to deal with in an OS X HTPC environment. And if the menu structure and/or extras on a dvd aren't that important to you, skip both altogether, rip right to .mkv with one of those commonly available tools (MakeMKV) and then let Handbrake transcode those .mkvs to whatever iPad or aTV2 preset you prefer.

There are too many variables with dvd and blu-ray to think you can come up with as painless a ripping/transcoding/importing system as for a music cd. Video remains much more complicated.
post #3 of 4
I use this for my personal collection works great. Scripts handle everything.

http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=600468rau

I use makemkv for bluray rips no transcoding, just audio video.
post #4 of 4
This thread sorry
http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=805573

I encode my older DVDs just for travel or atv2 in the bedroom. About 2 gigs a movie. DVD Mkv's take up unwanted space (4-8gigs) and look crappy on big screens

All new movies i purchase are blu-ray so i prefer to do full mkv rips that I stream to my mini. Those can be 15-30 gigs depending on the movie. You can always encode those later like chef said. At some point I want to go thru the DVD collection pick out the classics and get those on blu-ray as well.
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