Originally Posted by zero the hero
Want to rip my extended versions of LOTR, they're on 2 DVDs each. I found a way to do it once through DVDFab (i've tried again and can't figure it out :P), yet I had to compress it for a DVD9 file so it wasnt perfect anyway... is there a better option?
It's a very simple thing to do with DVD Shrink. I do it quite frequently for 2-disk mini-series and movies to make a single large .iso to put on my NAS unit for the streamer. Here is how I find it most convenient for me.
I rip the two DVDs as .iso onto the HDD of my PC using DVD Decrypter. I then open up DVD Shrink and open the first .iso file. I then go into re-author mode and pull the part #1 main_title file into the left-side re-author list. I then open the second .iso file and pull the part #2 main_title file over to the left side. I then select each main_title part and only include the checkboxes for the DD 5.1 soundtrack and the English subtitles. I then just push the button and let Shrink make a new .iso file with the two titles. Shrink is smart enough to know what you are combining came from separate .iso files and opens them as needed. Since it is for my NAS, I don't let Shrink do any compression.
The only caveat is that the end product contains the multiple movie parts as separate titles. As long as your playback device will automatically play all the titles one after the other, you are set. I've only run into one cheap DVD player my daughter had that would not do that. In that case I had to press the chapter skip button at the end of the first title to continue playing the second title.