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post #2311 of 5699
One last thing, please for forgive me. What do we think about this: http://www.amazon.com/Drobo-Storage-Gigabit-Ethernet-DRDS4A21/dp/B00AMAJGOO

I'm finding it hard to read a single bad account of it and it seems infinitely easy to use- but it also looks like an "apple-like" product that some people would tear apart, lol. I don't mind spending another $100 or so for the ease-of-use aspect alone, but with 4TB drives, this could also be a genuine long-term solution too.

thanks all!

James
post #2312 of 5699
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Originally Posted by mastermaybe View Post

One last thing, please for forgive me. What do we think about this: http://www.amazon.com/Drobo-Storage-Gigabit-Ethernet-DRDS4A21/dp/B00AMAJGOO

I'm finding it hard to read a single bad account of it and it seems infinitely easy to use- but it also looks like an "apple-like" product that some people would tear apart, lol. I don't mind spending another $100 or so for the ease-of-use aspect alone, but with 4TB drives, this could also be a genuine long-term solution too.

thanks all!

James

I personally have never heard great things about Drobo. I also believe that they use a proprietary indexing system (i.e. you can't just take a drive out, put it in your PC, and access the data). What this means is that essentially you are locked in to Drobo, so if your Drobo dies you will need to get a new Drobo and hopefully then you can access the data
post #2313 of 5699
Ok, no to drobo then, lol. I'll happily save some money. They just seemed very easy to use. I have a great- granted, prolly largely unsubstantiated- fear of setting this all up.


James
post #2314 of 5699
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Originally Posted by aaronwt View Post

+1 for the Media Sonic enclosures. I've been using seven of the 4-bay enclosures with my WHS for years. I've had no issues with them. They are small because they have an external power supply and they will also turn on and off with my WHS because they sense when it's drawing current to turn on and off. Plus you can access the hard drive by only opening a front cover. Much easier than the SansDigital enclosures I use with my unRAID setup.

+2 for the Mediasonic units.
post #2315 of 5699
Just remember, raid is not a backup solution.
post #2316 of 5699
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Originally Posted by Wryker View Post

I have 9 USB drives daisy-chained together and they work perfectly. I have a 4 port USB connector connecting 3 drives at a time. I've been using this set up for over 5 years.

Can you elaborate more on how you managed to daisy-chain 9 USB drives together? It was my belief that most if not all external usb drives were equipped with a single usb port (daisy-chaining devices require at least 2 usb ports per device). I am interested in adopting your method (if it works) rather than installing a NAS.smile.gif
post #2317 of 5699
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Originally Posted by rexdragon View Post

Can you elaborate more on how you managed to daisy-chain 9 USB drives together? It was my belief that most if not all external usb drives were equipped with a single usb port (daisy-chaining devices require at least 2 usb ports per device). I am interested in adopting your method (if it works) rather than installing a NAS.smile.gif

Sure! I have a Popcorn Hour A110 and A400. They both have 2 USB ports but I only use one on each unit.

I plug into the USB port on the PCH one of these http://www.amazon.com/Connectland-CL-U2MNHUB-4B-Ports-V2-0-Black/dp/B0028Y4F4S/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1363268944&sr=8-4&keywords=usb+hub (the price has gone up since I bought mine).

I then connect 3 USB drives to three of the inputs and then connect another one of the USB hubs to the 4th input.

On the next USB hub I do the same thing and continue that method. I know for the A400 I can connect up to 16 drives.

Very easy. I rip the BD on my PC and move it to the network connected drive. biggrin.gif
post #2318 of 5699
So I only started ripping my Blu Rays in the last few months. I've been ripping my DVDs for some time, and have always done so with a combination of DVDFab Passkey to remove the protection, and DVDShrink to rip the ISO, selecting just the pieces I want.

I've been using MakeMKV for my Blu Ray rips, and I just now ran into a problem. I ripped the last Twilight movie (it's for the wife, really!) and it came out with a black box all the way around it. Not just letterboxing, mind you, but a full on black box. I only just now noticed some of the other Blu Rays I ripped have something similar. Doing a bit of research on it says that it has something to do with the aspect ratio, and the fact that MakeMKV isn't encoding anything, just pulling it off the disc as-is. What do I do to fix this?

Re-encode with some other program? If that's the case, what program?

Do a full re-rip with something else?

My problem with BluRays is I have the lifetime license for DVDFab Passkey, but not the BluRay version. So I need a solution that will remove the copy protection as well. Maybe it's just time I pony up for the DVDFab BluRay Ripper program.
post #2319 of 5699
Maybe you should try remuxing with MKVmerge, maybe it's some header information that MakeMKV screwed up.

I did this movie as well for the wife. My process was ripped to folder using DVDFab HD Decrypter (decrypting portion is free for this program). Create MKV using MakeMKV by selecting the index.bdmv file from the folder rip (since it's already decrypted it's pretty quick). Strip out the forced subs from the folder rip (I believe there was 2 lines of forced subs in this movie) using ClownBD. Then I remuxed with MKVmerge with the forced stream.

This is the reason why I think remuxing may work for your current rip as my final product is fine. I don't select subs at all in MakeMKV as in my experience it doesn't work well and I end up having to fix it anyway.

This is just my method, there is easier ways but mine doesn't require purchasing software because I'm cheap and don't mind a few more mouse clicks. smile.gif
post #2320 of 5699
Ok, chalk me up as an idiot. It turns out Overscan was going on my Boxee box. I'm not sure when that setting changed on me, but I fixed it and we're all good now. smile.gif
post #2321 of 5699
^^
I always blame it on the maid.biggrin.gif
post #2322 of 5699
How do you know what files to rip in a multi volume series like Firefly? There are lots of choices on the disk.
post #2323 of 5699
Rip the whole thing and be done with it.
post #2324 of 5699
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Originally Posted by Gary J View Post

Rip the whole thing and be done with it.

It's a trade-off of convenience over cost (of storage). With just a few mouse clicks, 35GB - 45GB whole discs can be reduced to 20GB - 30GB. And then there is the convenience of having a movie play immediately w/o having to select anything in the menu ... or watch previews ... or FBI warnings.

Jeff
post #2325 of 5699
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Originally Posted by pepar View Post

It's a trade-off of convenience over cost (of storage). With just a few mouse clicks, 35GB - 45GB whole discs can be reduced to 20GB - 30GB. And then there is the convenience of having a movie play immediately w/o having to select anything in the menu ... or watch previews ... or FBI warnings.

Jeff

I agree...I used to rip the whole disc, but I find it isn't too hard to find out the correct tracks and end up with a single mkv for each video (software like Plex handles these very nicely, which is 1 reason I do it this way). There are forums here "unofficial blu-ray thread" and similar, that list track information. In my experience, there are only 2-3 shows per disc, so you can eliminate all of the others by file size. It is a bit more of a pain with TV shows vs. movies though.

This could go back and forth forever between those who rip the whole disc and those who rip tracks....so let's not start that discussion. Try ripping the whole disc and see if it suits your needs.
post #2326 of 5699
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Originally Posted by skro View Post

This could go back and forth forever between those who rip the whole disc and those who rip tracks....so let's not start that discussion. Try ripping the whole disc and see if it suits your needs.

Sure. Every time I read an absolutist come down on one side or the other, I feel like I need to present the other side. If a few more multi-terabyte drives cost less than your time to click a few buttons or you just don't want to think about it, then rip it all and fuggetiboutit.

There are two sides to it.

Jeff
post #2327 of 5699
Rip the whole thing and be done with it.

Now you need to do it again. tongue.gif
post #2328 of 5699
Can "The Hobbit", which comes on two disks for the 3d version, be ripped using AnyDvd HD into a single iso file? This is the first disk I have that stretches over two disks.
post #2329 of 5699
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Originally Posted by trgraphics View Post

Can "The Hobbit", which comes on two disks for the 3d version, be ripped using AnyDvd HD into a single iso file? This is the first disk I have that stretches over two disks.

Nope. I wish it had that feature. MKV is the only way to join the two parts. I did it for The Lords of the Rings.
post #2330 of 5699
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Originally Posted by trgraphics View Post

Can "The Hobbit", which comes on two disks for the 3d version, be ripped using AnyDvd HD into a single iso file? This is the first disk I have that stretches over two disks.

I don't know about 3D specifically but here's a thread on Combining two-part Blu-rays.
post #2331 of 5699
MakeMKV allowed me to rip each episode. So I ended up with 14 titles. Now I have to figure out how to name them for XBMC.
post #2332 of 5699
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Originally Posted by Irishdoom View Post

So I only started ripping my Blu Rays in the last few months. I've been ripping my DVDs for some time, and have always done so with a combination of DVDFab Passkey to remove the protection, and DVDShrink to rip the ISO, selecting just the pieces I want.

I've been using MakeMKV for my Blu Ray rips, and I just now ran into a problem. I ripped the last Twilight movie (it's for the wife, really!) and it came out with a black box all the way around it. Not just letterboxing, mind you, but a full on black box. I only just now noticed some of the other Blu Rays I ripped have something similar. Doing a bit of research on it says that it has something to do with the aspect ratio, and the fact that MakeMKV isn't encoding anything, just pulling it off the disc as-is. What do I do to fix this?

Re-encode with some other program? If that's the case, what program?

Do a full re-rip with something else?

My problem with BluRays is I have the lifetime license for DVDFab Passkey, but not the BluRay version. So I need a solution that will remove the copy protection as well. Maybe it's just time I pony up for the DVDFab BluRay Ripper program.

Rips just fine with anydvdhd.
post #2333 of 5699
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Originally Posted by YesAnotherTweet View Post

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Originally Posted by trgraphics View Post

Can "The Hobbit", which comes on two disks for the 3d version, be ripped using AnyDvd HD into a single iso file? This is the first disk I have that stretches over two disks.

Nope. I wish it had that feature. MKV is the only way to join the two parts. I did it for The Lords of the Rings.

Use tsmuxer to join the two .m2ts files is the closest you can get without going mkv I think.
post #2334 of 5699
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Originally Posted by Irishdoom View Post

So I only started ripping my Blu Rays in the last few months. I've been ripping my DVDs for some time, and have always done so with a combination of DVDFab Passkey to remove the protection, and DVDShrink to rip the ISO, selecting just the pieces I want.

I've been using MakeMKV for my Blu Ray rips, and I just now ran into a problem. I ripped the last Twilight movie (it's for the wife, really!) and it came out with a black box all the way around it. Not just letterboxing, mind you, but a full on black box.
First off, that Twilight Breaking Dawn - 2 has something like 100 fake playlists -- did you pick the right one?

If you have PassKey already stick with DVD Fab. I use the free version of DVD Fab to do full disk BluRay rips to my HDD then I use Clown_BD to extract the main_title.m2ts. I've never had a problem with the free version not ripping a title I wanted. Also, DVD Fab does a path-trace of the menu structure to find the right playlist when you want to do just a main title rip. In the case of Breaking Dawn - 2, DVD Fab nailed the correct playlist and actually grayed out all the fake ones -- just make sure you have English specified as the default language for audio and sub-titles.

In your case, try using DVD Fab free version to rip the title to your HDD as a full disk rip. Then use MakeMKV or whatever to extract the main title from the de-protected rip on the HDD.

P.S. -- I didn't rip it for the wife but for me. I think the movies are so bad that they are hilarious. Too bad the series is over. I can only hope that BollyWood does a remake -- can you imagine that? Dancing, sparkling vampires in brightly colored clothing -- it just can't get worse than that. I'm already laughing at the thought.
Edited by Kelson - 3/20/13 at 6:22am
post #2335 of 5699
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Originally Posted by Kelson View Post

First off, that Twilight Breaking Dawn - 2 has something like 100 fake playlists -- did you pick the right one?

If you have PassKey already stick with DVD Fab. I use the free version of DVD Fab to do full disk BluRay rips to my HDD then I use Clown_BD to extract the main_title.m2ts. I've never had a problem with the free version not ripping a title I wanted. Also, DVD Fab does a path-trace of the menu structure to find the right playlist when you want to do just a main title rip. In the case of Breaking Dawn - 2, DVD Fab nailed the correct playlist and actually grayed out all the fake ones -- just make sure you have English specified as the default language for audio and sub-titles.

In your case, try using DVD Fab free version to rip the title to your HDD as a full disk rip. Then use MakeMKV or whatever to extract the main title from the de-protected rip on the HDD.

Apparently you missed the follow up post:
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Originally Posted by Irishdoom View Post

Ok, chalk me up as an idiot. It turns out Overscan was going on my Boxee box. I'm not sure when that setting changed on me, but I fixed it and we're all good now. smile.gif

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Originally Posted by Kelson View Post

P.S. -- I didn't rip it for the wife but for me. I think the movies are so bad that they are hilarious. Too bad the series is over. I can only hope that BollyWood does a remake -- can you imagine that? Dancing, sparkling vampires in brightly colored clothing -- it just can't get worse than that. I'm already laughing at the thought.

You also apparently haven't been dragged to "Warm Bodies" yet, flesh eating zombies who fall in love and start coming back to life.rolleyes.gif
post #2336 of 5699
I get my fill of zombies with Walking Dead.
post #2337 of 5699
Yes, the entire movie is a fake playlist.
post #2338 of 5699
Or is it a fake movie with an entire playlist? Gahhhh!
post #2339 of 5699
I am having problems merging movies with MKVMerge. Actually it worked fine the first time I merged two 30+GB files together, Fellowship of the Ring. When I went to play it the first time, it showed a 3 hour 48 minute movie. Then the next time I tried it, it only shows around 2 hours. It goes up to the first part. I tried it with The Two Towers and Ben Hur. Same thing with all of them. The are 60GB files, but only the first half of the movie will play. Again, wit worked the very first time in XBMC, then never again.
post #2340 of 5699
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Originally Posted by LowellG View Post

I am having problems merging movies with MKVMerge. Actually it worked fine the first time I merged two 30+GB files together, Fellowship of the Ring. When I went to play it the first time, it showed a 3 hour 48 minute movie. Then the next time I tried it, it only shows around 2 hours. It goes up to the first part. I tried it with The Two Towers and Ben Hur. Same thing with all of them. The are 60GB files, but only the first half of the movie will play. Again, wit worked the very first time in XBMC, then never again.

In XBMC if you put CD1 and CD2 at the end it will treat it as one movie.

So for example

LOTR_cd1.mkv
LOTR_cd2.mkv

So when you scrape for the movie it will only show up as 1 movie.
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