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Seeking Advice: Best Format to Rip DVDs for Use in My Setup

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I need some advice on ripping DVDs to be played in my home system set up.

I have previously been ripping all my standard DVDs through DVD Fab and kept the disc's file structure, with AudioTS and VideoTS folders. That has worked fine for years as all I had was an HTPC connected to my main television and I used Windows Media Center.

I recently bought a WDLive box for upstairs and will be purchasing a 2nd streaming device (likely WDLive) for the bedroom.

My biggest requirement is that the format I rip to be something that the wife can turn on the WDLive, and EASILY access. I need her to be able to sort and view the movie and one click to bring it on the screen. I also need to be able to access it in Win7 MC, of course.

I'd like to be able to search by chapter, pause, rewind, FF, but DVD extras are unnecessary.

I want to have DD 5.1 sound.


Any help would be appreciated. Thank you!
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Originally Posted by WinstonSmith View Post

I need some advice on ripping DVDs to be played in my home system set up.

I have previously been ripping all my standard DVDs through DVD Fab and kept the disc's file structure, with AudioTS and VideoTS folders. That has worked fine for years as all I had was an HTPC connected to my main television and I used Windows Media Center.

I recently bought a WDLive box for upstairs and will be purchasing a 2nd streaming device (likely WDLive) for the bedroom.

My biggest requirement is that the format I rip to be something that the wife can turn on the WDLive, and EASILY access. I need her to be able to sort and view the movie and one click to bring it on the screen. I also need to be able to access it in Win7 MC, of course.

I'd like to be able to search by chapter, pause, rewind, FF, but DVD extras are unnecessary.

I want to have DD 5.1 sound.


Any help would be appreciated. Thank you!


I've used every kind of file format out there. The easiest and most compatible container is MKV. DVDFAB is a great program and can output to MKV using the ripper. There is also a very good program called MakeMKV (www.makemkv.com) which is self explanatory. I think ripping stuff to folder structures is old school, at least it is to me. I've seen a 12GB MKV look just as good as a 29GB BluRay file.
post #3 of 7
I would have to agree with Opentoe.

MakeMKV or DVDfab. I have been using them both for a while and they work great.
post #4 of 7
Thread Starter 
Opentoe and kneedragger, thanks for the advice. A couple of questions.

How easily can I get MKV's to play in Windows Media Center?

Will mkv's allow chapter navigation?

Last one, how do I connect them to metadata?
post #5 of 7
1.I don't use WMC so I can't really say, but I can't see why it won't.

2. MakeMKV and DVDfab put chapters in the .mkv files.

3. I don't know how WMC read meta so I can't really help with that. I use XBMC which reads .nfo files that are in the folder with the movie file.
post #6 of 7
MKV is good. Be aware, however, that MKV is just a container for the content, and depending on the program used to put the movie into an MKV the quality and features can vary. MakeMKV just repackages the MPEG2 from a DVD into an MKV so the resulting file is an exact replica of the original and about the same size as the original. This also makes it pretty quick to do. Other programs, such as HandBrake will re-encode the program using an x264 codec which results in a file that will be typically one third the size of the original (for a similar, but not identical looking picture). This can take quite a bit longer to do. On my i7 2600 it takes about 30 minutes to re-encode to x264 (HandBrake, running all 4 cores @ 100%), about 10 minutes to re-package (using MakeMKV from a dvd disk, I believe the limitation is how fast the DVD drive can read it).


PS: That same encode on my ION based Acer Revo would take several hours...
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