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Ripping a dvd to play in xbmc

post #1 of 11
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I am very new to the HTPC scene and wanted to dip in before a lot of time and money. I bought an Acer setup from The Source that has all the requirements from what Ive read. Got XBMC setup easy enough with all the media I already had on an external hard drive. But where I'm getting lost is finding a solution to ripping my dvd collection onto a hard drive so that it is playable on XBMC(or any media center). I believe it's not that I havent found solutions that CAN work if done correctly, it's just that I dont have enough knowledge to jump through the hoops necessary without complete/detailed/up-to-date instructions. Is there a SIMPLE solution with usable instructions available? If not, I'm afraid HTPC isn't for me, which is a bummer as, I was really excited about this project.
Thanks in advance for any input.
post #2 of 11
MakeMKV. I even have a free step by step guide over at my blog.
post #3 of 11
100% correct.
Makemkv to make it simple, fast and easy

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Handbrake if you want to CONVERT to a smaller file.
Note this method is not so simple (although not hard) and not near as fast as Makemkv.

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I guess I'll throw in Slysoft's AnyDVD although it will be simple (right click make iso or rip to drive) but it won't be as clean or easy still as Makemkv.

Those are probably the 3 most common choices. I've used all for different reasons or wanted results but 99% of the time I use MakeMKV as assassin said.
post #4 of 11
I can concur. I have used MakeMKV many times for many movies and it's remarkably simple. I also use a program called Magic DVD Ripper. It costs a small amount, whereas MakeMKV is free, but a lot of times I don't want a full 1:1 copy of a movie, I want a smaller filesize, as in an AVI. It's as simple as MakeMKV also, but takes a bit longer as it recodes the video rather than just repackaging it in a new container as MakeMKV does.
post #5 of 11
Like the rest, you can't go wrong with Make MKV. Another alternative that is also free is DVDFab.
post #6 of 11
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Originally Posted by kneedragger View Post

Like the rest, you can't go wrong with Make MKV. Another alternative that is also free is DVDFab.

Huh? Dvdfab, while nice, is paid software. Is there a free version I don't know about?
post #7 of 11
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So I used Makemkv and all appeared to be going well until I opened XBMC, went to Add Video and it doesnt show the file(Batman Begins). If i open up the file in windows eplorer it does show there as BATMAN_BEGINS_t00. So the question is, did I miss a step along thee way?
post #8 of 11
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Huh? Dvdfab, while nice, is paid software. Is there a free version I don't know about?

yep. Same program. You can use Fab to decrypt for free. They update the free decrypter a month or so after the paid product.
post #9 of 11
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Originally Posted by arctic000 View Post

So I used Makemkv and all appeared to be going well until I opened XBMC, went to Add Video and it doesnt show the file(Batman Begins). If i open up the file in windows eplorer it does show there as BATMAN_BEGINS_t00. So the question is, did I miss a step along thee way?

You need to name it correctly.
post #10 of 11
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You need to name it correctly.

Might I suggest The Renamer ? Also free and you can set it up to Fetch, rename and auto move your files.
I've used it for years now and in combination with MakeMKV it takes minutes to unwrap a new purchase & have it up on my NAS named and sorted correctly.

Once setup, you can drag your existing collection in and the renamer will auto sort and clean them ALL up, including your folder structure etc.
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Originally Posted by bayn View Post

Might I suggest The Renamer ? Also free and you can set it up to Fetch, rename and auto move your files.
I've used it for years now and in combination with MakeMKV it takes minutes to unwrap a new purchase & have it up on my NAS named and sorted correctly.

Once setup, you can drag your existing collection in and the renamer will auto sort and clean them ALL up, including your folder structure etc.

I have a renamer guide. Good program.
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