Originally Posted by ddigler
Water! Silly question time: why rip all the movies and go through the whole HTPC thing? I"m a geek so its not that I doubt, simply that I'm ignorant. How does it work and what makes it worth the effort (as opposed to renting a blu-ray and watching the thing old school)?
Hey man not a silly question, for me it was about organizing and convenience
Organization, I don't really have a shelf or place for all my physical media so once I rip I put the disks in a box in a storage closet. On the computer I can arrange the movies however I like and consolidate some of the movies in to collection... like Star Wars.
Convenience, having all the movies available via the server and player (Plex and OpenPHT at the moment) is just so easy to find any title that I have with out rummaging through the physical media. It also tracks watched / unwatched and I can stop and return where I was another day. The server also gathers any metadata so I have images and description on each movie. You can even search for a title. I also use my HTPC for DSP and REW so having it all in one spot in the rack is nice.
Ripping was pretty easy with MakeMKV, insert disk, start and walk away comeback later and move to the appropriate folder and done
I made it more cumbersome by deciding to move the media all around (off NAS and on to local HDD's).... hope it will be right move
Hope this helps