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post #1 of 14 Old 01-31-2016, 08:56 AM - Thread Starter
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Ripping HD-DVD collection into MP4 files for digital use?

Hello,

I have a significant HD-DVD collection that I don't use anymore because I usually watch movies on the go with an ipad or Android tablet, or once in a while with my laptop on my projector. What hardware and software combination would I need to rip my collection into MP4 files for full time digital use wherever I want?

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Hello,

I have a significant HD-DVD collection that I don't use anymore because I usually watch movies on the go with an ipad or Android tablet, or once in a while with my laptop on my projector. What hardware and software combination would I need to rip my collection into MP4 files for full time digital use wherever I want?

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I believe DVDFab's "Passkey" program still supports ripping HD-DVDs.
I think "Clown BD" still knows how to process a HD-DVD into something else.

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I believe MakeMKV also works
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I have a Toshiba HD-DVD Rom drive mounted in an external case - connected via USB to my tower computer.
Over the past week, I used Passkey to rip "For Love Of The Game", "Cat People" & "The Getaway" (1994 release) from HD-DVD.
Then ClownBD converted the movies to blu-ray, although they ended up too large for a single layer BD-R.
I used BDRB to delete unneeded audio tracks & shrink it to fit on a single layer BD-R as needed (BDRB set for best quality = very slow but great results).
I used Imgburn to burn to inkjet printable BD-R media (LG burner & Ritek 4x media).
Scanned the labels off my HD-DVDs & modified them to replace the HD-DVD logo with a Blu-Ray logo - and printed it on the BD-R
The process worked perfectly & the discs play fine - so these titles are backed up successfully in case my HD-DVD discs go bad.
I used self adhesive disc hubs mounted on the inside front cover of the HD-DVD cases to store the newly made BD-R backup discs.

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I finally came upon an old Toshiba laptop that has a HD-dvd player built in so am now trying to figure out how to make back-ups of my HD-DVD collection. Sadly the Warner Rot has already taken its toll on a couple of disc so I am not trying to get the remaining ones copied while I can.

The problem I'm having is trying to get software that will allow me to copy the HD-DVD's... Problem is I'm stuck using Windows Vista 32 bit on the laptop. While the laptop would support Windows 7 64 bit, when I installed that version I found that I had no software in WIndows 7 that would play the HD-DVDs... Fortunately I kept the old hard drive with Vista 32 from the laptop so I am not back with that version.... I've tested the HD-DVD drive and it works fine with Vista after I deleted the various virus software and bloat the original user had filled the machine with....

So my question is, Does anyone know of any Vista 32 bit software that will allow me to rip the HD-DVD's? I'm sure I can find handbrake or something similar to create a usable movie but need to find a way of doing the initial rip.

any thoughts or suggestions?
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DVDFab Passkey to rip.

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I recently used MakeMKV and it worked just fine on around a dozen titles. I had to turn up the retry count on a couple of the discs presumably due to some level of rot.
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MakeMKV works well, but to really get a standard BD out of that HD DVD, PassKey (all HD-DVD discs are in the free version) plus ClownBD still works best IMHO. If all you need is a digital file, MakeMKV is the best, but some players still don't like the mkv container.

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I second MakeMKV. If you need a serial number, check their forums, they used to update every so often so you could still get it for free personal use.
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Question for those who are still in the darkest of dark ages.... (ahem...that would of course, be me!)

Would the same software above rip the sound track out of a blue-ray disk? I have dozens of concerts on both, DVD's and BR's.... would love to rip out the sound so I could put it on my Ipod for when I'm out in the fields cutting them. (sure beats the constant thrum of the tractor noise!!!!)

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This is an old thread, but I'll share my technique after some trial and error and a bunch of reading.

use AnyDVD to rip (I used a LG BD-R/hd-dvd unit off ebay)

then use clownBD to demux the HDDVD video to a temp folder (dont' use TSmuxer yet)
(I picked NMT option on the first screen and then LPCM and AC3 on the following screens)

run tsmuxergui separately and grab the files from the temp folder and load into the input window.
grab: vc1 file, ac3 file, w64 file (if you want LPCM option), True HD file if needed, and an srt file you can get from a subtitles site.

edit the chapters.txt file and remove all but hh:mm:ss and separate them by ; So it'll look like 00:00:00;00:05:00;0008:30 and so on. (no semicolon after the last entry). Copy and paste those times into the blu-ray custom chapters list section

pick blu ray folder option and a path.

execute. You'll get a BD disc structure. You can make an iso from that structure and burn it. The burnt disc played in my 4K players (samsung and philips) Watch the file sizes. I was able to get all onto a 25GB disc. One or two I had to leave off LPCM as the resulting ISO was over 25GB

I found this works all the time for me. The sound is fine, the subtitle works and the chapters work.

I converted 14 of my discs to 25GB BD-R. Makemkv was too choppy due to pulldown problems and the subtitles didn't work all the time.
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You can use MakeMKV to create an MKV copy from DVD, and then use HandBrake to convert MKV to MP4.
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You can use MakeMKV to create an MKV copy from DVD, and then use HandBrake to convert MKV to MP4.
I tried that, but I didn't reliably get subtitles, AND chapters AND smooth video. The way I posted above worked every time.
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...ClownBD still works best IMHO. If all you need is a digital file, MakeMKV is the best, but some players still don't like the mkv container.
I tried the ClownBD setup on Deer Hunter HD-DVD and it worked better for me than MakeMkv; at least, the subs worked with Clown where they did not with Makemkv.


Not sure kcgr what problems you had but chapters worked for me too. Very surprised to find that this ancient software works as it does--I can see that if I want to alter the subs i.e. remove SDH stuff, it appears I can easily do that and remux.


Of course, I should note that my intent/goal is to convert my HD-DVDs to digital w/o any conversions at all i.e. full original size/res/bitrates.
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