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I have about 700-1000 standard definition DVDs laying around my house. Nothing is more bothersome than trying to find the movie you want to watch while going through 20 booklets. What i want to do with out breaking the bank is store ALL of these DVD's onto some sort of media center that has an interface directly linked to my surround system/tv where when I turn it on i can search alphabetically or by genre by actor etc. etc. What type of products can you guys direct me to. i am looking to spend about 1k-2200k on this IF there is even a product in that price range. If not what do you suggest i can do in order to help preserve these dvds and keep track of what i have and dont have. Thanks in advance.
 

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thanks for the response. Looks interesting, I was looking for something more on the lines of media center server. Something that has 4+ TB of memory that i can just upload and store these things on. Any thoughts on that?
 

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If you want something prebuilt, here you go. If you are the DIY guy, any computer can do what your asking. YOu just need to make sure you have enough physical space for storage drives in the case. Ripping and cataloging DVD's is almost automatic these days with my movies and media center. Mymovies will detect the disk as you insert it, download all the info for it, and then rip it to a hard drive for you. each dvd is going to be around 6GB, so you will need about 6TB if you want to go with ISO's or complete rips. Main movie rips will be a little smaller at 4-6gbs.
 

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Well, you could get a couple Sony CX777ES's. They store 400 dvds each and can be controled by RS232. I know if you use cinemar products (MainLobby/DVDLobby) you can view and sort your movies then control the players to play them. Not sure how much the software is and, as I remember, there is a bit of a learning curve to it. I think I remember seeing something about My Movies having this capability as well but, I'm not sure. Just figured I'd throw that info out there as no one had mentioned it.
 

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Is it possible to burn DVD's that are protected onto an HP server. And is there an easier way to get that information onto the TV. Maybe i am not explaining what i am looking for. I want to upload all of my dvd's onto a server, computer, media center whatever. I want that to be directly connected to my Home theater receiver/tv. So i can turn on my tv and scroll though the interface on the server/media center and select my dvd without ever having to get it out of the booklet ever again. I understand the HP stores dvds i just dont see how it would be able to get hooked up into the tv. What i want is something connects to my tv that all it is is DVD storage. I dont want it for anything else...
 

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so would it be better to just build one? Seems like the HP is not what i am looking for. I simply want to just insert a dvd, store onto device, and have an interface that shows all of my dvds. I am looking at something like this, VidaBox SLIMv3.The costs on that are way to high. So i am trying to find a better solution. Thanks
 

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you can achieve basically what vidabox provides by using a windows 7 media center with mymovies to play the movies and a Windows home server(whs) machine to store them. Whether you want to build those machines yourself from scratch or buy them off the shelf is up to you.


Personally I built a whs using the norco 4020 case that can hold twenty hard drives and has two blu ray readers attached. When I put a disc in they automatically rip the discs and catalog them with metadata in the mymovies database. Then I Just go into my win7 MCE and through mymmovies can play those discs over the network.


Check out www.mymovies.dk and look at all the setup options and then from there you will have an idea of what its capable of.
 

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Ok so if i already have a HP computer i need to go get some sort of server set up (basically where everything is stored). How do i get this to go onto my tv? The vidabox could plug right in and sits on my rack and blends in. What can i do to not have dozens of wires running around.
 

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If your version of vista came with media center it should be in the programs


Figure out what kind of inputs your tv has and what outputs your computer has, what kind of video card is it? Assuming your video card has hdmi and your tv has hdmi then they should hook right up.
 

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I think the best thing would be to pick the DVDs you watch all the time and only rip those to a media center/file server/etc. Put those discs away in storage, then better organize the discs that are left so you can play them on the odd chance you want to watch one of them. I have a ton of DVDs, but we only watch a select few of them (less than 100). I ripped those for rapid access on a daily basis, and I have the others in a DVD organizer. Works well for us.
 

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what kind of dvd organizer do you have. I like your idea of putting 1-150 on a drive and then using a storage for rest. could you go into better detail of what type of system you have?

Me I use a HTPC that I assembled myself.


I have 9x 1TB internal hard disk with a ProBox USB external 4 drives bay (empty for the time being. Ready for expanding the system).


For safety I use FlexRaid.


I rip my dvd in mkv (movie only no recompression, one audio track and subtitles if need be). Once rip I put my disk in a dvd sleeve and assign it a sequential number. This number is used in DVDProfiler to find it again in my disk box if need be.


I used Windows Media Server 7 with the Media Browser plugins to select and play my movies on my pj. I say used because my pj died and I'm presently redesigning my HT and planning to buy a 60 or 65" LCD.


Once the HTPC server will be full, I'll add another one beside it. Both of them are in another room and are accessed remotely and controled via a Bluetooth mouse/keyboard.
 

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I built a new pc with about 5TB space and it's running 2008R2 server with mymovies manager. I then used my old pc and installed windows7 and use mymovies client which connects to the server to play movies. This way allows me to keep my 2008R2 server on 24x7 and use it as a workstation and I only turn on my old media pc when i want to watch movies, TV, or listen to music. I also setup an 360 in my daughters room which also has access to all my movies and everything and the controller is easy enough my 4 year old can use it. We plugged her tv and 360 into a light switch and have the 360 auto start media center so she just clicks on mymovies then picks the cover of the movie she wants. I also enabled parental controls so she only sees g and pg movies and doesn't see any of ours. The 360 does require a computer to "transcode" the movie into a format the 360 can play. For this i enabled hyper-v and created a virtual machine inside the 2008R2 server and it has mymovies client on it and is setup as the extender. Transcoding uses a lot of power so having it on a virtual machine allows it to use the CPU and allocated ram from the 2008R2 and it works great. I'm assuming I could also get another 360 instead of my media computer but using my old pc I can easily get on netflix, youtube, pandora, and fox/cbs if i miss a recorded TV show. Buying all the OS's isn't ideal but if you have access to msdn or a technet subscription it's def worth it.
 

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for 1000 movies you only need about 6tb of space. 3x2tb would be under $600 for the drives, $100 for mobo, $100 ram, $100 Power supply, $100 Case, $150 Processor, $50 dvd drive. Thats around $1200 plus software for the server and using cheaper parts you can make a media pc for around $300. Just be prepared each movie takes around 15mins to rip 1000movies *15minutes /60min per hour= 25 total hours so i'd suggest getting a few dvd drives and ripping the important ones first then slowly rip the others.
 
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