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Stand alone DVD Server
« on: December 13, 2011, 03:21:58 PM »
Before someone says you should go build a box that... no.  I'm looking for a stand alone unit.

Is there something out there that I can basically drop a DVD or BLU-Ray disc into, it will rip it, store it on a hard drive and act as a server or just stand alone player for my tv?  I really, really, really want to box up and store my dvds as they juts take up too much space, and I'm willing to pay to get that space back.

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Re: Stand alone DVD Server
« Reply #1 on: December 13, 2011, 03:25:48 PM »
why not rip them to a hard drive then use a boxee or the like to play them?
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Re: Stand alone DVD Server
« Reply #2 on: December 13, 2011, 03:45:26 PM »
why not rip them to a hard drive then use a boxee or the like to play them?
I have yet to figure out how to get a system set up that doesn't give me jittery ripping.

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Re: Stand alone DVD Server
« Reply #3 on: December 13, 2011, 03:48:07 PM »
Sure there is - Get this:

http://www.kaleidescape.com/

Probably WAY out of your price range though - these are designed to sell to Hollywood and DOT COM moguls.

They start at around $5K (at least in 2010 they where) and the sky is the limit - a decent system will run you about $17K
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Re: Stand alone DVD Server
« Reply #4 on: December 13, 2011, 04:00:18 PM »
It looks like the vortex box mentioned here would be perfect except it appears to be audio only. Maybe in the future some firmware update will allow it to do DVDs also.


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Re: Stand alone DVD Server
« Reply #5 on: December 13, 2011, 04:38:12 PM »
DVD -> HandBrake (to H264) -> iTunes -> AppleTV.  Cheap and easy.
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Re: Stand alone DVD Server
« Reply #6 on: December 13, 2011, 04:40:40 PM »
DVD -> HandBrake (to H264) -> iTunes -> AppleTV.  Cheap and easy.
find me a way to do this that copies accurately and doesn't introduce jitter.

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Re: Stand alone DVD Server
« Reply #7 on: December 14, 2011, 09:02:51 PM »
It looks like the vortex box mentioned here would be perfect except it appears to be audio only. Maybe in the future some firmware update will allow it to do DVDs also.

I think VortexBox does support DVD - the web interface references DVD ripping - I just popped one it - and it seems to be ripping.
Im not to hip to video yet - I think its saving as MKV?

Edit/Update: looks like it uses MakeMKV to rip DVDs

http://www.makemkv.com/

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Re: Stand alone DVD Server
« Reply #8 on: December 15, 2011, 11:45:48 AM »
find me a way to do this that copies accurately and doesn't introduce jitter.
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How/where in the process does jitter manifest itself?

I've been ripping dvds to my computer's hard drive for a while using dvdfab -- I simply rip the dvd in its native (uncompressed) format to a video_ts folder on my hard drive.  I then use VideoRedo to combine the vob files into a single mpg file (changing the package type but again leaving the underlying contents/overall file size unchanged).  I play these back using windows media center extenders on my hdtvs.  Multichannel audio is intact and the video looks a-ok without any dropouts of studders, etc. 

It would seem that isolating what step of the process is causing the jitter to be introduced will help you find your solution.


 

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