How about a half solution? Quarter? 1/8th?
Hey, how about I'm the tool...
I can't comment on Blue Ray rips because I haven't done any, but DVD Decrypter, which is freeware and still available on the internet, works perfectly for ripping almost all DVD's. Recently I ripped my entire collection of over 900 DVD's onto two 2 terabyte usb Western Digital hard drives. Just loaded the files into a folder named after each movie. After doing this I am able to use Western Digital's high definition media player which costs all of $130 to play the files on my home theatre. The player accepts USB and outputs HDMI, the interface is onscreen and it will output anything up to 1080p, so 480p DVD's are no problem. Cant tell you how nice it is to have 900 DVD's shrunken and accessible on a couple of drives the size of a paperback book.
The possibilites are incredible in this digital age. Any 500gb laptop has literall enough room to hold tens of thousands of ebooks, a 1tb drive can hold 3000+ record albums, and a couple of 2 tb usb hard drives will hold a movie collection of almost 1000 movies.
This can work wonders in terms of uncluttering your life, take it from me.
900 DVDs - all legally purchased I hope...
At four minutes per DVD that's 3600 minutes or 60 hours of ripping, you must have busy for a couple of weeks...
My question is whether most movies on DVD are worth the time and effort to rip and archive onto a hard drive.
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Yes, every one of them is legally mine and reside in a corner of my basement now. As for whether they were worth it, well, let's just say I'm a collector of vintage Science Fiction movies. So a lot of them are things like every episosde of the X Files, Twilight Zone, Original Outer Limits, and movies like Attack of the 50 ft woman because you never know when you're gonna want to watch something like that a 3am. LoL. And while it takes 60 hours for your computer to do the ripping, it only takes 2 minutes to set up the file, put the thing in the drive and start DVD Decrypter. Guess it just depends on what you want, but as far as picture quality goes, it's every bit as good as the original DVD's. And my life is now clutter free.
My hat is off to you for your dedication and fortitude.
How many back-ups do you have? And one is, I hope, stored off-premises. You only want to burn discs once.
My post keeps getting deleted? i asked if anyone has experience ripping DVD-A?
Yes, I do have a spaere stored in a safe deposit box. You are right, I don't want to have to go through that little ordeal twice. But the benefit, I have all my movies at my fingertips, filed alphabetically, able to be played a moment's notice, and all that crap out of my living space. Some things are worth the six hours. LOL,