DVDs

How can I get videos off of a DVD player?

DVD

Episode 1122

Peter from Redlands, CA

Peter has a bunch of videos that he's recorded and put on DVDs. He wants to put them onto a large thumbdrive. He copied the videos, but couldn't get the audio. Leo recommends using VLC Media player. He's probably not getting audio because the player he's using isn't able to play the file type properly. Leo also recommends using a href="http://www.handbrake.fr" target="_blank">Handbrake to rip the DVD and process it out to an MP4 that can be played on any computer.

How can I catalog my DVD collection on my network?

DVD

Episode 1115

Sean from Thousand Oaks, CA

Sean would like to catalog his DVDs on his network, so he can find out information about the movie and the location of it. Is there an app for that on the Mac?

Leo says that Delicious Library 3 is ideal for his. He'll be able to scan the DVD's barcode, and then it will populate the database using the metadata along with reviews and more. Then he can add location options as well. He can try it free first to see if it will work for him.

What's the best way to backup images to a DVD?

DVD

Episode 1113

Rick from Santa Barbara, CA

Sam has a ton of pictures and he wants to know how to back them up across multiple DVDs. Leo says that burn programs like Roxio DVD creator can do this automatically. It's great for doing them all at once.

Leo says a better and more affordable way to go is just to back them up on a 2TB hard drive or thumb drive. Then Rick won't have to worry about reburning them later.

How long will DVD or Blu-ray discs last?

DVD

Episode 1109

George from Santa Monica, CA

George wants to know how long Blu-ray and DVD discs will last. Leo says that the promise of DVDs and CDs is that they would last forever. But that has ended up not being true since they scratch and become unreadable as the reflective surface corrodes. Burned DVDs, however, are different and fade over a shorter time because the dyes that are used to burn the data will fade.

How can I rip my DVDs to a hard drive?

DVD

Episode 1099

Joe from Van Nuys, CA

Joe wants to rip his DVD collection and put it on an external hard drive. How big of a hard drive will he need? Leo says that regular DVDs have 4.7 GB of space, if he wants to keep all of the data from the DVD. But if he just wants the movie itself, then it won't take up as much space.

Joe should get Handbrake and VLC Media Client. Then if he encodes the movie and strips out everything else, he'll have a movie at about 1 GB. He could store a lot more movies that way.

How can I digitize old MiniDV video tapes?

Episode 1096

Libby from Claremont, CA

Libby has some miniDV tapes that she wants to make digital copies of. She wants to know the best method for doing this, and what format she should use. Leo says that miniDVs are already digital. So that saves a step. Since the service Libby took them to made DVDs, she can rip them and get MPEG2 files. Leo uses HandBrake and VLC Media Client, which work together to rip DVDs. Leo says to just rip it. Don't reencode it.

Should I use a hard drive or SSD to rip my DVDs?

Crucial SSD

Episode 1072

Jamie from Hagerstown, MD

Jamie wants to rip hundreds of DVDs and compress them on his computer. Leo says that's a great idea. But since Jamie has an SSD, it would be a good idea to get an external drive. Jamie is worried about bumpy roads, though. Leo says SSDs would be better for that, since they don't have moving parts. But hard drives also should be able to handle that. Still, Leo says he understands the concern. Either way would work, and it won't be hard on the hard drive to do the ripping. Sold state would be ideal for a trucker's computer, but the cost per gig is much more.

How can I rip DVDs to a hard drive?

Episode 1036

Chuck from Camarillo, CA

Chuck has transferred all his videos to DVD. Now he wants to put them all on a hard drive for his kids, with pictures, and more. Leo says that for 30 DVDs, a 250GB hard drive would be sufficient. He could even put a DVD player on it like VLC Media Player, which is free, and would allow him to make a playlist of all the DVDs. Chuck would also have to convert all the VOB files. The easiest thing would be to have a folder for each DVD and copy it over. Put the VLC player on the top level and have it play each folder.