ripping

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.

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 rip my LPs?

Episode 1097

Glen from Baltimore, MD

Glen wants to record digitally, but his DAT player has died. Scott says that there are plenty of ways to record digitally via the computer. But if he needs to run from an analog source like a record player, he'll need to get an analog to digital recorder, and high resolution audio isn't going to be part of it. He can clean it up, but there will be a bit of analog signal noise he'll have to deal with. He could have a service rip his LPs. There are also turntables that come with USB connections that go directly into the computer.

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.

Why is it taking so long to rip a CD on my Mac?

Episode 1083

John from Canyon, CA

John rips his CDs and puts them on his iPad to listen to. But his new iMac takes a lot longer to rip his CDs in iTunes than his old one. He even tried a third party ripper and it takes the same amount of time.

Leo says that's an odd development because the machines are much faster. Leo suggests looking at the bitrate that John is ripping to. Another issue is error correction. If that's enabled, that will really slow things down. Turning that off would speed things up. Leo also thinks that iTunes could be contributing to the problem, because as it's progressed, it's gotten worse.

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.

Why won't my video files play?

Episode 1041

John from California

John bought a 60GB hard drive to rip VHS tapes and digitize them, but they won't play on most of the computers he's tried. Leo says that file size could be an issue. There's a 2GB and 4GB barrier and he'll need the most recent version of Windows 7. The other problem could be the codec John used to encode the videos. Leo recommend VLC VideoLan Client. Leo also suggests reformatting the drive to NTFS so he can play the larger file sizes.

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.